Ellen's Know or Go

Common Sense Media says

Trivia game from Ellen's TV show tests brain and funny bone.





What parents need to know

Ease of play

Clear, simple instructions for everything from game rules to creating your avatar to playing a multi-player version of the game.


Some questions make reference to a violent historic event, such as the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

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Players are urged to push the game via Facebook: "You should tell your Facebook friends how good you are at this game," Ellen's voice-over suggests. There's also a promotional photo of Ellen's daytime talk show on the apps intro screen, and her logo appears in a few spots during the game, such as on one of the T shirts contestants can choose in the wardrobe room.

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Privacy & safety

Minor privacy concerns. Players can opt in to Apple’s Game Center to track achievements, and for some games, challenge friends. With Game Center, players can send and receive friend requests using an email address or Game Center nickname, revealing the first and last name associated with each party’s Apple ID and, in the case of email requests, the sender’s email address. Players should be cautious about who they accept as friends to their Game Center account.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Ellen's Know or Go is an often silly, and other times educational, trivia game. Based on a game that Ellen DeGeneres plays on her daytime TV talk show, the app is peppered with Ellen's own voice-over comments. There are three levels of question difficulty, but the questions must be read by the player, so good readings skills are a must. Players create their own contestant using a pre-made character or by inserting a photo of themselves onto a funny avatar body and then choosing their own wardrobe selections. If your child is a teen with a Facebook account, this game can be linked up to their account, and there's also optional Game Center integration for multiplayer games and leaderboard scores.

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ELLEN'S KNOW OR GO is a zany trivia game. The 600+ trivia questions are just one part of the fun, where you might be answering a question about what Pop Rocks were or who discovered America. Also hilarious is creating your own contestant with a headshot photo of yourself (complete with dance moves). Trying to answer the questions in record time to earn more points keeps the game moving, and even if you get a question wrong, falling through the trap door is a hoot. Ellen's own comments are typically witty.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Release date:April 5, 2011
Category:Trivia Games
Publisher:Warner Bros. Entertainment
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2 or later

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