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Family Feud: 2010 Edition

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Emulates the TV show but lacks substance and is overpriced.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The objective is to win virtual money while trying to think like the masses, guessing the results of survey questions. It suggests that appearing on a television game show would be fun.

Positive role models

The families players assume control of seem happy. Players have limited control over their reactions. They can set whether their team tends to smile or sneer, but it has almost no noticeable effect on their animations.

Ease of play

There are no in-game tutorials or instructions, save a couple of animations showing Wii remote movements. It’s pretty self-explanatory and intuitive, but it would have been nice to at least have been provided an onscreen description of the specific differences between, say, single-player and party mode.The game supports use of 2 Wii remotes.

Violence & scariness

Not an issue.

Language

Players can enter any word they like as a potential survey response using onscreen keyboard. However, as none of the popular answers contain curses, profane responses will always be wrong. That said, some answers may include words like “burping,” “bottom,” or “flatulence.”

Consumerism

This game is a direct spinoff of the long-running game show. Blatant merchandising.

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).

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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?

QUALITY

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?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, Windows
Price:$39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:UbiSoft
Release date:September 29, 2009
Genre:Party
ESRB rating:E for Alcohol and Tobacco Reference, Comic Mischief, Mild Suggestive Themes

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