Akinator the Genie FREE

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  • Last update: 1 year ago
  • Version: 4.11.4
  • Size: 52.96M
  • Compatibility: 4.1 and up
  • Author: Elokence
  • Content rating: Rated for 12+
  • Package name: com.digidust.elokence.akinator.freemium
  • Last update: 2 years ago
  • Version: 4.2
  • Size: 117 MB
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
  • Author: Elokence
  • Content rating: Rated 12+ for the following:
  • Languages: English, Arabic, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish
  • In-App Purchases:
  • The PREMIUM potion $1.99
  • 45,000 Geniz $0.99
  • 460,000 Geniz (235,000 FREE) $4.99
  • 115,000 Geniz (25,000 FREE) $1.99
  • Pack 15 credits $1.99
  • Pack 40 credits $3.99
  • 195,000 Geniz (60,000 FREE) $2.99
  • 305,000 Geniz (125,000 FREE) $3.99
  • Pack 65 credits $5.99
  • The supercharged potion $0.99
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Akinator in review

Akinator is a fun game that has taken over the download charts in past months by providing a simple and accessible game to a wide range of users. The aim is to beat the ‘Genie', who claims to be able to read your mind, by guessing what character you're thinking of. It's essentially a complex and interactive version of ‘Guess Who'. The genie guesses who you're thinking of on the basis of a series of questions it asks you. 

Akinator is a retro game, and the app is based on a website that was once hugely popular. The website fans will be delighted by the app, which we have described in detail below.

Functionality 9/10

The Akinator app is a tribute to the website, and the functionalities are similar to the original game. It uses a database to find and guess your chosen person, and will then provide you with an image, that you are able to save to your device if you so choose to. You have the option to save it to the SD card on your Android device.  One of the best functions of the app is that it allows you to share your progress - and the games you play - with your friends on social media, and of course, it includes Facebook. This is an integrated feature in the app that significantly increases its appeal to social media users. There is also a leaderboard function that allows users to compete with friends and family, further adding to the social component of the game.  Because of the simplicity of the app, there are few functions, and they are well-designed and perform satisfactorily. There are no major defects nor there are functions lacking, or causing serious complaints or concerns. Overall, the app functions just as you would it expect it to, and has consistently baffled players through its accuracy. 

Design 7/10

The design is simple and created to embody the mysterious ‘genie' idea that the game revolves around. There is no sound to the app, and it uses bubbles and colorful graphics that are clear and concise. The leaderboard was designed to appear like a scroll, and the entire game takes an exotic approach to the design, which is in keeping with the ‘Alladin' feel of the app. There is, however, a sense of underwhelming simplicity to the design. There are no features that stand out, and it doesn't stray too far from the original game, making the app appear a little tired in comparison to other modern revamps of former vintage hits. This is the only downside to an otherwise satisfying game, and users await a redesign that is likely to materialize in the future.

Stability 7/10

The app performs one main function, which is to guess who you're thinking of. The usability is thus extremely high. You answer a select number of questions by tapping on thought bubbles, and the genie will ultimately generate an answer to your question. This is an accessible game, and there are no significant challenges to be faced by users. However, one major usability complaint is that the app is particularly prone to crashes. As this is a large app, phones with limited memory may suffer the consequences, and face crashes throughout the game.  This is a problem for iOS users in particular, and while it doesn't concern the usability of the functions within the app, it affects the ability of users to actually use the app. This is something developers are working to fix, but is worth noting if you yourself face periodic crashes throughout.

Cross-platform use 6/10

The Akinator currently works on iOS and Android but not on Windows phones. As Windows phones gain popularity once more, the lack of compatibility for users can prove irritating. Users are hopeful that the Akinator will become compatible in the future, but to date, there are no signs to indicate that the game will be available on that platform. This reduces the cross-platform capabilities significantly, and can prove disappointing for a growing number of Windows users. 

In-app purchases

The app itself is free for Android only, and must be purchased from the App Store to be used on iOS. Within the app, users can purchase ‘potions' that will enhance the performance of the genie, and this will come at an extra cost.

Conclusion

Akinator works well for what it is intended to do, and will surprise new users, by generating accurate answers to characters you may be thinking of. Attempting to beat the genie can prove challenging, and the game itself can prove addictive and entertaining. The compatibility and underwhelming design of the game are what lets it down, and the game isn't as consistently well reviewed on various game stores as it should be. Hopefully, with a less-than-intricate design by developers, the game can receive the attention it deserves. 

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Conclusion

Those looking for a fun and exciting game to try will enjoy Akinator. It's free and it's a game that may prove a little underwhelming after download but entertaining nonetheless.


Pros : Fun and addictive;
Family friendly and appropriate for children of all ages;
Simple and easy to use;
The game is surprisingly accurate, and will guess names by means of a few questions;
Can be played across multiple devices;
The game features social media elements that allow you to integrate your profiles from other apps and sites;
Free to use once downloaded.

Cons : It isn't compatible with Windows phones;
The design is basic and somewhat underwhelming;
The main app has no sound and is therefore not interactive;
The app doesn't revolve around the social media component and is therefore not accessible to mobile users.


Functionality 4.5

Design 3.5

Usability

Cross-platform use 3.0


Average : 2.8



Akinator the Genie FREE Version History


  • Akinator the Genie FREE v.4.10 for Android 4.1+ Oct. 26, 2016
  • Akinator the Genie FREE v.4.08 for Android 4.1+ Aug. 18, 2016
  • Akinator the Genie FREE v.4.07 for Android 4.1+ Jul. 07, 2016
  • Akinator the Genie FREE v.4.06 for Android 4.1+ Jul. 03, 2016
  • Akinator the Genie FREE v.4.05 for Android 4.1+ Jun. 30, 2016
  • Akinator the Genie FREE v.4.04 for Android 4.1+ Feb. 07, 2016
  • Akinator the Genie FREE v.4.02 for Android 4.1+ Dec. 02, 2015
  • Akinator the Genie FREE v.4.01 for Android 4.1+ Nov. 26, 2015
  • Akinator the Genie FREE v.4.0 for Android 4.1+ Nov. 25, 2015
  • Akinator the Genie FREE v.3.45 for Android 2.3.4+ Sep. 07, 2015
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