Netflix has released a number of interactive shows over the years, but few have had much of an impact. Black Mirror: Bandersnatch sparked some interest, but mostly because it was Netflix’s first attempt at interactive content. Now Netflix is trying again with trivial quest – an interactive game show based on the popular mobile game Trivia Crack.
The first episode of trivial quest hit the streaming service on Friday. A new episode will arrive every day this month, with 30 planned in all. You can play from virtually any device, including smart TVs, phones, tablets, computers, and game consoles.
How to play trivial quest on Netflix
If you played Trivia Crack before, you know what to expect. You have a limited time to answer a series of questions covering a range of topics. After you start an episode, you will be presented with 12 standard questions. For each correct answer you will get some coins. At the end of the episode, if you answered enough questions correctly, you will exchange these coins for a key to rescue a kidnapped friend.
Andy Weil, vice president of comedy series and interactive programming at Netflix, explained how trivial quest works in a blog post earlier this year:
Adapting the acclaimed Trivia Crack game, each episode includes 24 questions (12 standard and 12 difficult) in categories including science, history, entertainment, sports, art and geography. Each question is a multiple-choice game, with four potential answers to choose from. Like our interactive specials, trivial quest also has a narrative twist, taking players on a mission to help our hero, Willy, save the animated citizens of Trivia Land from the Evil Rocky, who is bent on accumulating all the knowledge in the world. So it’s up to you, the player, to select the correct answers and save the day.
Is the interactive game show fun?
After playing the first episode, I can confidently say that trivial quest… exist. The standard questions are almost insulting, while the hard questions were only slightly harder. Additionally, virtually all questions, regardless of category, revolve around movies.
That said, it wasn’t a terrible way to waste ten minutes during lunch. A little like wordle, I could see it being a lot more entertaining if you made it a competition with friends. Even better, if you have kids, you can make it a fun after-dinner ritual. The narrative hook is tenuous, but it gives you and whoever you’re playing with something to work with. You can also replay the quiz as many times as you want.
New episodes of trivial quest will be available on Netflix daily in April. You can play any of them anytime after the broadcast begins, so you don’t have to worry about missing a day or two along the way. I wish Netflix included a way to share your score, but there might be another season down the line.
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