“ Manufacturer: Microsoft / Genre: Family & Entertainment / Release Date: 2009 „
1 vs. 100 is a free game if you have Xbox live, you do not have to buy it and you will find it on your Xbox live dashboard.
1 vs. 100 is a quiz-based game using your Xbox avatar on most times of most days you answer quiz questions about a topic winning you points and sometimes gamer score! You play against your fellow Xbox livers and there are five main people you are put against to try to beat.
Two days a week at a specific time there are games of 1 vs. 100 live; on 1 vs. 100 live, you can win real life prizes (games, cars, money ECT.). It works like this... There are three sections of people: The audience (as many people possible), the mob (100) and the one (there is only one of them). These people are ranked by how many overall points they have. The One is asked Questions and the Mob and Audience have to answer the questions as well. If a member of the mob gets the question wrong they are out and do not have a chance of winning any prizes. If a member of the audience gets a question wrong, they just do not get points. The One is trying to get all of the questions right to win a prize but if they get a question wrong, the remains of the mob get to split the prize.
I think that 1 vs. 100 is a great game because in your focus group of five you can choose to play your friends and it's is suitable for all of the family! The only bad thing about 1 vs. 100 is that you have to have Xbox live gold.
I would defiantly recommend this game to anyone!
1 versus 100 is an online trivia game for their Gold customers launched by Microsoft for their XBOX 360 console in 2009. The format may be familiar to anyone with access to Challenge TV but basically involves a single person 'a one' competing against a group of 100 otherwise known as 'a mob'.
Questions are asked, and for every question, the One gains points based on how many mob members are eliminated - providing the One gets it right. In the 360 version there is also a third category and they make up the 'Crowd'. In this game only the one or the people in the mob are eligible to win prizes which are Arcade games, Microsoft points and have been known to include bigger prizes like televisions but the crowd are still asked the same questions and are told that regular play and good performance will help them gain access to the mob where prizes can be won.
Having played 1 vs 100 since the beta was launched i've been quite impressed but a little disappointed only to have made one mob appearance just a couple of weeks ago. To be fair, going into this expecting to become a winner is the wrong attitude because beneath this we have the best trivia game on console and it all works extraordinarily well.
In fact, there's a case to be made for the extended play games (the non live games where there are no prizes) being the highlight of the project as the questions come thick and fast and tend to be linked by a single subject like movies, football and geography while the live games are more of a pick and mix.
In spite of some niggles like how long it can take to get into a game and the disappearing host, Microsoft are to be applauded for this 'free' game which has great potential and if the XBOX Live experience is anything to go by, this is likely to be refined and perfected over time.
The Xbox 360 version of the 1 vs 100 tv show.
This game is great fun for the whole family, the game can be played for free if you have an active Xbox LIVE gold subscription, Xbox LIVE silver members can also join in the fun with you by each grabbing their own controller and joining the game as your guests. The game supports up to 4 players in one group, so you can have some family fun if you have 4 Xbox 360 controllers.
One of the biggest features of 1 vs 100 is the ability to earn Microsoft Points and Arcade Games by doing an exceptional performance in the game, if you're one of the top 3 scoring players, (out of about 20,000) you will earn a XBLA game. If you're in the top 100 scoring players, your in with a good chance of being in the mob or even being the One himself. If the Xbox LIVE guests win a prize, then that prize will instead be given to the Xbox LIVE gold member of which the guests are playing under.*
As the game is effectively a MMOG (Massively Multiplayer Online Game) you can also invite 3 of your Xbox LIVE friends to join you in the in-game lobby, then you can join the game together and have some fun over Xbox LIVE.
* The features described in this paragraph are only applicable in 1 vs 100 live events, currently taking place on Tuesdays and Fridays between 7:30PM - 9:30PM.
P.S. The features mentioned in this review are based on 1 vs 100 Version 2 (Series 2), and may not be applicable in the future. It appears as though the series changes every 6 months or so, with a new patch updating it.
1 vs 100 is a game that you can play online via your Xbox 360. It's based on the TV programme of the same name and works in the same way, although there are two versions of it.
To access the game through your Xbox, you need firstly to be connected to the internet, then through the dashboard, go to Primetime. Once there, you can see what types of games are available. They have options on subjects such as General Trivia, Entertainment and Sports. Each has a time and date when they're going to be on. You can either come back at that time or set a reminder, so that your Xbox will tell you when it's going to start.
The first version available is the '1 vs 100 Live'. To play this, you enter the lobby, then the computer will allocate you a place in the game. As there's usually a lot of people playing this version, it's most likely that you'll be part of 'the crowd', but at some point you might have the chance to be part of 'the mob' (which means being one of the 100), or you might even be lucky enough to be 'the one', which is the one person in the middle who is against the 100. You appear in the game as your Xbox avatar, which can be good for a laugh when some people are dressed as skeletons or in a Gears of War outfit!
In the Live version, if you're playing as 'The One', you're playing for Microsoft Points. For each question you get right, you stay in the game and your points available to win goes up in correlation to how many of 'The Mob' gets the question wrong. About every third question, 'The One' is asked whether they're taking the money (the points) or the mob (continuing with the game). 'The One' has various help options, but once they get a question wrong, their turn is over and the members of 'The Mob' split the points that the game ended on. If you're part of 'The Crowd', you don't win anything but if you get a high score, you stand more chance of getting picked as a mob member or 'The One' next time.
In the 'Extended Play' version, you're playing against everyone else who's playing it, but you also have up on your screen up to three people. These are the people who are sat next to you in the game and you're also playing against them (and there's a lot of competitiveness there, believe me!). Once the round has finished, you're shown the three people who finished top and you're also put on podiums with your competition on-screen. You don't win anything in this version though.
Whichever role you have, the concept is the same. As each question is announced, three possible answers appear, which correspond to the X A and B buttons on the controller. If you know the answer, press the button (or if you don't, just guess!). For each answer you get right, you get points. The more questions you answer correctly consecutively, the more points you get for each consecutive answer. You also gain 'safety' buttons, which enables you to skip an answer, yet still gaining the points as though you'd got the question right and continue with your winning streak. Once you get a question wrong, your winning streak is over. If you're playing the 'Live' version, your points are set back to zero every time a new 'One' starts.
This is might sound quite complicated, but once you're actually playing it, you soon get the hang of it and it's really good fun. It's probably best to have a few people in the room at the same time, unless you're a trivia genius. The questions are extremely varied and the same one is rarely repeated. The questions are never rude and so this game can be played by all the family. It's fun to see how other people have dressed their avatars and what their names are.
The annoying parts about the game are the advertisements that are shown every so often and they also seem to be the same advertisements over and over. The woman who is the host is also annoying, in that when she gives the letter of the correct answer, she sounds as though she's really unhappy, and she always wears the same dress.
It's also annoying that this game takes up so much of your time! Once you start playing, you get addicted to it very quickly and before you know it an hour or more has passed. But to me, that's a sign of how good this game is, so if you've got an Xbox 360, what are you waiting for???
1 vs 100 is a quiz game based on a TV quiz show of the same name.
This game is currently in beta, so changes may be made.
1 vs 100 live play has 3 different catagories of player: The 1, the mob or 100 and the crowd.
The crowd represents those who weren't selected as either the mob or the one, so basically the vast majority.
The one is a player selected at random that answers questions to try and outsmart the mob who are also selected at random and walk away with 10,000 Microsoft Points and as people on the mob answer incorrectly they are eliminated, leaving the players who answered correctly and the one if he answered correctly to continue until either the mob or the one is eliminated.
The mob can win prizes by surviving long enough that 40 members of the mob have been eliminated if they then beat the one, they will recieve a prize based on how many other mob members got eliminated before the one failed.
The one has 3 helps: Trust the Crowd- You select the most popular answer from the crowd, Trust the Brain-You select the answer the player with the highest score chose or Trust the Mob- You select the most popular answer from the remaining mob members.
I had been watching it a short while after it had been announced and was completly physced for release and as free games go, it didn't disappoint.
Online play against thousands of other players
Ablilty to gain microsoft points from playing well
Great to play with friends or in a team
A live host during breaks
For the first few times, the game was huge with over 50,000 players but it started to die off as people realised that you had to commit alot of time to do the non-live shows in order to get a decent chance of playing as the 1 or the 100 which if you cannot be bothered doing, it becomes like a smaller version of the lottery.
Prizes can also be won by those in the crowd but since you have to be very quick basically you have to know the answer and instant lockin for bonus points or guess and instant lockin which means that crowd prizes are won by the luckiest not the smartest which really gets on your nerves because the chances are they will be the only prizes you have a chance at 99.9 percent of the time.
Overall, fun free beta but chances are you could have spent, you 2 hours more productivily and whatever you don't play on peak days, play closer to the end series when people have grown bored.
Game versions of TV quizzes have always struggled to recreate the tension of the originals; no matter how many times a tinny voiced Chris Tarrant reminds you that you're risking losing £218,000 or somesuch, it's quite obvious that you're not. It's all a pretence. All you're risking is that you might have to try again, or go and look up the answer on Wikipedia. And at the end of it, if you do win the jackpot, what do you actually go away with? A slight sense of satisfaction?
And that's why the Xbox 360's '1 vs. 100' is such a revelation. The prizes are real, and desirable. And if you put a foot wrong you blow your chance of winning them. It's great - probably one of the most stressful, exhilarating gaming experiences I've had, simply because something is actually at stake.
The game originated as a National Lottery filler quiz, where one contestant (the 'One') goes up against 100 others (the 'Mob') and has to outsmart all of them by answering a series of multiple-choice general knowledge questions correctly to win the top prize. And it's exactly the same on the Xbox version. One lucky player is catapulted into the hot seat as the one and one hundred others take the role of the opposition. Everyone else sits in the crowd, answering the questions as speedily and accurately as they can in the hope of getting into the Mob themselves in the next round. The selection process is a complicated beast; but generally answering quickly, correctly and often stands you in good stead.
There are two live shows with prizes a week, on Friday and Saturday nights, and then throughout the week there are 'Extended Play' sessions which do away with the mob and the one, instead becoming a giant question answering free-for-all where you can, if you do well, improve your chances of getting into the mob the following weekend.
Microsoft have said they want the game to feel like an 'event', so at any time there's only ever one game going on. While this does mean there's only ever one 'One' at a time, it also means that everyone is doing the same quiz, answering the same questions, so its very unifying. And they're right, it does sort of feel like an event. I noticed throughout the season the numbers participating in the live shows were decreasing; from 25,000 concurrent players when I first played it, to 9,000. This obviously increases your chances considerably of getting into a prize-winning position, and hopefully the numbers should level out at a decent number sometime soon.
The game is currently in a beta season, which means that a few little bugs and kinks still need to be ironed out, but it still provides a pretty reliable indicator of what the game will be like. It's currently free to play for Xbox Live Gold members; and there is much speculation about what is going to happen when the beta season ends. But providing it remains free I think it has the staying power to become a big thing.
In the live games, tying the whole evening together is James McCourt, one time National Lottery host and wearer of garish shirts, who provides sporadic commentary on the live shows. This is an area that needs some work; some evenings you won't hear a peep out of him, other times you won't hear the end of him. Hopefully the finished version will have fixed this, as it is very unreliable at present. Inane as McCourt's commentary often is, you do miss it when it's not there, particularly as you find yourself staring at the crowd for minutes on end, while somewhere out there Mr. McCourt is, presumably, speaking.
The questions range from the insultingly easy to the absurdly difficult, often with no real difficulty curve. You may find yourself breezing through pop culture questions but then suddenly get hit with 'In what year was Morse Code invented?' So you can never be totally at ease, you never know when they're going to chuck in a toughie. A lot of the time someone with pretty decent general knowledge will do fine; even tough looking questions often have two joke answers provided.
The questions on the Extended Play sessions are generally much tougher than the live shows. Gone are the easy questions about the national anthem and Peter Andre, suddenly we're expected to know the nationality of the inventor of the ski slalom (British) and other such gems that will confound most people. Still fun, but a lot more frustrating than the live shows if only because of the difficulty, and the lack of structure provided by the One vs. the mob format.
And finally, when you actually get in the mob, as I have done twice, suddenly it gets heart-poundingly exciting. You win points when the One loses, basically, providing you keep getting the answers right. It was terrifying, but in a good way. The fewer mob members remain, the more Xbox Points you can win, and everyone who survives at the end will get a copy of whatever Arcade game they're giving away that week. All in all, not a bad haul considering it's free! The One themselves can, if they outsmart each of the 100, get prizes of up to 10,000 Microsoft points, or bigger prizes like cars and holidays which are offered occasionally. The One also gets the chance to cut and run with lesser amounts of points at regular intervals, so they don't have to go all the way, much to the frustration of the mob!
The scoring is a little too geared towards speed at the moment, with all too often the highest scorers having an average answer speed of 0.0 seconds, but hopefully this, along with the disappearing voiceover, will be sorted out when the beta season finishes, at the end of August.
1 vs 100 is a new quiz game for the Xbox 360 where you can win real prizes from arcade games and Microsoft points to fantastic prizes like cars!
The game is currently in its beta season so it has a couple of minor problems but is well worth downloading as you can win prizes, it is quite fun, it is also free to play and tests your general knowledge. 1 vs 100 can be found from the spotlight section of the dashboard and you can also find out when the next show is on.
There are two types of show: Live and Extended Play. Live shows are the shows where you can actually win prizes including cars, televisions and Microsoft points (see my recent review) Extended play is where the show is on one subject usually like football and you can also win no prizes. Also by playing extended play you are more likely to be the One in the Live Show which means you can win prizes such as cars!
To answer the questions you just have to press the button next to the answer and by answering quickly and getting a correct streak of answers you get more points! The questions are normally quite easy and the questions are regularly updated so they are current. You don`t get long to answer so you cannot go on the internet and find the answer. ( Well maybe some people can but I would not be able to!)
If you are the One you play against the Mob (who are 100 people) you msut answer the questions correctly to beat the Mob and anyone who answered incorrectly in the Mob will be out. The more people in the Mob you beat the better your prize will be and you get regular intervals where you choose whether you want to kepp playing and knock out some of the Mob or take the prize and run! If the Mob wins they share some Microsoft points between the remaining members and top people with the highest scores get prizes as well!
Overall this is a great, fun and FREE quiz game that nearly anyone should be able to play and enjoy. The game is very simple and based on the same named TV show. The inclusion of prizes on the live shows make this well worth playing all though you are very lucky if you become the One! However there are a couple of problems because it is in its beta season!
Finally a decent game that you don`t have to pay for!
1 vs 100 is a new multiplayer game on Xbox Live. Anyone who regularly watches the national lottery programme on Saturday evenings will be familiar with this game. One contestant has to answer multiple choice questions against 100 other players. If one of the 100 gets the question wrong they are out of the game. If the 'one' knocks out all 100 of the other players then they win the star prize. The 'one' can choose to bail out at an earlier stage though and walk away with a smaller prize. In order to play this game, you need an Xbox Live Gold account. The current series began on 10 July and will run until August 30th.
How to get the game
1 vs 100 is available from the Xbox dashboard assuming you are connected to the internet. It can be found under the spotlight section and typically takes up around 70Mb of the hard disk. As this title is still in beta, periodically, Microsoft will release updates to the software so I would recommend that you sign in to the game at least 10 minutes before the game is due to start just in case a new download is required.
Who can play?
The game is only available to Xbox Live Gold account holders which basically means that you have a paid subscription. If you play online games on your Xbox, you are eligible to play 1 vs 100. Guests of the account holder are allowed to play but are not eligible to win prizes. This makes for some good family rivalry as you can have up to 4 players per console taking part. Each player will need their own Xbox controller though. Each player in the game is represented by their Xbox avatar which adds a bit of fun and interest to the game. I have to say, most of people who play this game have way too much time on their hands if the hard work in their avatar creation is anything to go by. You can make your avatar jump around and clap by pressing the Y button on the controller and moving the D pad in various directions.
The game is split into 2 modes, namely Extended play and the live show. The extended play game takes place nightly from 6.30 until 9.30 and consists of half hourly games where each player answers a series of general knowledge questions and scores points depending on the speed of their answer, how many questions they have got right in a row and how many of the other players in the game got the question wrong. These games are used to determine who the strongest players are each week. According to Microsoft, the more games you play, the better chance you have got to be picked to play for a prize in the live show. This seems unfair to me as not everyone can put aside 3 hours a night for the whole week. In my opinion, it would have been better to pick people randomly.
The live show takes place on Friday and Saturday nights between 7.30 and 9.30pm. This uses a format more familiar to the lottery programme. At the start of each game, the main player, known as the one is chosen as well as the 100 people who the one is attempting to beat. These 100 people are known as the mob. Everyone else who hasn't been chosen for these roles is known as the crowd.
Whichever role you have, you can still win a prize each game. For the one, you earn Xbox points for every 10 mob members you knock out. These points can be used to 'buy' additional content for games or even full games from the Xbox arcade. If the one manages to knock out all 100 members (which still hasn't been done in the 4 weeks the game has been running) they win that weeks star prize which is has been advertised as a camera, laptop or even a brand spanking new Mini car. The one has 3 lifelines which they can use during the game. These are 'Trust the Mob' which means they go with the most popular answer of the remaining mob members, 'Trust the Crowd' which locks them into the crowds most popular answer, and 'Trust the Brain' which takes the answer of the best player in the current game. If any of these lifelines give the wrong answer then its game over which obviously introduces a certain amount of risk to the game.
If you are in the mob then you too can win Xbox points but you do not start accruing these until 40 members of the mob have been knocked out. Also, if the one decides to bail out with their winnings, all remaining mob members leave with nothing. If you get down to the last few mob members then you can also win an Xbox Live arcade game as well as your points.
Crowd members have to be almost perfect to win prizes. Each round the game awards Xbox Live arcade games to the top 3 players from each round. Bearing in mind anywhere between 30,000 and 80,000 people play this game on live show night, you can see how difficult this is to achieve.
Every so often throughout the live show nights, the live host speaks which makes this seem even more like a live TV show. Although an avatar, the host is actually voiced by James McCourt who has presented the national lottery show in the past (but not 1 vs 100 on the lottery). This is a nice touch but is the only real buggy part of the software at the moment as you only get to hear from the host a couple of times in the entire 2 hour show, something Microsoft have acknowledged and are looking into.
As a lover of quizzes, I find this game very enjoyable although it does highlight that I am probably not as bright as I thought I was, with an average score of 70% since the show started. I am still to make the move from the crowd to the mob which I find a little frustrating and I can see this putting some people off using the game, especially when you see the same faces in the mob each game.
This software is still in beta and hopefully Microsoft will iron out these issues and tweak the rules slightly to makes this game even more enjoyable than it already is. If you are an Xbox Live Gold account holder, I would recommend trying this game. It is a free download so you have nothing to lose.
1 vs 100 is a quiz game where you can potentially win real prizes for the Xbox 360.
This game is currently in its beta and you can find it on the spotlight section of your Xbox 360 dashboard. It is totally free for you to download and well worth your time as they now have included the chance for people to win real prizes!
There are two different types of "show" that you can play in, the Live show which is only on Friday and Saturday evenings or the extended play sessions which are held alot more frequently, every half hour.
The Live show is actually hosted by James McCourt, who has been on the National Lottery programme. I have only played a couple of the Live shows but he usually doesn't have much to say only chiming in every couple of rounds! The live show also has the lure of winning real prizes, like Microsoft points and Xbox Live arcade games.
Extended play is on far more often have the same basic premise as the live show but you don't play to win anything and they usually have questions based on a set theme, they also say if you do well it increases your chances of being chosen to play in the Live show!
How you play is quite easy, questions come up and you must answer correctly as quickly as possible to get the maximum number of points, if you get questions right back to back you will get bonus streak points and three in a row will earn you a skip so if you don't know the answer you can preserve your streak bonus.
If you do get to be the One on the show you will play against the mob of 100 people, you must get the questions right and attempt to beat the mob, the mob will get knocked out when they answer incorrectly. The more you knock out the better your prize will be! If the mob manages to beat the one those members can share a few Microsoft Points and arcade games and the rounds top players also get a prize so do well and you are rewarded!
A great free game, its quite addictive to play and the rewards, if you can get any, are worth winning.
There is an Xbox 360 games console in my sons room. I have had absolutely no interest in computer games. I don't bother the Xbox 360, it doesn't bother me. This was the rule everyone was happy with until a few weeks ago when my son asked me to help him with a new Xbox 360 Live game called 1 vs. 100. It was a general knowledge quiz and as a news-phobic 12 year old he was struggling to answer the questions.
He ran up the stairs, and I followed reluctantly, trying to look enthusiastic but mentally calculating the minimum amount of time I would have to pretend to be interested before I could go back downstairs and watch Big Brother.
Fast forward to an hour later.... My child is playing quietly with his toy soldiers on the bedroom floor whilst I am on the edge of my chair staring wide-eyed at the computer monitor, hand tensed over the controller buttons, waiting impatiently for the next question to come up on screen.
1 vs. 100 is based on a TV quiz show of the same name. I've never watched it so I don't know how much it resembles the programme. There is a Live version of the game, and an extended version where players compete against each other to increase their chances of featuring in the live shows.
The game began its first season this month, and is currently free to all Xbox Live gold subscribers. Future versions of the game may not be free. Anyone can play it, but the game's rated 12+ as most kids under that age will probably not have acquired enough general knowledge to participate.
The Live Game - one player gets selected to be The One, and he/she faces a mob of 100, with all other players making up the crowd. The One can win up to 10,000 Microsoft points to be added to their Xbox account if they win. If The One loses, the Mob shares the winnings between them with the top 3 highest scoring players also winning an Xbox Live Arcade game download.
You get into the game through the Xbox Dashboard, and wait in the lobby until the game is ready to start - or rather the avatar that represents you waits in the lobby. Every player and even the hosts are all avatars.
At the start of each game The One is chosen, and so are the 100 Mob members, everyone else is in the crowd. Players are selected by their performance statistics throughout that week. If your child (naming no names) is making it difficult for you to play the Extended 1 vs. 100 sessions that run from Sunday to Thursday you won't have very much opportunity to get into the mob, and even less chance of being The One.
When the game starts you see a picture of your avatar at the top of the screen, usually with two or three other players. I like this as you can compare your performance to how the others are doing. The One is selected, and the host introduces the first question.
The questions are a good mix of sports, popular culture, politics and news. Each question has three possible answers and you choose by pressing the X, A or B button on your controller.
Examples of questions -
What are the smallest blood vessels in the human body? X - Arteries, A - veins, or B - capillaries?
Which Britain's got Talent finalist performed at Michael Jacksons memorial service? X - Shaheen, A - Susan or B - Hollie?
There is no opportunity to cheat, as you have to answer almost instantly, and there aren't usually any clues given in the question. You either know it or you don't.
As you play you can earn bonus points for instant answering, having the quickest response in your group of players, and for being on a winning streak. Of course it doesn't add up to anything if you aren't in the Mob but it's fun anyway.
The most frustrating part of playing 1 vs. 100 for me are the inevitable hand slips, you know the answer is X, but in your haste to be the quickest you accidentally press B. Very annoying!
If The One answers correctly, the members of The Mob who got it wrong are eliminated, and at regular intervals The One is offered the chance to bow out of the game with the points they have already accrued or carry on playing, "The Money or The Mob?"
If The One is unsure of an answer they can choose one of three 'helps.' These are Trust The Crowd(the answer from the majority of the total players), Trust The Mob(the majority answer from the remaining mob members) and Trust The Brain(The One accepts the answer from the highest scoring player in that round).
If they lose, the Microsoft point winnings are split between the remaining Mob members who answered correctly. Also in every round the top 3 highest scoring players each win an arcade game download.
At regular intervals during the game there are small breaks, sometimes to look at the statistics which I find interesting as you can see how many thousands of people are playing, and how well they have done. The other breaks are supposed to be for advertisements (apparently the American version has product promotions, phone interviews, etc) but the British version just seems to feature a clip running on a loop offering some obvious advice on how best to win, 'answer often, quickly and correctly.'
I just love this game. It's very addictive, and educational, and fun. I have even learnt how to get the avatar to perform celebratory dance moves!
My diary is currently cleared for as many Fridays and Saturdays 7:30-9:30 as possible, and as many extended 30 minute sessions as I can negotiate. So fingers crossed, I could soon be The One.
Xbox 360 Live. Interactive quiz game show.