Swag IQ

App review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Online trivia contest ruined by tiny prizes, annoying chat.

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

Ease of Play

Simple touch controls, but questions can be tough.

Violence
Sex
Language

Players can send text comments as they play; while there wasn't any cursing, there are some statements that might annoy people.

Consumerism

If you win, you earn in-game currency that you can trade for promoted gift cards or cash.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Swag IQ is a live trivia contest you play against other real people through your phones or tablets. Some players may find that the difficulty of the questions could frustrate them while they're in a game. Winners get in-game currency, which they can redeem for gift cards or cash. The game also has a text window where players can send comments live as they play, and profanity wasn't seen, people expressed themselves in ways that may be annoying to others. Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content to be found. Read the app's privacy policy in the game's "?" menu, or on its website, to find out about the information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

In SWAG IQ, you and other people compete in a live trivia contest. If you get all ten questions right, you and every other player with the right answers will split the prize: in-game currency, which can be redeemed for gift cards or cash. All of the questions are multiple choice, but you only get one guess, and if you're wrong, you're out (you can actually keep playing; you just can't win anything).

Is it any good?

Unless you really, really like trivia contests -- and earning tiny prizes -- you'll probably get bored of this online trivia game before you win anything good. In Swag IQ, you and other people compete in a live online trivia contest. And if you get all ten of these multiple choice questions right, you split the prize with all of the other winners. Which isn't easy, since you only have ten seconds to choose, can't change your mind, and if you get any questions wrong, you're out. (Well, you can keep playing, you just can't win the grand prize.)

But then again, it's not a big prize to begin with -- it's just a couple of in-game points you can redeem for cash or gift cards. It also doesn't help that the announcer is irritating, or that the messages players post invariably end up being people sniping back and forth about how the announcer is annoying or Donald Trump is annoying or hey, you should follow me on Twitter. Also, you can only play the game live once a day, except Saturdays, for some unknown reason. Which is why, despite challenging our trivia skills, Swag IQ didn't entertain us for more than a few A) rounds, B) days, or C) sandwiches.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can also talk about reading comprehension. Some of the questions in Swag IQ are tricky, but did playing it teach you anything about reading something thoroughly before acting? Could you use the skills you develop in this game in real life?

  • Families can talk about enticement. Swag IQ clearly tries to entice people by promising cash prizes and gift cards, but did it work on you, or did you realize what was going on first?

  • Discuss trivia games. Why do you think they're so popular? Is it because people want to show off what they know, or is the lure of money and gifts the real motivation behind people's interest in these games?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: May 2, 2018
  • Category: Trivia Games
  • Size: 49.00 MB
  • Publisher: Prodege
  • Version: 1.2.7
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 10.0 or later; Android 5.0 and up

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