Do you watch game shows on TV and dream of joining as a participant? In my family, we would watch all sorts of quiz shows (University Challenge, Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader? and so on) and boldly shout answers at our box set. I’d spend my sick days watching participants try and win life-changing prizes and wish that it were me.
Well, slots have made these dreams possible. There are a bunch of TV game show-themed slots that offer the same excitement and prospects of winning right from our very own mobile phones. Fellow fans, it’s our turn now!
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?
How many things do the slot and the game show have in common? Let me count the ways. There’s the same dramatic music, the same tense atmosphere and even those iconic features (Ask the Audience, 50:50 and Phone a Friend).
Most importantly, the slot offers the same huge cash prizes; these go as high as seven-figure numbers! The bonus round will have you scaling the same prize ladder. No need to store thousands of obscure facts in your head, just hit “Spin” and cross your fingers!
Deal Or No Deal
This game show features a single contestant per episode, who tries to beat the Banker while opening sealed red boxes. These boxes contain random sums of money ranging from 1p to hundreds of thousands of pounds; contestants decide between taking the boxes or the Banker’s offer.
The slot version is no different. You will get to pick briefcases one by one, after which the banker will offer a cash amount to end the game. If you accept the offer, the game ends; if you choose to continue, you will be awarded the contents of the final briefcase. Would you play it safe or place your bets on the last briefcase? The suspense is surreal.
Yet another American general knowledge quiz show that has taken the world by storm. There are six categories, five clues and thousands of dollars at stake. For example, if a contestant were to select “Presidents for $200”, the resulting clue could be “This ‘Father of Our Country' didn't really chop down a cherry tree”, to which the correct response would be “Who is/was George Washington?”
The game has even incorporated soundbites from the show’s current presenter, Alex Trebek and Johnny Gilbert. Players get to click on screens to reveal the bonus amount behind them.
Wheel Of Fortune
One of the most popular TV game shows originated way back in the 70s. Competitors complete word puzzles with certain letters missing (similar to those in Hangman)and win prizes by spinning a giant wheel. This format is so popular, so much so that it has been adapted in over forty markets across the world.
If you’re a fan, you’d love the slot version. It is packed to the brim with features—Wheelmobile Wilds, Multiplier bonuses, Letter Board Picker and even a Spin to Win bonus. IGT even has a Level Up Plus version, where the longer you play, the more bonuses you’re eligible for. It’s a slot feature bonanza!
Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?
A twist on the regular quiz show, this series dives into our kids’ textbooks to find the most challenging questions. The questions are relatively simple—which is the closest planet to the sun, which is the smallest prime number—yet its answers are frustratingly elusive to the adult brain.
The slot version by AGS tests a player’s trivia knowledge with actual questions from the television program. The more you know, the more you’ll win! It’s a very satisfying, self-reinforcing gaming loop that you will enjoy tremendously. There are bonus features like Gold Star bonus, Field Trip bonus, Mega Block Spins and Mystery Jackpots.
Since many of us will likely not get the chance to sit in the famous hot seat, these slots are as close as we’d get to those six- and seven-figure prizes. The best part is how similar the slot games are to the original concept. Which game show should be reproduced next? American Ninja Warrior? Let us know in the comments below.