The Price is Right Decades

Common Sense Media says

Faithful recreation of hit game show best for die-hards.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

If you've seen the show, you know the games. (And if you haven't, you probably wouldn't buy this app.) The difficulty comes in accurately guessing the price of items in the featured decade. 

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Consumerism

The app is a promotional tool for the long-running CBS game show and features advertising for some real world products. While it tends to be generic in the items it features, not mentioning many brand names, it does mention some, like World Book Encyclopedia and a Chevy Nova. 

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Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Players can opt in to Apple's Game Center to track scores and achievements, and for some games, challenge friends. Players can send and receive friend requests using an email address or Game Center nickname, revealing the first and last name associated with each party's Apple ID and, in the case of email requests, the sender's email address. With iOS 5, players can opt to have a private or public profile, which can include a photo. With a public profile, your real name is visible to all other players, and Game Center will recommend you to other players using your real name. With a private profile, only your friends can see your real name, and Game Center will not recommend you to other players.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Price is Right Decades is a nostalgia-fueled game that mirrors the popular television game show. While some products are mentioned by their brand name, most are generic. Players play the mini-games shown on air, like Plinko and the Showcase Showdown. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

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While playing the TV show's numerous mini-games is fun, the truly interesting part of THE PRICE IS RIGHT DECADES is the show's twist on time travel. Players play the game in different time periods and have to guess what an item would cost then. For example, a camcorder in the early 1980s was a lot more expensive than it is today, while cars were a lot less pricey. It's about the only part of the game that really taxes your brain. 

While the game is perfectly suited for die-hard fans of the show, it's ultimately a by-the-numbers version that doesn't hold your attention for long periods. (And not having Bob Barker around is particularly noticeable, given the emphasis on the show's history). Casual fans will shrug their shoulders and find themselves moving on to the next app at a pretty fast pace. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$0.99-$1.99
Release date:December 8, 2011
Category:Trivia Games
Size:296.00 MB
Publisher:Ludia
Version:1.0.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.0 or later

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