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Attempting to cash in on the hugely successful ITV show Who Wants to be Millionaire, arrived the game adaptation on the dreamcast. I recently played on this game after rediscovering the dreamcast.
The premise of the game is quite simple, you as the contestant will be asked a series of questions, 15 in total, which will start from a 100.00 question and rise incrementally until you reach the hallowed turf of 1 million. Consequently of course, there is a steep curve in the difficulty of the questions.
The quiz show questions cover a multitude of areas, including general knowledge, sport, celebrity's geography, science and many other areas. You are then presented with 3 life lines and these are phone a friend, ask the audience, or 50/50 but once you have used one of them, you can't use it again.
The graphics look to retain simplisticity and do not make the most of the dreamcast. Instead they are really opting for mostly static backdrops which don't really use the graphics engine on offer. While the graphics aren't dire, they are very ordinary.
The gameplay is quite straight forward, as for each question asked, there are 4 possibilities and you simply click on what you think is the right answer, once you have done this, there is a slight pause which is designed to build up the suspense before the crowd applaud if you answered correctly.
However the main draw back of this game, is that despite being a multiplayer, that is simply the involvement of 2 players who must answer the qualifying question the quickest. The second other drawback of course, is it's a quiz game and games like this, in my opinion have poor longevity.
Not a bad game but ultimately not one I would purchase
"Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" is a video game which was released for the Sega Dreamcast in 2000 by Eidos Interactive. It is a quiz game based on the popular television programme of the same name. In the European marketplace, the game received an age guidance rating which deemed the game suitable for ages three and above.
Millionaire put the player in the "hot seat" with voice overs from Chris Tarrant accompanying his or her play. The rules of the game keep with what is seen on televison. Players will answer a series of 15 multiple choices questions with each ascending in difficulty as the game progresses. When stumbled, players may use up to three different "life lines" to attempt to find a solution to the question; 50/50, phone a friend and poll the audience.
Gameplay of this title is very simple. Questions are presented to the player on a monitor similar to what an actual contestant in the hot seat would be gazing into. From there, the player may select an answer from A-D or select a life line for use by using the directional arrows and A button. Should a player guess correctly then he or she will be presented the next question in sequence. If a player is wrong in their guess, however, then they will be shown a cheque with their winnings and the game will be over. It is worth noting that the pool of questions to this quiz game is small. There were several occasions where I found myself answering questions from rounds just passed and this considerably lowered the difficulty of the game.
The graphics of this title are extremely minimalistic. For brief moments, the camera will pan away from the contestant's question screen and tour the three dimensional interior of the programme's studio but this view will immediately refocus on the screen for further play. It is also noteworthy that there are no members in the audience; the game takes place in an empty studio. This is not particularly damaging to the gameplay experience but it does beg the question as to how players receive information when using the "poll the audience" life line. The text panels keep with the standard colours seen on the show having white text on black oblong shapes. The empty parts of the screen show the Millionaire sunburst image in blue and purple hues. The audio is a drawing point for me in this game. Chris Tarrant's constant cues are frequently different and well recorded. I experienced no issue hearing his prompts and jokes throughout playing.
Overall, "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" is likely a title which will appeal to quiz game fans only. It is very simplistic in its implementation and does not boast a wide range of technical prowess. The title comes across as something which could pass on earlier video games consoles. I would be hesitant about recommending this game to prospective buyers.
I recall having this game on the Dreamcast some years ago, and although it's a rather nifty idea, it's not up to much here - it's been crafted with extreme laziness, and whilst we all love the TV show, it just hasn't translated very well here into a game because the developers went for the cheapest, most tawdry approach possible. What's more, when it retailed for about £40 on release, what's the point, when it makes absolutely zero use of the Dreamcast's enhanced graphics capabilities, and is even an embarassment enough to be on the PS1! It's a shame, because it's a novel idea.
We all know how the game works - 10 contestants begin in a "fastest finger first" round, and the person who gets the four answers in the right order quickest will be eligible to play the game, where they have to answer 15 questions correctly to win £1,000,000, or they can stop at any point and simply cash out, as well as use three lifelines (phone a friend, 50/50, and ask the audience) to aid their progress.
Whilst the game has the same logos, videos, music, and voiceover (from Chris Tarrant), you never actually see Tarrant, and I think it would have been a lot more fun if they tried to recreate a computerised Chris Tarrant - even if it would've looked a big dodgy, I would have at least admired that they'd made the effort, rather than plonking us in front of two empty chairs and throwing questions at us! Also, there's no rendered audience either, and if FIFA games can render hundreds of audience members, I don't think it's past the developers to fill a small arena, but alas, they've taken as many shortcuts as possible to throw out a quick money spinner that has a fairly small variety of questions. It's very impersonal and not very inviting!
The premise of the Dreamcast Who Wants to Be a Millionaire game is to pretend to play for a million pounds. A little bit teasing when they show you the picture of the cheque. Some of the drawbacks of the game: 1. there is no way to shut Chris Tarrant off, and as it is prerecorded you have continuous repetition of his catchprases. 2. The ask the audience lifeline becomes almost useless somewhere around the £4000 question. 3. Some of the features of the TV show are redundant in the game. For example, there is no risk involved with gambling to a million (unless you want a top score on the leaderboard) 4. In the first edition of the game you see neither Chris or the audience. It would have been nice to have some more interaction with Chris Tarrant. Instead the commentary is more like a jumble of phrases used on the show. I would have liked it to be more relavant to my answers. There is something addictive and fun about this game, but it does lack the excitement of the show. It is worth buying, but a little disappointing.
Well, what can I say about this Dreamcast game. Not much to be honest. Although I think the TV program is quite good, I do not rate this game at all and if anyone was ever thinking of buying it, then I hope you change your mind because you would be wasting your money. I can't believe I wasted £30 on this pathetic example of a Dreamcast 128bit game! I must say I didn't find the game fun at all, even for the very first go - it didn't go downhill after playing for about an hour simply because the gaming experience was already at the lowest scale. The game is based on the hit television show on ITV which stars the brilliant Chris Tarrant and of course the 10 contestants, all trying to be the fastest finger first in order to gain a place on the lucrative chair - could win £1,000,000 if you answer the 15 questions all correct. The audience is one of the important factors of the television show adding a superb atmosphere to the whole theme, but sadly and stupidly the game is not quite the same as the TV hit. WHAT IS THE SAME AS THE TV SHOW: Chris Tarrant's voice is official, he's annoying as ever - more so in the game. You have to answer 15 questions to win the top prize! The music between questions is the same! It shares the same name as the television show! WHAT'S DIFFERENT/MISSING: You don't ever see Chris Tarrant - just empty chairs! NO audience. Why not? You don't ever see yourself - or the other contestants. A decent variety of questions - you will find they repeat very often. FUN! The game is so boring, slow and just not good. Value for money: this is the biggest rip off in gaming. AVOID IT! The prizes - you get a virtual cheque. Fantastic. The point? Exactly. A pointless game that has sold 1million copies in the UK - ironic. Such a poor game has done so well.
I have seen some of the opinions here, some people find the game amusing, some find it hilarious because they feel it's rubbish, but in my view Who Wants To Be A Millionnaire isn't that bad a game, in fact, in the right scenario and situation, it could be considered entertainment! The game is a bit unfinished, and yes it's repetitive, annoying, and completely pointless as you can't actually win any real money, but I think it's good for certain times - like when you have a social gathering - wheng reat uncles/Aunts, grandparents and family members come to visit - Stick on WWTBAM and they'll be entertained for a while, totally forgetting the game's shortcomings. So it has appeal - those who like Crosswords, puzzles and trivia will love this. Chris Tarrant is here in the game, but you only hear his voice, which can be annoying - not that you wanted a virtual representation of Tarrant, but the phrases and sayings will get on your nerves like pin-prick. Never mind, the game is funny - the questions keep repeating themselves, but people will play this, as they can understand it. Definitely a game for the non gamer. Graphics are shoddy - they couldn't even fill up the virtual studio with an audience, but the game isn't really about graphics, but the ones they have, are poor. The sound is clear, the music is authentic, but Chris Tarrant will get on your nerves as I say, at least it is actually his voice - I guess the game developers spent all their budget signing him up that they forgot to finish the game off properly. The game can be played with up to 4 of you, but I recommend just playing as one big team, so select the one player option and all pitch in. The questions don't seem to get more difficult at all - they're totally random in my opinion, with some storming questions popping up around the £1000 - £8000 mark, although the first 3 are normally easy. Anyway, the questions repeat thems
elves so much that you'll remember the answers! Questions are much the same as the quiz show, but seem so much more dull and tedious, probably because the thrill and suspense, adrenaline rush - just aren't in the game, ou know you're not going to win any money whatsoever, so there isn't much point in getting excited. It's a game to test your knowledge and remembering skills. Although the game is highly successful, I don't think they can get away with the unfinished touches - no audience, no Chris, except his voice, very few decent phone a friend people - daft voices they have. Graphics are also poor, despite the game not needing any!! I would still give this game 3 stars because it is great to play at social events, at parties when people have gone home and you can't be bothered to tidy up, and when you're just so bored of doing everything that you resort to this. 3 Stars, I would say get it.
I have seen some of the opinions here, some people find the game amusing, some find it hilarious because they feel it's rubbish, but in my view Who Wants To Be A Millionnaire isn't that bad a game, in fact, in the right scenario and situation, it could be considered entertainment! The game is a bit unfinished, and yes it's repetitive, annoying, and completely pointless as you can't actually win any real money, but I think it's good for certain times - like when you have a social gathering - wheng reat uncles/Aunts, grandparents and family members come to visit - Stick on WWTBAM and they'll be entertained for a while, totally forgetting the game's shortcomings. So it has appeal - those who like Crosswords, puzzles and trivia will love this. Chris Tarrant is here in the game, but you only hear his voice, which can be annoying - not that you wanted a virtual representation of Tarrant, but the phrases and sayings will get on your nerves like pin-prick. Never mind, the game is funny - the questions keep repeating themselves, but people will play this, as they can understand it. Definitely a game for the non gamer. Graphics are shoddy - they couldn't even fill up the virtual studio with an audience, but the game isn't really about graphics, but the ones they have, are poor. The sound is clear, the music is authentic, but Chris Tarrant will get on your nerves as I say, at least it is actually his voice - I guess the game developers spent all their budget signing him up that they forgot to finish the game off properly. The game can be played with up to 4 of you, but I recommend just playing as one big team, so select the one player option and all pitch in. The questions don't seem to get more difficult at all - they're totally random in my opinion, with some storming questions popping up around the £1000 - £8000 mark, although the first 3 are normally easy. Anyway, the questions repeat themselv
es so much that you'll remember the answers! Questions are much the same as the quiz show, but seem so much more dull and tedious, probably because the thrill and suspense, adrenaline rush - just aren't in the game, ou know you're not going to win any money whatsoever, so there isn't much point in getting excited. It's a game to test your knowledge and remembering skills. Although the game is highly successful, I don't think they can get away with the unfinished touches - no audience, no Chris, except his voice, very few decent phone a friend people - daft voices they have. Graphics are also poor, despite the game not needing any!! I would still give this game 3 stars because it is great to play at social events, at parties when people have gone home and you can't be bothered to tidy up, and when you're just so bored of doing everything that you resort to this. 3 Stars, I would say get it.
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This is probably the worst game that has come out for the Dreamcast. I regret buying it and if you’re thinking about purchasing it, DON’T! Who wants to be a millionaire has to be the most boring game ever released. I can’t see how a game can get any more boring. I won the million after 1 day and that was plainly because the questions are repeats so I know what the answer was going to be! It includes all the familiar features of the TV show- Phone-A-Friend, Ask the audience and 50:50. There is also the fastest feature, which allows the first to answer correctly the chance to win a virtual million. You can compete against friends. Because I found this game so disgraceful to the Dreamcast, I highly recommend you do not purchase it. One of the most pointless features of the game is when you are playing you have the chance to walk! Who in their right mind will walk, and not gamble, its not as if you’re risking anything! The reason why I bought this is mainly because at the time I did enjoy the actual programme and I wanted to see how far I would be able to get. I think its clear what I fee; about this game so I’ve got nothing more to say.
Who wants to be a millionaire? (WWTBAM) Stupid question really, and an equally stupid premise to base a video game. Yet so many people felt compelled to buy it ... The simplest idea in the world. Just questions, four possible answers, and a million pounds. It works well as a TV show. We all want to see people crack under the pressure, work their way up the 'money ladder' and ultimately - lose a lot of money so we can all be happy that we are not as poorly off as we like to complain about. I'm not going to run through the rules as there is not a person in the country who does not know about this show. As for how well this converts into a game? Well, it's not great. The game sticks close to the show. The studio is succesfully recreated using CGI graphics, but looks surprisingly bare without the audience, Chris Tarrant and no one in the hot seat. The music is also in place. Faithful to the show, it changes after each milestone. The game is also voiced by Chris Tarrant, although he doesn't read the questions, just refers to the answers as A, B, C or D. Phone a friend responses are voiced, but voiced by some of the strangest people in the world. Cosmetics aside this game offers very little. There are only 1000 questions, and after about six games you will start to hear (or read) the same questions over and over again. I would have liked to have seen an option to take advantage of the Dreamcast modem to download new question sets. The ask the audience and phone a friends are irritating. The audience votes are all too frequently 'too close to call', and the 'friends' are also 'certain' on several occasions only to be wrong. Apologies for the overuse of apostrophes. The cut sequences also begin to irritate after a while, and we don't need Chris to tell us about the milestones all the time! There is no option to switch this off.
The tense atmosphere of the show is also lost as their is no real mney at stake. That's about it really. The modes available are pretty standard really. 1 - 4 players and fastest finger and ... erm ... well that's it. If you really must buy this game do not pay full price for it. I picked it up at an auction for a tenner, and you could probably do the same as many people are trying to get rid of it. For real hardcore fans only.
A good show on TV, because you can phone up and try to win one million pounds! But to make a game out of it? Why? Isn't the point of the game to win money? Or did i miss out something? Maybe it's to answer questions? Who Wants To Be a Millionaire (WWTBM)started off on ITV as a show where you answer questions for money. You have a total of 15 questions separating you from the million. Every now and then there are mile stones. If you reach a mile stone and answer a question wrong, you win the amount of the mile stone. If you didn't even reach the first mile stone (£1000) then you go home with nothing. When you're near the jackpot, the questions become really difficult. To help you out you have three helps: ask the audience, 50:50 and phone a friend. If you don't know what an answer is you can use any of the three helps. The game itself is very different to this initial TV game: You can look at it different ways. I look at it the money way. WWTBM is all about winning the jackpot and going back home with a giant cheque for a million. If you buy the game, you spend money, and you can't get a giant cheque! My flatmates have played it (I don't own a dreamcast) and after a while they got the same questions again. They never won the million yet, so it's not really easy to win the "money". It is an addictive game really. Once you've started and you answered questions, you get into it really quickly and you want to play again and again to try and win more money. It is an intertaining game to play with a big group. If you play with all your mates, you can gather round the TV and start playing all together. All in all it's a very educational game. You get to know a lot of new things by either answering correctly or wrongly.
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Whenever this question is raised everyone in the room would be likely to see 'me! Me!' simply because the vast majority of the population are not millionaires - being one is highly desirable to most people. Ok we all know this, and I'm sure you've watched, or at least heard of the game quiz show hosted by Chris Tarrant on ITV - right? The basic concept is that the show enables genuine members of the public to phone in and hope to be chosen to appear on the show. Once selected (and this is a very small number of people compared with the numbers who phone in! That's where they get lots of money...) 10 players have to sit in the studio chairs and respond as quickly as possible to a simple question read out by Christ Tarrant. The players then have a choice of four possible answers 'A', 'B', 'C' and 'D' and the idea is that they have to be put in a correct order according to the question set - these questions are usually like 'who appeared first' or 'put these names in alphabetical order'. You'd be surprised (or not) by how many people don't get the question right! So, the person who gets the correct order quickest faces the dreaded 15 questions that could very easily turn their life around. The questions start off easy, (but only if you know the answer!) with the following monetary values: Q1: £100 2: £200 3: £300 4: £500 5: £1000 - at this stage the player is guaranteed £1000 even if they get the next question wrong. 6: £2000 7: £4000 8: £8000 9: £16000 10: £32000 - at this stage the player is now guaranteed the welcome amount of £32000! 11: £64000 12: £125000 13: £250000 14: £500000 15: £1000000 The questions get a lot harder as the player progresses, and it is incredibly rare for someone to win the full £1,000,000 although one Lady has done this. There a
re 3 lifelines available throughout: Phone a Friend (put your trust in a friend that is likely to know the answer) Ask the audience (do you have faith in a group of 100 randomly selected people? Are they actually randomly selected?) 50:50 (this is the most useless lifeline if you don't have a clue of the answer) You can only use each lifeline once! Chris Tarrant will do his best to confuse you and make you feel somewhat unsure about the answer, even if you know you're right! He is an excellent host for the show, but shows genuine happiness for the people who win the money. He must get paid quite a lot per show I am sure. The game show is all about making decisions and contains general knowledge questions, but they do get incredibly difficult. I think WWTBAM? has won many awards as a TV show, and is certainly one of the programmes on television with the highest ratings. Now that's just the TV show! What about the game? Well it is true to the TV show in part, but is such a flawed game that it really is laughable. The Dreamcast version is identical to all other formats and bears no better features or improved game play. In a way its ironic that such a poor game, that has been highly slated and deeply criticised could be the best selling game of the year, claiming the Christmas number 1 in the games charts. Firstly, what is the point in playing the game, yet alone buying it? Ok, we all know that you cannot actually win a million pounds, simply be proud of making it to the virtual equivalent. But is anyone proud of winning the virtual million? Has anyone actually bothered? I was 'foolish' to get this game, but at only £20 it didn't leave such a dent in the pocket as some games do (Samba De Amigo anyone?) and so I'm not too disappointed that I bought the game. I am however, disappointed with the game, and I can honestly say that it is the worst on Drea
mcast even though a great deal of people owns it. I thought it'd be fun, and for the first few games it wasn't bad, and I reached a respectable £16,000. But right from the start I knew that WWTBM? was going to last for as long as a pint of milk. One of the most annoying facts is that many reviewers have said the game brings the show to life and is almost identical to it 'recreating the TV show brilliantly'. It doesn't. There are no actual audience in the game, so the atmosphere becomes a joke, with empty seats around you! So the ask the audience poll percentages are derived from survey results. So Hot House and Celdor have actually put some effort into this game, even if all it entailed was to ask 100 randomly selected people a series of questions. The game play is the major let down though. You can play the fastest finger first, a head to head game, or in teams, so up to four players can compete for the chance not to win any real money. There is also a single player mode. I do not recommend playing with more than two people, as the game will take so long to get through, with all the cameras moving about and a 30 second load up time fro all the questions. You will, quite literally be put falling asleep when playing this. The presentation isn’t good either, no real graphical effects, the Virtual Studio looks bare and empty. There is no advantage of buying the Dreamcast version over any of the others they’re all just as bad. The fact that only 1000 questions have been used means that the game repeats itself all too often, like a one-line parrot. Therefore it is possible to complete the game, without knowing the answers -just by remembering what you saw in the last game is enough! There is no Chris Tarrant, only his voice. Is this a bad thing? Well in my view the game loses the atmosphere because of it. The phrases get on my nerves also – especially ‘the bigger-err, jumps.’ That the q
uizmaster so often talks about when you reach £8,000 or thereabouts - this also makes Chris Tarrant have a lisp. Hmm. The Box and leaflet presentation are the best aspect of the game, and they are still pretty awful. To add insult to injury, the front cover is home to an orange sticker claiming that you can win a million pounds when you buy this game, but not by playing it. Therefore the only reason to buy the game is to hope that, if you send off the competition leaflet, you will win. You won’t though. The back cover is full of lies. Apparently there is the ‘Entire Music score’, which recreates the atmosphere of the game. Well, the music might be there, but nothing else is so that isn’t enough. Then it says ‘Highest Score Table’, which supposedly allows you to see whose best! Isn’t that great! Well no, because the high score table doesn’t actually save your name there as there is no save feature in the game, so if you want your name to be at the top, then you’ll have to leave your console on forever. The cameras are also very strange. There is a 20 second interval between most questions, and the camera decides to dart about during this time, and then focus on to the empty audience, the empty contestant chair, and the empty chair of Mr Tarrant. So, why? The game may well provide some entertainment, and my older family members did appreciate the game, but then they haven’t played anything else before. You might like it, and I’m glad if you do, but I cannot see the point, so I do not play the game. Who wants to be a Millionaire? Could well have been so much better had the developers chosen to finish the game off, actually make it playable and added an element of fun. An Online mode could have been included whereby you could upload your high scores, a save facility really should have been included so that you’d be able to upload your scores. An a
udience wouldn’t have cost anything to remember, and can’t Chris Tarrant be recreated in virtual form? To say that the game is poor is an understatement. It is complete drivel, but has sold incredibly well thanks to the popularity of the actually rather good TV show. It’s a shame that Eidos associate themselves with such below par games (Anyone remember Daikatana?) but they saw a window of opportunity with a large cash flow sign on it, and I have no doubt that it was a great deal more than £1million. A lot of people have this, but the game doesn’t deserve to succeed. I don’t recommend the game to anyone, but there will be those who like it. Thanks for reading, and I hope this opinion proved to be of use to you. -------------------------- Small update: I've just had a Playstation arrive in the post, and I've tested out the PS version of WWTBAM? and the graphics were worse, although this isn't important. The sound quality wasn't on a par with the DC game, but the questions I recognised, and that infamous saying 'err-bigger jumps (lisp, lisp, lisp)' was said by Mr Tarrant on the £8000 question. I made it to £16,000 and then lost all of it but a £1000 after the audience were all wrong - 70% got the question wrong (It was C not A!!) and so I switched the machine off. Cheers D1A1
That's right , a good simple quiz is what WWTBAM is - you answer 15 questions right and win nothing at all on the game. The game contains over 1000 questions which were written by the quizmasters of the TV success. Although 1000 questions might sound a lot it really isn't - the same questions will begin to appear after a week or more if you play it a lot of the time. The good thing is that you have all three lifelines at your fingertips with the most useful being the phone-a-friend option surprisingly , if you like the TV show you will enjoy this but only until the questions start repeating themselves
What is the point in playing a game where you can 'virtually' win a million pounds? Is there any? What's that I hear you say? No? Of course not there is no point, but then there's not a lot of point in most things, but we still do them/play them/eat them or what ever 'they' might be. Ok so I might not be making any sense at all here, but this is because the Video Game 'Who wants to be a Millionaire' is probably the most ridiculous game I've played all year. So, I'm sure you've played it, or you know someone who has it because it's been selling really well over the past 5 weeks: number 1 on the all format chart since it's release? The success of the videogame is of course due to the amazing popularity of the actual TV program, and not because the game is actually any good. It isn't and it's receive a load of below average ratings because it's just so poor! In fact its so poor that its playable. For starters there are the 15 questions just like in the TV show: you get the three lifelines just like in the show and you have to answer as many questions correctly as you can in order to win the big money. The game itself is incredibly slow to play and very difficult as the questions are so much harder than on the TV program, but at least there are so few questions (only 1000) that you'll be able to remember the answers when they get repeated in a later game (providing you actually keep the game and don't violently jump up and down like a chimpanzee on top of the game in it's case). There is no Chris Tarrant. Why? Who knows, but at least his voice his ever present and incredibly annoying as usual. There is no audience. Why?
Because the game isn't even properly finished. The atmosphere isn't there and the game suffers from dire loading times and a lack of a save function, so if you win a million and then turn your Dreamcast off then no one will ever believe you because there is no proof! The game is cheaper than usual games, and it's worth it for family and social occasions and your old granny might like it, but don't expect hours of solo play, as the game is just sooo b-o-r-I-n-g. A-h-h-h...
There can't be many people who don't like the smash hit T.V. program. We all sit at home shouting out the answers as if the contestents are hopeless and know we can try the game for ourselves on the Dreamcast. There is one major flaw in this and that is that the game loses nearly all of its apeal when all you can win is a well done screen! If are going to be a contestent on the show then this may help you get accustomed to the type of questions you will get asked, but as a videogame it is very dissapointing. You would be better off with a quiz book.