After several months of beta testing, Ludia (who are a division of FremantleMedia) have finally launched The Price is Right Bingo on popular social networking site – Facebook. Whilst promotion of the beta version allowed interested players to keep in touch with the very latest developments and play the game in its limited form, it only went fully live in mid-April 2013. Since Ludia were quick off the mark to set up a Facebook app page, they’ve already amassed 16.5k fans, and as of the beginning of May, their player numbers for the new game are stated at over 100,000.
It’s based on the original TV show of the same name which has been a big hit in America since it was developed there and shown in xxx. The UK was quick to create their own version too, running for spells between 1984 and 2007 with hosts such as Leslie Crowther, Bruce Forsyth, and Joe Pasquale at the helm.
Naturally, the new app contains many of the key features that are associated with the show, with TV-style voiceovers, and the aim being to match randomly-drawn balls with the numbers on your bingo cards in order to take your place on Contestants Row. Here, you get a shot at picking up bonus prizes, and you might even be lucky enough to spin the famous Big Wheel.
Fremantle’s Senior Manager of Interactive and Mobile, Nicholas Dale, says that both The Price is Right and bingo are “inherently social experiences,” and they hope that the combination of the two will prove popular with fans of the show as well as Facebook app players and bingo-lovers.
If you like the sound of the application, and want to give it a try, you can find it by searching for The Price is Right Bingo in the search box on Facebook. Games are playing using 75-ball cards (five by five squares), and you’ll need to daub your numbers as the balls are drawn. Unlike normal online bingo sites, there’s the added feature of special squares, where you can win coins by daubing them if the associated number is drawn. There are also mystery locks to collect which you can unlock later in the game with a master key.
As far as we’re concerned, it’s always good to see new bingo-style apps appearing on Facebook’s social media platform, but what do you think? Perhaps you’d like to see other TV show/bingo combos being developed? Maybe Hollyoaks or Corrie Bingo?