TV Show King Online
Although it lacks a popular license, TV Show King Online's insane number of questions and cheery atmosphere make it a must play.
Outsmart the competition and amass tons of dough in Gameloft's iPhone app, TV Show King Online. Similar to its WiiWare counterpart, you'll take part in a fictional game show where the goal is to win more cash than your three opponents and avoid the dreaded wheel. With over 3,000 questions across a wide range of topics, as well as a quality presentation, this is a great way to pass the time and test your knowledge.
Like most Gameloft video games, TV Show King Online has plenty of flash, from animated contestants to a host that verbally walks you through the whole shebang, but there's more to it than spiffy graphics and audio. Its 3,000 plus questions cover history, sports, geography, pop culture and a plethora of other categories, and while a lot of them are ridiculously easy, a few of them made us scratch our heads.
This unfortunately leads to the game's greatest flaw, the computer's habit of picking the right answer. That wouldn't be a problem if Gameloft hid the selections, but watching the other contestants pick the same answer sort of kills the point. Sometimes the developers mix things up by having two go for option A while one goes with D, but it's rare (at least from our experience) that the artificial intelligence pulls a fast one.
That issue aside, TV Show King is still good times, in part because of the wheel. Whereas the one on Wheel of Fortune usually awards contestants money, this one often takes it away and in huge quantities. It's common for someone to spin and lose $2,000 to another player. You'll grit your teeth when the game pilfers your stash, but on the flip side, you'll cheer when things go your way. It's an enjoyable risk/reward element that adds some spice to an otherwise by-the-numbers game show.
There's also online play, but we had trouble setting up games. At this point, we can't tell whether it's a technical issue or there aren't enough people playing. Regardless, it's a cool feature to have and we hope to outwit some other players in the near future.
TV Show King Online is a $4.99 app worth your time. The number of questions, impressive graphics, voice acting and assorted bells and whistles make it a solid iPhone trivia game. However, we suggest going with The Price is Right, with its enjoyable presentation and mini games.
What's Hot: Lots of questions, plenty of game show shenanigans, sharp graphics bursting with color, amusing host.
What's Not: You can see the computer's answers, hard to set up an online match.