The game is based on a TV show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire", which debuted in 1998 in the UK.
To win the top prize of 1 million points, you have to answer 15 questions of increasing difficulty. You only have one attempt to answer each question (with an exception noted below in the "Lifelines" section).
The sum won for every question increases with each correct answer (the succession is 100 – 200 – 300 – 500 – 1,000 – 2,000 – 4,000 – 8,000 – 16,000 – 25,000 – 50,000 – 100,000 – 250,000 – 500,000 – 1,000,000). When you give an incorrect answer, the game ends and points earned are lost if not safeguarded by a milestone question. There are 600 questions in total in the game.
Questions number 5 and 10 are so-called milestone questions. This means that if you answer any of the following questions incorrectly, you do not lose all points earned, but instead fall down to the amount secured in the milestone question (that is 1,000 or 25,000 points).
At the start of every game, you are given 3 lifelines that you can use when you cannot answer a question. Each lifeline can only be used once per game. The following lifelines are available:
50:50. Two of the incorrect answers are removed from the choices.
Ask the Audience. The virtual audience votes for the answers and a graph with their guesses is shown. Bear in mind that with increasing difficulty, the audience may not be correct.
Double Dip. Allows you to make two guesses at a question. However, after selecting this lifeline, you cannot use any other lifeline for that question and the game cannot be ended after the first (wrong) guess.
With the exception of the Double Dip lifeline, if you do not know the answer and are not willing to take the risk of answering incorrectly, you have an option to end the game and "walk away" with what you have won so far.
The game is controlled by keyboard only. To start the game, press any key on the title screen. On the game screen, use the A/B/C/D letters to choose an answer. Use numbers 1/2/3 to choose a lifeline. Press Esc to walk away and end the game with what you earned so far.
Atari 8-bit computer with 48 KBytes of RAM. Runs on both PAL and NTSC models.
Code by Marek Pavlík (MaPa)
Graphics design, music and documentation by Zdeněk Eisenhammer (PG)
Czech question set by Petr Postava (Hardcore)
Proofreading by Wotnau