Akinator

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Akinator
Akinator.svg
Developer(s) Elokence.com
Publisher(s) Elokence.com
Engine Limule
Platform(s)
Release 2007
Genre(s) Twenty Questions
Mode(s) Single-player

Akinator is an online game and mobile app based on Twenty Questions that attempts to determine which character the player is thinking of by asking them a series of questions. It is an artificial intelligence program that learns the best questions to ask from other players.

Gameplay[edit]

In order to begin the questionnaire, the user must hit the play button and think of a popular character (musician, athlete, political personality, actor, fictional film/TV character, Internet personality, etc.). Akinator, a cartoon genie, begins asking a series of questions (as many as required), with "Yes", "No", "Probably", "Probably not" and "Don't know" as possible answers, in order to narrow down the potential character.[1][2] If the answer is narrowed down to a single likely option before 25 questions are asked, the program will automatically ask if the character it chose is correct. If the character is guessed wrong three times in a row, then the program will prompt the user to input the character's name, in order to expand its database of choices.[3] It predicts the answer based on the tree match algorithm. "Aki Awards" can be rewarded for guessing a new Character.[citation needed] An update allowed the user to purchase new backgrounds and clothing with in-game currency.

Critical reception[edit]

L'Express rated Akinator a 5 out of 5 on their list of iPhone Apps of the Week for September 9, 2009.[4] Excite France stated that Akinator "is just that interactive. It is revolutionary, attractive, and entertaining."[5]

In Europe, the game reached its peak popularity in 2009.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Jen Chaney (August 3, 2010). "Summer time waster: Stumping the Akinator". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 23, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Akinator, el genio que leerá tu mente". Medio Tiempo (in Spanish). October 19, 2010. Retrieved June 23, 2011. 
  3. ^ "アップ・スウェル、『Akinator』のモバイルサイトの提供を開始". Asahi Shimbun (in Japanese). July 21, 2010. Retrieved June 23, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Paybuddy, Stand o'food et Akinator". L'Express (in French). September 9, 2009. Retrieved June 23, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Akinator, vraiment le plus fort!". Excite France (in French). November 23, 2008. Retrieved June 23, 2011. 

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