Summary Be a contestant in the popular quiz show. Do you have the knowledge to win a million pounds?
Description Type: Quiz
Platform: PlayStation One
Age: 3 plus
Game Time: 5-40 minutes
Developer or Designer: Celador
Can learn things you didn't know
Fun to be competitive with others
Can't skip cut scenes
Questions can occasionally repeat themselves
Phone a friend is useless
Who Wants to be a Millionaire? was a popular British Quiz show that ran from 1998 - 2014, and was duplicated in many countries around the world. As the name suggests, the show challenged contestants to win £1 million by answering multiple choice questions. This is a far greater amount than any quiz show offers nowadays, where you would be lucky to go away with £1000.
Like all great TV shows, Who Wants to be a Millionaire? was turned into a video game for the PlayStation One. Here players get a chance to win a virtual million pounds. Even in our modern digital world, this is perhaps not quite as enticing as a real physical cheque, but it does provide satisfaction and gloating rights if you do win the top prize.
Who Wants to be a Millionaire? can be either be a played alone or with up to three friends. There are many multiplayer modes, including Fastest Finger (answer the first question correctly quickest to be the contestant), Head to Head (taking it in turns), or Team Game, where you work together to answer the questions.
The game is voiced by Chris Tarrant, the British TV quiz host, and the format is just the same. There are fifteen multiple choice questions that you have to answer correctly to reach £1 million, and three lifelines to help you get there.
The first few questions are always incredibly easy, but then they get tougher and tougher. Your lifelines include, 'Ask the Audience', '50-50' (eliminating two wrong answers) and 'Phone a Friend'. The last of these options is pretty useless as none of the characters who reply ever know the answer and they usually suggest going for the most obviously incorrect choice. The other two can be quite helpful, however.
One thing that can be quite tedious about this game is that you cannot skip the cut scenes, so you have to wait them out each time. They are not long, but there are several of them, and it can become quite irritating.
Another unavoidable downside is that there are not an infinite number of questions. While a large bank of questions are available, eventually you will run out. For an occasional player, this will not be a problem, but if you play regularly, then you might find the same questions cropping up after time.
Who Wants to be a Millionaire? is most enjoyable when played with friends as it brings out a competitive streak in you, as well as a thirst for knowledge and finding out things you did not know.