Askutron Quiz Show is a trivia game for up to 8 players that can be played with keyboard/mouse, gamepads or mobile devices. It features fully voiced questions both for official and user-generated questions.
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We're a duo working on this game. Neither one of us is an artist. We need artists to make the game look a bit more refined. For that we need funding. We have already invested some money to hire a freelance artist to design the model for the game's host "Askutron". But there's a lot more to do of course.

We don't have the resources or skills to make a fancy video for a kickstarter campaign. So we decided to make the game available on Early Access. As opposed to a kickstarter campaign with Early Access you get something in return right away: a perfectly playable, if a bit rough-looking, game at a reduced price. And we get funding. We think this is a fair way to help us improve the game's look and of course further support the development.

Apart from improving the looks we also are still working on improving the existing content, adding more questions, quiz modes and new exciting features. Exposing the game to a wider audience also allows us to find bugs, see how well the different modes work and see how our server infrastructure handles a realistic workload.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We're aiming for a full release in Summer 2018.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“Right now the game really is barebones with just the features we deemed essential to make it playable. But we have a long list of featues that we still want to add, for example:

  • new and different game modes
  • new game mechanics such as "power ups"
  • more characters and buzzer sounds
  • new questions and quizzes
  • support for additional languages (the work on Russian has already begun)
  • support for more than 8 players (PubQuiz mode)
  • performance improvements
  • improved visuals
  • and much more

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The Early Access version might still occasionally produce minor bugs but is fully playable and already offers thousands of fully voiced questions for all supported languages, Steamwork Workshop support for creating and sharing custom quizzes, local multiplayer for up to 8 players, mobile "Buzzer" apps for iOS and Android and runs on Windows, MacOS and Linux. The cross-platform online multiplayer mode is available but still experimental and therefore might not work.

In the first weeks you may still occasionally encounter wrongly categorized questions. Categories were only introduced after we already had thousands of questions. We're now working on retroactively sorting all questions into their appropriate categories. Due to the massive number of questions and limited number of hours in a day this is a still ongoing process.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Since the game will be extended with a lot of new content and features we plan on increasing the price after Early Access.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We're actively monitoring our Steam community hub and are keen on any and all feedback from players. Also, we are looking forward to community-created quizzes on Steam Workshop!”
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January 3

Happy new year - Patch Notes Jan 3, 2018

Happy new year everyone!

We hope you had a relaxing christmas and a good start into 2018.
In our first update this year we fixed a couple of bugs.

Bugfixes

Mobile controller connection issues

Mobile controllers had trouble connecting to the Askutron relay which is why they only worked when in the same wifi network as the computer hosting the game. This is fixed now, so you don't have to be in the same wifi. For instance it's enough for you phone to have internet access via 3G.

Exclamation mark!

We had a bug in the host's voice where it would read out punctuation in sentences such as: "Wrong again <Player Name>!"
Here it would read "Wrong again Markus, exclamation mark". This does not happen anymore.

Repeat questions

Some players were rightfully complaining about repeat questions. This should not happen seeing as we have several thousand questions.
The reason it did happen was our question selection algorithm.
It's supposed to favour questions that have been upvoted so that players will get better questions.

Unfortunately we overdid it a bit which is why people were seeing repeat questions. The algorithm always picked the questions in more or less the same order from only the highest rated ones. We now fixed this so that this shouldn't happen anymore.

Upcoming

We're still working on our new "ghost" mode. More about that later this month.
Also we are still adding more opinion questions to have a wider variety of them.
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December 21, 2017

New Characters and Buzzers, and more



Unlockable Characters

With the latest version of the game we added two new characters and 9 new buzzer sounds to the game! However, these won't be available from the start. Instead they have to be unlocked using "Stars" you gain for completing quiz rounds.

The total number of stars earned is displayed below your character's name during the lobby phase. Characters and buzzers have to be unlocked for each player profile individually. Locked items are displayed with their "Star cost" like in the following image:



The mobile buzzer app has not been updated with the new characters and buzzers as of now, but will be in the following days.

Changed Answer Button Layout



Thanks to the feedback of user 'MASHED POTATOES' we changed the layout of the answer buttons to make them more intuitive. They are now aligned analogously to their actual positions on the gamepads.

Work in Progress

There's much more to come in the next few weeks as we are working on finishing some new features including improvements to the online mode and new game modes.

Happy Holidays

We wish all of you happy holidays and that you can enjoy some quality time with your family and friends. And maybe you even get to play a round of Askutron Quiz Show with them! ;-)
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About This Game

Askutron Quiz Show is a trivia game for up to 8 players that can be played with keyboard and mouse, gamepads or mobile devices. It features fully voiced questions both for official and user-generated questions.

  • 10,000+ official questions fully voiced in English and German (more to come)
  • Official questions contain 21 categories such as movies, entertainment, science and nature
  • Even user-generated questions are read out aloud in up to 18 languages
  • Workshop integration allows creating your own quizzes and playing those of other players
  • Support for up to 8 gamepads and/or mobile devices (iOS, Android)
  • Single-player mode that lets you play against a bot trained by all Askutron players
  • 3D graphics; players can choose between various avatars and buzzer sounds
  • Party game bringing together 8 players locally or online* (*: online mode is still experimental)
  • Steam Cloud support for synchronizing your profiles and custom quizzes
  • Play on Windows, Mac and Linux / SteamOS

Play with your friends using gamepads and mobile devices


Askutron Quiz can be played locally with 8 players on one (preferably big) screen. It supports not only most gamepads with Xbox-compatible layouts, but also the original "Buzz!" Playstation 2/3 controllers (Windows/Mac). Don't have 8 gamepads lying around? No problem, just scan the lobby QR code with your phone and play using the Askutron Buzzer app!



Your friends are not in the same room right now? Don't worry, just invite them via Steam or use the online* match making to find other players! (*: Online mode is still experimental)

Or Play Alone: You Against the Community


If you'd rather play alone we got you, too! Play against the latest "Communi-tron", an advanced AI that uses sophisticated machine learning algorithms and is trained on input vectors of all Askutron players (Or in layman's terms: The bot picks the answers that on average have been picked most often by players). Find out if you are above the average!

Various Quiz Modes


Currently the game has five selectable quiz modes that can be mixed freely and will be extended in the future.

  • Point Hunt - Speed is not important, just select the right answer within 25 seconds to get the points
  • Blitz Quiz - The faster you answer, the more points you get
  • Cut the Cake - Players are divided into two team and the first answers decides for the team while answers are only gradually revealed
  • Viewpoints - Players first answer a opinion question and then have to guess the most popular answer
  • Finale - In the finale players get a podium position based on their total score, then every wrong answer can cost you a rank!

Create and share your own quizzes, or play quizzes uploaded by other players


Using the included quiz editor you can create your quiz in any of the supported 18 languages (see below)!



Using Steam Workshop you can upload your own quizzes for other players and download quizzes created by other players.

Supports up to 18 languages


While the game's UI is not (yet) translated to all languages and our official question packs only cover English and German right now, the game can display and read out aloud custom quizzes created by users in any of these supported languages:

  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • French
  • Icelandic
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Norwegian
  • Polish
  • Portugese
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Swedish
  • Turkish
  • Welsh

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7 or newer
    • Processor: Intel i5 or comparable
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 2048 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: OS X 9 or newer
    • Processor: Intel i5 or comparable
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 2048 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • Processor: Intel i5 or comparable
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 2048 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system

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