1 New Trivia Engine, 2 New Games, 509 Questions, 100 Promo Codes and a whole load of waffle

By: Conor 14. September 2011 19:01

John Mayer U2 Simquizitor Load



It's no secret that we here at Redwind like our music. It's certainly no secret that one or two of us have a somewhat unnatural obsession with John Mayer.

With a core business that involves creating the best trivia apps to be found in the iTunes App Store it really was only a matter of time.

Presenting John Mayer Challenge (and U2 Challenge) powered by the Simquizitor Engine…

"Wait - What the hell is the Simquizitor Engine?" cries the 1 person actually reading this blog post.

Well this is probably a good time to take a quick look at our current trivia offerings

The Inquizitor

Responsible for and powering mega-hits such as Movie Challenge and Music Challenge. The Inquizitor is where we started out and still our main trivia format and engine.

We may not have released an Inquizitor game in a while but rest assured it is not dead - far from it. Stay tuned!

The Miniquizitor

Responsible for and powering mega-flops such as Christmas Movie Challenge and Christmas Music Challenge. Take your questions, wrap them up in complex animations and a meaningful storyline.

Probably the slickest of our games in terms of overall look and feel but let down horribly by a few awful (non)decisions. The question content - in particular What Year & Hangman - is crap and filled up with movies and music that no self respecting person has ever heard of. The Story Bubble pop-ups utilize the smallest buttons the iPhone has ever seen, making interacting with the game a complete pain in the ass from the first time you play it until you find out how to turn those pop-ups off.

However, despite the above we do still believe this format has great potential and will be fixing the existing issues and producing new Miniquizitor games in the future.

Qwizz it?

Our platform in production which will allow you, yes YOU! and anyone else who feels the urge to create Inquizitor grade trivia apps with zero programming knowledge and without writing a single line of code.

Qwizz it? will let users upload their own questions, graphics and sound effects via a simple web interface which will then produce the game, mix it up in our secret quiz-making machine, garnish it with that Redwind polish and serve it right up to the masses via the iTunes App Store (with more platforms to follow). There will also be literally* piles and piles of ready made, purpose built stock images and effects available for any user who wants to use them in their game.

That's Qwizz it? in a nutshell and we are extremely excited to see what you will create using it.

*there won't literally be piles and piles as it's not physically possible to pile up non-physical assets.

And finally

Simquizitor

The Simquizitor

It's simple (get it?). We wanted to make as generic a trivia format as we possibly could. Of course we could have gone the same old boring route as most other trivia apps available and just make a bunch of 20 question multiple-choice apps without any flair or overall theme and sense of progress. We could have, but that's not us. If we were going to make a generic trivia template, we were going to make sure it was the slickest, most polished and most unique template available in the App Store.

We came up with a new game board that's simpler that the Inquizitor and more "Round" centric to give a great impression of progression through the game. Every game has standardized Game Center Leaderboards and Achievements. We've simplified the Power-Ups system. Basically, we've taken the guts of the Inquizitor and stripped it right back to make a much simpler, quicker and easier format.

The overall look and feel of Simquizitor games is pretty much identical from title to title. Each game type will be identical across all apps, but different apps will have different game types. So for example, music based apps will have Lyrics, movie based apps will have Quotes, you get the idea.

First up John Mayer (and U2 for all the old-fogies)

Coming soon: Glee, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and many more

Obviously then we'll start focussing on other genres such as movies, sports, topical events and so on. We are toying with the idea of producing & releasing at least one new Simquizitor game a week once we get up to speed.

Sometimes I talk too much, sometimes I say more than I should. So I'm just stopping right here! If you want to try out either John Mayer Challenge or U2 Challenge go ahead and grab yourself a free copy on us - Promo Codes for both are below :)

Why go this route? Well it's important to remember we are 100% not abandoning our other formats and our other projects, this is just another outlet for all the content and ideas we have. But what the Simquizitor enables us to do that our other formats (and competitors) can't compete with is get new content and very high quality standardized games out there live and in the store faster than ever before. There is also an element of risk reduction here too. Who remembers the Harry Potter trivia app we slaved over only to have it rightly removed from the App Store after receiving a Cease & Desist? These games are far less likely to end up going that way, but you know what… even if then do then the

Promo Codes

Just click the link to download immediately! Or copy and paste the code into iTunes if you are so inclined.

John Mayer Challenge

9HTNL3JYJEWP   N7H99FY33XJ9   R7HJRKRP3YNR
WTL4FRH4ELHX   TE6JHLHWA7E3   K6F4MNMERAEP
WJNFATPR9J9T   74ALTMJ9NH7A   R7E9Y6PAWAP7
NTKEAXJANLJW   4AKYH7F9FN7W   R7AK3Y9AA647
P7F4HNMAX63T   R96XYN4MXHJ3   64RPX96FJFLA
PAH6R6HA6PR7   97KELY77YHWK   MXREAT3EEWHT
HFRM4FY6WFTN   KRP3NLWE4L3J   6PPR3JJJW6AX
P7TK4AKW6JF3   9PLMF9E7FE6T   YA6HXFFAWNAE
XTJNXLH47NRT

U2 Challenge

4T6KRALYAWLY   TNFW9JN3WL3X   YAYREP9XFHA6
THLFKKY4AH3W   6PYYYT9Y67FM   3LW96LFR644T
4HR36MER6RHT   TLNJRLPYTTEW   3L7HE7XM3AFK
9KA7K9KXYP3E   6PWRREFFERA6   K6E9AAHPEHEM
77EWH9W4TEFW   7H3JJ6WMNN7J   6PWJX6MAPNY6
EJT93FMEFPY4   YJ9K6ALYEYT4   RR966LAXH74Y
JKWTKFW6A9JA   9LE9EPY9734T   TLPPY66PKTAP
PT6NWEPFM9PN   RHXEFP4ANX37   3KHPKHW3PXH3
6FELHWKA9NA9



PS: Version 1.1 of U2 Challenge is coming real soon and will include the sound effects that our idiot CTO forgot to include in the initial release.

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