By Cynthia Chiong,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Much like the TV classic, but with multiple-choice answers.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
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.
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.
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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.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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.
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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?
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!
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Play together as a team, especially with younger kids.
Relate relevant clues back to school and other interests.
- Devices: iPad, Android
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information
- Release date: April 16, 2012
- Category: Trivia Games
- Publisher: Sony Pictures Television
- Version: 2.4.5
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.2 or later; Android 2.3 and up
- Last updated: July 9, 2020
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