I just discovered this game – although it’s been around for 4 months (since August). It’s a lot of fun although I am dismal at it. Have yet to make it to 3 correct answers (sad).
- HQ is currently only available for iPhones.
- Download the free app and twice a day (at 3pm and 9pm), you get to play live trivia – complete with host and 300K fellow trivia nuts.
- I played for the first time on Tuesday and got knocked out at my 3rd question. Since then, I have not made it past 2!
- The questions haven’t been particularly hard – I just didn’t know the answers.
Here’s the deal:
It’s a live game show with a standup comedian hosting (Scott Rogowsky, although there are occasional stand-ins).
- After you download the app, they alert you a few minutes before a game is about to start.
- The game consists of 12 multiple choice trivia questions (3 potential answers for each).
- You have 10 seconds to answer (which is not long enough to google the answer).
- You swipe on the answer you think is correct.
- Once you get one wrong answer, you are knocked out of the game – although you can stay on the app and watch the remaining players.
Read on below for more info on the jackpot and the founders.
Everyone who completes all 12 questions splits the jackpot. If no one wins, it carries over to the next game.
- Every time I’ve played it’s been $1500.
- Over the weekend, it had amounted to $10,000.
- If you win, you cash out with your PayPal account.
The number of players varies – over 300,000 people were playing Wednesday afternoon – and you see the numbers go up by about 50K per minute.
The game is very glitchy – all 3 times that I’ve played there have been “technical difficulties” – sometimes resulting in major delays.
One other, not so nice part of the game, is the frequent, very unpleasant commentary from players (it’s a really fast feed and I didn’t notice it at first but then when you do catch what they’re saying, it’s pretty crazy.
HQ was created by Vine founders, Rus Yusupov and Colin Kroll.
And, as of December 12, there is a copycat called Q which is available on Android as well as the iPhone.