Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? - Review

What’s the first thought that comes to mind when thinking about Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Chris Tarrent perhaps, or possibly the background music?

Either way, the game is on the Marketplace and it’s a great resemblance of the TV quiz show when it was a relatively successful hit a good decade ago, originating in 1998. Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? on Windows Phone 7 is an Xbox Live (achievements enabled) general quiz game which sports an easy-on-the-eye interface and features the classic music present in the shows on TV.

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While there’s not much to the game apart from answering questions and attempt to reach the £1 million goal, the challenge is just right and difficulty of questions varies every time you play. Unfortunately, how well you perform in this quiz is solely down to your knowledge and age (for the more modern questions such as pop music etc.).

Content wise, there isn’t a lot to it, you can simply pick up, select “play”, and you’re then straight into the game. The fastest finger first round is included, which you don’t have to answer correctly to begin climbing up the ladder to the million, although putting the answers in order does provide you with a nice point boost for your leader board score (and there’s an achievement for successfully going through the round).

Two game modes are available, fast and regular game modes. The difference between the two is the amount of time allowed per question, in regular mode you have 20 seconds to answer and in fast mode you have only 10. Three lifelines are available; 50/50 (removes two incorrect answers), phone a friend (select a fictional character to help you answer) and ask the audience (have a calculated tip).

You can walk away at any point in the game, saving both your points and earned cash. The score system is probably the larger reward than the cash winnings due to the leader board which is integrated into the game. Competing with any friends on your Xbox Live account is always fun, no matter what game is played and attempting to better one another on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? is simply a test of intelligence with the reward to be able to brag.

Overall Impression

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? is perfect for those who love quizzes. I can’t stress enough how much of a waste this game is when installed by those who simply aren’t interested in answering questions.

It holds to the shows well and the interface mimics what we’re used to seeing on the big screen. Questions range in difficulty, thus improving the challenge of the game for the player and the fact that this is an Xbox Live game featuring achievements means there’s always the urge to increase your gamer score.

Found on the Marketplace for £3.99 (trial available), it’s a modest price for the longevity this game offers. It’s perfect for a commute, a long journey or simply to keep your brain active during the day. You can download Who Wants To Be A Millionaire on your phone or Zune. Note: This game is not available in US.

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.