Press Your Luck In Review – another Ludia game show great!

In my humble opinion, Ludia has been one of the best developers of gameshow-themed apps. I picked up The Price Is Right pretty much right when it came out, got Family Feud for the wife over the holidays. They really know what they are doing and it shows.  Finally, Ludia released Press Your Luck, the trivia game based on the 80′s game show. It’s got my high hopes behind it; read on to see if I was able to get my Big Bucks and avoid the Whammies!

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This isn’t Ludia’s first time at the game show dance. They’ve come up with a nice “shell” design to port the game into. The basic front landing page is similar for other game show titles from them with tweaks appropriate to each game. It’s a great formula that works well. Game shows are pretty straightforward so there isn’t a lot of work needed on the backend. Thankfully Ludia doesn’t clutter the game up with any unnecessary details.

The design of Press Your Luck (especially for an existing game show) is crucial.  One wrong move and purists will hunt you down and punish you for eternity. Thankfully, this game looks almost exactly like the original TV show.  Everything from the contestant podiums, to the Big Board, and of course my personal favourite, the Whammies!

They packed the game full of animations of the Whammies! as well as make sure that the Big Board looks acts and feels just like the one you watched on TV. The only downside (which is a curse of many games of this type) is that because Press Your Luck is a trivia based game, after a while, you start to see a lot of repeat questions.  Hopefully this will be solved down the road via updates/additions to the title.

To play the game, you first have to create an avatar of sorts.  You can customise it with various items and give it a name. Game wise, you have 2 options: single or multi-player.  In single player mode you play through a dozen levels unlocking items for your character.  In multi player mode up to 3 players can play at the same time on the device and either play as guests or characters of their own.

The game format is pretty simple and easy to follow.  You start off the game with some trivia questions, each correct answer earns you spins on The Big Board.  First to buzz/answer right gets 3 points while the other 2 get 1 point for a correct answer.  After that round you get to use your spins on The Big Board. For those that don’t know, the big board is exactly that – a big board! There are 18 squares that rotate between various prizes/monies and Whammies!  If you happen to land on a Whammie you are first treated to a funny little animation, then you lose all your winnings. If you hit 4 Whammies, it’s game over. You play that format twice and the person with the highest score at the end is the winner.

The trivia questions are quite good.  Some are recent, some a little older. Overall though it is a good mix of general knowledge type questions that most people shouldn’t have too much of a problem with.

I really have to give Ludia credit.  They know how to put together a “game show”.  They kept artwork and animations as close to the original as possible so you get that nostalgic feeling without it being corny.  If you are a fan of the old TV show you’re going to love this game. Heck, if you’re a fan of trivia type games and want to try something that’s just plain fun, get this title.  Act now while it’s still on sale!

App Summary
Title: Press Your Luck™Developer: Ludia
Reviewed Ver:1.0.0Min OS Req:3.1.2
Price:$2.99App Size:189 MB
  • Great graphics and animation
  • Perfect port of the original TV show style/format
  • Up to 3 people on 1 device
  • Not enough trivia questions (got repeat questions too often)

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