Product Type: other PC games
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Wild Wild West Steel Assassin (PC)
Member Name: stereoman
Wild Wild West Steel Assassin (PC)
Date: 28/11/00, updated on 28/11/00 (12 review reads)
Advantages: You get a sense of what it would be like in the hot-seat....
Disadvantages: ....although it ranges from high tension to being very unreal very quickly.
You probably think that Chris Tarrant was already irritating enough on TV....if you play this game, you probably won’t change your mind.
Although this isn’t entirely his fault but he’s only recorded a select number of phrases which means that if you play for around an hour, many of the phrases do repeat themselves.
The overall game engine is simplistic to the level of infantilism and could have been improved perhaps by allowing the contestant to see the question first and then reveal the possible answers in succession like
they do on the show. With the computer game (in order to save time, most probably), they flash them onto the screen at the same time.
The phone-a-friend and the ask the audience is easily (and obviously) the suspect part of the game. Perhaps we should be allowed to choose who our phone-a-friend is out of what sounds like seven different voices,...a Geordie bloke, a Caribbean-sounding woman, a Welsh woman and four others. And the ask-the-(invisible)audience, what with it’s occasionally wobbly graph readings seem genuine enough (although it can be wrong So don’t over rely on it).
The main criticism is that the questions seem here to be a darn lot harder than they are on the TV show (especially if you’ve played the online American edition which is very easy in comparison and you know why they’ve managed to get six millionaires over there).
The ‘narration’ from Chris Tarrant here seems muted as are his famous ‘catchphrases’ which don’t have the same impact as they do from watching it on TV from ‘we don’t want to give you that’ (which perhaps should have incorporated a hand to ‘snatch’ away the virtual cheque) to ‘is that your final
answer?’ which is aided by a yes or no option here, which always seems to appear after 30 seconds of indecision/hesitation as does his comment of walking awa
y which is rather pointless as it really is all-or-nothing.
Up to a maximum of 4 players can take part, of which the ‘head-to-head’ format is just the main game but each player taking it in turns, which is time-consuming although you can always turn the cutaway videos off to a neutered version of ‘fastest finger’ which is reduced to choosing a buzzer and then
having to recognise the correct order of a particular sequence, which will prove thrilling for a few goes.
You’ll even recognise some of the questions that have appeared on the show and one of which you’ll probably come across is (albeit not word-for-word):
‘Which university in Wales did Prince Charles attend?’
And yes, I’ve managed to get the million....and do you know what happens after you’ve won? Well, that would be telling (suffice to say, I do have proof and it’s even official!
But what happens after you’ve got the million? Do you try again? And again? or put it away? Either way, it’s not exactly brilliant value-for-money.
A P166 with 32MB SD RAM will do the trick but for it to be as smooth a experience as possible, I would suggest following the minimum specifications required.