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    Awkward – Xbox One Review

    It’s All Fun & Games… Until It Gets Awkward
    Awkward Game Xbox One Mike Robles The Mommy Gamers

    If there’s one thing everyone loves, it’s party games. Almost every party we throw ends with people loading up their phones and sitting around playing some form of awesome party game. So what happens when Snap Finger Click take that formula and makes things… Awkward? Well, things get… Awkward.

    From the dev team that brought you It’s Quiz Time comes a new kind of trivia game. Instead of downloading an app or using your phone players take turns answering questions via passing a controller. One person will answer a question then another player will have to guess how they responded. Questions start out simple at first, something easy going like “Do you like Cats or Dogs better?”. This sets players up with a false sense of security and exceeds it incredibly well. Players will think to themselves “Well this isn’t so bad, I don’t get what’s so awkward about this.” As they continue to play the questions get slightly more personal and intrusive. Next thing you know everyone is squirming and afraid to answer any questions and there is laughter and heated discussions and well… it’s perfect.

    Awkward is presented in an old timey fashion and plays well, but it’s not without its flaws. Personally I wasn’t a fan of passing the controller back and forth because I’m lazy and when I’m cuddled up on my couch the last thing I want to do is move. There also isn’t any real “host” of the game so there is A LOT of silence and background music. I would have liked to had a quirky host reading off the questions and having some snarky answers.

    For you streamers, Awkward has built in interactivity where you can play with up to 500,000 viewers. That’s a lot of viewers. Don’t have any friends? No problem, Awkward also lets you play solo. That’s right, Awkward will let you play with yourself.

    If Jackbox games are the fun conversations you have during a night out with friends, Awkward is the “TMI” that that one friend shares after having a bit too much to drink. Everyone wants to know more, but then they’re afraid they asked and everyone has a good laugh about it the next day.

    The author was compensated with a copy of Awkward for review purposes.

     

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    It’s Quiz Time Review [Xbox One]

    Former Buzz! Devs re-enter the trivia game space

    It's Quiz Time Xbox One Review The Mommy Gamers Mike RoblesI love trivia. I have so much useless knowledge rummaging around in my brain that I am pretty sure that it’s the reason I can’t remember things like anniversaries or my parents birthdays. So when I heard that former Buzz! devs  Snap Finger Click created It’s Quiz Time and that it was a new party trivia game, I was all in.

    It’s Quiz Time is out now for PC (Steam), PS4 and Xbox One. It’s a trivia party game that features over 25,000 questions and a wide range of topics. Covering the spectrum from historical political figures to Futurama and everything in-between. Up to 8 players can play locally by using their phones and downloading the It’s Quiz Time: Companion App. One of the best things about the companion app is that it keeps track of your stats. Your wins, losses, accuracy and more. It’s a neat way to brag to your friends about how much random crap you know. Or don’t know.

    It’s Quiz Time is presented in a way that never gets boring. Flashy, shiny, futuristic backgrounds are smooth and amazingly animated. Salli, the oddly built AI host, refers to everyone by name and helps welcome new players by asking preferred pronouns, and how to properly say their name. A typical game of It’s Quiz Time lasts 6 rounds. The Starter Round, four randomly chosen game-types, and The Big Finish. Whoever has the most points at the end wins.

    Snap Finger Click has included some amazing features other than just a trivia game and companion app. They are fully integrated with Twitch, Mixer and YouTube to give players a shot at being a host with live interactive streaming. Here you can set-up a webcam, Kinect, or Playstation camera and play with up to 10,000 players online.

    It’s the variety in game types that really make It’s Quiz Time Shine. Without spoiling too many of them I’ll talk about my favorites:

    Describe It: One player has 60 seconds to talk out loud and a describe a subject. These subjects can be books, movies, TV shows and more. The other players in the game all have words on their devices that they are waiting for the describer to say. Once the round ends the players can see how many words the describer said. If at any point there are words missing, or a word might have been checked off that wasn’t said, any player can call shenanigans for everyone to sort it out. I love this one because no matter how much anyone thinks they know about a subject, I have yet to see anyone get every clue. It can get really obscure.

    Guesstimation: Players are given a category (let’s go with TV Shows) and are asked a question like “How many episodes of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer were there?” The players will have a slider on a line between two numbers and the goal is to get as close to the actual number as possible. I like this one a lot because it helped me learn a lot of things I didn’t know. Like that there were 144 episodes of Buffy.

    Another unique aspect of the game is that it will ask you for your age. Then the game will tailor questions specifically to how old you are and will also include you in some questions about timelines. It’s pretty amazing but also comes with a massive downfall… Salli.

    Salli, while being an enthusiastic host, can get quite mean. Occasionally she will poke fun at who is in last place but sometimes she will make fun of someone for being older or younger than the other people that are playing. Every once in a while is ok, but it got to the point where one of my guest was made to feel uncomfortable because Salli outed their age. Another player got constantly berated for being the youngest, despite being in first. More often than not, instead of talking about how fun the trivia is, my guests and I were talking about how mean Salli is.

    Don’t get me wrong there’s so much fun stuff in It’s Quiz Time that I’ve already changed my New Year’s Eve party plans to now include some games of it. You just have to get past Salli being a total wad.

    It’s Quiz Time is out now for PS4, Xbox One and PC (Steam) and for $20, you’re going to get one hell of a good trivia game.

    The reviewer was given a copy of It’s Quiz Time on Xbox One for review purposes

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