A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
While other "quiz show" games play off a fastest-finger type of gameplay, Who Wants to be a Millionaire allows every player, in the multiplayer mode, the chance to answer the multi-choice questions. This is about knowledge, not who has the quickest reflexes.
Positive Role Models
When using the "Phone a Friend" option, a character pops up on the screen who is generally knowledgeable and polite. Because the video game is based on the television show, it maintains a level of polish and professionalism throughout.
Ease of Play
The Wii controller is used in a point-and-click style in single player mode, while the control pad is used for the multiplayer answers. It is very easy to understand and play.
Violence & Scariness
Some of the questions posed have answers that refer to violent incidents, such as historical murder cases.
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The word "damn" or "hell" may appear in a quote in some of the questions or answers.
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Products & Purchases
The game ties in to the television show of the same name. However, the game doesn't feature any overt advertising of the TV series.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some of the answers make references to alcohol or tobacco products.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Who Wants to Be a Millionaire tests players' knowledge across a broad spectrum of topics, and that some of those areas may be beyond the scope of younger players. This is a game show in which players answer questions correctly and win money; the inference is that players gamble on their knowledge base. There is also a time limit (although it is generous) in which an answer can be given, and the difficulty ramps up as the dollar values increase.
Is It Any Good?
There is a sense of excitement in the Who Wants to be a Millionaire television show that is just lacking in the video game. There are only two game modes -- singleplayer and head-to-head multiplayer -- and the lack of variety bogs the game down a bit. The questions can be real brain teasers, though, and Millionaire bears more in common with board games like Trivial Pursuit than it does with other video games like Buzz.
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