A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
Like the television game show, Press Your Luck HD isn't particularly challenging. The app walks players through the game and how to play.
Violence & Scariness
Whammies, the gremlin-like nuisances of the game, often find themselves blown up and destroyed, but in a very cartoon-like fashion.
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Products & Purchases
A "more games" link from the title screen links to a page advertising other games from developer Ludia. The app itself, though, is meant solely to build awareness of the television game show.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Press Your Luck HD is an electronic home game of the popular television series. By answering a series of pop trivia questions, players can attempt to win fictional cash and prizes and avoid "Whammies" -- gremlins that cause you to lose all of your earnings and are accompanied by animations. Those animations show the Whammies in a variety of mischievous scenarios that always result in the critter getting smashed, blown up, or meeting some other dire fate -- but the violence is very cartoony.
Is It Any Good?
The television version of PRESS YOUR LUCK is cheesy fun -- and the app has the potential to match that. Unfortunately, the current version is a buggy game that's prone to locking up and has a very limited number of questions. After you play just two rounds, you'll start hearing questions repeated. The single-player version is fairly boring, since the automated contestants pick answers seemingly at random -- and are never intellectual threats. (In one round, for example, the automated contestant guessed that Muhammad Ali was best known as a scientist.) Multiplayer, which is all done locally and not through online matchmaking, is a bit more fun, but still nothing incredible. Finally, the game moves at an incredibly slow pace -- and the host's continually repeated comments get old fast.
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