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Who Wants To Be A Millionaire
"It is not uncommon to see someone go totally brain dead and use all of their lifelines on a single question.and still not feel comfortable enough to give a final answer"
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Developer  Hot House Game Type  Party
Distributor  EIDOS Review Date  Oct 00
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Who Wants To Be A Millionaire is the videogame version of the popular TV game show that is currently sweeping the world. The aim of the game is to correctly answer consecutive questions to win progressively more money - get one wrong though, and your out..!

For those of you that have seen the show on TV (and at this point who hasn't?) one of the things that really helps to build the tension of this game is the music. The good news is that the same score is included in this game. As you work your way up the questions, the music gets more dramatic and really helps to build that anticipation that goes along with each question. The music definitely gets a thumbs up for what it accomplishes.

We are also treated to various quips and banter throughout the game by the presenter, but unfortunately he doesn't actually read off the questions.

On the graphics side of the house.well let me just say, this is gonna be a real short read for you folks.

The actual set of the TV is a true spectacle in terms of lighting, display and overall interactivity between the contestant, the host and the audience. Everything works perfectly. Unfortunately this just has not been translated very well to the home console version. About the best way to describe the graphics in Millionaire is "sterile". What we see are the questions as they would be viewed through the contestants monitor and a split screen view of the stage.devoid of all life. The flash and substance of the TV show is completely lost here.

Playing Millionaire is simplicity itself.Players are given the opportunity to win a million by correctly answering 15 multiple choice questions that increase in difficulty as the amounts rise. Players are given the question and must choose from four possible answers. To help players further, they are given 3 lifelines.

Lifeline #1 called the 50:50 allows for two of the incorrect answers to be eliminated leaving one wrong answer and of course the right one.

Lifeline #2 is called "Ask The Audience". Here the game developers reveal the results of a poll of 100 people. There is no guarantee that the most popular answer is correct, but it can be of great help to confirm your suspicions.

Lifeline #3 called "Phone-A-Friend". This time you call someone that may know the correct answer to the question. Again this is all simulated by the computer and occasionally the person asked will give the wrong or no answer at all.

That's about you progress up to higher monetary amounts the questions increase in difficulty. It is really amusing to watch as people begin to doubt themselves and panic as they reach the 32,000 plus level. It is not uncommon to see someone go totally brain dead and use all of their lifelines on a single question.and still not feel comfortable enough to give a final answer!

We all know what a wonderful success this has been on TV, but the question you are waiting to hear is does it work as a videogame...?

First of all there is no "real" money to play for. This pretty much eliminates around 90% of the tension and provides no real reason for a player to stop at any point during the game because there is really nothing to lose.

Next, there is really no interaction in the game. You get a quick little sound byte announcing the next value for the question and then little else. Plus this is primarily a one-player affair. The only two-player component of the game is the "fast finger" round that is held to determine who will actually get into the game. It should be pointed out that the European (PAL) version of this has extended the number of players to 4, each of which can compete against each other simultaneously.

Luckily the game concept itself being so simple and enjoyable, it makes the home version somewhat bearable. The interface is a good one for the most part and I enjoyed running through the questions trying to get to the top. While playing though I did notice a certain inconsistency with the questions, particularly with the first (100) question. It generally ranged from ridiculously easy (which it should be) to being somewhat tough. I suppose this is an individual thing though as one person's "stumper" could be another person's cake walk, which is really another part of the shows appeal I suppose.

Over 1000 questions

Familiar features of the TV show are included

• Number of Disks: 1
• Number of blocks used on Memory card per save: NA
• Maximum number of Players (without a multi-tap): 2 (USA) 4 (EURO)
• Multi-tap compatible (max players): Yes (EURO = 4)
• Link-cable compatible (max players): No
• Split screen multi-player option (max players): No
• Other accessories: None
• Dual Shock Pad Digital Button compatible: Yes
• Dual Shock Pad Analog Stick compatible: No
• Dual Shock Pad Vibration compatible: No
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Tom R   "Playing Who Wants To Be A Millionaire on the Playstation was an interesting enough diversion for awhile. It closely mimics the TV show with it's well thought out questions, but unfortunately it simply cannot match the "magic" of the actual game.

The graphics fall rather flat, but thankfully the wonderful musical score is still there droning on in the background.attempting to build up whatever tensions it can muster.

The game is certainly not a total loss, but it will undoubtedly make a better rental and will in all likelihood lose its novelty appeal quicker than say a Jeopardy outing.

So, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Well I certainly do, but unfortunately I am now $40 further away from that dream with really nothing much to show for it."
Graphics  8/20
Playability  35/50
Sound  7/10
Lastability  12/20
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Steve   "The extra time given to the Euro release has given the developers the chance to correct many of the criticisms rightly mentioned about the USA version of the game.

Now that up to 4 players can compete together either as a team, or against each other, it really does put this miles ahead of the traditional board game version that has been on sale since last Christmas - especially when using a multi-tap as you can all have a go at those 'fastest finger' questions.

Added to this is the increased interaction between the presenter and the players - including those dramatic pauses where you are waiting to find out if you answered correctly. The 'phone a friend' option has also been brilliantly implemented with sound samples of real people giving you their verdict on the answer.

Best of all EIDOS have priced this very well, making it an affordable purchase and comparable with the board game.

You should however be aware that as a single player game this has a very short lifespan, so only buy it if you intend playing with a few friends (My scores were made on this assumption). "
Graphics  10/20
Playability  43/50
Sound  9/10
Lastability  18/20
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