Review by Dave LeClair
So, GameLoft has been dominating the iPhone with games lately. They are pumping them out faster than we can review them, which is a good thing because most of GameLoft’s games are very well polished and lot of fun to play, and if you love trivia games, TV Show King is no exception. Read on for the full review.
The iPhone does have a good amount of trivia games, and they are definitely hit or miss. This one hits for sure. It brings great visuals and fun gameplay to the table. I’ve never been a big fan of trivia games myself, but i genuinely enjoyed playing Tv Show King.
Let’s start out with how the game plays. As the name would imply, it plays like a TV game show. So there are a few rounds of questioning where you and 3 other players compete to make the most money. Money is earned for answering questions correctly and answering them correctly the fastest. The quicker you answer the more money you get. At the end of each round everyone is given the option of spinning the wheel to either make some more money or lose some of the money you already have. The twist is that if you lose money you have to pick another competitor to give the money you lost. This adds some strategy because you want to choose carefully who you decide to give the money to. When the rounds are over you are taken to a final round where the top 2 players compete to see who the grand winner is.
There is also a mode where it’s just you in a “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” type of game, seeing how many questions you can answer, and trying to reach the top level. There isn’t any type of lifelines though, so it’s all based on your own trivia knowledge. I had a hard time getting past the third level of questions. (Maybe I’m just not too smart though. I am a writer after all.) This mode is a lot of fun when you only want to play for a short amount of time.
There is also Wi-Fi only multiplayer which is a lot of fun, and plays just like main single player mode except that you are playing with real people instead of computer controlled players. Playing with real people is a lot more fun because the A.I in the single player game is kind of predictable, as they almost always all pick the right answer. With real people you just never know what they are going to do.
There’s not too much I can say about the controls, as it is a trivia game, so you tap the answer you would like to pick. To spin the wheel you touch the wheel and slide your finger how hard you would like it spin. Pretty simple, and they work just fine.
Visually the game looks really good, which is one of it’s biggest strengths, however, it’s also its biggest weakness. The game looks better than it really needs to for a trivia game. There is some performance issues like frame rate slowdown and occasional freezing that could have been avoided by scaling back the graphics a bit. When it’s running smooth it looks really nice, but I would be happy to lose some visuals for better performance.
The sound is great as well. Surprisingly the voice acting isn’t nearly as annoying as I thought it would be. The sound really helps to immerse you in the experience, and make you feel like you are on a game show.
Rather than just listing off a bunch of questions and choosing the answer they go above and beyond to take a very simple game and make it fresh and fun. They went all out on the sound and visuals which is great, but as I mentioned earlier, the unnecessarily polished visuals lead to some major performance issues.
Presentation & Graphics
The graphics are really, really good, but they are so good that they cause a lot of performance issues that detract from the experience of the game enough that it made me wish the graphics were not as good, so it would perform better.
In terms of a trivia game, I can’t really fathom any game that could be much better than this, but the performance issues keep it from being perfect. Still, if you want a deep trivia game, Tv Show King is the way to go.