Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: 2012 Edition is a video game based off of the U.S. version of the internationally popular quiz show, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?.
The gameplay is based off of the shuffle format which the show was using at the time. The game has an option for either one player or two players to play at a time. The game is divided into two rounds.
In Round 1, there are 10 questions with values of $100; $500; $1,000; $2,000; $3,000; $5,000; $7,000; $8,000; $9,000 and $10,000. The questions and values are all randomized and the values are hidden until the player answers the respective question correctly, in which it will be added to the player's bank. Players are also given two Jump the Question lifelines, which allow them to skip a question entirely and move on to the next one. However, the value hidden behind it will also be discarded. At the end of Round 1, players can have between $45,600 and $26,600.
Players who finish Round 1 will move on to Round 2, which has 4 questions with values of $100,000; $250,000; $500,000 and $1,000,000. The questions and values do not get randomized, and for the $100,000 question, $100,000 gets added to the player's bank for a correct answer, but for the other 3 questions, that $100,000 gets augmented to each question's value. An incorrect answer will drop them down to $25,000. They are also given an Ask the Audience lifeline, in which they can poll the studio audience on what they think the answer is and the results will show up on a graph. The two Jumps, however, are taken away.
If a player manages to answer the last question correctly, they can have anything from $1,045,600 to $1,026,600.
- The show as portrayed in the game is different from the TV version in the following ways:
- The lifelines are the same, but on the TV version, all three are given to the contestant at the start and, if not used in Round 1, get carried over to Round 2.
- The TV version has values of $15,000 and $25,000 in Round 1 instead of $8,000 and $9,000.
- For the $100,000 question on the TV version, the contestant's bank would be augmented to $100,000 for a correct answer, not have $100,000 added to the total.