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After recently cashing in some of my Dooyoo miles to get Amazon vouchers, I had about £5 left and wasn't sure what to spend it on, until my mum asked if there was a Deal or No Deal game for her laptop, I searched around a bit on Amazon and found this cracker of a game!
First of all, the picture for the product is the American version I think, the version I bought has good old Mr Noel Edmonds on the front, sporting one of his classic floral shirts. Lovely!
I bought the game for just under £5, and it was totally worth it! My mum loves the game, I've played quite a few times with her now and I've got to say it's quite addictive!
- Gameplay -
There are 6 different ways in which you can play the game, each of them is just as fun. The different methods of playing the game are ;
Normal Game : This is the bog standard way to play the game. It's exactly the same as it is on TV, you pick your starting box settle down in your chair and pick your way through the rest of the boxes trying to avoid the big amounts.
Multiplayer Game : This option allows more than 1 person to play at the same time and is more of a party game really. The aim of the game is to get the best deal out of the banker before your friends do. Other than that, it's just like the normal game.
Banker vs. Human : Your chance to be on the other end of the telephone to good old Noel. You get to play the part of the big bad banker. Playing against another human means that you are the banker against your friends. Will you be cruel enough to give them a harsh deal?
Banker vs. PC : This method is the same as the previous one, except if you're playing alone, you can be the banker against the computer AI. It's just as fun as playing against your friends as the banker.
Cash Game : I've not played this game type as yet because it can involve real money, and well I don't have much of that! Haha! It's just the same as the normal game of Deal or No Deal except you decide the amounts of money in each box. From as little as 1p to well, whatever you can afford!
Forfeit Game : Now this is one of the most fun ways of playing the game, and unfortunately I haven't won yet. The good thing about the forfeit game is that you decide what each box contains, but it doesn't contain money. It contains forfeits or random things in which you will have to do. The game has quite a few already set up for you, but it's simple to edit the contents of the boxes through the options in the main menu. It's just the same as the normal game of Deal or No Deal, except all of the blue boxes will have forfeits in which you will have to do if you end up with one at the end. I lost twice and ended up doing the washing up for 2 full days, and the other was to hoover the house from top to bottom. My mum has won twice, once was I would manicure her nails, the other time I would have to make her cups of tea throughout the day. As you can see you can put whatever you want in the boxes, it's great fun!!
- Graphics & Sound -
I wasn't too sure what to expect graphic wise as I hadn't played a PC game like this in a long time. However I was pleasantly surprised with just how good the graphics were for a PC. The game runs smoothly, the people look very realistic, especially Noel they've mapped his face very well. The sound is perfect. God know how many quotes Noel had to record for the game, but you can tell its definitely his voice.
The colours are bright, and the studio is an exact replica of the studio in which the show is filmed, with various characters for the east and west wing it makes the game seem a little more realistic instead of if you just had a bunch of boxes in front of you and no people behind them.
- System Requirements -
Operating System: Windows XP / Vista
CPU Type: Pentium IV 2GHz or equivalent
Hard Drive Space: 720MB
Graphics:128MB Radeon 8500 / NVIDIA GeForce 3 or better
- Finally -
I absolutely love this game, and I'm so glad I bought it for my mum, she's a massive fan of the show and she's obsessed with this game. The fact that there's more than 1 way of playing the game makes it's longevity fantastic. The game is never going to get boring with 6 ways of playing it. Being the banker is great fun, getting to be on the other end of the telephone to Noel being Mr Scrooge.
The game is set in the actual Dream Factory (studio) and you move around the studio to pick your boxes, the only bad thing about the game is that there isn't an option to make your own character. I think that would have made it more fun to make a character who looked like you and you could see sat in the chair interacting with Noel.
I'd recommend it to anyone who's a big fan of the TV show, it's a fantastic fun game that anyone can play. With the 6 different ways of playing the game you'll never get bored! You can pick the game up for under £5 on Amazon for a second hand copy, or just over £5 for a new copy.
Can you beat the banker? :)
Thanks for reading!