Version Reviewed: 1.2
App Reviewed on: iPhone 5
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Cut! looks kind of rough around the edges, and lacks some pertinent features, but it’s a video-based trivia game with potential. It’s not as refined as something like QuizUp, but movie fans and trivia fans like myself will still enjoy what’s here. At least, for a little while.
Involving a quick sign-up process either via email or Facebook, Cut! lets you get into things quite quickly. You can invite friends to the game or opt to play against random challengers. Either way, the game is the same. You’re offered a few categories to choose from, such as award winners, superheroes, vampires, or Leonardo DiCaprio, before taking part in a series of questions. There’s even a category for Game of Thrones, even though it’s not a movie.
Each question is accompanied by a short clip of the related film, although sometimes the questions aren’t directly related to the video involved. They’re fairly brief but enough to give you insight into what you’re watching. Questions are then multiple choice with four answers gradually unfolding. You’re scored by how quickly you answer, so it’d be wise to answer quickly.
Once you complete a round, the turn is sent to the other player, and you simply wait for them to complete the turn and so forth. It’s simple stuff, but it works reasonably well if you find some speedy competitors. As is often the way with asynchronous multiplayer, you can be waylaid by players that don’t return but you can always delete these sessions.
Cut! keeps track of statistics relating to your success rate, as well as allowing you to level up. Unfortunately, while there are new categories to unlock, Cut! isn’t much deeper than that. More involved statistics and a more well-rounded interface would have gone a long way in encouraging you to play just one more time.
As it stands, Cut! works best when you’re fighting it out with friends. Competing with random players is fine but you can’t interact with them, other than to choose to start a rematch. The categories tend to repeat themselves, too. Cut! might have the basics organized, but I can’t see it being a trivia game to keep around on your iOS device for a particularly long time.