A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Family Feud is a trivia game for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Google Stadia. The game's safe for anyone old enough to watch the titular TV show. In it, 100 people are surveyed, and people have to guess the most popular answers. Guessing all of them earns you much needed points, while too many bad guesses gives your opponents a chance to earn those points. The game has no objectionable content, but playing it may prompt people to watch the real show.
What's it about?
Inspired by the game show of the same name, FAMILY FEUD has players try to guess how 100 people answered simple survey questions. Guessing the most popular answers earns points for your family, but bad guesses earns you a strike, and you know what happens when you get three of those. While people can play this solo, it -- like the TV show that inspired it -- works best when you play with your family. Or just a group of people in multiplayer matches.
Is it any good?
While it does a good job of recreating the TV show, this trivia contest really only works when you're not alone on the couch. Based on the TV show of the same name, Family Feud has 100 people answering a question, and then you (and maybe your family) trying to guess the most popular answers. Like the show, correct answers earn you points, whjile incorrect ones earn you a strike, and a chance for your opponents to take control. But unlike the show, the family that goes to the final "Fast Money" round is the one who gets to 300 points first, and you don't need to build a sound-proof room in your house for Grandma to go sit in while your Aunt Cookie takes her turn. You also don't yell out your answer, but instead, you type them in using your game controller, though the game does give you best guess options after you've entered a couple letters.
This trivia contest is best played with family members or friends sitting next to you. Things get interesting when this is played with a bunch of people -- assuming they're good sports, understand the game, and yell out funny answers they know you'd never actually use. You and the gang can even play against other families online, or on such streaming services as Twitch and YouTube, when you don't feel like playing against the computer. On your own, though, this can get a bit repetitive and tiresome after a couple games. That's not just because the made-up host, Lucky McCoy, is no Richard Dawson. But for people who enjoy the show, and have a group of like-minded friends and family nearby, Family Feud will have you eagerly chanting, "Survey Says!"
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about promotion. Clearly Family Feud is made for fans of the show, but it's also clearly made to promote the show, so does this bother you? Do you feel like this game is one big ad for the show?
In Family Feud, the on-screen families are good winners and good losers, but do you think this sets a good example for the families playing this game? Does it seem believable?
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