Review: It’s Quiz Time (PS4)

Review: It's Quiz Time (PS4)

Platforms:

  • PlayStation 4
  • Xbox One
  • PC, Mac

Platform/Hardware Used:

  • PSN Download
  • PS4 Pro
  • HDTV

Extras:

  • PlayLink None *
  • DualShock 4 Required (1)
  • Move None

* iOS or Android Device required with dedicated app

Title: It’s Quiz Time
Format: PSN (4.7 GB)
Release Date: November 21, 2017
Publisher: Vision Games Publishing
Developer: Snap Finger Click
Original MSRP: $19.99 (US), €19.99 (EU), £15.99 (UK)
ESRB Rating: E
PEGI: 3
A copy of this game was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
PS Nation Review Policy

A new Game Show style quiz game from the makers of Buzz has hit the PlayStation 4 and I, along with my family full of cheaters, take it for a spin in this review.

Gameplay:
It’s Quiz Time uses the Dualshock 4 controller in the Solo Quiz mode and an Android or iOS device in the others. Similar to the way the recent PlayLink games work, this one requires players to download the It’s Quiz Time: Companion App. To join a game you don’t have to be on the same WiFi network. Instead, you enter the Game Lobby number and away you go.

This is where an unexpected player joined our game for a few minutes, probably by pressing a wrong digit. It also means people watching a stream, for example, could join in too. More on that later.

The biggest surprise came when the disembodied floating host, Salli, called me by name, I was shocked, most games don’t even let me enter two z’s let alone say my uncommon name out loud. Heck, a few games have it on a profanity list.

I know it’s merely a text-to-speech engine but it’s a flipping good one and even asks if it’s saying the names correctly though I have yet to check if it allows any profanities. That could make for a fun game when the kids aren’t playing.

My wife and two girls joined me for a game and it asked all of us our age groups and tailored the questions based on our responses. Although it wasn’t perfect as my seven-year-old struggled with some of the mathematical equations and the category selection often featured nothing that a young child would know.

The first, and from what I can tell the only, problem arose during the second round where my oldest daughter had picked arithmetic. My Android device was fine but the iOS phone and iPad app all suffered from the same niggling problem. The slider, which allows the player to select their guess occasionally skips some numbers.

Now, the round in question was called Guesstimation and points are awarded for how close the guess is to the answer, but it was annoying my wife, especially after I got a question spot on and therefore some bonus points, yet it would not allow her slider to stop on the correct number.

There are several types of rounds along with the ability to set some playlists should any become favored more than others. Attention must be paid at the start of each one as Salli briefly explains what to do, although they all seem quite self-explanatory so far.

Since a recent update, a timer has been included on all questions to avoid the indecisive player’s proclivity to dawdle. Sadly, the update also forces everyone to wait until the halfway point, even when everyone has selected their answer ages before. It isn’t a big deal but it does mean we are sometimes needlessly waiting around.

A few rounds rely on the players to give their own answers and everyone else has to guess what they chose. It makes for some interesting gaming and my family tends to gang up on me with some sneaky whispering and unsubtle gestures.

Visuals:
It’s Quiz Time works well and is easy to understand. The app is very responsive and there was only one complaint about it not recognizing the input before the time ran out on a quick-fire round. But, I believe the complainer in question (my daughter’s school friend) had chocolate on their fingers and that was the real reason. Naughty kids.

Using the device’s cameras everyone has the option to take a selfie to use as their avatar or pick from a few bright and fun ready made ‘things,’ that is the best way I can think of describing them anyway.

Everyone who played the game agreed that the host is a bit strange, though we also concur that we like her. I think after a few rounds her amusing antics and dancing while we wait for the stragglers to make up their minds is what we enjoy.

Audio:
Now that I mention the digital host I would also like to reiterate my exuberance and joy at hearing my own name said in a game. It’s silly I know and not unheard of. Hearing the computer host make jokes and comments about the players along with saying every single question makes It’s Quiz Time even better in my opinion.

Online/Multiplayer:
You’re given the ability to stream over YouTube or Twitch letting viewers join in on the fun with the Live Show mode. My family wasn’t keen on broadcasting our ugly mugs to the world so they didn’t want to try this part out.

Alternatively, I could just stream a normal game, as viewers can join the fun with just by inputting the room code and watching the stream. The small delay can be a bit of an issue this way but it works well enough.

I have joined in on a couple of streams of the game and it works well. The Twitch interaction is good and problem free. Plus, there are pop-ups when there is a new Paid Subscriber, which is always nice for viewers and streamers alike.

There is no avoiding the occasional sneaky viewer quickly checking for the answers on Google, but that cannot be helped. It’s all just for fun anyway.

Conclusion:
I didn’t expect much from It’s Quiz Time and not only did it turn out to be a great family and party game, it also works well in the Online mode. There are a wealth of questions with more being added all the time. The mobile app does drain the battery more than I would like but it is very responsive and very easy to use.

This is an excellent price for a superb game that only suffers from one or two minor issues that I heartily expect to be fixed in an upcoming update. The developers at Snap Finger Click should be proud as It’s Quiz Time delivers on all fronts.

It works well in the solo mode but excels when a group of friends, family, or online strangers join in. Combine that with the easy-to-use mobile app to control the game and even more people can play without needing expensive DualShock 4 controllers that my father-in-law will probably never figure out.

Score:
8.5

* All screenshots used in this review were taken directly from the game using the Share functionality on the PlayStation 4 and a Xperia XZ Android device.

Written by Chazz Harrington

Chazz Harrington

You can find me on everything: PSN, Twitter, Wii U, Origin, Steam, etc using my universal ID: ChazzH69

If you send a friend request please add ‘PS Nation’ in the subject area.

Twitter Digg Delicious Stumbleupon Technorati Facebook