Last night we took a look at It’s Quiz Time, the new quiz from Snap Finger Click made up of some of the developers from Buzz on the Playstation. Buzz was great fun, does this stack up?
The video is a intended to recreate the experience of people sitting in a room whilst actually being on the Internet, so it’s 5FPS over Google Hangouts so lag isn’t an issue. The game features proper streaming options which I haven’t explored.
There’s about five minutes of set-up here, about an hour of gameplay followed by about ten minutes of discussion. I’m joined by TV’s David Bodycombe (a bit late), TV’s Michael Harmstone, Alex Richards and Bother’s Bar stream debutantes Dave Tipping and live from New York Mathew Palmieri.
- There is a lot of faff in setting up, everyone needs to download the app, then it asks for a name, then Salli the host asks everyone individually if she’s pronouncing your name correctly, then it wants to know how you would prefer to be referred to, then it wants a selfie or avatar selection and then it wants your year of birth and then it’s time to go home. It’s a bit onerous. Now I get that it’s not something you would need to do on subsequent playings, but the nature of party games like is that many tend to get played once with the same people, it’s quite possible you’ll lose everyone’s interest before you start playing.
- I get why they’ve done it, it knows who you are and remembers you. Hopefully this means it remembers the questions you’ve faced and won’t give them to you again.
- This can’t be escaped: the questions are pretty lousy. They’re certainly factual, but they’re really not interesting – real pub quiz machine stuff. It feels a bit like the AI nature of the host gives the questions an AI nature also, like they’ve just downloaded a load of data off of Wikipedia you can make comparisons with and hoped for the best.
- The rounds vary, none especially original, many that go on a bit too long. It felt a shame that in round two having picked science as a category we got five entire boards on astronomy. We had no idea how the scoring on Best Friends Forever is worked out. It’s telling that the round we had most fun with, Describe Me, was probably the least quiz like (it’s Talkabout/Slimste Mens).
- It’s annoying that the answers don’t show on your phone, just the letter buttons. Jackbox can do this and that’s on a website, come on. One of the best things about the Buzz buzzers was their tactility, I could position my finger and quickly feel my way to the correct response, this is much more difficult on a touch screen, I constantly have to shift my eyes from one to the other.
- Also having to hold the phone horizontally is quite difficult for the length of time the game demands.
- Basically the game doesn’t have the creativity and sense of fun that Buzz had, nor does it have its well crafted questions. The AI idea is not enough to sell on its own, and whilst it boasts almost 30,000 questions (with more to come) you won’t derive a huge amount of entertainment from them.
On the basis of one playthrough I find it difficult to recommend, but it’s early days and might get better. It’s £15.99 on Steam and also out on PS4 and XBox One.