Lycos Quizshow is a fun game to play and you can challenge your friends in various categories. It?s easy to register and most importantly it?s free! You start off by picking a character, there are two different choices for you men and only one for us ladies. Either way you start as a girl or a boy and the more points you get the older your character gets. You can also gain extra points by challenging someone who isn't registered, they have to answer the challenge for you to get the points though so make sure you put in the correct address! To start a challenge you have to enter an email address or alternatively you can click on random challenge and play against someone online. You then have a choice of categories which are: Movies and TV Music Sport Geography Cars and Motors History Culture, Art and Literature Nature and Technology Celebrity All Categories and at the moment they have a Sony Walkman Music category which has different questions from the normal music. Then the game will load up (this doesn't take long) and when you are ready click the start button. You will then get a question with 4 possible answers. Click the answer you think it is but as quick as you can as if your friend gets the same answer the person with the quickest reply will get more points. There are 5 questions and then you have to choose a 'taunt'. When you are a new player you have to pick from three set ones but the further you progress in the game you can type your own. Then the challenge is sent to the person you have sent it to or from a random player, if you chose the random challenge. You have an inbox of sent challenges and returned challenges. When the person you have challenged replies you have to replay the match to see who has won and get your points. It comes up with the quizmaster in the middle and both you and your opponents on either side. For each correct and quickest answe
r you receive 5 points. If your friend beats you to it and you still get it right you receive 3 points. Any incorrect answer you get -1 points so be careful which answer you click on! At the end of the match you have the option to replay it or continue. When you continue it gives a summary of the match so you know who won and how many points you have received. Then you can continue or challenge them again! As you play more as well as changing character and being able to write your own taunt you get access to a friends list and an ignore list. You can have up to 6 people on each list. The friends list is hand as it means you don't have to type their email address in each time. I've not used the ignore list but I'd imagine if someone bothered you then blocking them this way would be the best way. So far all the people I have met have been friendly so I hope never to use it! There is a leaderboard so you can see how you are doing compared to your friends if you are competitive. From the leaderboard you are able to challenge other people. If you don't want to receive any challenges this way then you can go to settings and change it from there. You also have a profile so you can type a little about yourself if you wish. If anyone clicks on your profile they can see your ranking and you also get your % of correct answers. They break this down in each category with how many questions you have answered. Its very fun and can be addictive! So if you have a spare moment have a look and challenge a few friends you may like it!
I will admit (without too much prompting) to being a bit of a trivia freak. My brain is stuffed with completely irrelevant facts which I constantly surprise myself by picking them out when playing trivial pursuits or watching that nice Mrs Robinson kicking out weak links. I discovered the Lycos quiz show during a quiet period at work (when I realise I should have been rating your ops - sorry) and I return to it quite a bit when I fancy a diversion during the course of the day. You will need to register to play and this includes choosing an identity. I play as gillymansg because improbably enough, gillyman was already taken when I registered. You can also choose between 3 different screen characters (2 boys and 1 girl) who will subsequently develop from wimpy looking things to more interesting characters as you pick up points. Once you've registered its time to throw down the gauntlet and challenge one of the other registered players to a one on one quiz. The easiest way to do this is to click on the "Quick Challenge" button on the main screen. This will have one of two results - if a challenge has been thrown down by another player you will be transferred directly to the quiz, the subject of which will have been chosen by the other player. If there is no challenge waiting, you will be transferred to a screen which allows you to choose the topic of the quiz from Movies and TV, Music, Sports, Geography, Cars & Motors, History, Culture, At & Literature, Nature & Technology, Celebrity or All categories (random). Once you have chosen the topic you will be transferred to the quiz itself. In either case you will then be asked 5 multiple choice questions. Where the challenge has been issued by another person, they have already answered the same questions. Having given your answers you will be transferred directly to the quiz where you will find out who answered quicker and correctly. If you have issued the challenge, you wi
ll be returned to the main screen and will have to wait until someone accepts your challenge (effectively the next person to hit the "Quick Challenge" button. Getting a question correct faster than the other person scores 5 points, slower than the other person scores 3 points. If you get a question wrong you will lose a point. The winner scores an extra 5 points. Maximum score is therefore 30 points a game. The more points you score the quicker you get to character transformations. You can also access other options - for example, I am at a level where I can leave a rude message to the other character if I lose a game. Points do not make prizes though - its all for fun. Once you have completed a challenge, you are offered the possibility of challenging the same player again. You can also go and challenge whoever you want - I like looking at the leaderboard and challenging some of the better players. There is a limited number of questions which means that it can get a little boring if you keep on going for the same category but if you want to beat someone badly then this can help you. The main screen keeps a track of your total points, percentage answered correctly and overall position on the leaderboard (I'm currently at 830 out of quite a lot!!) You can also check out a breakdown by category for yourself or anyone else. All in all a lot of fun - not particularly complicated or taxing. If you fancy a game pop along some time!