Saturday, January 20, 2018

Making the PickSome solution clearer and providing faster access to duels

We're really happy to welcome ever more trivia gamers to Quizcover and to see in our statistics that the average number of questions played per user per day is in the 40-50 range! That is definitely more than we expected and speaks to the game's addictiveness.

So far we haven't advertised the game very aggressively (just limited experiments) because we're working on a playable ad (preview) as well as a couple of improvements to the app itself:

  1. Some people believe there are mistakes in our questions only because of a misunderstanding of how PickSome scoring works. We'll change the game to avoid those misconceptions going forward.

    PickSome (multiple answers are right) is one of the question types that Quizcover offers above and beyond the traditional "PickOne" (one answer is right). Here's an example:

    "Which of these countries still have the British 'Union Jack' on their own flag?"

    The countries listed are Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, Australia, and Ireland. Tow of them do: Australia and New Zealand. The other three don't.

    As the related Wikia page explains, the rule is that you get points for each item that you correctly select (such as for selecting Australia or New Zealand) and--which we're going to change--the ones you correctly don't select. For example, not selecting Canada also earns you points so far (January 20), and the idea was that your decision not to select it was a correct one, so it should be rewarded. After all, we must deduct points if you selected something you shouldn't have selected, or if you didn't select something though you should have. So it seemed far that you also got two chances to earn points: by selecting (where appropriate), and by not selecting (where appropriate).

    If you select a button, it turns orange. If you leave it unselected, it stays gray. So for the gray ones (the ones you didn't think are part of the correct answer to the question), there were two possible reactions by the game at scoring time:



    The part that people usually understood was the red X on "New Zealand": New Zealand's flag does sport the "Union Jack" in the upper left corner, so a failure to select New Zealand is undoubtedly a mistake.

    What apparently confused a number of people is that, in the above example, Canada gets a green checkmark even though its Maple Leaf flag doesn't contain the Union Jack. That's because a green checkmark on a gray button means: you made the right call by not selecting it. But we realize that this is counterintuitive and sometimes misinterpreted. It was actually possible to obtain clarification by clicking on the scorecard icon in the upper right-hand corner:


    The scorecards explain the four different PickSome scenarios: correct orange items; incorrect orange items; correct gray items; and incorrect gray items.

    But clarity and intuitiveness are of the essence, so we're just going to change this aspect of our game. Gray buttons that are correctly left gray won't earn you points, and they won't get checkmarks or any other symbol. They'll just fade out.
  2. Most of our efforts these days are going into the multiplayer part. The most recent change we made is that you can now play all of your 12 duel questions in a row without having to wait for your opponent. In a forthcoming update, you'll have to hit a button on the home screen and you'll be off playing a random duel. You'll get to start even before your opponent has been found. We know that some people who really like to play Quizcover against others felt that the feature was almost hidden. Very soon it's going to get prominent exposure.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Press release: Quizcover revolutionizes trivia gaming with more and better question types

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



Available on the U.S.App Store now:
Quizcover revolutionizes trivia gaming
with more and better question types

Knowledge is more playable than ever: on top of the traditional "Pick One" question type, Quizcover comes with the new, more interactive and more flexible "Pick Some" and "Match Two" types, and integrates this level of diversity into a rich framework of contests and challenges.

January 3, 2018 – Available for iOS on the U.S. App Store now, Quizcover innovates the most fundamental aspects of trivia gaming:
  • how the game presents questions,
  • how players enter their answers,
  • how the answers are evaluated, and
  • what kinds of help players can get from boosters. 
Trivia games have always been popular, but other products lacked the level of diversity Quizcover provides. Besides the traditional trivia question type (one answer is right, three are wrong), Quizcover offers two question types that are more engaging, put related facts into context, and earn players points even with partially correct answers:
  • Pick Some: multiple answers to the same question (such as multiple Super Bowl MVPs or Oscar winners)
  • Match Two: form pairs (such as "California–Sacramento" or "Democratic–John F. Kennedy") 




Quizista, the indie games company that spent more than three years to change trivia gaming forever, integrated Quizcover's three question types into a rich framework of contests and challenges:
  • points and levels;
  • duels with friends (invitations via Facebook, email, messenger services) and random opponents;
  • rankings of different levels of granularity (from worldwide to city, from all-time to daily);
  • streaks (series of questions on which a user scored at least one point each) and superstreaks (series of questions on which a user scored all winnable points);
  • achievements; and
  • personal records.
True to its slogan ("Fun time well spent."), Quizcover also has something to offer to those players who are keenly interested in acquiring knowledge along the way or whose curiosity is sparked by a name or term that comes up in the game: info texts that appear after questions, and bookmarkable links (typically several links per question).

"Quizcover is a whole new experience for those of us who like to play with facts and knowledge but dislike the monotony of old-fashioned trivia games," said Florian Mueller, Quizista's founder and CEO. "From the outset we wanted to redefine the genre and revolutionize our microcosm the way the iPhone did in its infinitely larger field ten years ago." Mueller is named in the credits of three of the most successful computer game franchises in history: Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo. He is also known to many in the iOS community by virtue of his FOSS Patents blog, which covers intellectual property, antitrust and policy matters involving Apple and other mobile device makers.

At this stage, Quizcover's content is primarily tailored to a U.S. audience and people around the globe with a strong interest in everything American. Over time, users in different regions of the world will see different selections of content.

Quizcover is a free-to-play app. Premium offerings are optionally available: real-world money can be converted into in-game coins and then be spent on boosters, retries, or skips. Avid gamers can also take a VIP subscription (one free booster per question) and/or Second Chance subscription (one free retry per question). The game also provides free boosters to users as part of its tutorial, for reaching higher levels, and as a reward for inviting friends or visiting the game's Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.

Quizista invented the customer-friendly Booster Back mechanism (see www.boosterback.com), which ensures that Quizcover users get an immediate booster refund if they fail to score on a question despite having used boosters. They can then use those boosters on other questions. Quizista would like to encourage other game makers to adopt the same approach.

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For a comparison between Quizcover and the two trivia game apps that led the U.S. App Store charts in earlier years, please check out the following document (PDF):

Quizcover product website: https://www.quizcover.com/


For further information, please contact Quizista: https://www.quizcover.com/imprint