When I created the first survey asking people what game to build next, Jeopardy was one of the most demanded games.
Like other games, Jeopardy is protected with a copyright, so I had to modify the game rules and questions to not infringe on their intellectual property. Based on suggestions from the testers, they chose “Trivia Match” as the Blindfold game name.
In Trivia Match, the game board is laid out as 6 columns of categories, with each column containing 5 clues. You first pick the clue you want based on the category and amount of money, and then the select your answer. If your answer is correct, you win the money. If your answer is wrong, you lose that money.
In the TV game Jeopardy, the game board has clues, and you must speak your answer as a question. Trying to validate what someone types for their answer is a very complex programming task; instead, in Trivia Match, you must select the correct answer out of 10 possible answers. All possible answers appear relevant to the question, so guessing doesn’t help much.
There are several companies that sell trivia questions and answers, but very few that sell trivia questions with both right and wrong answers. We needed a way to come up with wrong answers.
To solve this, we found a company that divided their trivia into categories. To come up with the 10 possible answers, we would randomly select the correct answers from 9 other questions in the same category, and the include those answers with the correct answer from the actual question.
For example, if the clue is “What you are supposed to hold when you keep your big mouth shut”, the category is “body parts”. By analyzing all of the questions in the body parts category, we generated answers such as: chest, head, nose, liver, calf, tongue, belly, and ear.
We first tested the game with about 7 answers for each question, but found at least 10 answers are needed to make the game sufficiently challenging.
You can download Blindfold Trivia Match here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/blindfold-trivia-match/id1162281244?mt=8