March 2, 2011

Vic Mahfood

Reach For The Top

Developer Quote: "The premiere knowledge game Reach For The Top™ goes mobile with this advanced speech-activated application."

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- COST:   $1.99  - APP STORE STARS: N/A

- Categories: Education, Entertainment, Games, Native, Trivia

You may like to spend your free time playing arcade or action games. That's just fine, but realize you won't get the same brain exercise as when you play a word or trivia game. I propose that if you feel your head is already full of intelligence, and that you have a high IQ, think again when it comes to answering the challenging questions of Reach For The Top! This trivia game can be played alone in Solo Mode or in Teams. The bluetooth function will look for other iDevices to connect so you can have a lively game with friends and family!

How did Reach For the Top come to be created? Well, there's an intriguing and true story behind it. First of all, this is a first-class, knowledge game played by thousands of Canadian students each year. Reach for the Top began as a television quiz game for high school students, modeled on the British television series Top of the Form in 1961. It became a national T.V. show in 1966 and for five decades thousands of students have played Reach for the Top. Alex Trebek (that famous game game show host) developed his skills as host of Reach for the Top in Toronto for several years. So you see, we have a very popular and loved game that keeps you on your tiptoes when it's time to say your piece! Are you up for playing a round or two?

Open the app and you will see the modes of Solo or Teams available. Underneath, you can tap the question mark button to get instructions on how to play (although there are no complicated rules here). Next to the question mark is the coins icon which you can use to access additional questions via in-app purchase. The gear wheel is your settings icon, and here you may perform several tasks such as: set the game to Auto-Play the next question, toggle the Game Sounds, adjust the Think Time, see the Top 10 High Scores, adjust the Expert speech accuracy and more.

I played Solo. The timer counted down and my question was displayed on the big red button. After reading it, I quickly tapped the button so that the microphone would appear and I could speak my answer. Reach For The Top deemed my response wrong (yikes!) The good part is that the correct answer was shown below so I learned a thing or two and did not just limp away with a dreadful score! When questions are harder, you get 2x bonus to rack up your points. Let me emphasize this is a voice-activated trivia game that recognizes your voice in a flash!

Tap the Facebook button to post your question and answer to your profile, if you are particularly proud of your cleverness! Game decor is composed of red, blue and white with a nice, clean interface and large font to keep you focused. Reach For The Top has a starter pack of questions. However, additional questions may be purchased and activated using in-app purchase. I can't think of a better way to spend some quality time with the family than answering trivia that sets my brain reeling!
COOL CONCLUSION: "For a brain-teasing and highly challenging trivia game, Reach For The Top to an intellectual level you never knew you possessed!"
--Date/Version: Released 2/27/11 - Version 1.0
--iOS/Age Rating:  This app requires iOS 4.2 or later. Rated 4+.
--Special Note: Updated content with phonetics can be downloaded at app startup to refresh the database. For first time users, install the app, close it, and restart the app to download the latest phonetics.
--Device: iPhone, iPod Touch (2nd, 3rd & 4th gen), iPad
--Developer Link: Flurple Corp.

--Languages: English
--Twitter Link: Flurple2
--Facebook Link: Flurple2

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