Game Show Studio lets you host your own trivia game show in your home, classroom, or workplace. It provides everything you need to put on a stunning and interactive show, including sound effects, graphics that can be displayed on a television, and an easy wireless way for players to buzz in using their iOS devices. New in version 2.0, Game Show Studio now comes with trivia questions built into the app.
Connecting Devices and Buzzing In
Game Show Studio can connect iPhone and iPad devices using Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. When a player joins a game, his/her screen becomes a button which can be tapped to buzz in, sending a wireless signal to the host’s device, which will play a sound and indicate which player buzzed in first. Do you have more players than iOS devices? No problem! You can let up to four players use the same device to buzz in. In this case, the screen will be divided into sections so that each player on the device can buzz in by tapping their region of the screen.
Graphics, Sound Effects and Music
All good game shows have exciting graphics, music, and sound effects. Thanks to this app, the game show that you host will be no different! As the host in the app, you will be able to play music and sound effects, specifically created for use in a game show. All of this enables you to give the players of your game an exciting and immersive experience!
Other sound effects play automatically throughout the game so that you, the host, can concentrate on keeping up a fast-paced game. Whenever a player buzzes in, for instance, a sound is played, providing immediate feedback to the host and the players.
If you connect the host’s device to an external display (like an Apple TV), you can show game information to all the players in the room. The display includes the names of all players of each team, the score of each team, and the customizable timer that counts down when a player buzzes in. This also makes it easy for everyone in the room to see who buzzed in first. While this adds even more to the complete “Studio” effect, an external display is not required; all of this information is also displayed on the host's device.
You can customize gameplay in many different ways. Teams can be arranged in a variety of ways, to allow many different styles of play. The game supports up to six teams, and each team can have up to twelve players.
Other customizable features include:
- Number of points awarded for correct answers,
- Number of points taken away for incorrect answers (zero is an option),
- Amount of time a player has to answer a question after buzzing in, and
- The color of each team (represented both on the host’s device and on an optional external display).
Downloading Game Show Studio is free. Players can join games for free. In order to support the developer of the app, hosting a game requires an In-App Purchase. You will have an opportunity to try all the hosting features before you buy. If you decide you want to host a full game, only you have to make the purchase; your friends can connect to your game for free!
Improvements to support for VoiceOver/accessibility features.
Ratings and Reviews
Although already very good, 3 additional things would make this app just about perfect:
1) allow importing of sound cues via iTunes or iTunes file sharing
2) allow custom point values to be assigned on a per-question basis
3) have an option to display the text of the question being asked on the Apple TV display, with an option to have the buzzers muted until the question is fully read.
Add those and it’s an easy 5 stars.
HS Spanish Teacher.
I will project 6 pictures. As I give clues (description, fill in the blank) the students buzz in to guess the correct word. I have also used it for Family Feud. Works great and the students love it.
The sound effects are a great plus. I do not project the app to a tv. I use my phone and the students can hear the sound effects just fine.
I thought about giving the app a 4, because it would be so much better if students good assign themselves to a team. Imagine having to individually assign 29 students to one of six teams. And you can't create: team 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A; team 1B, 2B, 3B, 4B; etc., and save that even for the next class. Because once the Ipad cover closes all connection is lost, and all players have to be recreated and reassigned.
How many people can the app support?
We bought the full hosting version of the app after testing it with just two people. However, when we went to play with the 30 people at our party, we got a warning about how the app might not work very well with so many people connected ... when I had only taken four people! We decided to skip the app and go old school. If the app can’t handle many people, it should say so. If it can, the warning shouldn’t be given.
- Game Show Studio, LLC
- 23.3 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2017, Game Show Studio, LLC
- In-App Purchases
- Hosting Mode $7.99
- Question Set Collection - General 2 $0.99
- Question Set Collection - General 3 $0.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.