Developer: Backflip Studios
Price: Free
Version Reviewed: 1.1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★½☆
Game Controls Rating: ★★★★☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★☆☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★☆☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Editor’s Note: Our expert reviewer came to the conclusion many would, that the scoring is a bit off on this game. What isn’t well explained, if at all, is that the game uses what we in the US would call “Price is Right” rules. The closest to the answer without going over is correct. It’s an odd scoring rule decision, especially considering how only viewers of the Price is Right would understand or even consider it. Made doubly confusing since this isn’t explained well in the game. Easily corrected by providing better in game help. But just be warned that the scoring in Wits & Wagers is more than just a bit confusing. – Jeff Scott

Initially, Wits & Wagers: Trivia Party seems like the ideal game to dive into whenever there’s a spare five minutes. A lot can be achieved and enjoyed in those few minutes, and it’s fine to play the game for short or extended sessions. What’s not so fine is that growing sense that Wits & Wagers: Trivia Party is a little unfair in how it works out who the winner is.

witswagerstrivia9witswagerstrivia6The idea is simple: Players compete with each other to complete a series of questions. Each answer is a number so a keypad is available to enter the player’s guess. They can vary from questions about a specific year to a certain quantity of something or age of a famous person when something occurred to them. It’s a decent mix of trivia and even the biggest of trivia addicts should find a challenge within.

Once each player has decided on an answer, the wager side of the game emerges. Players are given two bets of alternating size and told to bet on what they think is the most likely outcome. If no answers are correct then the nearest number wins. In theory, that is. I’m not entirely sure how Wits & Wagers: Trivia Party deduces the nearest answer but all too often, an answer nowhere near the correct answer seems to win. For instance, a question where a year in the 20th century was correct, the number 1 was the “winning” answer despite all other answers actually placed in the 20th century. It’s a bizarre way of doing it and does disrupt the fun somewhat.

It’s a shame that Wits & Wagers: Trivia Party proves quite so illogical as it’s a quite fun game. There are bonuses that can be used to make things easier, but for the most part it’s just fun to play along. At least until one gets excessively frustrated at the outcome of the “nearest” answer.

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