Game It Forward has announced the launch of its iPad app Quingo, developed with the goal of creating an entertaining gameplay experience for players that also sees them donating to charity as a result of playing. The game mixes trivia and bingo in a timed game to earn as many points as possible before time expires.
In each game of Quingo, players are given five trivia questions with five correct answers. Answers are placed in a bingo-style grid on the board, and users can tap on items to earn checkmarks if they’ve answered correctly. Power-ups allow users to add extra time to clock or even “cheat” and earn free correct answers, but these cost coins (and eventually real money) to purchase.
Other in-app purchases come in the form of new question packs and the ability to show all of the right answers after a question has expired, as examples. A portion of the money players spend in Quingo (along with revenue generated from in-game ads) helps the charities associated with the app, including the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Splash, and The Martinez Foundation.
At the end of each game, players earn Hope points that are also contributed to charities, with Hope converting into a monetary value after it’s been earned. The more Hope points a player earns, the larger slice of the charity pool that particular foundation receives.