iPhone App Review: Qmaster

iPhone App Review: Qmaster

July 3rd, 2011 by

Playing a quiz or trivia games is a fun and challenging way to pass the time on your iPhone, and with constant internet access a developer can ensure that you never have to see the same question twice. Up until now though, nobody (to my knowledge) has ever combined trivia with the ability to level-up and attack real-world opponents. Nobody until Charcis released the new app Qmaster, that is.

Using location awareness and “attack” questions earned through studying and leveling up your knowledge in many different categories, you can challenge opponents to duels and try to become a Qmaster. You could also avoid attacks entirely and just play a very large trivia game with over 80,000 questions and counting, leveling up and learning about 10 different subject categories with 5 levels of difficulty in each one.

How It Works

The game has two versions, playable through the same app. The free version is playable but limits the level of difficulty you can reach in each question category, limits your attacks to one per hour, and does not allow you to use certain play options (basically leaving you open to attack by anyone and everyone). The subscription mode gives you full access to the app at $0.99 for 30 days (and $0.99 for another 90 days), or $3.99 for a full 365 days. This review will cover the full version of the game.

You basically are trying to use Study Mode to achieve higher levels of difficulty in question categories, because the question you use to attack others are chosen from all of the questions which you have gotten right. The game options screen allows you to prevent attacks from those too far below or above you in question difficulty categories by choosing Peers Only mode, or prevent all attacks entirely by entering Study Mode.

When answering questions, you are trying to achieve runs of three correct answers in a row in order to progress to the next level. It takes ten fractional steps to get to another difficulty level, and three correct answers in a row to move up a step, meaning that you need to answers at least 30 questions correct total in order to move up. Any wrong answers will break your streak of three in a row, and three wrong answers in a row actually punishes you by dropping you down a step. So be careful out there.

Attacks go like this: you choose a player from the map view screen that is not already “provoked”, and send that player a question from your stable of correctly answered questions. They defend themselves by answering the question and can counter-attack by returning fire with a question of their own.

Pros And Cons

Qmaster is, first of all, a great quiz game on its own. There are tens of thousands of questions in ten different subjects, and within those subjects the questions themselves run the gamut from absurdly easy to obscure, very specific knowledge. If you turn the Reveal Answers option you can even learn a thing or two by seeing the answers when you get a question wrong.

Attacks are fun as well, a sort of back-and-forth duel using questions and answers instead of broadswords (or instead of cannons and broadsides if you’re more the pirate ship type). If you get your hands on an opponent that is actually online and responds to your attacks quickly you can have some exciting, trivia-based combat on your hands until someone finally drops.

The game’s interface could use some sharpening up, but nothing major that interferes with gameplay. Notifications will tell you when you’re being attacked or when an opponent is sensed nearby, but when you open the app itself there is no indication where you should go to follow up on that notification. For instance, if an opponent is sensed nearby and I open the app, a little “!” on the combat button could tell me to go there, and once on the map an indicator next to that player’s icon could tell me who it was that “tripped the alarm”. Otherwise I’m just tapping everything around me, trying to find out who this person is that’s supposed to be nearby.


Qmaster is a great trivia game that has done a fun job of incorporating attack and defense elements into what would ordinarily be a good app all on its own. You can try out the free version and get over 300 correct questions out of it (if you max out each category to level 1), and do some basic attacks before deciding if you want to spring for a subscription. I definitely recommend the game either way, since it’s a fun quiz game with some interesting social elements thrown in.

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