Netflix will premiere daily interactive quiz series “Trivia Quest” on April 1. Based on Etermax’s hit game “Trivia Crack” — which Netflix says is “the No. 1 multi-platform trivia franchise in the world” — the streaming animated show will feature 24 questions (12 standard, 12 difficult) across categories including science, history, entertainment, sports, art and geography. As with Netflix’s prior interactive specials, “Trivia Quest” has a “narrative twist,” taking players on a mission to help Willy “rescue the animated citizens of Trivia Land from the Evil Rocky, who’s bent on hoarding all the knowledge in the world.”
It’s up to the players to choose the correct multiple-choice answers to save the day, Netflix explains in its news announcement, which includes a promotional trailer. Variety says the new trivia series follows earlier Netflix projects that tested interactive storytelling, including “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch.”
In February, Netflix debuted “Cat Burglar,” its first interactive quiz game show. “Cat Burglar” challenges players to advance its storyline by answering multiple-choice questions.
“Trivia Quest” also advances Netflix’s mobile gaming initiative, the network says. In November, Netflix released its first mobile games, a month after purchasing mobile game developer Night School Studio, which had been releasing games based on the service’s smash hit “Stranger Things.”
“Trivia Quest” is produced by Daniel Calin and Vin Rubino of Sunday Sauce Productions. It will be available on supported devices, including smart TVs, streaming media players, game consoles, web browsers, smartphones and tablets. Devices must be running the latest version of the Netflix app to play the games.
Trivia games range from “bar trivia, when people gather in groups at a bar to compete against each other, to ‘Trivial Pursuit,’ a board game released in the early 1980s that has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide,” writes The New York Times, tracing trivia’s early roots to “a combination of ‘Information Please,’ an American radio quiz show that ran from 1928 to 1952, and psychoanalysis.”
“While in-person trivia has proved to be a tried and true opportunity to socialize, companies have experimented with online trivia in an attempt to keep up with constantly-evolving technology and trends,” NYT reports. When the COVID-19 pandemic diminished in-person trivia options, “many people relied on online experiences to get their trivia fix — whether that meant creating their own game of trivia on Zoom with friends, or using a company like TriviaHub to facilitate an online trivia experience.”
TriviaHub, founded as an app by CEO Ryan Kohlman in 2018, had by 2020 “shifted to full-service, virtual trivia hosting,” says NYT, noting the company “now works with more than 9,000 companies on virtual team-building activities.”