Quiz Climber

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Liz Panarelli, Common Sense Media
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Social trivia game with privacy issues, in-app purchases.

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Ease of Play

This trivia game is easy to learn to play. There is only one difficulty level, but the difficulty of the questions varies significantly. Using your lifeline option gives you a chance to continue playing despite getting a question wrong; lifelines can be earned through playing or can be purchased. There is a leaderboard that tracks high scores for you and invited friends. You can invite and challenge friends to play by sending an email or logging into Facebook.


Some questions may mention violent topics, such as Samurai warriors in Japan, but not in a graphic way.


Some questions may mention sex or relationships, such as celebrity news, but not in a lurid way.


There are frequent links and requests to invite your friends by sending them an email with a link to download the free (with ads) version of the app. Inviting friends gives you points toward a lifeline, or chance to continue with a game after missing a question. Lifelines can also be earned over many games or purchased -- $.99 for 20 lifelines, $1.99 for 50 and $2.99 for 100.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Since questions are updated every two weeks and are based on current events, some questions may mention drinking, drugs, and smoking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Quiz Climber is a fun trivia game intended for older teens and adults that raises some privacy concerns and has in-app purchases. Players progress up a tree (by landing on limbs) and into space by correctly answering trivia questions. The trivia questions are updated every two weeks, which keeps the game interesting and relevant, but makes it hard to monitor mature content. The questions range in difficulty, but there are no specific difficulty levels. When a question is answered incorrectly, the game is over unless a player uses a lifeline. Lifelines can be purchased (20 for $.99, 50 for $1.99, or 100 for $2.99) or earned by playing or inviting friends. Players are repeatedly encouraged to invite and challenge friends to play via email or Facebook. The developer collects data about players, including Facebook IDs and full names.

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Is it any good?

This is a simple trivia app, but its neat graphics and frequently updated questions about a wide variety of topics make it stand out in its genre. By answering correctly, you send your "Quizzel" spinning up to higher and higher branches in a tree, which is undeniably adorable. Kids will also enjoy inviting and challenging friends and tracking everyone's high scores. The range in topics makes this a great game for adults and kids to play together (which also gives you a chance to keep an eye on what kinds of questions are being asked). The question content, along with the push to invite friends and the developer's data collection, make this game best for older kids.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: $1.99
  • Release date: August 3, 2011
  • Category: Trivia Games
  • Size: 13.10 MB
  • Publisher: Chillingo Ltd.
  • Version: 1.1.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.0 or later
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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