Animal Planet: Trivia Challenge

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Video and puzzle questions make wildlife trivia fun.






What parents need to know

Ease of play

There are instructions provided for each question, and the game is very intuitive to navigate. There are two packs of trivia questions and three levels of difficulty. Each quiz contains multiple question types, including multiple choice, true or false, ordering, comparing, visual identification, and video observation. The game moves quickly, with only 15 seconds allotted per question, and even easy questions have some tough words like "chrysallis." After playing the same level in the same trivia pack two or three times, one or two of the ten questions may repeat. High scores are saved within the game, as well as using OpenFeint or Game Center. The game networks allow you to challenge friends, and there is also a local multiplayer option.

Violence & scariness

A few times, animals preying on and eating other animals is mentioned in a scientific way.

Sexy stuff

There are a few references to reproduction, such as laying eggs.

Not applicable

There is a link to more games from the developer and to the Discovery Channel from the main menu. Users connecting to the OpenFeint network will also see advertisements and links for more games.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Users can opt in to OpenFeint, an interactive network that allows users to upload real avatar photos, share their location, post on message boards, connect with Facebook friends or Twitter followers, and access live chat with strangers. Users can opt in to Game Center to track achievements instead; it does not have chat and connections to other social media within the app.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Animal Planet: Trivia Challenge is a fun animal trivia game with diverse types of questions and multiple levels of difficulty. Each trivia round presents ten questions in multiple formats, such as responding to video clips and arranging animals in order (e.g. by habitat, North to South). Each question only gets 15 seconds, so kids will need strong reading skills to play, even at the easy level. High scores are saved and local multiplayer is available. Users can also use the OpenFeint or Game Center networks to share high scores, share their location and a photo, or connect to friends on Facebook or Twitter, but participation is optional.

What kids can learn



  • animals


Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information

Engagement, Approach, Support


Young animal lovers will enjoy the interesting trivia, with different levels for everyone and multiple question formats to keep kids constantly engaged. Also comes with 10 closeup photos of popular animals.

Learning Approach

The app relies on the engagement of beautiful photographs and videos to get kids to read trivia; kids can relate the images to the real thing, learn, and remember. A dedicated learning mode would be nice.


Instructions are provided for each question. High scores are saved within the game, and players can use OpenFeint or Game Center. The game networks let kids challenge friends, and there's a local multiplayer option. 

What kids can learn



  • animals


Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information

Kids can learn about all kinds of animals with Animal Planet: Trivia Challenge. The trivia ranges from identifying different animals to arranging the animals in terms of migration distance or number of legs. It's a wide range of questions, especially since there are three levels of difficultly. For questions with more than two answer choices, if kids answer incorrectly they'll see the correct answer, so they can learn it for next time. A learning mode would be nice, but kids will still pick up facts about animals from challenging themselves and or others in the game.

This Learning Rating review was written by Cynthia Chiong

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What's it about?

In Animal Planet: Trivia Challenge, kids answer a variety of questions ranging from true or false questions to watching a video and answering multiple-choice questions. Each question is timed, and the faster kids answer, the more points they get. It’s pretty fast-paced, so kids need to have their game face ready. There are no hints or skipping options, but no points are taken off for getting an answer wrong. The app records top scores and game stats, and kids can challenge other players.

Is it any good?


ANIMAL PLANET TRIVIA CHALLENGE has a lot to offer young animal lovers. The trivia is interesting, the different levels provide something for everyone, and the multiple question formats keep you interested and engaged. The app would be even better if it provided more information about the animals or explanations to the questions and answers. We recommend playing together with younger kids until they understand how to answer the different question types. The app also comes with 10 close-up photos of popular animals; unfortunately, these can't be saved to your photos.

Families can talk about...

  • Play together with your kid as a team.

  • Take a trip to the zoo to see the animals in person.

  • Kids who like animals and trivia may also enjoy apps like Weird But True.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Release date:March 14, 2011
Category:Trivia Games
Topics:Wild animals
Size:180.00 MB
Publisher:Zed Worldwide
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later

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