By Paul Semel,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Amusing trivia contest that's safe but not fun for all-ages.
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Ease of Play
The game uses simple touch controls, but the questions get tougher as you progress.
While players can curse in the messages they send to other players, the profanity is censored when the comments are received.
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There are static ads on screen when you're playing, waiting to see who won, and in the menus. An ad-free version is available for purchase, as are additional packs of questions.
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What’s It About?
In SPORCLE PARTY, you engage in a trivia contest against friends you invite to play. Though unlike similar games, this isn't multiple choice. You have to type in your answers (though it's a little forgiving when it comes to spelling). You also have to bet points (between 1-10), and can only bet that amount once per game. You also bet your choice of 0, 10, or 20 points on the eleventh and final question. Obviously, the player with the most points at the end is the winner. The game comes with three question packs -- movies, geography, sports -- and others that are free for a limited time, though you can buy ones on specific topics for either $0.99 or $1.99.
Is It Any Good?
While this online trivia contest is fun, and safe for all ages, the questions are clearly aimed at teenagers and older players. In Sporcle Party, you take on your friends in an 11-round trivia showdown. But unlike other online trivia games, you have to invite people to play, because you can't play against strangers. More importantly, the questions aren't multiple choice, and you have to type in your answers. Thankfully, it's very forgiving where spelling is concerned. Players also, in the first ten rounds, have to choose how many points to wager, (between 1-10 points) but can only pick an amount once per game. Then, in the final rounds, players vote if they want a question that is easy, medium, or hard, and individually decide if they want to wager 0, 10, or 20 points. You also have 45 seconds to answer, though it doesn’t matter how fast you are, so long as you beat the clock.
While all of this makes for a fun and unique online trivia contest, it also makes this decidedly more for older players. The built-in questions include ones about geography, sports, and movies -- with addition ones about music, Star Wars, and more available for purchase -- but the questions can really strain your brain if you're not a trivia buff or factoid fan. This also has a ton of static ads throughout, including when you're playing and in the menus, though there is an ad-free option you can purchase (surprise, surprise). But while having this be multiple choice, and adding categories for kids would broaden its appeal, as is, Sporcle Party's approach -- especially its strategic betting aspect -- makes this trivia contest a fun brain test.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about spending money. While Sporcle Party gives you tons of free questions, you can spend money to buy more, so how do you decide when to spend money when you don't have to? Does helping out the developers factor into this decision at all?
Do all of the ads that are constantly showing up on screen during games of Sporcle Party bother you? Do they work on you? Did you even notice them?
- Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: July 13, 2020
- Category: Trivia Games
- Publisher: Sporcle Inc.
- Version: 1.0.7
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 10.0 or later; Android 5.0 and up
- Last updated: February 22, 2021
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