HQ Trivia is an app and trivia game that you can play from the comfort of your own home. It’s free to play, and you have the chance to win real cash prizes. Anyone can win; it’s just a matter of how much general knowledge you possess.
HQ Trivia has live hosts who present the game two times a day, usually at lunchtime and later in the evening for the East Coast. Hundreds of thousands of people typically play the game at any one time. It even surpassed a million players during one show. The jackpot typically ranges from $1,000 to $18,000. Players usually split the prize if there are multiple winners.
Bang for Your Buck: 2
After a comparatively lengthy intro of two to three minutes, , the game moves along at a lightning pace, just like a real game show. If you’re lucky enough to know all the answers to the eight, 12, or 15 rounds of questions, you’ll win your prize in no time. From what we can see, the trivia questions level depends on how far you make it into the game, from easy to hard. You must be 18 years old to play according to HQ Trivia's website.
If you also invest the time in inviting friends to join the app, you can gain “lives” that you can use to help keep you in the game. You can also purchase these lives, but that seems counterproductive to trying to win money.
If you actually win, that's where the lucrative aspect of this game comes into play. Until that point, you invest a significant amount of time with no payout. If you enjoy game shows for what they are, then why not?
Ease of Use: 3
The app is designed beautifully — it’s up to date and easy to use. The game is only live twice a day, but in the interim, you can update your profile, check out the leaderboard, and see how many badges you’ve collected. Once the game goes live, the streaming can be glitchy because there are so many people viewing the live game at once. But when it balances out, the game itself is simple to manage.
HQ Trivia is one of the most popular trivia apps available today. Out of 124,000 reviews on Apple’s App Store, it has an average rating of 3.8 out of five. HQ has had celebrity guest hosts like Robert De Niro and Alicia Silverstone and has been featured in the New York Times, the Today show, Time, and CNBC, among others. Users generally favor it positively.
HQ Trivia is not rated by the Better Business Bureau.
Customer Service: 2
HQ Trivia has a website that deals with customer queries, including FAQs and common problems. You can easily submit a specific request or complaint on the same site, and it asks you for detailed information, such as which device you’re using to play the game. CentSai reached out and received no response within two working day.
It also has a Twitter account dedicated specifically to customer service (@HQTriviaHelp), but it doesn’t seem to be very active. Its main Twitter account is much more active, thought when we reached out, no response was received within two working days at press time.
You have to be on par with general knowledge in order to profit from this game. With the sheer volume of other people playing, even if you do win, the prize will inevitably be split up. The rounds run quickly though, and if you're not a quiz whiz you'll find that out pretty quickly, so not much time has to be wasted. CentSai reached out via email and received no response within five working days at press time.