Review: “Weakest Link & Friends”
Just a few days ago, Ludia released Weakest Link & Friends in the iOS App Store. It was a pleasant surprise to see the game pop up after the U.S. version left the airwaves in 2003 and the U.K. version ending earlier this year. The game uses Facebook integration to keep track of your progress and to play against your friends. Ludia has already released a similar game engine for its Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader and Family Feud games for iOS, and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire on Facebook.
Weakest Link works a little differently in this adaptation. Each game sees yourself challenging four others, whether they be random opponents or friends. You have 45 seconds to answer as many multiple choice questions as you can in each round. Just like the show, each correct answer moves you up the chain. A wrong answer, and you break the chain. If you are unsure of an answer, you can tap “Bank” to bank the money for that round. At the end of the round, the player who accumulated the lowest amount of money up to that point is eliminated from the game. There is no voting. This continues until the top two players are left facing off in the Head-to-Head round. Again, just like the show, it’s the best of five questions. If you win, you earn a cash bonus.
And that’s pretty much it. As you level up, you earn more coins. Of course, you can just purchase coins from within the app if you want to play more and not wait for the meter to refill every couple of minutes. You can send challenges to friends and see who is the Strongest Link. The graphics are nice and even the iconic 4-beat sting is present. Unfortunately, there is no Anne Robinson or George Gray to use their razor wit and make you feel useless. Still, the game does come preloaded with some cheeky remarks to make up for it.
The app is free, so the only expense you pay is either spending some dollars to earn coins or just deal with the in-app advertising. After playing the game for a few days, I’ve come across only a few repeats, with some questions even being asked again within a single game. There are occasional glitches in the game that doesn’t take away from the experience completely. One is where it shows someone earned money for a round, but it doesn’t add to their total. Another instance is that you play someone completely different in the Head-to-Head that wasn’t in the main game.
Still, Weakest Link & Friends is a great way to kill a few minutes, show off against friends, and test your trivia skills. All the aesthetics are here to give it as close to the feel of the actual game show. The social networking incorporation adds to the replay value so you can beat all of your friends. If you have an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, download this today. Hey, it’s free.