Press Your Luck HD

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Slow pace and limited questions mar otherwise good game.

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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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Consumerism

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.

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What 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.

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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.

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Price: $4.99
  • Release date: September 15, 2010
  • Category: Trivia Games
  • Version: 1.0.0
  • Minimum software requirements: OS 3.2

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