Developer: Capcom Interactive, Inc.
Price: $0.99 Download on the App Store
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire is now officially an application for the iPhone. Train Rides, field trips and Friday nights will never be the same now that you've got host Meredith Vieira and more than 900 questions along for the ride.
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire is played just like the familiar TV version. Tap the icon and the grand jingle plays and you’re at the start menu. Tap Start and Meredith says ”Let’s play millionaire." Next, you’ll see the 15 categories of questions your answers must come from all the way up to the million dollar question. Start the app and you’re given a couple of seconds to the read the question. Then the countdown begins.
Your time will depend on how much money you’ve accumulated. Your time can range anywhere from 15 to 45 seconds. If you’re unsure about the answer to a question you may use one of four different lifelines. If you’ve played before, two of them are familiar. Phone a Friend which will simulate a friend’s input. Ask the Audience which simulates the audience's vote to a response. And there are two new life lines. Double Dip which allows you to retry the question with the remaining options if you get it wrong. And Ask an Expert, it gives you the opinion of an expert about the correct answer to the question. This lifeline will only be available after successfully answering the $1,000 question.
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire isn’t a complicated game. Everything about this game is similar to the television version and board games that have followed with a few new introductions.
Unfortunately, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire needs more questions. 900 may seem like a lot, but Who Wants To Be A Millionaire addicts will quickly whittle through the question bank. Also, the life lines could very well be give a ways as they basically provide the right answer.
The most glaring omission in this TV game show turned iPhone app is that Who Wants To Be A Millionaire = doesn’t have a score board. A game with such a huge following should capitalize on the competition-factor. Multiplayer challenges would be best, but at least offer us the option to record our highest scores on a leader board.
Try before you buy. There is a lite version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire that allows you to play up to the $2000 dollar level.