Family Feud: 2010 Edition
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Family Feud: 2010 Edition, based on the popular television show of the same name, is a fairly blatant example of cross platform merchandising. Like the show, some of the game’s humor has a vaguely mischievous feel, as in one question that asks players to come up with words that could be used to describe both a mattress and a body, and another that requires players to think of sounds over which they have no control. Also, some survey answers may reference alcohol or tobacco (“smoking” and “beer” are among legitimate responses to some survey questions).
What's it about?
If you’ve ever seen the television show, then you’ll know exactly what you’re getting into in FAMILY FEUD: 2010 EDITION. Players select a family, customize its wardrobe and attitude, and then hit the stage to try to come up with the most popular responses to over 1,000 real surveys of 100 people. The formula is nearly identical to that of the game show. Each of the four family members gets a shot at the main podium, buzzing in (by flicking the Wii remote) once they think they have an answer to the current survey question. If they win the buzzer contest they can choose whether they want to try to come up with the rest of the answers themselves or pass the survey over to the other family in hopes that their opponents will fail to name the rest of the most popular responses so that they get a chance to steal all the points by coming up with just one more legitimate answer. After four rounds, the team with the most points moves on to the fast money round, in which players answer the same set of five survey questions with an aim to come up with the most popular answers and win $10,000. Virtual dollars, that is.
Is it any good?
We have one question for Ubisoft: Why no John O’Hurley? He -- along with some of the program’s more outrageous contestants -- infuses the show with personaility and warmth. Without him, it's just about answering survey questions, and the fun of seeing how close you can come to guessing the minds of average Americans has its limits. Plus, coming up with all of a survey’s answers on your own rather than relying on a group of four brains can be challenging -- especially when you need to race the clock to enter each answer.
That said, it's not all bad. The game pretty much nails the look and feel of the show. The set is authentic and the survey questions and answers have a familiar flavor. And thanks to a predictive text entry system (players punch in letters using an onscreen keyboard and the Wii remote’s infrared eye), players can actually respond with whatever answer they like -- just like the show -- rather than selecting from a group of suggestions, which would have been an easier, lazier way to design the game. A bargain price might have tipped the scales in the game’s favor -- especially for show fans -- but its steep $39.99 tag makes it hard to recommend.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about what they get out of games based on TV game shows. Without real money or prizes to be won, what is the objective?
Is it more fun to play games like these with friends or alone? Do you think that the game’s makers have managed to capture the look and feel of the show?