Platform: Nintendo Switch
Publisher: the binary family
Developer: the binary family
When I think of exceedingly addictive trivia games, I think of ones that have personality, or some neat hook. Like, the allure of Trivial Pursuit generally crosses over from the board game to the video game, while You Don’t Know Jack and the old Buzz series had hosts that made their respective games worth playing. More recently, It’s Quiz Time stands out in recent years as a game that understood how to make a trivia game that went beyond a simple question/answer format with several different mini games included.
At the opposite end of the spectrum, we have games like Knowledge Trainer: Trivia. It’s barely got any discernible personality to speak of, and it makes only the barest effort to go beyond a basic format: it breaks your questions up into blocks of ten, and it awards you a “Knowledge Quotient,” which roughly correlates with how many questions you get right, and their level of difficulty.
And that’s really all there is. You can compete against up to 3 other players, but it’s not like the game changes that much — it’s still 10 questions, you’re just competing with others to see who can get the most right answers. At 6,000 questions and 10 different categories, there’s also a decent variety when it comes to those questions.
But seriously, unless you just like going question-answer-question-answer (and so on, in blocks of ten questions at a time), there’s really nothing in Knowledge Trainer: Trivia to make it stand out. It’s got a clean, crisp interface, but that just adds to the feeling of blandness more than anything else. There aren’t a tonne of trivia games on the Switch, so I suppose it has that going for it, but it still feels like there are plenty of better options out there on variety of other platforms that are more interesting and more fun.
the binary family provided us with a Knowledge Trainer: Trivia Switch code for review purposes.