Battle monsters, study for class with Dungenious

Published On April 16, 2016 | By Kirk Hiner | iPhone/iPad


Back in my day, we had Quiz Whiz, I guess. It was kind of like a calculator? But you could plug books into it to get different questions to answer so you could get “the smarts,” if the commercial was to be believed. I never played it…I preferred Microvision, because games.

Times have moved on since both systems, presenting us now with Dungenious from Noizoo Games. Dungenious “borrows the best mechanics from the RPG genre and adds just enough real-world facts and stats to make every monster encounter into a learning experience.”

What…getting better with the dagger and acquiring pickpocket skills like in normal RGPs isn’t a learning experience?

Dungenious comes with 50 different topics built right in: geography, mathematics, music, art, languages, and much more. If you can’t find anything of interest (or just want to customize the dungeon crawling for a specific study session, you can create your own flashcards via Quizlet and load them into the game.

As for how this whole dynamic comes together:

To make progress, you must answer the quizzes correctly. The right answer will allow your character to land an attack; getting it wrong will leave you open for a counter. Collect “Genius Points” as you defeat monsters to deploy spells—such as the Ring of Fire, a burning ring that sets enemies alight and clears the path ahead. Opening chests gets you a different kind of quiz: You now have three answers on the left and three questions on the right; can you match them? If you do, you’ll unlock new powers and upgrade your abilities to take on the game’s heavy-hitting bosses—such as the massive Slimy Slug or the fearsome Stack Rats.

Attack a Red Book Maki and gain new knowledge that you will use as your weapon against the dungeon’s monsters. Sleepy Wooden Deer awake when you cross their path, and Piranha Rats move fast and gnaw away at the letters in a quiz. Jelly Ghosts are unaffected by obstacles and can walk through walls—and the Greedy Monkey will rotate your quiz answers so he can steal your skills if you take a hit…

Dungenious is available now in the App Store for $2.99.

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is greatly looking forward to the day when he no longer cares about Apple, games, and gaming technology. But right now he does, and he loves to talk about them, just as he's been doing on the web since 1998. He can otherwise be spotted as that one guy in Ohio wearing a Minnesota North Stars hockey sweater. Kirk has a wife and three kids, and is a generally happy fellow.