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This game is pretty well based on the original 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire' tv programme. It is in the old format, so you need to answer 15 questions to get the top prize of a million, and there is the option of the three lifelines - ask the audience, 50/50, and phone a friend. There is no 'fastest finger' on this version of the game.
The game itself gives the option of being played in 6 different languages, and gives the option for one or two players. The two player version alternates between players between every cash amount and you play against each other. To be honest, I didn't enjoy playing the 'two player' version of the game with a friend. We preferred to play as one player and answer the questions together. The one player version is also quite good to play in groups, for example in the car, if you want to play a game where everyone can participate. Have one person in control of the DS and get them to read out the questions.
The questions are roughly in line with what you would expect from the tv show, with the £100 question generally starting off with something that is pretty obvious, for example - what name is given to the storage area in a car - Shoe, Trainer, Plimsoll, Boot. The questions get gradually harder as you would expect. There are the two 'safe points' of £1000 and £32,000. There is a wide range of questions, but they do begin to repeat themselves after a while once you have played the game as many times as I have. Hey, I guess it's a way of checking that you have learnt something! But yea, has led to me playing the game less after a while.
The three lifelines work reasonably well. 50/50 does as you would expect and takes away two of the wrong answers. Ask the audience gives a graph so you can see how the 'audience' have voted - you see a similar type of graph that is show on the tv show. The audience are often right, but not always, so don't take it for granted that they will be correct. The harder the question, the closer the percentages per option tend to be. Phone a friend is my least favourite option of the three lifelines. You have a selection of 4 friends that you can pick from. This tends to be two adults and two children. You are told a little about each persons interests so you can select the one that you think is most likely to be able to help you. Again, do not rely on your friend to know the answer as they do often get things wrong. The easier the question the more likely they are to get it right. And of course you have the option of walking away should you wish to take it.
There is no time limit per question, so you can take your time to think about your answers. The only time where timing is a bit of an issue could be when using the life lines. The graph put on screen doesn't stay on screen for very long. Neither does your friends answer if you use the phone a friend option. They are on screen long enough to be useful in playing the game, but if you happen to be distracted at that moment there is no way to view what was said again.
A minor annoyance, it is impossible to skip Chris's talking when in the middle of a game, which if you have the sound off (I like to play the DS on the bus or the train for example, so often have the sound off) you have to watch Chris's mouth move as he speaks without the option of skipping it out. If you play with the sound on, it can get a bit annoying when Chris is simply repeating the same phrases over and over. Towards the beginning of the game he talks less, but as you get towards the harder questions there seems to be a bit more of this. Would be good if there was an option to get past this.
The graphics of the game are quite good, especially when Chris is on screen. The background music if you have the sound on is the background music they have playing on the tv show. You can track your progress on the top screen as it shows you how many questions you have answered and how many life lines you have remaining.
Overall, it is a pretty good game. It is a short game to play with you going back to the beginning each time as you would expect, which is good for if you just want to play for a little while and not get caught up in a longer game. I have yet to get a million so I'm not sure what happens if you get that far.
Watching the television series of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire I found this game at a charity shop and I thought it would be a bit of fun for a cheap price.
The game itself is entirely based on the format of the older version of the show. More recently you have to answer 13 questions but this game has the original 15 question format with the three life lines attached.
The game is done in a way which is appealing and has plenty of pace to make the game much quicker then perhaps it should be and the best part is Chris Tarrant is apart of the game.
You begin by presenting your name and instantly your into the questions. There is no fastest finger because your playing on your own and you are instantly brought to the first question. All questions are multiple choice with 4 answers provided and one being the correct answer out of them all.
The good part about this game is the fact you have no time limit. You never have a timer counting down or any penalties for not completing a question quick enough so it results in more concertration from yourself and better results.
The first few questions are actually not as easy as they might appear. I have played games such as Are You Smarter Then A Ten Year Old which is the opposite to the game show. The questions on that game are far more easier to answer then they are on this game.
You have safety points at the £1,000 and £32,000 prize money destinations and you also have the three life lines. Incase people are unsure on this game if you use the audience as your help you are given a chart which shows the overall result of there combined answers.
Usually whatever the audience has suggested as an answer 9 times out of 10 usually is the correct answer so this is a reliable source of information. The second life line is a 50/50 and this is more complicated in how it works out answers. I find usually if I have two choices in my mind out of the 4 possible answers the game always leaves behind the two I think could be the answer. This is a tricky and important life line to use.
The final one is the one I dislike the most. You have the option of 4 people to choose from. This life line enables you to contact a friend and they give you an answer and you never have to take it but most of the time it is wrong. I find you always have friends which are 2 adults and 2 children.
You get a picture of them throughout and inside there picture box is information on the type of topics they enjoy so it helps you work out which is the best person to help you. I would estimate 80% of the time they are wrong in there answers.
The game is good in terms of questions because I rarely see a repeated question pop up at all but what I have noticed is that the game can be to quick. You will finish answering one question and then instantly another one pops up with little gap inbetween.
Chris Tarrant is on hand to offer help such as making sure you want to pick the choice of answer you have and he does his random speeches towards the higher cash amounts. The sound is excellent and his voice powers through the console to give you more in my view confidence with the game.
If the speed was slower and the answers from the phone a friend more accurate the game would be much better for me. The best sadly I have ever managed to obtain is £250,000 on the game so not to bad but needs to be better.
Graphic wise there is a few problems mainly with the video performances as they seem to shake around and stutter in pace.They offer decent graphics for a console which is not well known for producing better graphics in games.
This is a nice game to play and follows the same format as the older version of the game show used to produce, has the same presenter doing the voice over and has a good feel about it overall.