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This Is Not a Game by Sam Bee

By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Smart, snarky trivia for politically minded players.

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Though it's basically the same as other online trivia contest apps, the humor and clever questions make it more fun than most. In This Is Not a Game by Sam Bee, the comedian and host of the TV show Full Frontal with Samantha Bee makes snarky comments as you do your best to answer 10 clever and humorous political questions. Competing against other people, players have to do their best to answer 10 questions correctly, in hopes of winning their small part of a cash prize. But don't worry if you miss one (which you will sometimes, because they can get a bit tricky); you can always use your free life, or you can keep going in "Dead mode," where answering correctly can earn you a free life for the next time you play. It's just a bummer you can only play once a day (6 p.m. ET/ 3 p.m. PT), and only against other people; a single-player practice mode could've been fun. And while this works the same as every other online trivia contest where there's a small cash prize, what sets it apart is the game's ribald humor and snarky attitude. Which, fittingly, makes This Is Not a Game by Sam Bee the interactive version of the show that inspired it: as darkly comedic as it is insightful and informative.

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