Did you know the first gameshow to ever air on television was actually Spelling Bee. It was broadcast on 31st May 1938, and whilst didn’t quite capture the hearts of the nation, paved the way for many future shows.
If you’re a gameshow fanatic, you’ve most likely heard of the likes of Deal or No Deal and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, and rightly so, because both have become icons in their own right, transforming throughout the years to provide players far and wide with their very own gameshow experience.
So, read on to see how technology has influenced these shows over the years, and to get a taste of how to become the next contestant yourself!
Live dealer gaming
In 1996, the very first online casino stepped onto the gaming scene. Gameshows were one of the most popular television pastimes, and many game-of-chance lovers hoped to get their big break and give becoming the next winning contestant a go.
In the mid-2000’s live casino games took the industry by storm, and those gameshow fanatics were finally able to get a glimpse of what it would be like to play a game of chance, in real time, and for real money. That’s right, live dealer games can provide you with gameplay that uses state-of-the-art technology and a professionally trained human-dealer to host all your favourite games, from a specialist studio, straight to your device!
Let’s take a look at some of the casino games that can give you a glimpse of that gameshow lifestyle…
Deal or No Deal: The Big Draw
The first Deal or No Deal episode aired in 2005, and since then, it has become a popular theme for casino games. In The Big Draw, you’ll be entered into a live Bingo gameshow, with a main game and a side game hosted by a professional real-life dealer.
The aim of the game is to collect as many balls that match the numbers on your ticket as possible, whilst grabbing as many big prizes as possible to help you progress up the multiplier ladder and unlock the Deal or No Deal Bankers offer feature. During this feature, you’ll be asked whether you want to make a deal with the Banker and accept his offer, or carry on playing the game. Up to 32 balls can be drawn overall, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to try and beat the Banker.
What’s more, you can even opt to swap your case during gameplay, much like some contestants opt to in the television show! With the ability to boost your bet, draw extra balls, win multipliers and even unlock a side game – do you think you’ll be saying Deal,orNo Deal?
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Live Roulette
Back in 2003, the first episode of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire aired on television and became an instant hit, because after all, who doesn’t want to be a millionaire? Now, you can enjoy the gameshow as it’s hosted by a live dealer – Roulette style.
In this game, one to five (sometimes even 10) random numbers are presented to you. These are known as the Millionaire Numbers. Each number represents a different type of unique game, which is triggered when the European Roulette wheel is spun and the ball stops in one of the pockets that corresponds to one of those numbers. You can place any of the usual Roulette bets during this game, but only the inside bets make you eligible for the special Millionaire Games. During these games, you could win bet multipliers worth up to 2000x, and to really get you feeling like you’ve just stepped into the iconic gameshow, you’ll also have three classic lifelines: 50:50, which removes the two smallest multipliers, Ask the Audience, which displays the answers as a bar chart and automatically picks the answer with the highest multiplier for you, and Ask the Host; where the dealer will remove answers with lower multipliers.
So, do you have what it takes to become the next contestant on these unique gameshow-spinoffs?