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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Nov 12, 2017

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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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November 17

Online Mode Fixes, Question Selection, Master Volume - Patch Notes Nov 17, 2017

This patch contains a few bugfixes and improvements. Here are the most important bits:

Online Mode Fixes

Until now the online mode had some serious bugs, which mostly have been fixed now! From a technical point of view the online should just work now!

We're still working on how to better present and perform the match making. Currently you can select all the same settings as in single-player mode including the quiz to play, and once you're matched with someone the host's settings will be applied. Ideally in the future you will be only matched with players that have the same / similar settings. Though as the number of players right now is quite low, we figured this way would be better fow now.

Of course you can also still simply open your online game with a private lobby and simply invite friends to join via Steam.

There is one outstanding issue with the online mode which is image question. Players that do not already have the image for a question (because it's not a standard question and the client hasn't subscribed/downloaded the selected themed quiz) will not see the image in question. This obviously needs to be fixed now by either requiring all matched players to have subscribed to the selected quiz or transfering the image on-demand.

Improved Question Selection

The randomization in the question selection algorithm has been improved to produce more random results from game to game.

The tracking of which players have seen which questions already was also fixed to minimize question repitition (which is already quite low due to the number of questions). When selecting questions the game first computes for each question how often it has been played for each player in the lobby. Subsequently questions are sorted by the number of occurances first so that a question moves to the very end of the selection list once it has been played.

Master Volume Setting

We added a master volume setting to the options.
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November 15

Added support for "Buzz!" controllers (Windows/Mac)

Remember these? If you played the awesome "Buzz!" games on Playstation 2 and 3 you probably still have some of these buzzers lying around. Well, now you can get them out of the basement again, because we just added support for them in Askutron Quiz Show!

For more details, check out the user guide:
Playing Askutron with Playstation "BUZZ!" controllers (Windows/Mac)
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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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • 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
    • 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
    • Processor: Intel i5 or comparable
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 2048 MB available space
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