Best Trivia Games

Jeopardy! World Tour

To put it mildly, things on the actual Jeopardy! show are currently in disarray. After the passing of popular and longtime host Alex Trebek last year, the show has been cycling through guest hosts in an attempt to find a permanent replacement, including champion Ken Jennings, journalist Katie Couric, and talk show host and overall controversial person Dr. Oz. The gaming app, which is free and accessible for Android or iOS, still depicts Trebek as the host.

You have two gameplay options, either playing solo in offline mode or against two randomly allocated opponents in a match. The flow mirrors that of actual Jeopardy, with three themes and three numeric point selections below that allow you to choose the difficulty of the question and the points you'll get if you answer correctly. Unlike the show, though, the answers are multiple choice. In each round, players can employ power-ups to aid their performance, such as eliminating incorrect answers or granting extra time to consider. While you won't be able to walk away with any of the show's cash prizes, it's still a good time. There aren't a ton of add-ons like the other games, but I find the simplicity of this quiz game to be soothing.

Trivia Star

For those who prefer not to compete with others, Trivia Star is an excellent alternative. The questions apparently get increasingly difficult as the game proceeds, but I haven't actually experienced anything too challenging. Trivia Star is the ideal trivia game to play while you're watching TV or listening to a podcast - the stakes are minimal because you're not playing an opponent, and the questions aren't too difficult to answer as you multitask.

Trivia Royale

The first thing that Trivia Royale does is ask for your age, and then it has you create an avatar and switch on your camera "to start facetracking." It recommends you connect with Facebook so you can play with your Facebook friends, which is to say this game starts out feeling almost like a social networking network of its own. Then, you pick from five categories Disney, Friends (the TV program), general, history, or logos (like, companies) and it pairs you with a random real or bot opponent. More topics are added as you play, and if you pay $2.99 each week for the premium version, you have more access to entertaining, premium, pop culture-related themes like Netflix, Animal Crossing, and Bachelor Nation. It's free and downloaded for Android or iOS, but the premium edition also gets rid of commercials, allows you access to live events, and you get infinite tickets, which you need to join into a Trivia Royale tournament. Because the categories for the trivia questions are narrower, the questions in this game can be more difficult to answer. It's possible that one of the top trivia apps will leave you perplexed.

Psych! Outwit Your Friends

Ellen DeGeneres devised Psych!, a game that appears to be influenced by Balderdash, a game where the goal is to deceive your friends by coming up with the strangest but yet logical answer to trivia questions. Once all of the responses have been collected, the players must choose which answer is correct, no matter how absurd the response may be. If someone accepts your submission or if you answer properly, you gain a point! For $2.99, you can remove advertisements.

One of the greatest difficulties with this trivia software is that you do have to pay for quite a few of the decks. And while Psych! is wonderful for a game night, you can't play with randos online or bots - you have to be with a bunch of pals who also have the app downloaded on their phones to play.

Popcorn Trivia

Cinephiles will like this movie trivia game. It's available for free on both Android and iOS devices, and includes trivia questions about a wide range of films and genres. You can use the popcorn you earn to customize your avatar or purchase premium question packs. Points may be redeemed for bonuses, which can be used to help you get through particularly challenging movie questions. Dual-player and online multiplayer options are provided. Most of the questions are movie-specific, which makes them more difficult than those in other games.

Trivia Crack

Considering how consistently good Trivia Crack's branding and user experience have been, you've gotta hand it to 'em. When Barack Obama was president and I was a University of Arizona student avoiding all classwork by defeating my colleagues with the then-useless material that wobbled around in my skull, I started playing Trivia Crack in 2014. At the time. Half a decade later, the game still plays how I remember it. You choose from five game options: classic, survival, treasure mine, triviatopics, and triviathon. Then, you match with friends or random opponents and play trivia in a series of six categories - entertainment, history, sports, art, geography, science, and "crown," which gives you the choice to choose the topic until there's a winner. In-game chat lets you engage in trash talk with your pals while you're having fun.

The greatest negative, as is expected for most free apps, is that it's extremely ad-heavy. The premium edition, which is ad-free, is available for purchase for $1.99. I'd add say that the questions are very easy, so I wouldn't recommend this if you're seeking for anything particularly tough.

Trivia Crack 2

Trivia Crack Classic is eerily identical to the original Trivia Crack in that you spin a wheel and are given the choice to choose one of six question categories: "crown," which offers you the ability to choose the category you want to play in. The goal is to respond properly for each of the categories to win representative characters. To win, a player must be the first to capture all of the game's characters in their possession.

The free edition of Trivia Crack 2 features a lot of advertising and, like the original, isn't that difficult. The in-app purchases in this quiz game are also rather outrageous — ranging all the way up to $99.99 for some products. They're largely for in-game currency that can buy power-ups and pretty much help you win. It's a losing experience to play with those who pay for power-ups because of this game's pay-to-win framework. Unlike the first edition, Trivia Crack 2 features more quiz-based gameplay alternatives for when you're bored of the classic version.