Who Wants to Be a Millonaire? is one of the most popular television game shows in history. The game launched in Britain in 1998 and has since spread its wings into markets around the world, with the show available in such markets as the USA, Australia, Russia, India, Italy, Nepal, and more. Big Time Gaming has a license to develop online betting games based on the franchise, and they've delivered with their Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? slot, which evokes a lot of the sights and sounds of the show.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? is a 6 reel slot that is based on the game's television studio, which features the modern lights that we're used to seeing shoot up and down. It uses BTG's now familiar MegaWays system where, depending on the shape and size of the symbols that land on the reels, you can have up to 117,649 different ways to win on a single spin. The game's icons include 9s, 10s, Jacks, Queens, Kings, Aces, a green gem, blue gem, red gem, and purple gem. There is also a wild symbol and game logos, which serves as a scatter.
The features in the game include the above-mentioned scatters, wilds, win multipliers, free spins, and the Hot Seat Free Spins Gamble. The latter feature mode allows you to put your free spins at risk for a chance to win up to 50 free games by climbing a ladder style progression just like the prize money in the game show. This doesn't test your knowledge, though, rather it serves as a true gamble game that tests your luck.
There are three different lifelines like in the TV show: a 50:50 pick, phone a friend (indicates the most likely answer), or ask the audience (the odds of each answer being correct are revealed). One of these is picked on each gamble which gives you a better chance of guessing the right answer. Though it won't guarantee a win, the strategy that maximises the RTP is to always pick the answer indicated by phone a friend, and the most likely answer in ask the audience.
I will say that the slot does look professional but it is not exactly spectacular when compared to a lot of the competition out there. It's also a bit disappointing to see that the game's test of knowledge is reduced to a random guess in an attempt to win more free spins. Though I concede putting questions into the game would open it up to being exploited by players with Google handy. Still, if you're a fan of the TV show you could give this a try and see what you think for yourself. It is available for play on both desktops and mobile devices.