FriendFreak is a New Social Game for the iPhone with Facebook Connect

An increasing number of iPhone applications have taken advantage of Facebook Connect recently to make their games more social. One example comes in the form of a new quiz game created by the San Francisco-based Think Top Down, which claims to have made “the first iPhone game starring your friends.”

The game is called FriendFreak. Like a number quiz games on the market, it provides you with topics intended to improve your knowledge about your friends.

Here’s how it works: The game will present a topic such as “science” or “technology.” The player must match the image of a friend with a corresponding blurb by tapping and dragging it into the clue box. The objective is to score as many points as possible before time expires.

At the end of each round, players earn or lose points based on how well they did. They are then ranked accordingly (the first rank is “NewbieFreak,” ranging all the way up to “FriendFreak”). Each round selects up to 10 friends, but you can have various player-selected categories. This differs from most quiz games, which focus on single category concepts such as photo identification. FriendFreak, on the other had, offers eight different categories to choose from.

This iPhone game offers a bit more than others of the same genre. It’s surprising that the game is not free (though it costs a minuscule $0.99). If early reviews provide any indication, the consumers who have purchased the app have been happy with it.

Preserving the longevity of the title could be challenging for Think Top Down. As with any quiz, one can only take it a certain number of times. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, since most games have a lifespan. It’s also probably one of the main reasons the game does cost something.

Publish date: April 28, 2009 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT