Would you like to play a game?
What games do you like to play? There are a plethora of games to choose from to suit nearly every preference and whim: electronic games, card games, dice games, board games, logic games, and even games that involve painting little miniatures and setting up battle across the distant future of space. There are usually several limits to a lot of these games, like capping the number of players, requiring teams, or needing a ton of space to spread out. What if there was a game that did not have many of these limits?
The Codigo Cube is a game with simple rules and few pieces that can be played anywhere, anytime, with any number of people. All you need is the cube, your smartphone, a QR reader, and your brain. You can play solo, with a friend, or in a group, and you don’t have to worry about making sure you have an even number of people to split into pairs or teams – unless you want to, of course!
The Codigo Cube is a trivia game. The cube is a six-sided die covered in colored Quick Response codes, or QR codes. Each code is a different question category:
- Black – Geography
- Green – Sports
- Blue – Entertainment
- Purple – General Knowledge
- Light Red – History
- Dark Red – Science
The object of the game is to be the first to answer a question from each category correctly. This may seem simple, having only six questions to answer, but the category is chosen by the roll of the die! There are three levels of difficulty for each category, and the bank of questions is nearly endless; the makers of the game proudly claim thousands of questions for each category, with more being added daily. To access the bank of questions, you scan the QR code that lands face up with your smartphone; the QR app of your choice will take you to the Codigo webpage and offer up a question. If you answer correctly, you roll again, but once you get one wrong, the next person gets the die. The Codigo website keeps track of all players, whose turn it is to roll, and which categories each player has answered. To keep things fair for all players involved, the game’s algorithm prevents the same question from being asked twice in a single game (but if it ever does happen, let them know).
Each question has four answer options. The layout is very simple and the buttons are very big and hard to miss. Players with “large fingers” should not have any problem when it comes to selecting their response, so don’t let them try to use that excuse for an incorrect answer!
The Codigo webpage keeps track of scoring. Each category is worth 10 points and the first player to reach the maximum 60 points wins the game, however no points are awarded for repeat categories. Since questions are determined by the roll of the die, there is a 1 in 6 chance of having the same category twice in a row; the likelihood of seeing the “zero points” notification is pretty high and guaranteed.
A Note About the QR App
Before you begin to play, you must make sure you have a QR application downloaded to your device. The versatility of this game relies on a third party app to supply a wider variety of players the opportunity to play. All major markets have a QR app available, many for free; simply do a search and download one of your choice. Codigo offers a link to a suggested (FREE) QR reader on their website for your device.
Tips Before and During Play
Once you have a QR app, but before play begins, you must scan the die and log-in to the Codigo website. It does not matter which category you scan, the Codigo webpage will redirect to a log-in screen, which will have an option for registration. Once you are registered, log-in. Specify the number of players when signing in; Codigo can keep track of up to 100 players each session, just be ready to enter every player’s name!
Do not exit the QR reader! Once you are logged in, return to the scan screen through the in-app navigation. Exiting the program will end the game session and you will need to sign back into the website after scanning the die again.
Decide the order of play before signing in. The order the players are entered will be the order the game progresses. To give other players a chance to answer a few questions, for example, my husband (a Mr. Know-It-All) was entered last every time we played. Order of play, however, is your decision; you could choose to go in order of age, height, a die roll, first names, last names, or some other random option.
Designate a phone keeper or game master. In smaller groups, it may be possible to pass the phone around to each player, but with more people playing, it may be necessary to appoint someone to control the scanning and question reading.
Cheating is possible. If you get an answer incorrect, the turn passes, but there is a way to go back and correct your mistake. Please don’t spoil the fun for everyone.
The Codigo Cube is a very fun way to pass the time on a road trip or test random trivia knowledge among friends. It is versatile enough to be played anywhere, from home to the coffee shop, as long as there is cell reception or WiFi to connect to the Codigo webpage. The questions cover a wide range from obscure to everyday knowledge, and the question bank is constantly being updated with current events and user-submitted fun facts and trivia. You can even submit your own question for a chance to win a free game. You can purchase it online through the Codigo website (which is currently offering free shipping) or Amazon.com for only $10. At the very least, this is a great way to keep your mind occupied while you wait for a class or a meeting to begin.