The Bottom Line
The Million Dollar Password handheld game is unique in that it works very well for multiple players. This is due to the Password format itself, which only requires that one person is able to see the passwords, offering clues to the other player to guess the words. With over 1000 passwords included, it's rare that you'll run into repeated words over the course of many games. Instructions for play are quite simple for both single and multi-player games.
- Single and multi player modes
- Qwerty keypad and stylus work smoothly
- LCD screen is easy to read
- Single player mode uses a lightning round that is very challenging
- The stylus fits snugly into the unit, reducing the risk of losing it
- Sounds are generic and not reminiscent of the game show
- Multiplayer mode is quite short, with only five passwords per game
- Made by iToys, licensed by Fremantle Media
- For 1-4 players, ages 8 and up
- In single player mode, players get clues to guess the passwords.
- In multiplayer mode, passwords are given and teams must give their own clues to their partners.
- The single player mode lightning round is timed at 50 seconds, with an additional 2 seconds given per correct password.
- Passwords are input using a qwerty keypad and stylus.
Guide Review - 'Million Dollar Password' Handheld Game
The first thing I noticed about the Million Dollar Password handheld game is the game unit itself. It's shaped like an old fashioned television set, and one of the antennae is the removable stylus. Very cute! The shape of the unit fits well in the palms of your hands, and the keypad responds well when you press on the letters. It's not overly sensitive, nor do you have to really punch the letters to get them to register.
Game play is fun, and I especially like that you can skip over the instructions once you get the hang of each round and mode of play. The passwords are a mix of simple and challenging, and with so many of them stored, you won't run into very many repeats.
This is an addictive game, and it proved to me beyond a shadow of a doubt what I've assumed about Password for years: I'm much better at giving clues than guessing the passwords! It's a great little game to have on hand for car trips, waiting rooms, or any other circumstance where a fun distraction is needed.