Take the banker's offer or go for broke in Deal or No Deal on Facebook

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Back in April, we brought you the news that iWin would be bringing Deal or No Deal to Facebook later this year, and guess what? It's now available to play! Unfortunately, Howie Mandel is nowhere to be found, but the famous gameplay from the TV show has been retained. The real question you need to answer is: "Is this a deal worth taking?"

At the beginning of gameplay, you'll be able to choose to play in either the classic gameplay mode, or in a tournament. If you go for classic, you're met with the expected setup from the show. You'll need to pick one of 26 cases to be your case throughout the game (games are called episodes), and will then go through a round-by-round system, picking cases to open and thereby eliminating their dollar amounts from your possible winnings. After each round, you're offered an amount of money relative to how many cases are left and how many high dollar amounts are still in play (that is, if you've already knocked out the top three prizes, your offer will be much lower than if they were still all available). The top prize is $1 million, but actually winning that much virtual money will require more luck than skill.

Two additional prizes are also hidden within the cases, like virtual cars, bonus experience points and extra cash. If at any time you choose to take the banker's offer, rather than continue on, you'll be able to open up your case to see just how good of a deal you made. The ultimate goal, in terms of leveling up, will be to earn the most amount of money possible from each game, and if you do take a deal, to have the amount in your briefcase be less than the amount you settled for. You'll still earn experience points either way, but the amounts will vary.

In between regular episodes, there's a Speed Deal round that allows you a chance to win bonus episodes. As with other game show ports on Facebook, you're limited in your gameplay sessions by how many episodes you currently have available. You can either purchase new episodes with Facebook Credits, wait to earn more over time or earn them through these mini-games (you can even win free games for friends).

Adding into all of this is the tournament style gameplay, which offers you a chance at big monetary payouts, but also costs Deal money (the game's virtual currency) to enter. Your first tournament is free, and it sees you legitimately playing against other users to see who can win the most money in their own individual games. The rules here are a bit different, in that you'll be able to bank three offers from the Banker into one cumulative total. You'll end the game with one final offer from the Banker, and the player with the most money in their overall total wins.

Interestingly, there's a lot of strategy in this tournament style, as you'll get to see when other players make deals, allowing you to know how much money you need to earn to beat them. Do you accept an offer of $50,000? Or, do you wait until your offer is over $200,000 to make a move? Other players are earning money just as you are, so you'll need to wager on whether or not they'll have an unlucky round before making your own choice.

Once you start racking up some earnings, you'll be able to use your funds to purchase collection items for the game's collectible system. Truth be told though, this is a fairly forgettable gameplay element, as you may never even remember these items exist in the big scheme of things.

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All things considered, is this the best of the Facebook game show ports? If you're looking for tons of social interaction, then not really. If you simply loved the television show however, the tournament style does scratch that itch for something new while letting you gamble and go for broke all at the same time, all in the financial safety of your own home.

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