The Price is Right
Earth's greatest game show Plinkos its way to iPhone.
The Price is Right just hit the iPhone and we love it. Five bucks gets you a near perfect recreation of the smash hit game show, complete with announcer (no Drew Carey), 16 classic games and lots of 1970s inspired razzle dazzle. It'll make your phone hotter than a baked potato, but good luck putting it down once you hear that catchy music.
Not having Drew Carey (or a reminder to have our pets spayed and neutered) sucks some of the authenticity from the video game, but publisher Ludia still delivers an impressive Price is Right experience. After choosing one of eight losers (ahem, contestants), you "come on down" to Contestant's Row and attempt to outbid the other players. Win or lose, the computer will invite you to partake in one of 16 games. This runs contrary to the show, as the winning bidder always moves on, but The Price is Right video game works on a three strike system. No matter how awful you perform, you have a chance to win big. Screw up three times (Contestant's Row, Big Wheel or Showcase Showdown) and it's game over. Yes, we know that's not how the show works. No, we don't care. It's fun.
Games include the always enjoyable Plinko, where you drop a circular tablet down a wall full of pegs in the hopes that it lands on a cash prize, as well as Punch-A-Bunch and Cliff Hangers. All of them feature some sort of touch screen mechanic, where you push buttons, drag and drop or perform some other function. There's also the famous Big Wheel, where you actually get to spin the giant wheel with your finger. Get the closest to a dollar without going over and you'll enter the Showcase Showdown, where you and another player bid on two unique showcases. You even have the option of passing on the first showcase if you have a higher win total than your opponent.
Winning fake prizes, however, takes a back seat to The Price is Right's phenomenal presentation. Ludia did an outstanding job recreating the sets and color schemes. In addition, the company managed to integrate video from the TV show, so whenever the announcer describes an item up for bid, you'll see actual clips of hot ladies acting like that bottle of pills or toaster is the sexiest thing they've seen. Combine the flashy visuals with the Price is Right theme song and the sound of the Big Wheel and you've got one of the most impressive iPhone games money can buy.
Is it a perfect experience? No. Playing for more than five minutes means having to hold an uncomfortably warm iPhone, and the game chugs along, especially while grabbing one of the Plinko chips. And just like any game show-inspired video game, you'll see repeat items the longer you play. It's inevitable, but come on. The Price is Right smokes most of the iPhone's $10 dollar games and it's half the price. It's also one of the few apps worth spending cash for, so take that Abraham Lincoln in your wallet and get yourself some Plinko.
What's Hot: Has the famous Price is Right jingle, excellent graphics inspired by the show, superb video integration, 16 games, three strike rule lets you get your fix in less than ten minutes.
What's Not: No Drew Carey, people with sausage fingers will have trouble pressing those tiny buttons, easy to win the Showcase after seeing it more than once, playing makes the iPhone uncomfortably warm.