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Questimate!

Questimate!

Spring 2014 Mobile Apps
Ages: 9 & Up
Developer: Motion Math
Platform: iPad
Review:

For anyone who is a big fan of trivia style games, especially ones that can be played with friends or family, Questimate is a clever app that puts a new spin on trivia and delivers it for iPad.

Questimate really needs to be played to be fully understood and appreciated, but here is the main concept: by either playing solo, or passing the iPad around to others, players build trivia questions in real time and then have to answer them. The game provides 3 or 4 phrase choices to build the beginning of each question, such as "how tall is...", "how long is..." or "how many...". After selecting one of these starters, players are given choices for the second and third parts of the question. After the question is built, it then has to be answered correctly, of course. This sounds like it would be easy since the same player builds and answers the question, but it's not as effortless as one would think.

The game play is very well designed as the app is highly interactive and functions well (having no technical sticking points). There are creative, additional features such as "Power Ups" that players can earn to help along the way, multiple categories of questions, and a "Really??" feature that lets players learn more about the correct answer after each round.

Aside from the dreaded in-app purchase feature, this is an awesome trivia game. The free version contains a limited sample set of questions but in order to get the full sets of questions for each category, there are two options. The first is to earn coins while playing, and although this is the fun and free option, to earn enough coins to unlock all the categories is nearly impossible to achieve without playing for 12 hours straight. The second option is naturally, to buy the locked categories of questions. Buying different coin amounts garners one the ability to purchase the categories of questions. Unfortunately to get all of them, you'll have to fork out $7.99 for the Pro version of the game.

If you or your child really enjoys trivia games, especially with friends and family, you might want to take the leap for the full version. The hefty $7.99 app cost is still cheaper than buying a trivia board game in a store. But definitely try the free version first!

Tim Leverett   ©2014 Parents' Choice
Tim Leverett is an entrepreneur living in Rochester, NY. Tim created the Giggles Computer Funtime For Baby Software Series and Club Toddler, and is considered an expert in children's media and software products. He is dad to an 11 year old boy and has many nieces and nephews spanning the ages of newborn to 19 years old.

Look for this product at:
Motion Math
http://www.motionmathgames.com

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