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Buzz! The Mega Quiz

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Smart and sassy quiz show ideal for older kids.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Fosters a friendly, competitive environment among players. However, the host has a penchant for shaming poorly performing contestants, and the occasional pie is thrown.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

The personalities of the host and hostess are saucy, but never too spicy.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The corny game show vibe makes it feel commercial, but save for the Buzz! brand, which has been used for a series of quiz video games that has been available overseas for a couple of years, it seems free of advertising.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Infrequently and vaguely referenced.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this game draws inspiration from television quiz shows and that, much like watching an episode of Jeopardy, you may learn a thing or two while playing. However, unlike Jeopardy's charming Alex Trebek, this host issues playful verbal assaults at trailing contestants. However, so long as players have a thick skin for insults hurled by a cheesy video game character, there is little here to offend. The difficulty of the questions puts the age at 10 and up.

What's it about?

BUZZ! THE MEGA QUIZ, a trivia game for the PlayStation 2, comes bundled with four large-buttoned, wired controllers and features enough original questions for about 50 one-hour games.

Each game is composed of several short trivia rounds. Some rounds favor accuracy over speed, while others require a quick buzzer thumb. There are times when players simply need to answer questions about movies, sports, history, and science, and other times when they participate in more unconventional competitions, like figuring out the identity of an obscured image or throwing pies into the faces of other contestants.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Unlike other quiz show video games, Buzz! The Mega Quiz is so fast-paced and eclectic that it takes a long time for it to begin feeling old. You can cut rounds you don't like from the roster and adjust the number of questions asked. You can adjust their difficulty of the questions (though even at the easiest setting we don't recommend the game for kids younger than 10). With a memory card, the game will track which of its 5,000 questions have already been used, ensuring few if any repeats over dozens of competitions.

The surprisingly droll, English-accented host lobs brief, perfectly timed, and eerily accurate jibes at poorly performing players. The only problem is the final round, which lets distantly trailing players catch up to the leader in a matter of seconds if they answer just a couple of questions quickly and correctly. That may be noble, but it can be aggravating to those out front who may have just spent an hour working to build up a significant lead.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the difference between trivial knowledge and wisdom, and how one doesn't necessarily lead to the other. Are you afraid to play trivia games because you fear others will judge you based on your performance? Do you feel as though you are stronger in some of the game's categories and challenges than others?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 2
Price:$39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Sony Computer Entertainment
Release date:November 1, 2007
Genre:Party
ESRB rating:E10+ for Alcohol and Tobacco Reference, Comic Mischief, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Mild Violence

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Kid, 11 years old August 23, 2010

A great but also very hard

It is really fun but quite hard, too. Some of the questions are really difficult and challenging .
Kid, 11 years old June 22, 2011

outstanding game

it is the best game .we learn more our general knowledge increases
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Educational value
Kid, 9 years old April 9, 2008

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