A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What 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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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.
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