JEOPARDY! HD

Common Sense Media says

Much like the TV classic, but with multiple-choice answers.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Gameplay is intuitive, and all choices are displayed on a clear menu. It would be helpful to have more description on the different multiplayer modes.

Violence & scariness

Some topics cover war and death.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language

Some clues may use mild language as part of a quote or play on words. A category called "Curse Words," for example, doesn't contain actual curse words.

Consumerism

Players can buy additional clue packs and avatar packs via in-app purchases for 99 cents. There is also a feature that encourages you to watch the TV show.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some clues refer to drinking, drugs, or smoking. For example, a question asks about a film that increased sales of pinot noir.

Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Players can opt in to Apple's Game Center to track scores and achievements, and to play multiplayer games. 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. With iOS 5, players can opt to have a private or public profile, which can include a photo. With a public profile, your real name is visible to all other players, and Game Center will recommend you to other players using your real name. With a private profile, only your friends can see your real name, and Game Center will not recommend you to other players.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Jeopardy HD is much like watching the TV show, except instead of shouting answers at the TV screen, families and friends are the contestants. The most noticeable difference with this Jeopardy app is that it's a multiple-choice format. Players can create their own avatar and play against the computer or in a few multiplayer modes, including playing with others on the same Wi-Fi network, pass-and-play, a "party game" where players play using their own device but everyone looks onto the same iPad, and online via Game Center.

What kids can learn

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Jeopardy! HD is a pretty good rendition of the original show. Creating your own avatar is a nice touch, and writing your name instead of typing it gives it that authentic Jeopardy feel.

Learning Approach

The game-show format can make learning facts more memorable. It's all trivia and doesn't go into depth on any particular topic, but kids may reinforce learning on information they've learned in school and elsewhere. 

Support

All choices are displayed on a clear menu. Players can opt in to Apple's Game Center to track scores and achievements and, for some games, challenge friends.

What kids can learn

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information

Kids can learn a variety of facts through the trivia clues. They can test their knowledge on topics ranging from pop music to 18th century British history. For some topics, kids can see what they remember from science or history class, and for other topics, kids can see what they've learned from their own interests like movies and music. There's a little something for everyone. Because many of the topics can be difficult, it will be helpful (and fun) for kids to work as a team with a grown-up to test their trivia knowledge.

This Learning Rating review was written by Cynthia Chiong

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What's it about?

In Jeopardy! HD, kids answer trivia questions tied to dollar amounts as they would on the show. For each question, players have several seconds to choose to answer or to pass. If they choose to answer, they get three answers to choose from, and several seconds to choose. The timing adds a fun layer of pressure, especially for highly competitive players. Kids play through two rounds and then Final Jeopardy. High scores and achievements are recorded for bragging rights.

Is it any good?

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Jeopardy HD is a pretty good rendition of the original show. While the multiple-choice format takes away some of the challenge, the rest of the game stays true to the show. Creating your own avatar is a nice touch, and writing your name instead of typing it gives it that authentic Jeopardy feel. The timed aspect adds a fun layer of pressure that highly competitive players will enjoy.

With a variety of trivia categories and thousands of clues to go through, the app offers plenty of play without in-app purchases, and truly avid players can buy more. All that's missing is an Alex Trebek avatar to read the clues!

Families can talk about...

  • Play together as a team, especially with younger kids.

  • Relate relevant clues back to school and other interests.

App details

Devices:iPad, Android
Price:$.99
Release date:April 16, 2012
Category:Trivia Games
Size:42.30 MB
Publisher:Sony Pictures Television
Version:2.4.5
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2 or later; Android 2.3 and up

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Educator and Parent Written byJoan5678 May 12, 2014
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Update your questions!!!

The "new" Decades games are ridiculous. No matter what level you play, or if you play solo, the questions (answers) are exactly the same every time. The daily doubles are in the same place every time. Play it a couple times and you've memorized exactly where everything is and you will score well in excess of $500,000, every time. Ridiculous. The regular game repeats questions all the time as well. Jeopardy needs a whole new selection of questions (answers)

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