Blind Bargains

Playtime: Addiction Has a New Name and It Is Trivia Crack

In the 80s the board game of choice was Trivial Pursuit. And all you needed to play was a dining room table, a board, a six sided die and all these little pie wedges that fit neatly into a six sectioned pie. You rolled a die and answered trivia questions from one of six genres, determined by where you landed with your dye roll. But now it’s 2015 and surely someone has found a way to put all that into your hand, right? Enter Trivia Crack.

The app takes all the trappings of what made Trivial Pursuit great and lets you challenge your friends to a traditional board game experience. You spin a wheel instead of rolling a die to determine your area of knowledge to be tested. Then, you are given a question with 4 possible answers to choose from. If you find you need help, there are power ups at the bottom of the screen that allow you to skip or remove some of the wrong choices to aid you in finding that elusive answer. Like Trivial Pursuit, you are in a race to gain mastery of six sections before the other player captures the same. However, watch out, the other player can issue a challenge and attempt to steal one of your "crowns" in an arena they are not familiar with, say sports. Text chat is available for taunting your opponent. And the game has leaderboards and its own achievement system.

Argentine developer Etermax released the app to Latin America in 2013. And since its translation to English in 2014, the app has risen to the tops of the Google Play and Apple App stores. The app is available on the Amazon App Store and Windows Phone store as well. Sadly, the iOS version seems to be more accessible with speech than the other versions, which is a shame as it would be neat to have a cross-platform game working to pit Apple vs. Google, as with Diceworld. The app is free, with ads, and #$2.99 U.S. for the add free addition. And after a few games, you may find yourself wanting the paid version, as finding the button to close the various ads can be just as challenging as the very questions you are trying to answer. If social media is any indication, the app is truly living up to its title, with scores of users on Twitter and Facebook posting status updates in both the mainstream and Blindness/Low Vision communities.

Download the iOS version or try your luck with the Google Play version, though it is far less accessible there.

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ClaytonJacobs Monday, 12-Jan-2015 4:17 PM ET:

As an Android user, I love the Android platform better than iOS, but the inaccessibility of many of the applications in the Google Play Store is inexcusable. Google has accessibility information for developers. I wrote a review on TalkBack, requesting that Google mandate accessibility of applications. I also have contacted Google directly on this. What application developers of all platforms need to understand is that failing to make application accessibility a priority is segregation, and likened to a wheelchair bound person denied an accessible entrance.

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Joe Steinkamp is no stranger to the world of technology, having been a user of video magnification and blindness related electronic devices since 1979. Joe has worked in radio, retail management and Vocational Rehabilitation for blind and low vision individuals in Texas. He has been writing about the A.T. Industry for 15 years and podcasting about it for almost a decade.

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