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A Definitive Ranking of the Best Digital Trivia Tools

Rob Warner

For some of us, there's no such thing as too much trivia. If Jeopardy is playing on repeat in the background as you go about your day, you're probably one of us. Luckily, there's no shortage of digital trivia tools out there to scratch that itch whether you want to play by yourself, dominate your friends and family, or take on strangers and climb to the top of a virtual leaderboard. Which platform do you use, though? Do you have to pay or is there a free version? Do you need a host, download something to your device? iOS? Android?? The options can seem overwhelming. Luckily we played all these games for you so you don't have to (we said there's no such thing as too much trivia- did you now believe us?). Below is the definitive ranking of all the best digital trivia tools.

Key Features of a Great Digital Quiz Maker

Unlike the tenth and last studio album from Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, one size does not fit all. Depending on how many participants there are, who you want to play against, what prizes exist, etc., you're going to want different features for different games. However, there are a couple of universal features that should exist in any game that we used to grade each tool. For each of these, we asked is it:

  • Easy to Use: how easy is it to spin up? Do you have to download something to your phone or computer? Are there templates to get started quickly? Can you customize it?
  • Comprehensive: are there multiple question types like text, picture, and audio? Is it only multiple choice?
  • Fun: not sure how to explain this one other than, "is it a vibe?" as the kids say.

We graded each of these on a scale of 1-5 (5 being the best) to come up with our definitive ranking of online trivia from lowest to highest. So, without further ado, here they are!

Google Forms / Typeform

Ease of Use: 4

Comprehensiveness: 2

Fun: 2

Score: 8

We've all been there. You need some virtual trivia STAT so you spin up a Zoom or Skype meeting, slap together a PowerPoint presentation and Google Form or Typeform for your attendees, and hope no one minds switching back and forth between platforms. I will say there is power in getting to control every aspect of the game. While it's not the most elegant solution, if you're on a budget and your boss might give you a sideways glance if you try to introduce cartoon emoji into the workplace, this might be the best option. There are certainly some fun integrations you can whip up between Google forms, Google sheets, and Google Slides, automatically grading correct answers and updating your presentation in real-time, but if you're not an Excel whiz, this may be beyond your technical abilities.

Best for: self-starters, go-getters, those on a budget

Woorise

Drag and drop input fields throughout your quiz

Ease of Use: 2

Comprehensiveness: 4

Fun: 3

Score: 9

Where Sporcle Party brings the fun, Woorise brings the tech. Woorise is at its core more of a marketing software than a trivia platform, so it almost feels unfair to knock them for not having a question database or whacky avatars that could liven up the experience a bit. Their core offering is for companies to create giveaway campaigns to help you grow your small business, with respondents being able to answer questionnaires for prizes, all at the low price of submitting your email address. They do have a free plan for their basic offering, but you'll need to pay 39 Euros/mo for quizzes, a bit of a premium price tag for virtual pub trivia. Not that fun, if you ask us.

Best for: marketing campaigns, user feedback

SurveyMonkey

Ease of Use: 3

Comprehensiveness: 3

Fun: 3

Score: 9

Of course, if you bring all the fun to the group wherever you go, SurveyMonkey might just be enough for you. If you've never used it (how, first of all?) it's a simple online survey tool that is great for collecting feedback from customers or users, but its uses have grown as quickly as the internet with the only limitation being people's imagination. Naturally, folks have found a way to turn it into a virtual trivia platform by writing quizzes, collecting answers, and grading them ad hoc. Pretty versatile as online quiz makers go, with multiple choice and short answer text available, but if you're looking for a trivia database or a fast way to spin up a game, this ain't it.

Best for: collecting feedback, manually grading every answer because you have nothing but time on your hands

HQ Trivia

Ease of Use: 3

Comprehensiveness: 1

Fun: 5

Score: 9

Ah, HQ Trivia. It feels like decades ago but I remember a time when 6 pm would roll around and everyone would take out their phone to play a game of HQ Trivia with Scott Rogowsky. He no longer hosts, but the format is pretty simple: log on and play against thousands of other players across the world. It's elimination-style, but if you stay on through the end you split the prize money with whoever else made it through (usually it was only a couple of bucks). Those times have all but disappeared but it is a good option if you want to feel like you're competing against thousands of people for glory because, well, you are. It’s not exactly a trivia maker per se, but if you want to play some trivia and compete against friends you can always log in during the same game to see who can get the farthest. 

Best for: solo playing, real-time gameplay

CrowdPurr

Easy of Use: 2

Comprehensiveness: 5

Fun: 3

Score: 10

CrowdPurr is a great option for anyone focused on audience engagement. It feels like it might have started as a tool for polls at conferences, but has since added a lot of fun features to make it a worthy contender for a virtual trivia game. It integrates with Zoom, has a ton of great features like social sharing and leaderboards. It may honestly be a little too comprehensive? Setting up feels complicated and there's not an easy out-of-the-box solution.

Best for: large events, conferences

Trivia Crack

Ease of Use: 3

Comprehensiveness: 4

Fun: 3

Score: 10

As the name implies, Trivia Crack is a cracked-out mobile app where you can compete against other individuals in various trivia games. You can send invitations to friends or compete against a random player in a number of interactive quizzes. With different timing options, funky themes, and an absolute wild mobile app with far too many colors for two eyeballs to consume, it's great if you're of the generation with a limited attention span. Just don't expect to be able to create custom games for you or your friends.

Best for: one-on-ones, people who love bright colors

Trivia Royale

Ease of Use: 4

Comprehensiveness: 3

Fun: 4

Score: 11

Only available on iPhone and Android, Trivia Royale is a great option for the lazy trivia players among us. Spin up the app and compete one-on-one against friends or strangers on predetermined topics in a timed game of wits. The faster you answer, the more points you get, so there's a bit of a rush there, but the questions are always multiple choice and you can't customize your game. As far as I can tell there is also only one type of game with no advanced features. Still, the UX is pleasing and you can play unlimited quizzes on your smartphone. Just don't expect to see more than a bubbly avatar of your opponent.

Best for: people who love Words with Friends.


Trivia Maker

Ease of Use: 4

Comprehensiveness: 5

Fun: 4

Score: 13

If you want to spin something up fast and use your video conferencing platform of choice, then Trivia Maker is for you. They have several online quizzes ready to go or you can create your own by uploading a spreadsheet or manually entering your questions. The most popular one is a Jeopardy-style format that you can host on your screen and share to the group via screen-share on Zoom or any other platform. The interface is a little clunky and you can't edit public quizzes (which often have errors on them) but if you're in a pinch, for $6.99 a month this isn't a bad option.

Best for: ready-to-go quizzes, hosts on the go.

Sporcle Party

Ease of Use: 5

Comprehensiveness: 4

Fun: 5

Score: 14

Sporcle Party, the latest social game from the trivia giant Sporcle, is highest on this list for several reasons. First, their trivia database is possibly unparalleled. With quizzes from Name Every Country in the World to What is That Thing Called? they truly have it all. On top of that, you can create your own quizzes using their library and battle against your friends or coworkers in a virtual game night all your making. There's no video chat or conferencing feature, hence coming just shy of a perfect score, but you can spin up a Zoom or Skype room and get the team building going that way easily enough. As one of the first to perfect the virtual trivia night at the start of the pandemic, it's no surprise they’re able to host almost 200 games a week.

Best for: team building, small businesses, more trivia questions than you can ever imagine.

Hedgehog Trivia

Does the thought of setting up your own trivia game for your next remote team-building event sound daunting?  Hedgehog Trivia can organize one for you. With professional hosts, built in video conferencing and custom questions, it’s easy to use, comprehensive and fun. Call us biased, but we give it a 15/15. 

Best for: corporate events, lazy people :-)

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