Who Wants To Be a Millionaire? has been a major hit in the UK and all over the world in its different versions, and as many of today's successful TV quiz shows do, the computer game in launched, enabling YOU the viewer to have a go and win the star prize. Today I bought the 2nd adition of this game, and I was pleasently surprised. As I didn't purchase the original version, I was unsure of what to expect. The video sequences between the questions are very good and the background music adds to the effect. Chris Tarrant is the quiz master - but he doesn't actually appear within the game. Their is a virtual set with an active audience adding to the atmosphere. So, initial impressions were very good, but then after playing the game only a few times, the concept of this game finally came through - a standard question game. Of course its based on a very popular TV programme, however it became repetitive and this let it down. Not only this - but my phone-a-'friends' got on my nerves, as welsh, scouse and northerner accents started to make me crack up! The game itself would be better if it could be more personal - i.e. you could scan an image of you into the program and a 3D face is created - so you could feel like you were actually on the real show. Who Wants To Be a Millionaire, is a great game, and avaliable in many different versions for all family members, with little tweaks I believe that the actuak game could become as good as the cosmetic exterior!
Having found the first edition of this game very enjoyable, I was hoping that the second edition would be full of innovation, with new, exciting features, and an improvement to Chris Tarrant's awful voice. How wrong I was. For those who are unfamiliar to the format of the computer game, it works in exactly the same way as the TV show, with fifteen questions and three lifelines: 50:50, Phone A Friend (a computer generated person who usually gets the question right for you), and Ask The Audience (a computer generated audience who usually get the question right for you). The game has a database of over 1000 questions, which I found did not last very long, especially after receiving the same £500 question five times in a row. Maybe it’s just my bad luck. However, the questions for the second edition are a little harder than those for the first edition. The second edition of the game boasts very few extras, with the addition of a virtual Chris Tarrant (thankfully not actually on the PC version) being the most painfully awful. There is also a feature where the player’s name appears on the cheque - unfortunately, this cannot be printed out and stored for later use. Other extras, such as a new virtual studio and audience which claps when you get a question right, fail to make an impact on the game. The back of the game box still claims that the game features the full music score, but this is incorrect (as it was for the first edition) as many vital elements of the score have been omitted. Three multiplayer modes are available, including Team Play (several people take it in turns to answer questions), Head to Head (try and get more questions right than your opponent) and Fastest Finger First (get the fastest time for putting four things in the right order), although I found none of them particularly appealing. If you have not played either version of the game before, and enjoy watching Who Wants To Be A Millionaire
?, I recommend that you buy it, as the game would keep you occupied for a fairly long time. However, if you already own the first edition, then I would suggest that you save your money for phone calls to get on the show for real. This is my first review on dooyoo, so be kind with the comments!
Who wants to be a millionaire? Well I did and all from the comfort of my own home and I wasn’t nervous at all :) The graphics on this game are really good; every thing looks so real. They have most definitely recreated the atmosphere of the TV show. The set is the same, they play the same sort of music as the show, and best of all they have used Chris Tarrants voice. When you reach each milestone, which are 1000 pounds, and 32,000 you are shown a virtual cheque with that amount on it. All the questions are actually written by the question masters of the real show, which I think is pretty good. There are 1000 different questions. I have played it many times and i have never come across the same question twice so its not easy. You can choose to either play the game alone or compete against friends (up to 4 people). When you play against friends you can try your luck at the fastest finger first which i am hopeless at. Or you can go head to head, first one to 1 million, or you can also play in teams. It includes all the familiar features of the TV show such as: Phone-A-Friend Ask The Audience 50:50 When you phone a friend you actually hear someone’s voice trying to help you, but be warned they are not always right, just like in the show. The same goes when you ask the audience, they may be wrong. You can check your high score on its own high score tables. I suppose the only snag is there’s no Chris Tarrant there to egg you on and you don’t win any real money, but its still great fun to play, well worth running out right now to buy it. Well what are you waiting for:)
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire by Eidos Interactive is basically the TV show brought to your PC. Hard as I find it to believe anyone has managed to escape the hype and the premise of the show, I’ll explain (briefly)... you simply have to answer 15 consecutive questions in order to win a million pounds. These questions are multiple choice, and you have four possible answers for each. You have several options for game play. The standard one player game in which you attempt to answer the 15 questions yourself (closest option the the TV show), and then the following that allow for more than one player to participate in a game... • Fastest Finger Up to four people can compete in this to see who goes through to the main game. Each contender picks a key on the keyboard that acts as their buzzer. A question is shown and the answers are flashed up in a random order. When you see the answers listed in the correct order you buzz in. Once everyone has buzzed, the person who got the correct combination in the shortest time goes on to play the game. If no one gets the right combination , the answers are randomly shown again until someone gets it right. • Team Game This option allows multiple players, again up to four, to work as a team. The questions are simply offered to each player in turn. The rules don’t really state whether conferring is allowed although there’s no-one to stop you anyway. • Head to Head In this game once again a maximum of four players can participate. Each player is given a £100 question and then all who correctly answer go on the the £200 question and so on. If several players dip out at the same level, the one who has used least lifelines is classed as the winner. As with the television production, you have 3 lifelines to be used at your discretion during the course of your 15 questions to reach the million. These are... •
50:50 Two of the incorrect answers are taken away to leave you with just two options - the right answer and the wrong answer. • Ask The Audience This allows you to see the results generated from a poll of one hundred people picked randomly to answer the given question. • Phone-A-Friend This differs from the TV show slightly. There are (according to the inlay booklet) 10 phone friends, but you have no control over which one you use. The Phone-A-Friend lifeline randomly selects one to attempt answering your question. You can also, as with the TV show, choose to walk away with your ‘winnings’ at any stage. But if you do it early on be prepared for a rant from Chris Tarrant about it. Onto the game play itself... installation is easy, simply follow the onscreen instructions. Full installation does take a large chunk of drive space though, so it’s best to go for minimum installation and allow what you can to be run from the disc. Once the game has loaded, you are presented with the Main Menu. This consists of ‘Start Game’, ‘Options’, and Quit. The quit button is self explanatory, use it to exit the game (although you are given the chance to change your mind and go back to the main menu). The ‘Options’ button allows you to adjust the volume, and alter the video quality between high and low, or in fact turn it off altogether. Turning it off speeds the game up a little, and to be honest after you’ve seen the video sequences a few times, you’ll just want to skip them and get on with the game anyway. So, once you’ve set your volume and opted for your preferred video quality (off!), it’s back to the Main Menu. Hit the ‘Start’ button and you are firstly asked how many players are taking part. You are then asked to choose the type of game you wish to play (as previously discussed) unless you
opt for one player only in which case you are taken automatically to the next stage. You are asked to enter names for all the players, and if you opt for the team game you’ll be asked for a team name as well as the individual player names. You’re then offered instructions for playing the game. (Chris Tarrant rambles on about stuff that you probably already know. Maybe worth a listen once, if you’re new to the game, but after that, I’d decline). After that, away you go. You can offer answers by clicking the mouse on your choice or by using the corresponding keyboard letter A, B, C, or D. The same applies to using lifelines, click with your mouse or use the F1, F2, or F3 keys. Walk away is the W on your keyboard or a mouse click on the screen. You can pause the game by using the Esc keyboard key. This facility brings up a sub menu allowing you to adjust volume, resume game play, re-start game play with your chosen options/player names still in tact, or return back to the main menu to start afresh or exit. Who Wants To Be A Millionaire on the PC lacks the excitement of the show. In the early stages you just want to answer the questions but Chris Tarrant’s continual running commentary drags it out. Listening to him becomes annoying after a short while and there’s sadly no option to turn him off. (I tend to turn my speakers off but remember to put them back on if using the ‘Phone-A-Friend’ lifeline). The graphic sequences are lacking, for example when you use the ‘Ask the Audience’ lifeline you get a quick view of the ’studio’ but all the seats are empty. As I suggested earlier, turn the graphics off altogether and then you are subjected to less time wasting visuals and the game play is speeded up a little. I think after the hype of the TV programme, the game could never really live up to expectations but despite it’s fault
s, I do enjoy it. I’m probably one of the few people with the game not to have achieved the big £1,000,000 win but there’s only so many questions, and once they start being repeated I’ll have my moment..... if I can remember the answers that is. System Requirements --------------------- Minimum - Windows 95 - Pentium 166 - 16MB RAM - 2MB video card (DX7 compliant) - 70MB hard disk space - DX7 compliant sound card Recommended - Windows 95/98/2000 - DX7 and DXMEDIA installed - PII 266 - 32MB RAM - 4MB video card (DX compliant) - 400MB hard disk space - DX7 compliant sound card Price varies dependant on individual retailers, but online you can purchase it for £16.99 (exc p&p) at www.uk.bol.com Well, I hope that covers it all. To close, I’ll leave you with a few useless facts that I noted down during game play... • Out of the 10 random phone friends, I have so far only come across 6... Sarah, Bill, Karen, Debbie, Steve, and Rob - A massive 43% of the ‘audience’ thought that a boarding establishment for cats was a moggery! • In the early rounds you are not always asked ‘Are you sure?‘ so make sure you hit the right button to avoid a rather embarrassing early exit. - 12% of those asked to participate did not know that ‘mole’ is a term often given to someone who is a spy. • Despite entering a player name, the winners cheque which you are shown at the £32,000 mark and above is made out to Player 1, 2, 3 or 4 rather than your chosen screen name. - Out of the ‘audience’ 3% could not correctly identify London as the capital city of England! I should explain that my reasoning for not recommending this game is mainly because there was a new version ’Who W
ants To Be A Millionaire 2nd Edition’ released in late september 2001. Although I don't own the new version it apparently adresses some of the main annoyances of the original - faster pace, better graphics and new questions. So, if you are interested, it’s probably worth getting the new version, available from www.amazon.co.uk for £19.99 (exc p&p).
Last Christmas, when the nation was gripped by "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" fever, I decided that for my little sister's present, I would buy her the computer game. Okay, I bought it for her so that I could play it myself, but I also knew that she would have good fun with it. More importantly, so would I. When you buy a computer game that you are desperate to play two weeks before Christmas, it's pretty hard to resist the temptation and not play it. But, I resisted, and finally, I was able to play it on Christmas day. I installed the game for her and decided that I would have a go myself. Arrogantly expecting to win the million first time, I was convinced I was more intelligent than the morons on TV. I had raced up to £300 when suddenly, a question on art came up and I was embarrasingly eliminated and sent home with nothing after my guess proved fruitless. The game was harder than I thought. Unfortunately, with Who Wants to be a Millionaire, the game is very difficult if you're general knowledge isn't up to scratch, or like me, you're just a little bit stupid. However, it is a quality game if you are in a big group with family or friends and you can have a good time with it. Ultimately, we, as a family, managed to win the virtual million pounds after a great deal of tension and arguing over who was right and who was wrong. In the end though, it was a great thrill to win the million pounds, and suddenly, we were talking of filling out applications to attempt the real thing. The game has a wide variety of questions so you won't have to keep answering the same ones, and has the three normal lifelines. You can play yourself, or you can play head to head with a friend to see who will be the one to be embarrasingly eliminated first. Whatever way you play this game, it is a highly enjoyable one and a game that I'd definetly recommend. If you fancy yourself as a bit of a genuis,
why not prove it by seeing if you are smart enough to win the virtual million.
After waiting with baited breath to play this game I came away with mixed emotions. The thrill of playing in the virtual studio for virtual money is as nerve wracking as watching the program on TV. You have the same options, to phone a friend, 50:50 and ask the audience, with the encouragment and sarcasm of Chris Tarant from this popular quiz game. You can play on your own or with a group of friends. It provides entertainment and excitment, but leaves you with the wish of wanting to turn the virtual money into the real thing! After playing it about 10 times, I was consitently winning the elusive £100,000,000.00 jackpot as all the questions began repeating themselves. What a disappointment. I would have thought that with all the expertise of the question writers they could have come up with more! If you can put up with Chris Tarant's "Is that your final answer?" and want a game to play with a group of people, then this is the game for you. If you want a game to test your knowledge and stretch those grey cells, then it will.... for a short while.
Who wants to be a millionaire? I was at a friend’s house when we started playing ‘Who Want to Be Millionaire?’ it was a great game to play with friends and I really enjoyed playing it. For me the glamour of the TV Quiz show has somewhat subsided, although I was glued to the TV when it was on. The concept for the quiz show and the computer game on PC format is quite simple. Answer 15 questions to win the jackpot of one million pounds. As with the TV quiz shows the questions gets harder and Chris Tarrant gets more infuriating as he waits and waits before he gives you the correct answer. They have transformed this aspect of the TV quiz show really well on to the computer game, so if you thought you got away from Chris ‘annoying’ Tarrant well think again. But, looking from another view it does add that bit more suspense which is not a bad thing. The music is really good eerie and has the suspense tone. The drums beat the questions asked, the effect is dramatic and adds to the enjoyment and realism of the game. Although, one obvious downer to the game is that there is no money!!! You can hit the jackpot, answer all the questions and win nothing. But, you can have the satisfaction of being a computer millionaire and beat your friends. You don’t need money to make a good game……or do you? What I like about this game, is the questions are good, Chris Tarrant going ‘Is this your final answer’. The rules are very similar to the TV quiz shows, you can ask the audience, have a 50-50, or phone a friend, this is where you find out who your real friends are. With over 1000 questions, they'll be enough to go round and make many enjoyable evenings worth of entertainment. You can play the game head to head with a friend or the team game which we played. This is where you answer questions as your turn comes up, but still with only three lives. There is also the TV quiz show where
it’s the one who answers the questions first at the beginning to get to play for the Million. This can be quite frustrating if each time you get left out. But, don’t worry your time will come and you can then take as long as you like. Overall this is a very enjoyable game, good quiz show and perfect for party’s or get together. You can download a demo version of this from the net, so you may wish to try to try that before you buy this game, which I am told costs about £25.
After watching countless showings of who wants to be a millionaire on ITV and then in recent months RTE - I decided to investigate buying a version for my own PC - which I found to my delight without any trouble what so ever. Although a wee bit worried about buying this game I read through some reviews that customers had posted on the site and after reading most of them being in favour for the game I purchased. Five days later it arrived - after sometime working out how to install it correctly and well after 101 different disturbances - i was impressed by what I found to appear on my PC’s screen. This game is wonderfully designed and put together - it is so realistic - the only down side is the fact you can get no real cash from it - but what do you expect. Chris's voice over is brill making the whole so realistic and it even gets it right depending on the question - i expected just a general voice over. The graphics are super and whole thing is so real like - this game is a certain to its makers and producers - they have made a double on the television show. GOOD JOB CHAPS - my family love it so much the CD never cools in my house
uth Park/ the dad out of the Royle Family/whoever on a cup and its value goes up threefold. If you are fanatical about the programme, buy it. It's a faithful recreation of the show. If you aren't, wait until it's in the sale bins, because everyone's repeating Anne Robinson's catchphrases instead.
This game is brilliant to begin with, with the excellent graphics and sounds. But then after a while you start to get the same questions over and over again. What is happening? This makes it easier to get to the million (easier not easy) and because the money is not real (obviously) I tend to guess more because there is nothing to lose (apart from your name on the high score board). Overall I think this game is good but my advice – rent it and don’t buy it – you’ll have all the questions asked in a couple of days. If you like the “who wants to be a millionaire” TV show you’ll love the game. It runs in the exact same style with the 15 questions, 3 lifelines and the most annoying….. Chris Tarrant.
It's a great TV show, but does it translate to a great game? WWTBA Millionaire's simple format becomes glaringly obvious when you play the PC incarnation. You answer questions and you get them right or wrong. Obviously, in this version you don't get to win any money, and therein lies the problem. For the first few games you're totally taken in by the faithful recreation of the TV show's music and on-screen graphics. Chris does his best to make you feel comfortable, and you can fool yourself you're playing for a million. After a few goes, however, you'll probably be shouting at Chris and turning off the video clips. You'll probably find yourself taking bigger risks than you would if you were really in the hot seat. After all, who cares if you lose that £125,000? You can always have another go later. It is great with a few friends around, but then so is Twister. You might be better off with the Soundtrack CD and a BIG book of questions.
This great game has been developed from the popular T.V. show that has asked everyone that now immortal question. Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? The game has the same set up and basic rules as the television show with all the options of 50:50, ask the audience and phone a friend. The only let down is that you do hear all the typical phrases that Chris Tarrant uses but you don?t see him like you were able to in the arcade game. The game also takes a long time to play (although that depends on how far you get). However, this is compensated for by the fantastic graphics and sound effects that create a real tense atmosphere when you are playing the game. When playing a multi player game you can do it different ways. Either Head to Head or Fastest Finger. In Head to Head you just take it turn about to answer the questions but Fastest Finger is a bit more complicated. Instead of placing the answers in the correct order like in the show you are given various chances to press your ?personal button? when the answers appear in the order you think is correct. There is another multiplayer option for times when there is more than four people wanting to play. The Teams option is basically the same as Head to Head except you change go?s once one team has reached a milestone. Perhaps the best part of the game is phoning a friend. It is obvious that the makers of the game (Hothouse) only employed two actors and asked them to put on different accents. Suffice to say the actors are terrible at the accents e.g. the welsh man sound like he?s from India. There are only one thousand odd questions that are held by the program so it doesn?t take long before you get questions being repeated. This is still a great game but you shouldn?t play it by yourself, as you will get bored very quickly. Instead only play it when you have a party or mates over and the appeal will last much longer. If you enjoyed the television programme (and I know millions
of you did) and have a PC or Playstation it would be a crime for you not to own this game it?s that good.
I got brought this game for Christmas, and I was grateful for it. It was one of the first things I played once all the fuse of Christmas had died down. Also having lots of family over, it certainly got its use. It got played and played and played. Everyone loved it and it was so realistic. My mum who despites the game show even had a go. The sound effects and the video clips were spot on. The game features a lot of options and its menu interface is very efficient, and well thought of. You can play with up to 4 players, or just everyone working in a team. The two problems I have with it are: i) The questions are in no way as relativity related to the difficulty in the game show. What I mean is that you would expect it to be consistent in the difficulty of the questions, but you would find a, ‘£500 game show question’, in a ‘£200 computer game’ slot. This doesn’t make the game as realistic, as I have always wondered how I would do on the game show, but it is hard to gauge this, as the computer game isn’t a true representation of the game show. ii) Also more annoyingly is the amount of questions held on the cd. There are only 1000 (yes one thousand), and when you have the family over at Christmas, the questions soon get repeated. The number of questions on the database is nowhere near the standard that it should be to prolong lastability. This really annoyed me as it is now never played, and it is £35 wasted. Cest la Vie!
I think this is an excellent game but it can get quite slow when played on the pc in multi player mode as you have to sit and wait for your turn. If just a single player plays it is much better. You have to answer fifteen questions correctly to reach the one million mark but the questions themselves are either so easy that a child could answer them or totally obscure so that you haven't a chance unless you have seen them before. You start off at £100 and double up until you have £1000. Then you go on uo through £64000 until you eventually hit the million. After several hours of play you get to know the answers to most questions and the game becomes a little bit boring. The person with the best memory always wins if they have played for a few hours before. The graphics are good and its easy to navigate round the game. You just point your mouse and click to select your answer. It's really only suitable for around 12 years old and up as some questions can be too hard for younger children. (But I have seen an intelligent 8 year old play this game quite well!) I don't think this is worth £27.50 which is what I payed for it.