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I have the UK version of this game, although it would seem that the only main difference between this and the one pictured above is the fact that is features Noel Edmonds as opposed to the bald guy.
I think by now, everyone is familiar with the worldwide hit gameshow that is Deal or No Deal. The show in which a contestant much pick one of 22 boxes at random as their own, and then slowly pick off the other boxes until they find out the cash amount that's hidden in their box. In between all the box-opening, 'the banker' telephones to offer cash prizes for the box if the contestant will stop playing.
This version of the game is specifically made for the Nintendo DS. I got it as a Christmas present, as I'm a well known Deal or No Deal addict, and it's always on at tea time in our house!
The main rules of the game are roughly the same as the programme. You can play as a general contestant, the banker, or you can also unlock 'forfeit' modes, which are fun to play with family and friends, in which you open boxes with forfeits such as 'one member of the family must do my chores this weekend'.
Playing in contestant mode is fairly simple, in that you use the stylus to pick a box for yourself, and then go up and down the line, touching each box to open it and see the contents. The other contestnats will make a happy or sad face for you depending on what is in their box.
This is split up by calls from the Banker, which Noel answers and relates to you. I find these little parts to be really repetitive, and have only seen about half a dozen different phrases since I've been playing it.
At this part, there is also sometimes a basic mini-game of 'find the mug' which can raise the Bankers offer. To be honest I find this part mildl annoying, more so because you can't skip it!
The game has had a good few bad reviews, and it's slightly unfair, as it's not a bad game. I think the main problem is that the game is so simple, the best part of the TV version of the show is the interaction with the contestants and the audience. There are no questions etc to answer, anyone can open boxes at random, so it's important that you feel connected to the player, and care what they receive in their box.
Obviously, this can't be recreated on the DS version, as it's not real money you're playing for, it's difficult to care much about what order you open yur boxes in, and hard to feel any compassion for a cartoon contestant!
However, overall, a good basic game, that's fun for a while, but does lose the novelty factor fairly quickly.
I brought this game after loving the TV show. I thought it would be great, but like many movie games, it is very bad. This game is rubbish and is even worse than the online PC game or the mobile phone game.
You can play as either the banker or player trying to win the cash.
The graphics are rubbish and some of the worse on the DS that I have seen. The sound isn't very good and doesn't accompany the game at all. the game has many framerate problems and crashes at times. The game isn't very responsive so you have to press them many times to get it to work.
The game isn't very fun and doesn't work very well. The game experiences lots of slowdown and will have you bored in minutes. There is no 2 player mode to try and beat your friend. The game is very predictable and only has the two modes. On the banker mode, you get to do very little and the main mode is the same every time.
Overall, don't buy this game. It would be much better to purchase another great game like Mario Kart DS. The game also works better on the PC or on a mobile phone.
Ok I'm writing this review for the Uk deal or no deal game which has the err...added bonus of featuring Noel Edmunds on the front cover!
I got this game around christmas time thinking yeah this might be a fun game to play on the ds and at only 19.99 worth a go. I had a deal or no deal game on my mobile phone and that kept me entertained for a few long journeys So a DS version has got to be better right?.... WRONG
This is one of the worst rip off bad qualkity Ds games i have ever had the misfortune to waste my cash on Please do not do the same!!
The graphics are dour there are no other ways to play the game and no two or more player options!!
I'm not kidding when i say my mobile phone version of the game which cost 2.00 is way more fun and involving than this pile of junk :( Please avoid!!!!
I hav the British version of this game, with Noels voice on it. The game itself is very simple, with the choice to be either the player or the banker, trying to win as much money from each other as possible as previously explained in another review. Its completely random, so you could win a lot of money, or not. The incentive they have put in to make you keep playing over and over is to collect as much money as possible, then use it to play a forfeit game instead. This can be incorporated into dinner parties for a bit of fun. Forfeits include, 'clean your room for a week', 'kiss the person next to you' and other things like that. Quite a good way of breaking up the game that can be so exciting on tv but then isnt so exciting when you actually play it for no money.
For those of you who are unaware or unfamiliar with the concept of Deal or No Deal game let me explain. The Nintendo DS game from Mindscape is based around the successful TV show of the same name. The UK version of the show is presented by gameshow veteran Noel Edmonds.
The objective of the game is for the contestant to win as much money as possible.
The game rules are straightforward. There are 22 identical boxes that contain hidden monetary values inside ranging from 1p to £250,000. A game board is displayed showing all 22 monetary amounts. The boxes are randomly scrambled and then presented to the contestant who must choose a box to keep. The contestant is unaware of the amount contained within their box or any of the remaining 21 boxes. To begin the game the contestant has to decide which 5 boxes of the remaining 21 that they would like to discard. The boxes are selected 1 by 1 and then opened to reveal the amount inside. These amounts are removed from the game board accordingly. There is no skill in the selection as this is a totally random choice. After the 5 boxes have been opened and the amounts removed a phone call is made to an anonymous figure known as 'The Banker'. The Banker will study the remaining amounts left on the game board and make the contestant a monetary offer, based on his odds calculation. It is at this point that the contestant is asked 'Deal or No Deal'. If the contestant chooses 'Deal' then they take home the monetary amount offered by the banker. A choice of 'No Deal' continues the gameplay where the contestant must select a further 3 boxes to discard which is again followed by an offer from the banker. This gameplay continues until either the contestant accepts a bankers 'Deal' or continues to play on until there are only 2 boxes left in play (their own box plus another) at which point a final bankers offer may be monetary or a choice to keep their own box or swap it with the remaining box. Whichever box they select will be the amount that they will win.
When a contestant accepts a deal from the banker their winnings are safe and protected however the game still continues as though they hadn't accepted the deal to reveal what they might have won!
From TV to DS
So the question is how well will this successful game format translate to the Nintendo DS? Turning the game on for the first time the usual developer's adverts and splash screens are briefly displayed and you are then asked to create a player profile. This profile will be saved and can be used in subsequent games, even if the console is powered off.
There is the possibility to create 3 unique profiles which is useful if the console is shared. Once your profile has been created you have the choices of starting a new game, a tutorial mode, options to turn the sound and effects on and off, game stats and developer's credits.
Selecting the new game option begins the game. You have the option of playing as a contestant, the banker or, if unlocked, forfeit mode.
Playing as a contestant follows the TV show gameplay almost identically. Using the touch screen and stylus you are requested to pick a box from the available 22. You then select boxes to discard by horizontally scrolling through the boxes available and selecting them with the stylus. The box is opened before you and the amount removed from the game board, which is displayed permanently in the top DS screen.
After you have discarded the required number of boxes the phone rings, a cartoon-esque avatar of Mr Edmonds makes a few wry comments and then the banker makes an offer. Two buttons, one with DEAL and one with NO DEAL are displayed for the player to make their choice. The game play continues identically to its TV format except for 2 slight quirks. The first difference is that sometimes prior to a Bankers offer you are shown a minigame where a bottle is put into a box, the box shuffled and then you must guess which box the bottle is in. This is done at such a snails pace that it would be difficult to get wrong. If you do get this right in 3 successive turns then a bonus is awarded, such as the banker making a higher offer than expected. The second quirk is that the money you win as a contestant is added to your profiles prize fund. If you accumulate enough money over several games then a unique forfeit mode (described later) is unlocked and made available via the games main menu.
Playing as the banker is a twist on gameplay as the TV show never reveals the identity of the banker. In this game mode the contestant is controlled by the CPU and you play the role of the banker. The aim of this mode is to get the contestant to sell their box for as low an amount as possible. The rules of the game are unchanged and the CPU proceeds to discard boxes as an Artificial Intelligence player. When it comes to the stage of making an offer from the Banker (you!) then an on-screen calculator is displayed for you to type in the amount that you would like to offer the AI contestant.
This is a rather hit or miss affair as your offer is based on your perception of the values remaining on the game board and not statistically calculated.
Playing in forfeit mode, once unlocked, will allow you to play against friends and family and create your own Forfeits for the losers. The forfeits can be created manually using the on screen keyboard. These forfeits are only limited by your own imagination and could range from humdrum household tasks to drinking game dares!
Sound & Control
The sound affects and music are quite limited. The opening of a box makes a 'Swish noise', the phone 'rings' and the main music loop can quickly become annoying. The stylus is used effectively to control most of the game elements.
The game is true to the original format and the port to the DS has been executed well.
Unfortunately, the TV game centres around winning money, with the DS you win nothing. It is this harsh reality that can dramatically change the way you play the DS game. With the risk of losing virtual money rather than real Sterling you find yourself taking gambles that you probably wouldn't have taken in real life. Another strongpoint of the TV show is the interaction and banter between contestant, presenter and the panel of box bearers. This element is lost in the DS version and gameplay can quickly become repetitive. Possibly the saviour of the game is its forfeit mode, which can liven a failing party (with a creative selection of original forfeits!).
Play the game that has the nation hooked! It features beautiful models, a mysterious banker and of course, Howie! Recreate all of the excitement of the hit TV show with host Howie Mandel. The special customization mode allows for family-friendly prizes in the briefcases, such as Make My Bed or Walk The Dog. Multiplayer mode lets gamers play as either the contestant or the Banker. For added fun, a collection of mini-games derived from the show enhance the Deal or No Deal experience.