Gridiculous Free is a fast-paced trivia game that comes with ads. You can get the paid version to remove ads and open up more content. There is a try version of the paid one if you prefer to use only it to see if you like the game. note: all the screenshots have music snapped to the side, I prefer clean screenshots with only the app reviewed unless snap is important, but didn’t want to do them over).
The opening screen shows the title and the name it is giving you. You can easily change this name and it will remember all names/stats of those who have put a name in. One section is blocked off since that is what you must pay to get the use of. My only issue with this screen is the ad. It was probably made with my normal screen resolution (1920×1080) in mind but since I am using the snapped mode, it ends up blocking part of the app. It doesn’t hurt the playability as it moves on other screens, but here just is a bit obtrusive.
The Giddy game is shown above. Once you pick the category, 1- easiest and 4- most difficult, you’ll get the grid of possible answers. Each time you get one correct, it eliminates one that would have been wrong. However if you choose an incorrect one, then a possible correct one is shown. In either case you either lose points or earn points. The game continues as long as you have time to play. You are also provided a shuffle option to get different categories (once you have tried one) if the categories shown are too difficult for you. Here the ad covers up the timer (that’s bad).
If you do something really good you’ll get an award banner like shown. Any accomplishments along the way show in a similar manner, sometimes you earn them for no particular reason.
The Grinny game progresses a little differently. It is still timed but each category of difficulty provides more points than the one before and the goal is to level up so you can advance. You cannot skip some and go back either. You must pick quickly to get the most points before time runs out. Each category also has a 3 strikes and you are out, so you can only get so many wrong before you are shut down on it.
The paid version brings you the Griddy game. Here you are not timed, but need to find something in each category for each letter of the alphabet (well a couple are combined as you can see). You can take your sweet time and even save the game progress for later. Select a category and then a letter (whatever order you wish to go) and pick from the grid your choice, again you get 3 strikes provided here. note: if you get the free version and then download the trial, the stats do not mix, but the tiles are exactly the same (guess you aren’t intended to have both of them downloaded).
At the end of each game you’ll get a nice statistic view and run it in if you scored well. Of course the main stats screen will compare everyone in the 3 games against each other over the lifetime of playing the game.
The game actually shrinks down to fit in the small snapped view, but it isn’t truly playable. It might be nice to have it pause though while playing if you are going to shrink it down for a moment and then continue on.
No live tile and as mentioned the free and trial/paid version tiles are almost exactly alike (text is different).
I might be a little biased here since I enjoy trivia but this is a fun different take on a trivia game. It should provide quite a few challenges and 60 levels in the additional paid mode. Aside from the ad placement minor faux pas, it is a well designed app. I definitely recommend the free version and the paid one is certainly well worth the expense for the extra challenges.
Category: Games > Arcade
Download size: 25.4 MB
Publisher: Gridiculous LLC
Price: free (trial available for 7 days for no ads, extra mode $1.49)