After all these years, JEOPARDY! still stands in a category of its own in the game show genre. Now you can experience the same show right on your iPhone in JEOPARDY! Platinum, just released earlier this month.
The app opens the same as the television show with the logo coming up and the ‘do-do-do-do’ song playing. I like that you sign your name just as real contestants would. You can then choose a character and customize it. The choices are limited but you can buy additional avatars for 99 cents each. Looking at the graphics below, I don’t think it would make that much difference. There is also an option to play a ‘solo’ game.
The controls are very easy as it’s just a matter of touching the screen with your choice. Questions are multiple choice and you have a limited time to either answer or pass. Multiple choice just doesn’t feel right when playing JEOPARDY! but I suppose it is hard to transfer that specific concept into a video game.
The trivia itself is on par with that of the show. If you want more of a challenge, additional packs can be purchased for, again, 99 cents each. I couldn’t even get past the ‘easy’ mode but I was never very good at trivia anyway.
During play, the game is practically devoid of sound. Once in a while you may hear some of the signature beeps, chimes, and buzzes but that’s it. While this may be true to the game show it’s a bit boring while playing the app. At least you hear Alex Trebek’s dry humor and the awkwardness of the contestants on TV.
JEOPARDY! Platinum is an inexpensive app at $1.99. It’s great for picking your brain on a wide variety of subjects and when you just can’t get enough of your favorite show. You will still get your ‘daily double’, the wagering, and harder questions depending on the amount it’s worth. If you really want to test your wits and enjoy putting it in a question form, you might want to stick to the television show.
Disclosure: I was provided with the JEOPARDY! Platinum iPhone app to facilitate this review. The opinions expressed here are 100% my honest opinion.