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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December 25, 2018

Preview: Next Version of Askutron and Movie Quiz DLC

While news have been slow, the work on the next version of Askutron Quiz Show is still very much in progress. The goal is to leave Early Access before the end of 2019. A new version will be ready for testing soon and new features will be rolled out on a continuous basis.

What to Expect

One of our goals for the new version of Askutron was to improve the graphics, finally giving the game the appropriate TV studio set it deserves. But we also made changes to the core gameplay and eliminated many bugs based on the feedback of our valued Early Access players.

Here is a list with just some of the most important changes you can expect in the new version. Many of which will already be included in the upcoming test version, while others will only arrive later next year.

  • completely new 3D TV studio set
  • improved overall graphics and user interface
  • better question selection algorithm
  • revamped core game mechanics, especially in "Cake Conflict" and "Finale" modes
  • more powerful game options including the possibility to mix and match different quizzes in one quiz round
  • 2 players can play on one keyboard
  • join the game with your mobile devices even without downloading the app, just scan the QR code and the Buzzer will open in your browser
  • players can leave and join the game at any point in time, even during the game
  • further improved Buzz! buzzer support (showing the appropriate colors in the user interface)
  • a new browser-based quiz editor that allows players to collaborate and share more easily
  • and more...

Free Movie Quiz DLC

Also upcoming is a free movie quiz DLC that offers thousands of questions for movies of all genres and eras, including new and different rounds and question types. This DLC will also support various languages on top of English and German!

Timeframe and Development

We are planning on releasing the next version of the game that includes many of the features mentioned above within Q1 2019. With some new features (especially the new quiz editor) following later in the year.

If you want to be on the bleeding edge or already would like to take advantage of some of the improvements (like browser-support for buzzers), we are planning on releasing a preview on a beta test channel before New Year's eve this year! The announcement will contain details about this version.
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December 1, 2018

Askutron v0.5.2 - Bugfixes, and Work in Progress

Good morning everyone!

While updates have been scarce over the last months we are still working on the game. In fact there are a lot of improvements coming to graphics and gameplay. Our goal was to have all of that done by Christmas this year. We're trying hard to make it happen in time.

In the meantime we just released a small but important bugfix release that was long overdue. Sorry to all the players who experienced problems!

Askutron v0.5.2 - Patch Notes

  • Fixed: Finale was skipped for some players after the first game played in a session
  • Fixed: Some players saw repeating questions because the "already seen questions" weren't properly saved
  • Fixed: In certain configurations the mode "Viewpoints" always lead to the finale, even if more play time had been configured
  • Fixed: "It Is Known" achievement didn't unlock by playing "A Quiz of Ice and Fire" from the Workshop
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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
  • Local and Online Multiplayer: Support for up to 8 gamepads and/or mobile devices (iOS, Android)
  • Optional asynchronous online multiplayer ("Quizatars")
  • 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)

Asynchronous Online Multiplayer (Quizatars)

Play against your friends even when they are not online! The game remembers every given answer and allows you to play against your friends' "Quizatars" who will answer exactly like they would.

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
    • 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
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • 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
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • 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
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system

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