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The Impossible Quiz! Review

By , on December 25, 2009


The Impossible Quiz!
Download on the AppStore
4 out of 5

PROS

  • A lot of fun.
  • Unique solutions and ideas required.

CONS

  • Little replay value.
  • Questions can be purposefully unfair.

VERDICT

Those familiar with these style of quizes will immediately feel at home and be prepared for many of the tricks and traps that are common to each style of question. While The Impossible Quiz might not be frustrating on the level of something like Syobon Action (Google it!) it's still fun to try.


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Games that aim to annoy are an odd breed. The Impossible Quiz by inXile Entertainment dances on the line of frustration and entertainment with care and when you accept the challenge you do so knowing it won't be fair.

Playing the game involves being taunted with touch-to-respond answers that require thoughts so bendy they'd only look straight in a carnival fun house mirror maze. There's not as much of a dependance on "what am I thinking" logic puzzles and more of a dependance on "guess randomly" answers. Sure, that doesn't make them clever or in fact puzzles at all, but this is all about dancing between humor and frustration and not about who has a Mensa level IQ.

The art is fairly free-form and rough, but it matches the quirky style of the quiz. Very few chances are given to succeed, but once you do it's a matter of remembering the pattern of answers and killing all the replay value. This is a common failure of the genre and some variations to the quiz would have made it more interesting to tackle after completion.

As always the greatest fun comes from handing something like The Impossible Quiz to a friend and watching them squirm, though you might want to make sure you're in a room with carpet or better yet outside in a large thick grassy field so they can get a real good look at your face as your iPhone arcs towards oblivion. Fun for all, but a risk to your expensive toy.

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