Ever-popular quiz apps test all personality types

  • Article by: KATIE HUMPHREY , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 13, 2014 - 2:38 PM

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Q: Is there a quiz app for you?

A: Yes, no matter what your personality.

Millions of smartphone users have already figured that out — if the popularity of QuizUp is any indication. Since launching in November, the app has hovered in the Top 10 mobile games in the United States.

But it’s just one of many brain teasers. Turns out, there’s a trivia app to test just about any personality type.

They’re quick, mostly free, sometimes social, and feed our already established trivia habit.

“Games that tap into our culture tend to do very well,” said Marcos Sanchez, of App Annie, a mobile analytics company. “Trivia is a huge part of American culture.”

QuizUp, in particular, has a following, boasting more than 4 million players worldwide. Imagine that: a game that requires some knowledge — useless or otherwise — standing out amid the Candy Crush craze.

But Twin Cities bar trivia know-it-alls say the apps lack something social. For them, there’s nothing better than drinking beer with friends at a local watering hole, competing against other teams for trivia domination.

Still, Chuck Terhark, co-founder of Trivia Mafia, said he sees how an app can satisfy our competitive trivia impulses.

“It’s cool to be competitive and show you know something about the world,” he said.

Plus, trivia in any form offers a bit of nostalgic fun, said John Cosgrove, founder of Sassy Lassy Trivia.

“It taps into your intuition,” Cosgrove said. “You can ask a trivia question about an ’80s movie and all sorts of memories and thoughts come from that.”

Nick Pennell, 23, of Mendota Heights, prefers daily rounds of QuizUp questions about the human body, “South Park” and, when challenging his sister, animal identification.

“You choose a topic based on what mood you’re in,” he said.

It’s a nightly routine that, depending on his fervor, lasts just a few minutes — or maybe longer.

After all, he said, “You can’t end after one game when you lose by one or two points.” □

The Smartypants

You’re the one who knows a little about everything. Or maybe a lot about something specific, say, musicals, East Asian history, pro wrestling or the periodic table.

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