My mom used to watch the Price Is Right every afternoon when I was growing up, so this app was a true blast from the past. All that’s missing is Bob Barker. When you start playing you can pick from two modes. There’s classic, which is exactly like the show. You have six chances to advance from contestant’s row by getting closest to the price of the product displayed without going over. It’s harder than you might think, since the computer players can be pretty crafty. Once you’ve gotten past that hurdle, you advance to a random pricing game, such as Plinko or Range Game.
Whether you win or lose that game, you still make it to the Big Wheel. There you spin against the computer players to see who gets the highest roll, up to one dollar. (Unfortunately the computer players have a penchant of getting a perfect spin.) Finally, you go to the Showcase Showdown, where you bid on a package of several related prizes. Again, you try to get the closest price without overbidding.
If you have trouble getting past contestant’s row and are ready to give up on the game altogether, don’t. Just switch to three strikes mode. You keep going until you lose three games in a row, such as the row, the pricing game and the wheel.
The app also has a party mode where you can challenge up to three other players while sharing the same iPhone. This works fine until you reach the Showcase Showdown. It can be hard to look off of one phone when it comes time to view the products and bid. There’s also an option to unlock pricing games individually for practice by completing specific “challenges” like getting certain scores during regular play.
My favorite thing about this app was the campiness. It has a faux cheery vibe reminiscent of most 1980s game shows. The videos of actual products also gave a vein of realism to it, although the descriptions could run long. Since there’s a lot going on in this app, it does tend to lock up. Hopefully this glitch can be fixed in the next upgrade.