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The Latest Sporcle Mobile App: Version 3.3

sporcle3Editor’s Note: The new Sporcle App for iOS marks a significant change from previous versions. Sporcle founder Matt Ramme wrote the following note to explain some of the changes included in the latest update.

With this release, we have hopefully fixed one of the major complaints with our new update, which is that playing games offline is more difficult.

With this update we have given you the opportunity to pick which categories and topics you’d like to have downloaded completely to your phone.  On the Options screen, you can go to the ‘Play Offline’ menu, and turn on downloading for each category you care about. Once selected, all the available games for that category will be playable without an internet connection.

A word to the wise regarding using this new feature.  Your updates WILL take longer.  This is because we have to download all of the data for every game, instead of just the title of it.  For those who want this feature though, it’s worth it so that Sporcle can help you pass the time on your train or bus ride every morning.  Offline downloading is OFF by default however, so we can keep performance and waiting times speedy for those who can use the app with a network connection.

Now we keep moving forward, as we march towards making this the flat out best trivia app on your phone or tablet.  Future updates will include improving the iPad game flow, more themes, plus access to even more games from the website, and more!

Please keep giving the reviews, and tell us your thoughts, concerns and suggestions either through the feedback button on the Options screen, or the review system.  We read them all and they help inform us as to the most important features for you.

Best,

Your Sporcle founder and update writer extraordinaire, Matt Ramme

 

The Latest Sporcle Mobile App: Version 3.2

sporcle3Editor’s Note: The new Sporcle App for iOS marks a significant change from previous versions. Sporcle founder Matt Ramme wrote the following note to explain some of the changes included in the latest update.

Thank you once again for your candid and thoughtful feedback and reviews.  You are the most important asset to the Sporcle App, and we strive to give you the very best experience, and also to make this app the best trivia app in the store.

To that end, we’ve decided to make a change in both the paid/upgraded and free versions.

Paid/Upgraded experience: We’ve removed tokens from the main game play experience. All games are unlocked, and you no longer need tokens to play any game.  Furthermore, playing a game will earn you a token, which you will be able to use for new and exciting features now and in the future.

Free experience: Instead of receiving one token per day, you will earn one token for each game you play.

What new and exciting features will paid/upgraded users put their coins toward? The first is Themes.  Not a fan of the default orange theme?  Pick one of the other two themes available (with more to come in future releases) to customize your playing experience.  The theme picking dialog is found under the paintbrush icon on the Options tab.

We also moved the answer entry box to be attached to the keyboard.  This was where it was in the old version of the app, and many users said they preferred it there, so we put it back.

The next big task for us is to improve the offline experience.  Since we provided access to so much more content with this new version, we couldn’t download all of the data for every game every time there were new games, or the app would respond very slowly.  We think we have a solution which will not adversely impact performance for users with an internet connection, but will allow those that play offline a way to continue to do that.  That change will be part of the next update, so stay tuned.

As always, continue to leave us reviews (we of course love the 5* ones, but we pay attention to the 1* reviews just as much, in hopes of making you a 5* next time).

Your ever benevolent and faithful Sporcle founder, Matt Ramme.

The Latest Sporcle Mobile App: Update Coming!

sporcle3Editor’s Note: The new Sporcle App for iOS marks a significant change from previous versions. Sporcle founder Matt Ramme wrote the following note to explain some of the fixes that will be coming with the latest update.

First off, thank you to everybody for all the feedback, both positive and negative. We are working hard to address all of the concerns brought up, and we will continue to do so as quickly as possible.

I would like to apologize for the removal of the no-timer option in the last update.  That was an unintended consequence of no longer using Apple’s settings app for our preferences. The no-timer feature is back with this update, and the ability to turn it on and off will be in the options tab.

In regards to the tokens we introduced into this new update–we have read your comments and believe we have come to solution that will address your thoughts and concerns. That change will be part of the next update, so stay tuned for more details.

We also made some changes in regards to how games are downloaded to your device. We realize now that the new version made playing Sporcle in a network free environment more difficult. In subsequent updates we will be making changes and improvements which will allow you to more easily download games for offline play.

Please continue to give us feedback both with reviews and through the feedback inside the app (click ‘Feedback’ on the Options screen). We will continue to make updates and improvements, and your rational and thoughtful responses will help guide our path.

Your faithful and humble Sporcle founder, Matt Ramme

The Latest Sporcle Mobile App is Here!

sporcle3Editor’s Note: The new Sporcle App for iOS marks a significant change from previous versions. Sporcle founder Matt Ramme wrote the following note outlining the thought process behind the big changes.

We put out the first version of the Sporcle app back in 2010. Apps were still a new thing, and we had wanted to give you a way to play Sporcle that would work better on smaller phones and iPods, while also allowing you to play games even if you didn’t have an internet connection. This app has consistently been in the top 10 of paid trivia apps, and for that we are eternally grateful. It is now time that we give you the Sporcle app you deserve.

The biggest complaint we heard was that there weren’t enough games available on the mobile app in relation to sporcle.com. With this update, that is no longer the case. You can search for any game we have ever featured, or use the many lists throughout the app to find the trivia game that perfectly matches your need of the moment.

Now we give YOU the power to decide which games you want to play, instead of being stuck with only the games that downloaded the day you happened to launch the app. Every day, we give you free Sporcle Tokens which are used to unlock any game you want. Once you unlock a game, you can play it as many times you like. Unlike Dragon’s Lair or Dance Dance Revolution, you won’t have to continue to feed Tokens each time you want to play.

The goal here was to give you as much free content in the app as you had before, which was approximately 2-3 games a day for Sporcle, (and only 2 games a week for Sporcle Lite). And now you will get free Tokens every day which will allow you to unlock that many games. The big difference being that you get to pick the games you want, where before you only had access to what was given to you.

Most importantly, this is not the final product. We realized that it has been some time since we updated this app, so we wanted to try to get this new version out as soon as possible. We believe the stability and performance of this version is so much better than the previous versions, not to mention things like 4” screen support, that we felt it was wrong to wait until we had every single new enhancement in place before letting you have it. So expect to see a lot of updates and improvements coming in the next few months. New features, new game types, and more! Obviously we will also continue to use your feedback to help inform to us what we are doing right and wrong. Our goal always has been to give you the best trivia experience possible, and with your help, we intend to do just that.

With warmest of regards,
Matt Ramme, founder of Sporcle, and the rest of the Sporcle team.

Puzzle Words for iOS and Android

puzzle wordsPuzzle Words for iPhone, iPod touch, iPod and Android is now available.

SEATTLE — March 19th, 2013 — Sporcle announces Puzzle Words for iOS and Android. The fun and addictive game for the whole family from the gang who brought you Sporcle.com, Badly Drawn Faces, Movies, and Logos.

Puzzle Words is the latest word game from Sporcle that shows you a scrambled picture and all you have to do is guess the word. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but you only have to know one.

Users earn coins as they complete more puzzles and these coins can be exchanged for hints such as revealing a letter, removing letters that aren’t used or unscrambling the image. Users may also buy more coins using in-app purchase.

Puzzle Words is available now through on iTunes, the Google Play Store and Amazon Android Store for FREE

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About Sporcle:
Sporcle is a gaming company that offers short trivia and educational games through the Sporcle.com web site and a mobile apps for the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Android. The company, founded in 2007 is headquartered in Seattle, WA with offices in San Francisco, CA and Plymouth, MI.

Badly Drawn Logos Quiz

Badly Drawn Logos Quiz for iPhone, iPod touch & iPod will keep you guessing.

SEATTLE — January 31st, 2012 — Sporcle proudly announces Badly Drawn Logos Quiz for iOS. It’s an addictive and fun experience from the folks who brought you Sporcle.com, Badly Drawn Faces and Badly Drawn Movies

Badly Drawn Logos Quiz is the latest game in the Badly Drawn series that presents people with famous logos and brands all drawn by Sharpy the Narwhal. Guess the company logo and earn fish. Some logos are instantly recognizable and others might be tricky. If a logo proves too tricky, users can feed Sharpy some fish and he will give them a clue; or they can ask their friends for help.

There are over hundreds of logos and brands to guess in Badly Drawn Logos Quiz. Points are achieved for guessing the logos correctly and bonus points are given if they can guess before the image is completely drawn. Scores can be compared on Game Center.

Badly Drawn Logos Quiz is available now through the Apple App Store for the amazingly low price of FREE!
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About Sporcle:

Sporcle is a gaming company that offers short trivia and educational games through the Sporcle.com web site and a mobile apps for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Sporcle was founded in 2007 and is based in Seattle and San Francisco.

Visit BadlyDrawn.com for more information.

Badly Drawn Faces

Badly Drawn Faces for iPhone, iPod touch & iPod will keep you guessing.

SEATTLE — October 3rd, 2012 — Sporcle proudly announces Badly Drawn Faces for iOS. It’s an addictive and fun experience from the folks who brought you Sporcle.com

Badly Drawn Faces is a new game that presents people with famous faces and celebrities all drawn by Sharpy the Narwhal. Guess the name of the face and earn fish. Some faces are instantly recognizable and others might be tricky. If a face proves too tricky, users can feed Sharpy some fish and he will give them a clue; or they can ask their friends for help.

There are over 450 faces to guess in Badly Drawn Faces. Points are achieved for guessing the faces correctly and bonus points are given if they can guess before the image is completely drawn. Scores can be compared on Game Center.

Badly Drawn Faces has been featured in the Apple App Store, and was ranked in the top 10 of free iPad downloads within days of its release. Over 13 million faces have been guessed to date.

Badly Drawn Faces is available now through the Apple App Store for the amazingly low price of FREE!
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About Sporcle:

Sporcle is a gaming company that offers short trivia and educational games through the Sporcle.com web site and a mobile apps for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Sporcle was founded in 2007 and is based in Seattle and San Francisco.

Click HERE to download screenshots of the app and visit BadlyDrawn.com for more information.

Sporcle Summer Games 2012 App

This summer in London, the Olympic flame will burn for the 30th Olympiad of the Modern Olympic Games, and athletes will again compete to bring glory to their countries by mastering their sport. Immerse yourself in the rich history and bask in the reflection of past Olympic glory by mastering the Summer Games 2012 Trivia app.

Test your knowledge of the triumphs, pitfalls, and heroes of games past. Can you name the cities that have hosted the summer games? Which athletes have won the most medals of all time? Do you know the events that make up the Decathlon? The story of the Olympic Games is full of surprising successes and heartbreaking failures. With in-app purchase for more games, experience the whole story through the Summer Games 2012 Trivia app, and when the Games finally come around you’ll be able to follow the games armed with more facts and trivia than you’ll know what to do with..

NOTE: This is an unofficial trivia app. Summer Games 2012 Trivia and Sporcle, Inc. are not affiliated with the International Olympic Committee or the 2012 Olympic Games in London in any way.

Latest Update for Sporcle App

A couple of weeks ago we released a redesigned version of our Trivia by Sporcle app for iOS. It was a big change in style and features from our previous app, and we were excited to get it out the door and into your hands. Unfortunately, when we first released our app, it had a couple of bugs that were causing crashes, so we went back to the drawing board and released a new update that addressed the bugs and user feedback. We love our user feedback, and we’ll continue to listen to you when making updates to the Sporcle app.

We’ve also made an update to our Sporcle Lite app, so when you get a chance, head on over the app store and check them out. Download the Trivia by Sporcle app today!

Sporcle Android App Free Today on Amazon

We’re happy to announce that the Sporcle Android app has been selected as the Amazon App Store’s free app of the day for August 2nd. If you have an Android device and haven’t quite gotten around to purchasing our app, today is the perfect day to download it.

All you need to do is download the Amazon App Store, open it up on your Android device and then download our Sporcle Android App.