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This review is for the Nintendo DS game, Golden Balls, released at the end of 2008. The game is based on the ITV television game show of the same name, presented by comedian and entertainer Jasper Carrott.
To quickly summarise the game for those that haven't seen the television version, you play against three other players. There are several rounds in the game, and the essence of the show is that you have to convince the other players that you hold some high valued balls, which contain cash amounts for the players to win, as opposed to killer balls, which destroy the cash prizes.
To get through the rounds, you have to convince the other players to believe you if you have good balls with high cash prizes, or to trick the other players into thinking you have high prizes if you in fact don't. The highest possible prize is 75,000 pounds, and the final round of the game is a version of the prisoner's dilemma, where it is better for both players to share the winnings, but it is possible for them to cheat.
Although this may sound a little complex for a game show, it's easy to pick up and follow. Unfortunately, the plot of the television show is very hard to translate to the Nintendo DS, as the fun in the game is for the other players to guess what value prize balls, or killer balls, you have in your possession. Without that, the game is really just a bit hollow.
When the game starts, the graphics are nothing to be excited about, and are actually quite poor. Although they do the job that they are intended to do, and it is clear what is happening, not much effort has really gone into them. The sound is helped a bit by some clips of Jasper Carrott, which adds a little bit of genuineness to the game, but the effects are irritating and repetitive.
In terms of the playability and the ease of use, the game does play quite well. It's easy to know what is happening in the game, and the menus and controls are all logical and easy to use. This may make the game interesting for children, as they can easily learn how to play the game, and it may keep them entertained for a while!
Playing through the game is, as explained above, rather hollow and pointless. Regardless of what you do, you can be voted out of the game almost randomly, and if you do progress through to the final round, the amounts that you win almost just obtained by random chance. Overall this means that there is little skill to the game, and with a little thought by the programmers, this problem could have been over-come to make the game more interesting.
Unfortunately game show conversions to consoles and computers often do fall into the trap of being repetitive and disappointing, because it is impossible to convert the thrill of winning money and the reaction from other players onto a computer. Deal or No Deal had a similar problem, where you just keep playing and winning various amounts by almost random, with no skill involved. At least games which are conversions from TV quiz shows do have a element of challenge about them.
The game retails for 19.99 pounds, but is currently available on Amazon for 8.98 pounds including delivery. If you're happy with a second hand copy, these are available at the time of writing for around five pounds on sites such as eBay and Amazon. The game is rated as 3+, so is suitable for children of nearly all ages.
Overall, this isn't a very good game. The production quality looks very rushed throughout, there isn't much effort given to the presentation, playability or structure of the game. It may be fun to play for just a few games, but there is little long term interest to be had from this title, and unless you're a real fan of the show, or can get the game at a rock bottom price, you're probably best to stay away from this one.
Golden balls as a DS game is very poor. I received this as a birthday present as I love watching the Tv show and thought the game would be very similar how wrong and dissapointed I was. Yes the concept of the game is the the same as the Tv show but it's not the same standard although it does include sound effects provided by Jasper Carrott.
You start by creating yourself a profile and chosing which character you want to be. You then select if you want to play it one player or multiplayer through the ds download play function.
In the first round on the one player mode you are given four balls (as in the show) some include cash and others killers. The object of the game is to elminate the killers and build up as much cash as you can. After seeing everyone's first two balls you then have the option to tell the truth, bluff one or bluff two of your hidden balls at the back. Once you have selected what you wanted to do you then vote for the person you think is lying or has really low amounts or killers on the front row. After everyone has voted the person who receives the most votes leaves. You then get to reveal the hidden balls so you know who was lying and who was telling the truth.
The second round has the same concept as the first but you have three hidden balls instead of two again you go through the process of telling the truth or bluffing your way through then voting off who you want to leave the show.
The final round is the bin or win round where you and the final contestant take it in turns to pick a ball to bin then one to win. You have to work as a team to build up as much as cash as you can and try not to pick up any killers to go into your top five as this will knock a nought of the cash you have already built up. Once you have picked your top five and have a jackpot total you have a simple decision of splitting the jackpot with the other player. If you both chose split then you split whatever your jackpot total is, If you pick steal and they pick split then you steal the jackpot total and finally if you both pick steal you both leave with nothing.
The two player mode is very similar but you don't have the option of telling truth or lying to get your way through. You also don't get to see what the other players hidden balls are unless you get into the final round and either bin or win them.
My problems with the game is I've found it doesn't matter how much you tell the truth or what great cash balls you have the other computer based contestants still kick you out of the game making it hard to get to the final round. The other problem is you have to play about 4 games before someone will actually split with you. This along with some of the cheap looking graphics makes the game nothing like the actual show.
I got this game at christmas because I like the TV show. I dont quite know what I was really expecting from the game but I've got to say I was actually quite disappointed. The game would be much better multiplayer so your not constantly playing against 3 computers. The game is relatively fun but after a few plays you find yourself wanting to put it down. Unlike the TV game you cant pick what to lie about and how, instead you just choose how many balls to lie about, if any. The graphics are rather basic and of poor quality. There is not much to the game and each game lasts around 5 minutes, if you make it to the end. Kids enjoy it because of its fast pace but it gets boring after a while. Ok for a game every now and then but not an everyday favourite.
I got this game on impression that it'd be like the tv show where my nerves and skill of deceit would be put to the test. It wasnt. The game is cheap and really shallow. You can't lose in this game, and i gave up after five minutes.
The gameplay is simple. You are given balls which people cant see and you have to bluff your way to stay in the game, keeping the highest amounts of cash intact, whilst trying to get rid of the KILLER balls.
There are 3 rounds, the first being you only have 4 balls and there are four players, and you must try to manipulate others to keep you in the game. At the end of the round you vote someone off.
The second round, you have five balls, and you do the same, voting someone off at the end after bluffing.
The final round (if you stay in the game which is pretty much 100%), you get to combine you and your opponents balls in the middle, taking turns to bin one, keep one. The aim is to bin any killers and low amounts, whilst keeping the highest amounts.
At the end of this, the 5 balls you keep get added up and the total is what you are able to get, however, the final twist is you can steal or share. Sharing means both of you et 50% , steal means you take all. But if you BOTH steal, no one gets anything.
The problem with this on the DS is that you can't communicate a proper bluff and have to choose from a selection of 3, and the computer always believe you so you stay in the game. I was utterly disappointed Whilst there are quite a few movie cut scenes, it was not worth the money, and i simply skip them.
I would not recommend this game to anyone unless it was in the bargain bin
for less than £5. If you really want the experience of playing Golden Balls, I'm afraid you will have to go on teh show because this game is a let down and quite unrealistic. I won £13000 on my second go and stopped playing altogether.
This is without doubt THE worst game I have ever played. You wouldn't bother playing this if it was a free game on some website!
Firstly the graphics. Abysmal. I could barely work out what was going on most of the time.
The game play is weird. Obviously its in the same order things are on the show. You have your balls, and basically, all you have to do is choose whether to be honest, bluff, or bluff 1.
I've suddenly had this choice thrust upon me before in some rounds without even having seen what balls I have. Whether this was an error in the game or whether i blinked and missed it I don't know.
So, you go through each round, like that, with some generic phrases from your opponents written on the screen such as 'I'm being honest', 'why would I lie', before you vote them out or keep them in.
Then after about 2 minutes you get to the last round, pick your balls to bin and win, and just like the gameshow you normally end up with nothing and don't really care if your opponent splits or steals, and then you either get some money or you don't.
There is absolutely no reason to play this game. It involves no skill, and there is no result, and no desire to keep playing.
This has to be one of the most boring and badly designed games that I have ever played!
The gameplay is identical to that of the TV show, whereby the aim of the game is to take as much money through to the final showdown with the least amount of killers as possible. It is played with the normal round with the same amount of balls and people, and at the end of each round you can then vote somebody off who you believe to be either lying, or to have the worst balls.
The game is as you would expect really, a carbon copy of the TV show, the trouble is that I just dont think that it works in the form of a video game. The main reason for this is that the main part of the game is to try and convinve people that you are telling the truth. With the game you are given an option to tell the truth, or three different bluffs, with pre-set amount of cash to bluff with. This defeats the point of the game, and is probably the best way that they could have encorperated the show into a game, but as I said, it just doesnt work!
I have played the board game version of this game too and this is much better as you can actually play it as seen on the show. This game is a bit more exciting when you are plaing in multi player mode against friends as you feel that you are trying to convince them a little bit more than if it was just against the computer.
Not only is at quite bad in terms of gameplay, the graphics are terrible! You also find yourself constantly clicking 'A' to skip all of the vocals by Jasper Carrot, as you will have heard them so many times before and just want to see what balls you have!
So far I have played it about 8 times and only failed to get to the final table once, everytime I have reached the final table the computer always chooses steal, so you find yourself pressing to steal just because you know that the computer will do the same. So you spend your time clicking 'A' to get through the boring comentary, you get to the end, no matter how much money you are playing for you will not win it as you will both be choosing to steal anyway, so it is completely pointless!
I am glad I never bought this game, I did get given it as a present, which i am grateful for, I just find the game very tedious and pointless. No doubt there will be people out there who love the show and will want to playthe game a lot, and for those £15 is quite cheap for the game, for me though, it is a waste of money.
I was given this game along with my Nintendo DS as a Christmas present.
This game is not the greatest game that I have ever played the graphics are pretty basic, but it is played exactly the same as the television show hosted by Jasper Carrott.
This is a game that I did not expect to have many hidden depths and is a game that can lose its exciting novelty value after playing it 5 or 6 times.
The aim of the game is to win somes money by working out who is lying, who is bluffing and who is telling the truth by then working your way to the final and stealing or splitting the final cash amount with your opponent.
The game is played as you go through 4 rounds and the aim is to take as much cash through to the next round, as those arethe amounts that you are playing for in the final, whilst trying to avoid those killer balls to take into the final to be the amounts you will play for.
This game is good you can play against different characters on the game or as multiplayer against your friends on their ds's, playing against you friends I think is better as you have to find out if they are lying of telling the truth which i think is more entertaining, where as playing against the computer gets boring quite quickly.
As you play the game you unlock different characters to change the style of game that you pay each time.
For £15 it is well worth it, this game has read a lot of bad reviews but for the cost I cannot see what they are complaining about, it is exactly like the game show, which I think is ok, but once you have seen it a few times you get bored. If you are a fan of Golden Balls you will enjoy playing this game
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