What A Cult: How Smart Can You Be?
Having a variety of knowledge when it comes to just about everything—from classic and modern literature, movies and historical events, to pop culture and cult classics—is absolutely boss! We have certain moments when every time we watch reality guessing game shows, we often find ourselves grinning like fools because we know the exact answer to a certain question. That feeling of varying degrees of excitement whenever Jeopardy or Who Wants To Be A Millionaire is up on the tube never fail to put wide Cheshire cat grins on our faces.
I often find myself feeling super egotistic and animated whenever I and my friends watch reality guessing game TV shows, and I happen to champion them by answering the puzzle first. I dig that feeling because nothing beats the feeling of being a faux know-it-all—whether know-it-all means that you’re feeling all Einstein or just a plain, arrogant Smart Aleck.
Play more riddles and test how well you know just about every topic there is with this Android app called What A Cult! What A Cult is a puzzle game that will test your knowledge about different categories such as movies, prominent or famous people, and books. With over 1000 challenges about book excerpts, movie dialogues, and figures and statements of the rich and the famous, you’ll never run out of guesses with your friends. The best thing about What A Cult? Even Kanye West’s infamous eyebrow-raising interruption to Taylor Swift’s VMAs “thank you” speech is up there in the People category. Alright, that’s a spoiler.
What A Cult ($1.67) is a puzzle game from waccaw. The rules of the game are simple. As soon as you get started, you’ll be presented with a quote or a minimalistic object that describes or fits the answer. This puzzle game will definitely test how much you remember the books that you were asked to do a book report on back in high school, or the dialogues in the pop culture movies (whether a popcorn movie or an Oscar Best Pic contender) that you have seen.
The game will also let you guess people, books, and movies through the figures that best reflect them. For example, one round showed me an image of a boy and a tiger lying on a boat which I later figured as Pi Patel and Richard Parker from the book “Life of Pi.” It’s quite fun how the simple minimalistic details are drawn on the objects.
One of the best figures that I have encountered was a multitude of wedding rings scattered on the center of the screen. I tapped the Category button on the bottom of the screen to know which category it belonged to, and the game said it was from the People category. I later figured that the multitude of rings was actually Elizabeth Taylor because of the many [failed] marriages that she entered. So clever.
There are a wide range of pop culture categories that are available for solving. Get ready to encounter excerpts from award-winning literary classics and masterpieces such as Pride and Prejudice, One Hundred Years of Solitude, and The Great Gatsby. Quotes and minimalistic-style images of people will also test your memories.
You will be surprised to see a fat silhouette profile of notable film director Alfred Hitchcock, a geometric figure for Greek mathematician Pythagoras, and an image of footprints and a pair slippers which aptly stand for the horror movie Paranormal Activity.
The stuff that you will come across in What A Cult are really fantastic and smart. You’ll never get tired of hitting the next button over and over once you get the correct answer to a puzzle.
Pop Culture Know-It-All
The objective of the game is to identify the puzzle based on the evidence that are presented on screen whether it is a quote, an excerpt, a dialogue, or an object. You will have to guess the answer to those clues by tapping a letter one by one, and see if that letter is in the actual answer. If you made a mistake, you will lose one life (star). The amount of stars that are given depends on the difficulty level of the game.
If the game is too difficult, you will be given 5 stars which means that you are good for 5 tries. Easier categories only entail 3 stars. For better guessing, I suggest that you tap the Category button on the bottom of the screen just so you know the category of the riddle.
When you collected 10 points from solving the puzzle, you are rewarded with Clues to easily solve the other mystery puzzles. You are free to skip a challenge when you find it difficult to solve. Whenever you skip a challenge, the number of rounds to move to the next challenge is increased. Keep in mind that the amount of time that you use for solving the puzzle is recorded in the game and this can affect your scores.
When you successfully uncover the answer to the puzzle, you will earn points depending on your performance. After you solve the puzzle, a breakdown of your performance will pop on the screen. The breakdown of your performance will show you the difficulty level of that particular puzzle, the amount of time that you spent to solve the puzzle, the points gained, bonus hidden category, and the bonus unused skip. The sources of that particular challenge will also be shown to you whether it is from Wikipedia, IMDb, and others.
When you finish the game, you will move to the next round. You can submit your score (if you decided it is high enouh) to the game’s Leaderboard. You can also share your scores on Twitter and Facebook.
Jango is a smart Aleck!
Because I’m a pretentious slacker, I will prefer calling myself a Smart Aleck for now. Maybe when I finish answering all these riddles, I will start referencing myself as a verified genius.
I had so much fun with What A Cult. Oh, what a cult! I love pop culture. I love movies more than anything and I look to books as the perfect company when you want to shut everything out of your world. What A Cult is perfect for the people who continuously look for challenges that will test their minds and crumbling memories. This app is also great for a boring slumber party with friends. When you are running out of bubblegum pop songs to play, and the show tunes from the tube is getting too much, you can shut it all off and just play What A Cult for awhile.
I just don’t like the repetitiveness of some puzzles. Every time I restart the game, I often find myself answering the same riddle. But I guess it’s an advantage because it will definitely take you to the next level.
The interface is clean. Very simple and organized. Even the punctuation-size fonts are bearable because of the neat and pleasing screen display.
For pop culture junkies, how about this?! You can get the free version if you want to have this app tested for yourself. A bit of additional cult knowledge won’t hurt.