QuizUp

App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Expansive social trivia great for facts but not privacy.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn a variety of facts, trivia-style. Although retention isn't part of the game, frequent players will find that questions repeat, so they'll see whether they learned the fact the first time around. During the round, if a player selects a wrong answer, it turns red. Correct answers turn green when selected or when the timer runs out, and completed quizzes can be reviewed. Over 400 trivia categories include academic areas such as geography, history, literature, science, and music, while an educational category encompasses spelling, vocabulary, grammar, and math. There's also a lot of pop culture and common knowledge tested, from Harry Potter to sports heroes. Kids can have low-pressure fun with QuizUp and maybe hold on to a few facts as they play.

Ease of Play

Adding friends and setting up games is easy. To answer questions in rounds, players simply tap the answer. It's all pretty intuitive.

Violence
Sex

Discussion board includes lots of "hookup"-style flirting with invitations to chat privately. Some quizzes relate to sexual topics (Fifty Shades of Grey), but the questions are not overtly sexual.

Language

Discussion board is uncensored and unmoderated with an ever-changing dialogue peppered with "f--k" and other curse words.

Consumerism

In-app purchases aren't pushed but are available.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A few quizzes feature drinking-related themes: wine, beer, drinks, and beer logos. Discussion board mentions getting stoned and drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that QuizUp is a social trivia game. Players can challenge friends they invite from their contacts, Facebook, Twitter, or Game Center, or they can play randomly matched strangers. Topics are exhaustive (with more added constantly), ranging from educational topics in math, spelling, and history to lifestyle topics (such as beers) and literature (including quizzes on the popular erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey). The questions within those topics are actually pretty innocuous, and there are plenty of teen-appropriate topics, too. The open discussion boards, though, are full of trashy hookup offers and Internet bullying, as well as open chat, and there's no way to turn off access to those, making this an app for teens to be wary of.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byYrobertson January 3, 2016

Not really for kids

Well I honestly can't say that I would be comfortable with my child using the social side of this app which is fully visible each time you go into a topic.... Continue reading
Parent of a 4 and 11 year old Written byzom September 13, 2015

Facebook for kids, highly unsuitable for under teens.

My daughter had this app as a quiz game. The quiz part is brilliant and we loved playing it together. The other parts of the app are hidden behind the game and... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old May 27, 2015

SOCIAL NETWORK

used to be ok for Kidd's my age but it has now been turned into a social network, be careful
Teen, 17 years old Written byUsrthea June 3, 2017

Used to be good

QuizUp used to be one of my favorite apps when I was 14-15 years old. I never played any educational topics, just things in pop culture and subjects I enjoy suc... Continue reading

What's it about?

Players add friends (by linking their contacts, Facebook account, Twitter account, or Game Center account) and challenge them to trivia quizzes. They also can choose a quiz from the topics and let the system find an opponent for them. More than 400 topics cover the arts, business, education, games, geography, history, lifestyle, literature, movies, music, nature, science, sports, and TV. Friends don't have to take the quiz at the same time to compete against each other; scores will be tallied after both have played.

Is it any good?

Word lovers have Words with Friends. Artists have Draw Something. And trivia lovers have QUIZUP. It's truly fun, social, competitive -- and addictive. The range of topics means there's something for everyone (including some things not for kids). The matches are short, making for a perfect little brain break, and it's really fun to match wits with friends. The scoring is oddly complex, but it's still plenty of fun to just play and see who wins. The iPad version is more responsive than the iPhone version, which sometimes responds slowly or not at all when setting up games.

Settings can be tightened up enough to make it somewhat safe for teens, but it's a lot of work. Open chat and the ability to play with strangers mean that safety is compromised, but teens who simply want to play against their friends may be able to use the app wisely. Discussion boards are the biggest problem, though, often containing totally unintelligible posts, posts to "Message me to hook up!", and a spattering of actual trivia-related conversation. One post starts with the subject "Sext?" and then clarifies "only girls 15-19." The discussion board seems to serve no purpose beyond making the whole experience iffy for teens, which is too bad, because the actual gameplay and trivia are pretty much appropriate.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Read You're Not as Private as You Think, and discuss with teens who do sign up for QuizUp how to protect themselves online.

  • Advise teens not to link their Facebook or Twitter accounts if they use their real names and pictures there, since they'll be included in their QuizUp profiles. Also, encourage them to use an alias and an avatar rather than their real name and picture. Get more tips on Internet safety in our article Tech Talk: Beyond Internet Safety.

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