Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
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Weight: 1,698 grams
Average Rating: 2.5 in 4 reviews
Love it, hate it, whatever! Celador has a big hit with Who Wants To Be a Millionaire!! The international phenomenon has been in American homes in forms of a television game show, an interactive game, and a board game since Disney acquired the quiz game in 1999. Regis Philbin & Meredith Viera brings life to the game in both the network and syndicated versions of the popular show. Does not matter if you like the game or not, it is suspenseful and fun than what you'd suspect. The board game brings a lot of elements to the show. I own the game and it is a lot of fun. Now you can sit in the Hot Seat and win the million dollars, just like you would on the show...... that's my final answer.
Let me be blunt. I rock when it comes to trivia. On those occasions that I have watched the TV show, I usually do much better than the contestants. That said, I should be very fond of both the TV show and the board game. I am not.
As far as the TV version, it is all based on the fact that I can't stand Regis Philbin's mannerisms. My wife and I keep track of the number of times he gratuitously mentions a contestant's name. The experience is, at best, painful.
As for the board game, well, it really boils down to being a bunch of trivia questions, many of which are annoyingly easy. The first few levels of questions are essentially 'gimmes' designed to get the player to the first plateau. This cuts down drastically on the amount of genuinely challenging questions. If I am going to play a trivia game, I want to be both entertained and challenged, and this game does neither.
I would recommend [page scan/se=0061/sf=category/fi=stockall.asc/ml=20]Trivial Pursuit over this game. Why settle for hamburger when you can have steak?
On my way to reviewing every game I own I have landed on another game purchased strictly because I was, at one time, addicted to the related television show. Yes, like most of America, I have now grown out of my Millionaire addiction. As a result of that time in my life, though, I still have this trivia game.
As a trivia game it runs the gamut since the early questions are so simple a 2-year-old could answer them, and the later questions are usually so difficult a MENSA member couldn't answer them. The Millionaire board game is filled with disappointing flaws, as follows:
- It is an elimination game, where you have to sit and watch others continue playing when you answer a question wrong or if you decide to take the money and run.
- It lacks the excitement of the gameshow, because your not playing with real money. Who cares if you lose 32 thousand dollars in play money?
- The first few questions are a complete waste of time. Who doesn't know that Jack and Jill went up the hill? Are there people who honestly think they went up the escalator?
- Some trivia game haters will still hate this game, because they may still feel dumb. Wouldn't you feel dumb if every round you only got 1 thousand bucks, and you had to sit around and wait for the other contestants to get 64 thousand?
- The lifeline mechanism assumes that you are playing with very honest people. If the other players wanted to, they could easily lead you astray and cause you to answer incorrectly.
In a nutshell, I would say that this Millionaire game is at about the same level as its counterpart on TV. It deceives you into thinking it's something new and different at first, but after a while you don't really care to see it again. The Millionaire game is for trivia lovers, the few remaining fans of the show, and no one else.
To be frank, I feel like the last reviewer was very generous giving this game a 3. He's right about what he said, though. Half the questions are ridiculously easy. And, like the TV game, if you miss just one question, you are out of the game.
Therefore, the game is neither particularly challenging nor fair. The people who are best at trivia rarely win, because they get overconfident, fail to use their lifelines, and get a question wrong.
If you are out of lifelines and don't know the answer to a question, there is no incentive to stop playing and just take what you've won, because, if you are not in the lead, you will lose if you just take the money you have, and you will lose if you get the question wrong. Therefore people always take the gamble, eliminating any strategy that might exist in the game show.
We played this game three time, then gave it away, because we knew we would never want to play it again.
This fine adaptation of the popular ABC show is your chance to both impersonate Regis and to win big bucks as a contestant, without millions watching and cameras catching your every nervous tic! The goal is to win a million dollars, of course. The 980 increasingly difficult questions cover many topics as you climb the 15-question money ladder. There are also the familiar fifty-fifty, ask the audience, and phone-a-friend lifelines you can use once per game. Everyone gets a chance to be host, reading the questions and the four possible answers aloud. A wrong answer means you're out of the round and collect either nothing, $1,000, or $32,000. But cheer up: You might be the helpful audience or friend for remaining players, so stick with it. Is this game a winner? Yes, Regis--and that's my final answer.