A New Kind of Crack


Kate Linehan

Juniors Camille Baguley and Adorina Bebla were in an intense game of Trivia Crack after school one day.

Kate Linehan, Reporter

Who are the three sons of Cronos? How many pins are there in bowling? What is the chemical symbol for Radium? These all seem like regular, boring trivia questions that you might hear on a family game night, but recently a new app has spread like wildfire all over Pres and redefined the reputation of the common trivia game.

This new app is called Trivia Crack, game where you to challenge your friends to trivia,  competing to see who can win more characters, which are achieved by correctly answering trivia questions. As I was walking around campus to ask people their opinions on Trivia Crack, I noticed that once I mentioned the name of the game a majority of faces lit up with excitement as they told me how much they loved it.

Sophomore Francesca Duncan said, “I love that game! I love how competitive it is and how you get to play against people you know.”

Trivia Crack is not only popular at Pres, but according to Bloomberg Businessweek, “It’s the fifth-most played mobile game in the world. In Latin America, where it was the most downloaded free app last year, Trivia Crack is on one of every eight smartphones.”

America has in fact been one of the last to catch on the Trivia Crack bandwagon. Before Trivia Crack hit the US, the game’s popularity in other countries allowed it to make its way onto the list of

So, what is it about this app that turns a normal game of trivia into something that high schoolers are motivated to play? Is it the colors? The characters that match the categories? The competitiveness as you play against your Facebook friends? Most likely a combination of all of those.

“I just always want to get the answer right so I can beat my friends,” says Junior Helena Grant, looking up briefly from her iPad. “After you miss so many questions you just want to hold onto the hope that you will get the next one so you keep on playing to prove to yourself that you are not horrible.”

The Trivia Crack addiction is becoming a real problem, according to sites like The Odyssey, which displays “The Five Stages of the Trivia Crack Addiction,” and BuzzFeed, which has an article called “The 18 Realities All Trivia Crack Players Know All Too Well.” Just like any other game, Trivia Crack can be addictive and articles like these parallel that addiction it to that of drugs and alcohol, specially crack.

Junior Emma Russell says, “At first I did not think I was going to be that addicted to the game, but once I started games with my friends, it started to get really competitive. I wanted to keep on playing so I could beat them.”

Unlike other addictive games, Trivia Crack is actually an education app that tests the player’s knowledge in a variety of categories including sports, geography, history, and entertainment. People have different motivations for playing the game. For example, although getting the answers correct is the object of the game, Grant says, “I do not play the game to learn. The facts are interesting, but I usually forget them a few seconds later.”

Whereas, Sophomore Isabell Randazzo enjoys the trivia aspect of the game and says, “I like how there are a lot of different subjects to choose from and that the questions aren’t too hard because normal people make them.”

Apps do seem to spread quickly onto devices these days, and Junior Maddie Morris says it simply, “I saw people playing it at school and I decided to get it. It turns out it is actually really fun to play.”  Once a bright, new app like Trivia Crack makes it onto a few iPads, there is no stopping it.

When will you be downloading Trivia Crack?

  1. Right now!
  2. I procrastinate so probably in a week
  3. Never! I already am too addicted to
  4. Already downloaded it…. duh