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The PS2 brought to the masses a hugely improved standard of gameplay from the previous Sony Playstation but having done this they needed to release something to open gaming up to a new market and so the decision to release Buzz! was taken by Sony to try to get all of the family involved and so engage all age groups but did it deliver as a game?
Buzz! The Music Quiz allows for gamers to answer a huge variety of music based questions with a total of over 5000 questions squeezed in to give the game a real longevity. The questions allow for all age ranges to get involved as the music on offer covers from the 50's right up to 2005 and includes over 1000 clips. For me this is one of the games strongest points as I have played quiz based games on consoles previously and found that they quickly become repetitive but thankfully I have never found this to be the case with Buzz! The Music Quiz.
The game is presented by your host named Buzz who is one of the best computer game presenters I have come across and one of the few to not be annoying me after about 10 minutes. Buzz is voiced by Jason Donovan in the UK version of the game and truly suits the character he is voicing to perfection. Buzz is also joined by his assistant Rose who really adds to the feel of a true gameshow rather than a simple console based quiz game.
This is a game designed to be used with Buzz buzzers which allows for the quickest and easiest way to answer the questions. Having the Buzz buzzers is something I recommend as it will enable you to play the game easier yourself and also allow for those who are not gamers in the standard sense to be able to play along too.
Plenty of game modes allows for you to play this until your hearts content with 8 different game modes for multi-player and 2 single player modes so that you can get plenty of practice in on your own or play with your mates in one of the 8 modes on offer. For me the level of depth in this game is brilliant as most of the previous quiz games out there for consoles have simply lacked the level of depth on offer in this great title.
The game is designed to feel like a quiz show rather than just like it is a game on a console and thanks to this I find it much more enjoyable than previous quiz games I have played on the consoles.
Overall this is a superb quality quiz game which is done in the style of a tv show to allow for the most entertaining level of game possible on the console but thankfully the makers did not skimp on the depth as they managed to put a number of game modes, questions and clips in to ensure that you will get true longevity from this title. A great game that is presented by Buzz (voiced by Jason Donovan) to give the best possible gameshow experience that you will want to play over and over again.
I received Buzz one Christmas as a present, it came with the game and with four buzzers which have a big red button at the top and four rectangular buttons which are outlined in different colours in order to be able to make suggestions. In order to play you just plug your controllers in, put the disc into your playstation and off you go!
This is predominantly a music quiz and the manufacturer states that it uses songs all the way from the 1950s to 2005 which should give most of the family a good chance to get some answers right! I know some of the songs I've never heard of but some I'll recognise in a second. I really like that there is a large period that the music is from because it doesn't isolate people who may not be up to date with modern music! There are 1000 song clips and over 5000 questions which should stop the game from being too repetitive and you can play on your own against the computer or with up to three other people.
The gameshow is hosted by 'Buzz' and he has a host called 'Rose'. Players can then select their own character to represent them throughout the game and the set up on the screen is just like a TV gameshow.
There are eight rounds however you don't have to play all of the rounds at once so if you only have a small amount of time to play or someone in your group has a short attention span you can just play one or two rounds! The rounds are as follows:
Point Builder: A simple round which gives everyone a chance to build up some points. These are multiple choice questions and you all get points if you get the question right.
Snap: If you see the right answer appear onscreen, then Buzz (press your red button) in as fast as you can.Whoever's fastest and gets the answer right gets the points!
Fastest Finger: The quicker you buzz, the more points you get, so first the answer gets the most points, second gets the next most and so on.
Offloader: In this round you can 'offload' your question to someone else, this is good for if you get a question you can't answer or you know they won't be able to answer because if they get it wrong they lose points!
Pass the Bomb: This is like a 'hot potato' game. The bomb gets passed from player to player and you need to get the question right to pass it on, if you get it wrong you hold the bomb until you get a question right and if it explodes while you're holding it you lose points!
Point Stealer:If you get questions right you can steal points from other players, a nice way to get revenge! This is also really good for bringing down one person if they're way ahead of everyone else!!
Buzz Stop: This is a pass or play round, so Buzz in if you want no-one else to have the chance to answer the question if you know it, and pass if you don't. Basically you buzz when a question comes up that you want to answer but they move quite quickly so you need to be fast!
Look Before You Leap:The final round, you buzz if you know the answer but if you don't know the answer then you'll lose points!
Tie-Breaker: If there's a draw then of course there's a tie breaker to sort it out!
As you can see, not only can you win points in this game but you can also lose points, steal them from other players or have someone set you up! This makes it a lot more fun than just building up points alone.
There are a few things I find annoying about this game and that is that although 'Buzz' is generally quite a funny gameshow host (because he's got lots of cheesy lines!) he does have a tendency to go on a bit when you just want to get going! Also when a character wins a round they have an on screen celebration which takes forever and you can't skip past it so you just have to wait until they're finished high kicking or whatever it is that your character decides to do!
In general this is a really fun game and even my dad who doesn't like video games got involved and enjoyed it!
Jason Donovan plays the charcater of Buzz in this game & welcomes you to the Buzz Music quiz.
I think this is an interesting video game concept. A quiz show in your living room. Each player from 1-4 is equiped with their own individual buzzer. The Buzzers have 5 different buttons. 1 big red one, & 4 equally sized smaller ones.
You play the game by have different sorts of questions read to you which you then try to answer on your buzzer as quickly as you can before any one else manages to answer. The quicker you answer the more points you get. Some of the questions are picture related & visual. Some of them are sound based.
In this game (the first of the series) the quetions are completely based on music. Picture questions will have you trying to identify album covers. Audio questions will have you trying to recognise which song you are listening too.
I really ejoy this game. It's great to get 4 people around the PS2 all taking part in the quiz all trying to win. You can even cut the quiz down to specific decades to make it more age specific. We always have lots of fun when we get it out.
This was the first Buzz title to appear on the PS2, and I am glad it wasn't the last! This game was an instant hit with us, our family and our friends! I bought this game pretty much immediately when it first came out, I LOVE party games and this one came with cool quiz show type buzzers!
The presentation of this title is nice and slick and it really does feel like a quiz gameshow. The newer versions have had their graphics, etc polished a bit since, but this title still holds it's own.
The buzzers are nice and solid, my original set are still going strong despite LOTS of use and abuse! (keep pressing buttons between questions to get Buzz to tell you off lol). The Buzz Junior range generates a LOT of button bashing too and these buzzers still look and feel like new, very well made.
This is still one of my favourite titles in the range because I loved music up until the late 90's (I'm a bit out of touch now) and this title covers from the 60's right up to the early 2000's.
There are a great variety of rounds to play ranging from untimed rounds where you just need to answer for a set number of points, to rounds where the question and answers are slowly revealed and you have to buzz in before everyone else. There are single player options, but really this is a game to play with mates.
There are a few annoying aspects to the game though...though it may just be my friends' mind-set lol. In the last round the question/answer is slowly revealed and you're meant to buzz in when you know the answer....if my friends aren't winning they just buzz in immediately and take random guesses, meaning that it's quite common for me not to get to even answer a question in that last round. It usually results in me winning, but it's still annoying that I end up missing out on the chance to answer questions.
There are a few other slight niggles, but all in all it's a brilliant start to what has become an awesome series!
*This is also on my Ciao.com account*
As you will be able to tell by the huge amount of reviews and good ratings, this game is very popular, and to a wide range of people.
Nothing is better than having a few drinks and watching your reflexs slow as you desperately try to remember the name of the song playing, or wait for the answer to come up on screen, ready to hit your big red buzzer and cheer, to realise your mum just beat you to it!
This game can really bring families together, while really young or old family members may not be too familiar with the music, the game does attempt to make it more equal, giving the ability to choose old, new or all music. This allows a group of young people to play with new music, or when a mixed age group is present, it means the difficulty is evened out.
The games within the game are all fun to play, although there is one game which i am not too fond off; you have to stop the buzzer when it flashes, and unless you have amazing reflexes, its hard, so you dont get much of a chance.
Overall i think this game is awesome and me and my family and friends have played it alot!
Me and my family are quite close, though one thing we all do love to do together occassionally is play a game of buzz, I think that it it because we are all so competitive, though it is all just fun really.
We own afew of the Buzz! games, though the Music Quiz is one of my favourites, as we all have an interest in music which means we are even more competitive.
The Buzz! music game is quite similar to other Buzz games, it is like a game show where there is a range of rounds of questions that are played, each is differently played, some of the rounds include, snap, pass the bomb, points builder, buzz stop, points stealer round and many more. You can either choose to play a long game, short game, and also a single player or multiplayer game. Obviously the aim of the game is to gain the most points.
The questions in this game are quite easy, they are suitable for many, though maybe not younger kids, you can choose what decades of music you want to answer from the 1950's until the 2000's, there is over 1000 music clips in this game so the quiz will be a little bit different every time.
You can choose you characters from a range of 16 different ones, including elvis, cheerleaders, rockstars and many more, you can also change your characters outfits to your preferences as well, each character has its own little catchpharses through out the game which also adds to the appeal of the game.
Overall I think that Buzz! The Music Quiz is a great family game, there is a chance to play up to 8 players (4 if you only have one set of buzzers) and the game has hours of great fun and competitiveness. You can pick this game up quite cheap (about £15) at the moment as it is for the PS2, though it could be hard to come across as PS2 games are becomeing less and less popular.
This game is an excellent game to play with all the family! It provides you with a variety of options you can choose whether you would like to play a short game or a long game or you can choose which music you would like to be in the game depending on what age group is playing the game itself as you can choose if you would like to play with old music on its own or new music or you can choose to play with both.
This game can be enjoyed by all no matter what age or personallity you may have.
It has a great variety of different activities to do which will never leave you feeling bored no matter how many times you may play it. When you play the game you feel like you are actually on a TV show.
The graphics in this game are very good as well as the sound quality!
This was the first Buzz game that I owned and I have to say that while I was impressed with the concept of the game, it really was only for hardcore music fans. Some members of my family who are not really into music found that they could answer very few questions and therefore didn't really enjoy the game as much. I feel it would have been better to release the Big Quiz version first and then have version such as music, movies, sport and so on.
However, personally I did enjoy the game. The option to choose between old and new music or a mixture of the two meant that all age groups can play and parents who don't know much about today's music are normally the first to buzz in with the answer to any Elvis questions. The game is easy enough to play and each round is explained clearly before starting and then more importantly there is the option for more seasoned players to skip the explanations.
The Buzz character can be quite annoying after a while but this is only a minor criticism. The worst part of the game had to be the controllers. They are very hard to store without them getting tangled and players then have to sit very close together during the game which means moving furniture about or people sitting on the floor. A better option would perhaps have been for two set of two provided instead of one set of four.
Still a good game but really only for proper music fans- nine times out of ten my family will pick the Big Quiz over this version and it can end up lying dormant for months at a time.
I bought this game as soon as it came out for the Playstation 2 and I was not disappointed. Every time we have a family or friends get together this game comes out and you soon find out how competetive everyone is! The music quiz has options so you can choose to be quizzed on old music, new music or all music which is a mixture of the two. It is definitely suitable for all ages. You are provided with 4 buzzers which you use throughout the game. Before each round it is clearly explained how to use your buzzers to play each round. There are rounds such as point builder, pass the bomb and look before you leap. I am rubbish at look before you leap but my boyfriend wins everytime! The game show is hosted by Jason Donovan and his assistant Rose and the graphics are brilliant, just pick your character, choose your outfit, select your buzzer and get playing!
This is a fantastic game to play with the whole family. You can buy so many different versions now but this was the first one they made.
You get four different buzzers which each player uses through out the game. There are over one thousand song clips and over five thousand questions all to do with music.
There are many different rounds you play so it never gets boring.
You can play quick games or longer games if you wish, there is a multiplayer option and single player option.
Each player gets to choose there own character and they all resemble famous music stars.
You then can name your team and give your buzzer your favourite noise, there are many noises to chose from.
Buzz is your game show host and Rose is his glamorous assistant it makes it feel more like a real game show.
There are 8 rounds Point builder,snap,fastest finger,offloader,pass the bomb,point stealer,buzz stop and look before you leap.
My favourite is pass the bomb you can easily knock the top player off number one spot.
You can buy this game on its own or you can get one that comes with four buzzers.The four buzzers i have, when I have family games we do it two people per buzzer which makes it more fun.
A great party game.
A few months ago we were all up at my brothers flat for a bit of a party and my mate brought up Buzz the Music quiz with all the little buzzers that come with it. What a great game this was to play. I'll quickly say that the game is presented very well with all menus, cut scenes and questions coming across superbly and the game never really seems to repeat itself when asking quesiton. Which was a major hassle when it comes to DVD menu games, same questions over and over but thats not an issue here.
With literally thousands of different questions from naming the year that albums were out , to little anagram pictures , to guessing the alubum cover, this is a tremendous game for a party and will keep you entertained for hours, especially if theres some alcohol involved!
The only problems the game really has are that this is strictly a multiplayer game, ti's no use to play on your own at all , plus it's pretty expensive for the whole set, so whither you'd use it that much is really up to you. Also this game doesn't really suit kids or anyone under the age of 15 really as the questions are so varied that you'd really need to know you're stuff otherwise you're just guessing.
Overall it's worth the money if you host a lot of parties as it is a lot of fun and never gets tiresome. If you're a host go for it, if you're lokoing for a game to play on your own then move along, nothing to see here.
A True must!!
This game is brilliant and a true must for any family/friend party. Hours of entertainment and terrific value.
Hosted by Australians favourite heartthrob from the 80s, Jason Donovan. This game offers many different levels of music styles ranging from time gone right up to most recent tracks, kylie etc. There are many varied rounds to play and more challenging and hysterically funny as you go along. I have spent many hours with friends playing this after a good night out and found it very enjoyable. Also with a vast range of music questions so it wont repeat itself that quickly which is a bonus. There are a few different style of characters you can choose from to represent yourself including a Diva esq Diana Ross character (my fave) to an angst indie style chick, all in all this is a great start to the buzz series, great fun!!
buzz is great for a family game. it is a music quiz which up to four players can play at a time, not too difficult so children can join in. you can select music from different years so it is suitable for all the family. we bought it and played at christmas, can get a little repetitive though. comes with four buzzers so it is slightly different from playing other ps games. you can choose which characters you want and what noise you want for the buzzer. great family fun
Its a quiz game thats very family oriented not so much with mates more the younger generation.
You get a set of buzzers that work very well, good construction and you plug them in lay them out so you can really get the feel of a proper quiz show.
Its great for the kids and definately good questions whoever hits the buzzer on the correct one of the multiple questions wins goes through to the next round and so on.
This is a brilliant family game, whether you know about music or not. Buzz challenges you on your knowledge of music over the last few decades, making it suitable for people of nearly any age.
Buzz! The Music Quiz comes along with four Buzz controllers, with which you select your answer to the question using one of the four coloured buttons. For other game modes, you might also need to use the big red button at the top of the controller.
This is also a great game for parties, especially if you're the competitive type. Up to four players can play against each other simulteniously. Even if you don't know anything about music, the experience of the game makes up for it!
Another positive aspect of the game is Buzz himself. Buzz is a highly entertaining character, who's comments simply never get old however many times you play!
The graphics aren't like in other games, but the graphics of this game really suit it's genre. The game looks somewhat cartoonish, and Buzz himself isn't very realistic, but that's how the game is meant to be. Besides, it's the gameplay that matters.
As this is a music game, you could assume there's a range of sound involved, and you'd be right. Much of it is, as you'd expect, the music tracks. These are of really good quality, so you have a better chance of knowing which song it is and who it is by. The other sound-type is the voices and sound effects. The voicework of each character is superb, and each character has a suiting variation of things to say.
There is a range of gameplay modes, such as the multiplayer quiz mode, or if you're playing alone, there is the single-player mode. Along with these modes, you can also start a custom game, which has the game rounds that you specify - there are a fun range of game rounds in each gameplay mode, such as the Point Builder and Fastest Finger rounds. And if these aren't enough, you can be the quizmaster in Quizmaster Mode, where you decide the questions!
The game doesn't take much getting used to either. Just stick it in the PS2 and play!
Unfortunately, this is one of those games that really shouldn't be played alone. Unlike the multiplayer mode, the single-player mode only features two game rounds, which are fun to play, but take less time. There's no problem with playing alone, but it's not as exciting as a multiplayer round of Pass the Bomb!
I recommend this game to anyone who owns a PS2, whether you like music or not. The gameplay and multiplayer modes make it good nonetheless!
If you've listened to the radio in the last fifty years and you know how to buzz, then you're all set to be the next contestant on Buzz: The Music Quiz. Buzz brings the music game-show to your living room, testing your music trivia and buzzer skills. Included with the game are a set of four bespoke buzzers which lets four people play right away, and provides an interface that even a techno-zero would understand.