App of the Week: QuizUp

imagesTitle: Quizup
Cost: Free (with in-app purchases available)
Platform: iOS and Android

Is Quizup the latest app-craze to take over your teen area?’  Available initially only for iOS, this addictive trivia game was released for Android platforms just this month.’  With over 10 million iOS users already, the game is well on its way to over 1 million Android signups just 10 days after its platform release.’  In February, Quizup CEO Thor Fridriksson told Adweek‘ that on average, users spend 30 minutes per day on the app’s trivia challenges.’  So take a breath and get ready to plunge headlong into the world of Quizup!

With Quizup, players pit their wits against friends and strangers alike in real-time, intense, timed trivia challenges on hundreds of topics.’  With over 220,000 questions, and more added all the time, it is a hard game to get tired of.’  To start players sign up either through Facebook or an email address.’  If a teen chooses to use their Facebook account (which most of the teens I know do), the app will connect them with Facebook friends that also have the game. (The app will also notify players when Facebook friends sign up.) Privacy issues when using a Facebook account of course abound so library staff should encourage teens to think carefully when choosing this option.’  Players teens connect with in the game will see a teen Facebook profile picture and cover photo as well as being able to send messages through the app.
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App of the Week: Questimate!

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Title: Questimate!
Platform: iPad only, iOS 6.0 or later
Cost: Free download/ optional paid upgrades

 

 

How many flamingos are as tall as a dinosaur? How many 2×4 Lego bricks are as long as a yoga mat?’  These amusing questions are sure to pique teen interest and engage some math skills. With Questimate! you make the questions.’  Choose from such options as: “how long…” or “how tall…,” paired with animals or household objects, or test your historical estimation skills by creating questions with “in what year…” You can play solo, or challenge a friend. If you are baffled by an answer, you can tap the “Really?” button for details.

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