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During its lifespan the Wii has had many a game unleashed on it based on hit TV shows. One of the first to come out was Who Wants to Be a Millionaire First Editions which I bought as one of my games for the consoles. With Chris Tarrant gleefully holding a Wii mote on the front cover I thought this would be a fun Wii-esque take on the WWTBAM games that had graced other consoles. Oh how wrong I was. Note this the 1st Edition of the game which has since got a further released, a much better one. This game is a shoddy, money-hungry and greedy port of the game everyone will or may have played on a PC, Playstation or indeed interactive DVD. It seems to have been rushed out and all that has really been added to it is the front cover with the Wii Mote and the ability to use the Wii mote to point to answers. It's the Pc game on Wii! I have not even seen any evidence of the content of questions being updated and even though there are a lot of questions, and as with the game show they are all well written etc, I haven't seen much repetition yet either so the data bank of questions gives some depth. But what you see on TV is what you get. A simple game of "old-style" WWTBAM with the lifelines, silly daft first questions and tough ones later one. Winning a million is hard and you will probably want to keep playing until you win the Million but once you actually have...so what next?. And the whole idea of "taking the money" doesn't work in this game as most players would rather I am sure risk it. The whole package, from the presentation to the music to the menus reeks of being a shoddy port and that's what the game is. Do not get me wrong in short spells this is fun and will provide fun on family nights with the option to have tense multiplayer. The only really fun part of the game and the only time "it works" is in multiplayer as you do actually have something to compete against in the form of a human opponent so the incentive to "take the money" becomes more so. Otherwise with no Mii integration, no serious multiplayer variation and no alternative modes this is a massively missed opportunity in its first edition. A clear port to make money before the proper 2nd Edition was released. Don't even consider buying this for the £5 it retails at now, instead wait and get the 2nd Edition next time you see it. Also on CIAO
The Wii version of the television quiz game 'Who wants to be a Millionaire' is priced around £20 and is a faithful recreation of the quiz itself, but considering that the Wii is a recent console it feels a basic stripped down version compared to other next gen consoles i've played. When you consider that the PS1 version over a decade ago included speech when you rang a friend, this is the least you would expect the Wii version to do. But no you are given a choice of 4 so called friends with different interests so you can at least tell why their area of knowledge is - and you are given a text response as to what they think, pretty poor. There also seems to be a limited amount of questions, play the game for any length of time and you'll find some questions start getting repeated. At the beginning of the game it's the standard fare as you choose 1 or 2 player. With the one player game you have to answer 15 questions to win a 'virtual' million pounds. Rather than using the D-Pad you use the wii remote to select which answer you want to give. You get the standard response from Chris Tarrant 'are you sure' and 'is that your final answer?' The questions like on the TV programme increase in difficulty the closer to the million you get. You get the usual lifelines - Fifty fifty, Phone a Friend and Ask the Audience. This is fun for a while but how much fun can you have on your own trying to win an imaginary million? Strangely there is a walk away option - why in a single player game would you rather walk away with an imaginary 64k when you could win a cool imaginary million ? Crazy! The 2 player game is much more fun, I played this over Christmas in teams of two - there is a more competitive element naturally and the walk away button actually matters as the idea is to walk away with the most money. There's an alternative 2 player game called 'Fastest Finger' this involves both players being asked the same question and being asked to put answers in the right order against the clock. In summary I can only see this game being worthwhile if playing with friends at a party or over xmas. The single player solo game in my opinion has limited longevity.
I was hoping that this would be a fun game to play with family and friends. I was disappointed. The graphics and fine and the structure of the game itself is fine. It closely follows the TV format in that if you don't know the answer you can phone a friend, ask the audience or 50/50. You can even play fastest finger first. However, the game has two main flaws. 1. Questions seem to be repeated. We have probably played the game in total for about 3 hours and we have had three or four occasions where questions have been repeated. 2. This might just be sour grapes, and I am embarrassed to admit it, but we can't get beyond £8000. After three or four hours of game playing, we have not even been close to the£32,000 mark. It is just a bit depressing. Perhaps if enough questions are repeated, we will achieve the million mark.
This is a reasonable game on the Wii. I paid full price - which is a little bit on the expensive side and they are certainly making the most of the premium brand at that price. The game itself is quick to get going, you can play as teams or on your own. The game follows the tried and trusted TV model. The questions get increasingly difficult as you progress through the questions. I've played the game only a handful of times but I have seen questions repeated. I'm not sure how many questions there are, but given the potential capacity on the disk, this shouldn't happen. The phone a friend lets you choose from 4 people each whom has a specialist interest and whose age is shown. This is a reasonable way of implementing this feature. The ask an audience shows a chart which favours one of the answers. Just to annoy you every now and again the answer is wrong. Overall this is a good implementation of the game, but I'd recommend only buying if you get a good price.