disclosure: we were sent the item mentioned for the purpose of review
I love board games and am rather competitive, I’ll just say that right now. I also love general knowledge TV quiz shows, so when Who Wants To Be A Millionaire first aired on our screens in 1998 I was hooked. So naturally when the Who Wants to be a Millionaire board game came out, I had to have it and it’s been well used over the years. But now there’s a new version of the Who Wants to be a Millionaire board game which also offers digital lifelines! Let me introduce you to the 2021 version.
The Who Wants to be a Millionaire board game comes with a game board, answer tokens, lifeline tokens, playing tokens, over 700 questions and a rules leaflet.
The game can be played by 2-4 players aged 14 years and over. My almost 12-year-old plays with me against his Dad at the moment and if you’ve got more than 6 people then it’s very easy to play this game in teams.
Set the board up and select one player to be the host (this role swaps around the players with each question). The idea of the game is to be the player who can answer all the questions up to and including the £1 million question to win the game. There are two safe havens on the board, the first at £10,000 and the second is decided by the players individually. Each player decides where they want their own safe haven to be and places their corresponding coloured arrow marker by that point. The safe haven is a space where once reached, you cannot fall below, so your minimum prize money is secured.
To really play this version of the Who Wants to be a Millionaire board game you will need a smartphone, as each question card has a scanning code that brings up the four different lifeline options digitally. If no one in your playing group has one or there’s no internet access then you can still play the game, and it explains how to use the lifelines in this eventuality on the back of the rules leaflet.
The host takes one of the £500 question cards from the pack and reads out the question as well as the multiple-choice answers whilst hiding the reverse of the card (that will help non-smartphone users answer!). Each player including the host places their relevant answer tokens face down on the final answer section of the board.
If you want to use a lifeline you place either the 50:50, Phone a Friend, Ask the Audience or Ask the Host token on the lifeline section of the board. Each lifeline can only be used once so be careful with how you play them. If a player is using a lifeline then the QR code on the question card is scanned.
Then you select the relevant lifeline (if you have selected Phone a Friend – then you just call that person). For Ask the Audience you will see a screen showing you the audience’s answers, but beware, they might not be correct.
For the 50:50 option, two answers will be removed and for Ask the Host, the host reveals that player alone the answer that they gave to the question.
Once all players have decided on their answers the host turns over the question card to reveal the correct answer. All players that have answered correctly move one space up the money tree, players who have answered incorrectly fall back to the starting position.
Play then passes to the next player to be the host. They have to pick the question card matching the highest player’s position on the money tree, but players can still only move up one space if they answer correctly.
Play continues until one player reaches the £1 million spot and wins the game.
The digital element of this new version of the Who Wants to be a Millionaire board game adds a great spin and has gone down well here. The Ginger Fox Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Board Game costs £29.99 from Smyths
Will you be playing this Christmas?