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      11.08.2011 17:59
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      Just jumble sale material, gimmicky.

      Who Wants to Be a Millionaire TV show was a family staple to watch. Being so young at the time when it came out and under 18 so I couldn't go on the show really frustrated me as a precocious 10 year old so my Dad bought me this to quell my gi-normous brain.

      Unfortunately this game is nothing like its TV entertainment partner. The music and graphics are spot on, but the format is very gamelike and not true to the show, theres no Tarrant presence asking you "Are you sure?!" and there is no real time crowd putting you on the spot. This is like the ghost or the shell of the TV show as its a totally empty studio with 2 empty chairs centre stage!

      The game skips the first formalities of whoever is fastest gets to go to the seat and insteads sticks you right into the firing line. Just like the show you have the 3 lifelines of 50/50, Ask the Audience and Phone a Friend and the worst of these is the Phone a Friend where a poor voiceover tries to help you out and is umming and arring for quite a while and sometimes does not even attempt at an answer. For this case, I just count that there are only 2 lifelines in this game.

      Also the questions repeat themselves a lot after a few hours of gameplay which makes the game very dull very fast.

      This was a dreadful way of milking money out of adoring fans and not a way to please a very expectant 10 year old me.

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      16.01.2010 22:02
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      A cheap as chips attempt

      I love the Who Wants To Be a Millionaire TV show, and the thought of a game made me quite excited, but sadly it doesn't really live up to the entertainment value of the TV show because there are so few questions, and because they have clearly skimped on some good ideas because they wanted to crassly rush this out for a quick buck.

      The game skips fastest finger first and throws you straight into the hot seat, where you will have to answer 15 questions to win the virtual million pounds, gaining more money after each question. You have three life-lines to help you get through: 50/50 (half of the four possible answers to a question are erradicated), ask the audience (the audience vote on key pads for you) or phone a friend (a poorly acted voiceover attempts to help you out, although sometimes doesn't know the answer!). You can quit at any time and "walk" with the money, but if you get a question wrong, you'll lose all of the money accumulated up to the last big milestone (e.g. £32,000).

      While the music and Tarrant's voice is there, it is an alienating experience because Tarrant doesn't sit in the chair, nor do you, and we just get a still image of the WWTBAM chair. Similarly, there is no audience, and the whole thing just feels very lazy in the execution department. Also, there aren't that many questions, so they will begin repeating after just a few hours of play, which is very frustrating given the disc capacity, and how simple it should be to add thousands of questions to the mix!

      Thankfully I only rented this back in the day, but it was a dreadfully cheap way of milking people out of their cash, particularly when it cost about £30 at launch!

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      24.06.2009 16:51
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      A fantastic game that's fun to play and I got it for a bargain price.

      Who Wants To Be A Millionaire on the Playstation is based on the WWTBAM TV show hosted by Chris Tarrant on ITV.

      Inside the plastic box is the PS game itself and a booklet with and introduction to the game and help with the controls and playing the game itself.

      As this game is from 2000 it's based on the slightly older format of WWTBAM where you had to answer 15 questions to work your way from £100 up to £1,000,000 with the safe zones of £1,000 & £32,000 after answering the 5th & 10th question and this is a point where if you get any of the following questions wrong you will be guaranteed to take away that set amount of money (depending on which safe zone you've just passed).

      You will receive three lifelines on the game as follows:

      Phone A Friend: The computer picks a friend or relative for you and gives them a call to see if they know the answer and can help you out.

      Ask The Audience: The 100 members of the studio audience can vote on the question and then you will be advised of the percentage which have chosen each answer and then hopefully use this to help with their answer.

      50/50: The computer will take away two of the four possible answers to any one question and give you a 50/50 chance of choosing the correct answer and hopefully eliminating any doubts that you have about your answer.

      This game can be played by one or more players and you can either play head to head where you will take it in turns with your opponents to answer a question or you can just all work together and answer a question together to work your way up the cash ladder. You also have the option of playing fastest finger first to try and answer a question correctly before your friends and this will decide who gets to play the game next.

      Chris Tarrant narrates this game as he does the ITV show and this is great as it brings a more realistic touch to the game.

      The controls are very easy to use (as you would expect with the Playstation 1) and take no time at all to get used to.

      I found this game to be very fun and it's great to be able to save your scores on the leader board (memory card needed) to see who is best out of your friends & relatives.

      I would definitely recommend this game and if you can pick it up for 50p (as I did) it should give you hours & hours of entertainment while you compete with your relatives or just work together to try and reach the million!

      I am rating this game 4/5 for the above reasons and will be playing it again and as there are 1,000 questions it's easy to assume you'll get lots of different questions to keep you going and the only downside was that after just a couple of games I had noticed the same questions a few times already!

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        24.02.2009 17:19
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        For anyone who might enjoy the show then if it's cheap give it a whirl otherwise there is better.

        Christ Tarrant in your living room what else could you want, hmm a game that perhaps didnt repeat itself quite so much. For anyone who enjoys the show this was a godsend at the time and was a lot of fun to played with your family or friends but these days you really do wonder how a show like this is still being produced every so often today. It is basicly question answering with none of the excitement, or any of the rewarding aspects i'd imagine that come with being on the show itself (I've never been!).

        "Unfortunately you don't get any money in this version but apart from not actually winning anything the game's the same." and that was the selling line on the description they have given. Really doesnt spew enthusiasm to sit down and put my virtual fate in the hands of a random phone a friend who acts like they know me! Especially when i wont be buying my own pints at the end of the night with the winnings (or maybe i could have got a sympathy one if they lost me the money).

        For anyone who enjoys the show it could be fun but for me even the show is getting very tired now, it's one of these idea's that is great at the time and brings so much excitement and so many viewers with it. But along with other show's like Big Brother that are really dying a slow death each time they come back it really does inspire me at least to look elsewhere for my kicks. This isn't wholely faithful to the show even with no Chris Tarrant representation in game, no audiecnce and not having very much life injected into it.

        If it's cheap and gameshows are your thang then maybe you can see all this negativity for yourself slightly, i dont this really captures anything from the show. The idea is just getting increasingly tired and im surprised they've manage to kind of copy and paste this game onto every single console more than once in some cases. It is a question answering game at heart and you shouldn't expect anything else.

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        27.05.2008 18:16

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        This is ideal for families and is presented really well

        The very popular "Who wants to be a millionaire?" show took the world by storm in the late 1990's as Chris Tarrant had guests from all around britain hooked in beleiveing that they had the chance of walking away with a million pounds. Of course few did and there was even a whistling cheater in that crowd but naturally it didn't take long before the video games network thought it'd be a good idea to cash in on the success of the show. And so we're brought the videogame quiz.

        First of all this is very well presented, the menus and questions are all just like the TV show and you really do get to experience the full thing, only without the chance of winning actual money of course.

        Ranging from anywhere from easy as anything to nigh on impossibly hard, the questions can be irritating but I liked how they didn't repeat themselves that often.

        This game is ideal for families or for parties as it's really easy to play and control and I dare say could be a wonderful drinking game too. Fun for everyone and very inoffensive. My final answer? Buy it.

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        26.08.2003 16:42

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        dooyoo want to e a mllionaire? - Advantages: different multiplayer modes, easy to play just click the answer, conains all 3 lifelines! - Disadvantages: gets boring after a while, loads slowly

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        17.09.2001 18:51
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        • "Not worth £30"

        I rented this for 3 nights using Blockbuster's "Rent one, Rent another for 99p" offer. I can't believe that I was bored of it after 3 plays. I didn't care about getting to the "million" at all. The game is presented very well indeed, with Chris Tarrant's voice not becoming TOO annoying or repetetive, even after ten plays or so. All the music from the show is there too, as well as the official rules, lifelines and question formats. Great! So we should be able to sit down and have a good old nerve-wracking time laying it all on the line for the million when we could have taken the £125,000..... ...Sorry! That isn't the case. After two games of this, questions start repeating and it's not just one or two. I played two rounds on the trot and got 6 repeats out of 10 questions on the second round. Subsequent rounds were even worse. The reason for this, I think, is that WWTBAM? contains a "Phone a Friend" audio response for EVERY single question and the responses all refer DIRECTLY to the question. If Eidos/HotHouse had just put some generic responses such as "I'm not sure, but I would guess at answer B" or something similar on the disc, instead of "Well, the Canadian Redwood is the tallest but I'm not sure of the second tallest.....Try C.", there would have been a hell of a lot more space for questions. Multiplayer is less fun than it should be also. Taking turns is a good idea rather than waiting for 20 minutes while one player does the whole thing, but the presentation gets in the way. Sometimes you just want a quick game but the first 5 (EASY) questions can take anything up to 20 minutes to do with 4 players. This is due to Chris Tarrant making comments and the FMV taking ages to kick in after each question. Overall, not essential by any means. Rent this, sure, but whatever you do, don't splash out £30 on it.

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        17.08.2001 22:32
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        Who wants to be a Millionaire? … I do. If only this game coughed up real cash we’d all be heaven. Unfortunately it doesn’t which is a great shame. Anyway so the TV program started off well, we were all addicted until the 3rd series then viewing figures went down. So the makers of the program thought, “How are we going to make more money to pay Chris Tarrant his huge wage demand” So Yes! They came up with this game which I might add is just like the real thing (bar the winnings) The sound is ok, not really a lot of music apart from what we hear on the show, but we constantly get to hear the monotonous voice of Chris Tarrant rambling on between questions which you cannot skip in anyway. There are around 1000 questions in all ranging from the down right obvious to the incredibly difficult. You have all 3-life lines to use, 50-50, ask the audience and Phone a friend. The Phone a friend is quite amusing as you hear a broad Yorkshire guy, Caribbean woman or a Scouser to name a few, and its not often they are wrong. I was disappointed with the fact that I have got to the Million Pound question 4 times now (all with the help of my friends, I’m not that clever!) and found the final quested was repeated 3 times. Did the makers think no one would get this far so they could just bung 2 or 3 million-pound questions in? A very good thing about this game is that you can have up to 4 players playing against each other, or play in teams. It’s ideal for parties or nights in with friends. You can also play fastest finger first so only the winner can play the game. You will need a multitap function on your playstation if you want to do this with more than 2 people though. This game cost around £24 when it was first released but I’m sure it can be picked up a lot cheaper now from various games retailers. Over all… very addictive and great for parties.

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          16.08.2001 07:54
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          • "you only become a VIRTUAL millionaire"

          I'm a big fan of the TV show and was really excited when the game came out for the Playstation. Being cheap like I am though, I wouldn't buy it. Instead I made a copy of a friend's disc. I immediately loaded it up and sat down for some serious game play. And I wasn't disappointed. The game is pretty much just like the TV show. You have the same lifelines available, phone a friend, 50:50, and ask the audience. And the guaranteed money amounts are the same as on the show. With the Playstation game you have the options of playing alone, against someone, or as a team. I think this is an excellent idea. I sat down to play a game by myself. Now I normally do quite well when playing with the contestants on the show. However, I wasn't sure of the £1,000,000 answer the episode where the husband and wife team won the million. So I expected to do reasonably well and I did. It starts out just like on the show. The first few questions are ridiculously easy and they get harder as the money increases. And Chris Tarrant is just as annoying and irritating on Playstation as he is on TV. The first game I won £32,000. So I played another and won even more. And I kept playing and kept playing and kept playing. And before the night was over I won £1,000,000. Now that was quite exciting. At this point I hadn't seen anyone on TV do it so I didn't expect the confetti to come raining down on me. As far as the lifelines go, they are pretty much just like the show, the only exception being the phone a friend lifeline. There are several different friends you can phone and they have different ranges of general knowledge and different areas of expertise. You quickly learn who is more suited to answer the questions you can't. But you don't get to choose which friend to phone. And that's too bad. It would be so much more realistic if you had that option. I wanted to
          win another million so I started a new game. And it froze up on me (disadvantage of copying games?) so I restarted it. The first thing I noticed here was it doesn't save previous scores. It will save the highscores until you turn the power off. It would have been nice to be able to save them. (I wanted my friends to see for themselves that I could beat the game.) By the next afternoon I had gone through all the questions. (I can now sit down and play and become a millionaire each time.) This was very disappointing. I looked at the disc and saw that only a small portion of it was used. They could have fit a lot more questions on the game. It definitely would have made it much more challenging. All in all though I think it's a pretty good game. Playing against your friends and on teams makes for great light-hearted entertainment. However, if you are looking for a real challenge then this won't be the game for you.

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            12.08.2001 00:33
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            My advice to this game is don't buy it!! That may seem a harsh opinion of the game but you'd be better off saving you're money! Playing the game is not the same as watching it on TV. The database is only 1000 questions, which sounds a lot but soon get used up. You will find this game fun for the first time, and when the family are around, but after that you get fed up with it. When all you're mates turn up for some beers, it's a good laugh then, and then it site in the drawer never to be seen again. If you buy a game you want decent playability and a decent "life". Unfortunately this has either. It was a good "idea" to start with but that is it. It has not caught on in my household.

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              11.07.2001 23:29
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              My opinion: I think that who wants to be a millionaire, could have been much better. With today’s technology the producers could have at least put in a sitting down, non-moving Chris Tarrent, but they didn’t. They put to blank chairs with no audiance, contestant or Chris. Beside that I think it's a fun, addictive, entertaining game. The sound, speech etc: The speech is exactly the same as the real Chris, and not some cheap sound a like. The bad thing about the speech is after a couple of months every thing sounds the same. You hear the who wants to be a millionaire back round music. Chris reads out the questions but doesn’t read the answers? and you hear clapping when a question is answered correctly. What it has: The game has a number of over 1000 questions. This game can be played by 4 players. There are choices of head to head, team game or fastest answered (this game is to see who can answer the questions the fastest). Just like the show, to start of you have three lifelines, 50:50, phone a friend or ask the audience. Who is it suited for: This game is probably suited for people aged 10 years and up, only because the questions are quite hard. This game should be bought if you enjoyed the TV show and if you like question and answer games. How it could have been better: As I said, it could have been a lot better by have a real Chris, contestant and audience. Chris could of read the answers and when you had completed the game, a special thing could have been unlocked. Otherwise: This is a good game. It's fun addictive and can be played with your mates. If you really like the show or like question and answer games, then this is the game to have. Little tips: Use 50:50 first, then phone a friend, and then ask the audience. Note; phone a friend it useless.
              Save asks the audience for last. It is most reliable. Thank you for taking the time to read my opinion, I hope this has been useful to you in some way. By sean-kenny.

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              09.05.2001 02:35
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              • "Plain boring!!"

              The game show that thrived on having the biggest jackpot in history now makes an appearance on the PSX, offering me absolutely NO money to win. Oh well, look like it's just me, the questions, and that git Chris Tarrant then! It gripped the nation when it first appeared on our TVs back in 1998. Chris Tarrant was drafted in as the Quizmaster, and the country gasped in awe of the giant carrot that was the £1m jackpot prize. It seemed fairly straight-forward: answer 15 general knowledge questions in succession and win a million. Part of it's immense popularity was due to Tarrant's intelligent tension building and the atmospheric musical score. However, it was the prize that captivated most of us- 1 million big ones! So imagine my amazement when Eidos announced their plans to make a game of it. Yep, thi is Who Wants To Be A Millionnaire? without actually having the chance to become a millionnaire. They might as well have called it 'Who Wants To Answer Some Questions And Pretend To Be A Millionnaire?' Although there are no prizes on offer, credit should go to the parties involved for creatingsuch a great replica. It's almost identical to the TV show in every way, from the intro sequences to Tarrant's cruel quiz host manner. The music, that nervous atmosphere and the tension is still apparent even though there isn't any pressure to win or lose anything! Several games keep the variety level topped up, and up to 4 players can play simultaneously- unless you're like me and you want to play pub quiz style and answer each other's questions followed by the usual "..i was going to say that." comment after the answer has been revealed. After hours of everybody in my house glued to my PlayStation, all of us hanging on to every one of Tarrant's words, we came to the conclusion that this was going to be one of those ideal Christmas titles that the whole family could enjoy- and that's it. You w
              ill be surprised by the realism on offer and the comedy voices on the end of your phone-a-friend lifeline, but after a while the novelty value will disperse rapidly. At under £25, you could say it's a sound investment- especially on one of those Christmas afternoons when the argumentative granny of the family has had a few too mant sherries! I was pleasantly surprised but not totally over-whelmed. And yes Chris, that is my FINAL ANSWER.

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                24.04.2001 02:22
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                you certainly wont't become a millionaire too quickly by wasting your money on this game. at first the graphics and sound seem brilliant as they are the exact replica of the tv show but after a few goes you find the questions starting to repeat themselves. anyone looking to be a millionaire is advised to play on the web version (www.itv.co.uk) which is much quicker with thousands more questions. why shouldn't you buy this game 1 - after the first five questions the camera zooms out from the question screen after every question leaving you to cover your ears so you don't here chris babbeling on "he he, ha ha" 2 - the graphics are always the same and get very repetitive 3 - if you do manage to complete this difficult game the end is pathetic, you drink computer champagne and see some paer fall around the computer. you also see your check which unfortuneatly doesnt leave the playstation and thats the boring ending 4 - chris tarrant - need i say more 5 - you dont need a cheat book for this one, just go to ask jeeves 6 - "i wish i could tell you this game is worth buying, but i cant you have just wasted £29.99

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                03.04.2001 22:28
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                For the first two days that I owned this "eagerly-awaited" game, I was chuffed to bits. Just the concept of playing millionaire on my own, with an interactive console put me on cloud nine. I spent hours at the screen answering questions. I even got to a million pounds! Fantastic! But come on! Really! I was getting excited about some money-grabbing spin-off of the show. Disillusioned as I was in buying the game, I now realise that it is really a bit sad. I answered a million pound question about the Rogun Dam in Tazakhstan, stretching my brain power to the limits, all for a 20-second long pre-visualised flash of a cheque addressed to "THE WINNER" with some additional music and virtual confetti falling from the ceiling of the virtual studio. Great! Wasn't I proud!? Well no actually. I was distressed and disappointed. I don't whether or not in some higher state of conciousness I was expecting to open my Playstation console at the end of the game, and find a million pound cheque there for me inside, although that would improve the game no doubt, but that was it. 15 questions and a virtual million pounds. Not very exciting. There isn't even a function on the disc to save your highest scores, so I couldn't even prove to anyone else that I had spent hours slogging my way to virtual success. The game only saves scores for the time that the console is switched on in one particular session. But in an attempt to prove to others that I could win lots of virtual money, a few days later I played again, only to find that the console was throwing up the same questions as the time before, amongst some new ones. I remembered the answers too, so there was no glory in that! The more we played, the more the console gave previously seen answers. I know that the questions are not unlimited, but you would expect some kind of diversity. The more you play, the more questions you see and the more likely that you w
                il see them come up again. Great, if you want to show off to those who don't know what's happening, but it defeats the object entirely. The "phone a friends" are solely ten different voices which provide amusing but usually wrong answers, the "ask the audience" is good, as is "50/50", but there's no point in having lifelines, if you have already seen the answers! Many people would think that a console version of the game would be good preparation for the actual show, but it isn't. It teaches you to be braver than normal, becasue it isn't real money. Along with its slow loading and tedious voice-overs from the usually entertaining Tarrant, it's really a waste of money in my opinion. It isn't real, and although you know that when you buy it and play it, when you reach a million quid, you really lose heart. Plus, becasue you're at home, there is a wealth of knowledge lying around in the form of encyclopeadias, atlases, dictionaries and newspapers, and becasue you know that "it's just a game", it's very tempting to have a quick look in any of the above aids to find the correct answer! The questions, as well as being repeated regularly, are quite current, so the game will date pretty quickly. You'll probably find that they'll start bringing out newer, updated versions soon. "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" definitely loses its appeal after about three days of playing, and for all those millionaire wannabes out there, the best thing to do would be save yourself from the torment of the unproductive game, and give the real show a ring. Go on, you know the number by now.....

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                  I rented this game recently, and within minutes it had me tearing out my hair, and cursing at the TV screen. The reason? TARRANT, that's what! He hardly took a breath as he bombarded me with "Is that your final answer" and "You've got three lifelines, use them if you need to" and "Your sure?" Not forgetting "Blah, Blah and Blah" By the time he had finished, I'd forgotten who I was, let alone the question he had asked in the first place, which incidently are repeated quite often throughout the game To be fair, the atmosphere of the TV show is faithfully recreated here, but at the end of the day, offers little in gaming entertainment. Also, the two player option is rather useless, as you cannot use two controllers, but rather have to share just the one. Passing it back and forth just added to the frustration in playing the game. Add that to the other major drawback of having no time limit in order to submit your answer, giving you ample opportunity to go and look the answers up in a dictionary, or on the internet in order to win the virtual million. I just have to say that, if you do want to rent, lend or (God forbid) purchase this game, then don't expect too much in the way of an enjoyable gaming experience. There is just too little on offer here to keep you interested after ten or so minutes of play. So in my opinion, unless your a Chris Tarrant freak, then just tune into the TV show and play along at home, you will keep the hair on your head, avoid a sore throat from all the screaming at the telly, plus you will have around twenty quid to blow on something more rewarding. I imagine Ann Robinson will be bringing out a console version of her Weakest Link game soon enough! The prospect of that has me wanting to say a very large GOODBYE!

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                Developed by Hothouse and published by Eidos Interactive, this is the pc version of the television gameshow. And if you haven't seen the gameshow on telly before, it's a very simple premise: answer 15 questions correctly in a row and win a million pounds! Unfortunately you don't actually get any money in this version but apart from not actually winning anything the game's the same.