Akinator is an online game and mobile app by French company Elokence.com based on the game known as 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.
In order to begin the questionnaire, the user must press 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. 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. It predicts the answer based on the tree match algorithm. "Aki Awards" can be rewarded for guessing a new Character. An update allowed the user to purchase new backgrounds and clothing with in-game currency. Although, things such as animals or objects will not be counted as a real character, even when akinator says it is, and players can decide if they are characters or not based on the rules given to them.
L'Express rated Akinator a 5 out of 5 on their list of iPhone Apps of the Week for September 9, 2009. Excite France stated that Akinator "is just that interactive. It is revolutionary, attractive, and entertaining."
In Europe, the game reached its peak popularity in 2009.
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