Who Wants to be a Millionaire

 
Brainy game show, but the excitement was left behind.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

Some of the questions posed have answers that refer to violent incidents, such as historical murder cases.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

The word "damn" or "hell" may appear in a quote in some of the questions or answers.

Consumerism

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.

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. 

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What's it about?

WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE is a video-game representation of the television quiz show in which players answer multiple-choice questions to work up a tree of dollar values, with the questions getting progressively more difficult as the game moves on. A wrong answer in the single-player mode ends the game; in the multiplayer mode, incorrect players slip back a slot on the dollar tree and the overall winner in the 15-question tournament is the one with the highest score at the end. Up to four players can participate in the multiplayer game, but a Wii remote is needed for each player. The questions cover a wide base of information, from info learned in school to trivia picked up from pop culture. There is some character customization available, and on the harder questions, players can get assistance from three types of lifelines (phone an in-game pre-selected character, ask the audience, or X2 -- which allows two guesses).

Is it any good?

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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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how trivia learned from can be a benefit in other areas of life.

  • Parents can children can play competitively against one another. Is a little competition healthy for a family? Does your family have rules to keep the competition friendly?

  • A discussion can be held about the value of money and how games could affect a player's ideas and perceptions about money.

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii
Price:$24.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:UbiSoft
Release date:October 4, 2010
Genre:Party
ESRB rating:E for Alcohol Reference, Mild Language, Violent References (Nintendo Wii)

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Kid, 9 years old April 4, 2011
age 12+
 

I love it

Unlike the TV show.Questions don't contain swaer words.But this game contains words like d**n or h**l.
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Too much swearing
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