Summary Answer 15 questions correctly to become a millionaire.
Description Type: Quiz
Platform: Android, iOS
Players: 1 player
Age: 7 plus
Game Time: 5 - 7 minutes per round
Developer or Designer: FehenckeApps
Aimed towards American players only
Who Wants to be a Millionaire? is a TV game quiz show that originated in Britain in 1998, with Chris Tarrant as the host. The aim of the game is for contestants to answer fifteen questions correctly in order to earn £1 million. To help them along, they have three lifelines: phone a friend, fifty-fifty, and ask the audience.
The series was turned into a Playstation game, which I thoroughly enjoyed playing with my dad. It had a single and multiplayer mode, used Chris Tarrant's voice, and had great questions.
The other day I thought I'd see if Who Wants to be a Millionaire? had been adapted into an app for mobile gaming, and unsurprisingly it had.
Unfortunately, I was very disappointed with it. First off, the game is not the British version, but the American version, so you are playing for dollars. Not only that, but a lot of the questions are geared towards an American audience, so unless you are from America or interested in American culture, many of your answers will be guesses.
Although the game does have the music from the TV series, there is no host voice. The questions aren't read aloud, and even when you phone a friend, there is no voice on the end of the line, simply statistics about how confident they are about their answer.
There are three difficulty levels: easy, medium, and realistic, but the latter is not all that realistic, because in the TV series the first few questions are exceptionally easy, and then they get harder. With this, all the questions appear to be at the same challenge level.
If you are an American player, then you will probably enjoy the game to begin with, but get bored after a while. As a player from England, I found this unengaging right from the start. It is a shame that there aren't more developers making apps for a British audience.