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ESPN's Two Minute Drill

ESPN Interactive

Ages 14+

Rating Scale
5 = great,    1 = poor
Educational Value
2.0
Kid Appeal
3.0
Ease of Use
5.0

ESPN's Two Minute Drill Screen Shot System Requirements

PC / Mac Price Survey

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ESPN's 2 minute Drill  is modeled after the television sports quiz show by the same name. The game is divided into 3 distinct rounds. Round 1 has four experts who represent different categories of questions relating to a specific topic - Tightends, MVPs, Kentucky Basketball, All in the Family, to name but a few...The host, Kenny Mayne, has a bland, less caustic style than Regis of Who Wants to be a Millionaire fame. Wrong answers do evoke a dry wisecrack though. Players must select the correct multiple choice answer (or they can pass) to earn a point. If a wrong answer is given then the user must move to a different topic.  Bonus points are earned by answering all the questions in one category.   A small countdown clock grants 2 minutes to answer as many correct questions as possible before proceeding to Round 2.  (Note - this is a fast-paced game!).

In Round 2, questions automatically appear. They cover random sports topics presented in a multiple-choice format.   Again 2 minutes are allotted to score as many points as possible.   The final round allows the user to choose a field of interest.   Players must answer a 3-part question based on a trivia fact which appears on the screen.   One must type in the correct answer - no multiple-choice guesswork permitted here.   If you are savvy enough to wade through the 3 questions correctly your score will double.  

Educational Value
Like Who Wants to be a Millionaire-Sports Edition, ESPN's 2 minute Drill  is a multiple-guess, sports trivia game.   It does not instruct other than confirm the correct answer. Educational value is minimal.

Kid Appeal
This game is not geared for kids or teenagers.   It is far too difficult! Players who might find this program amusing are among a select handful of sports fanatics who are addicted to watching a vast array of sports, and who do not do so mindlessly.   It is best played by groups of adults who consider themselves extremely conversant, since the questions tend to be very specific. ESPN's 2 minute Drill makes Who Wants to be a Millionaire-Sports Edition look easy.   Every teenager who tried this in our review session found it tough and frustrating.   They simply did not have the history and depth of sports background needed to even modestly succeed at this game.   The highest score of one teenage test group after one hour of play was 9 (guesswork averaged approximately 98%) - fairly pathetic. Let's just say they couldn't keep the ball in play long enough to be in the running.

Ease of Use / Install
On our Windows ME test machine, the installation took approximately 5 minutes. Navigation through the program was trouble-free without looking at the written instructions.   A mini-tutorial shows how to play the game, but it is so straightforward that users should not need to refer to it.

Best for... / Bottom-Line
Sports newscasters, anyone on the staff of Sports Illustrated, professional sports players, the husband/boyfriend who sits in front of the TV all day Saturday and Sunday watching sports... OK, maybe we are being a little too harsh. Maybe it would be a good bonding experience for a college or pro athletics team. Perhaps an elite group of hardcore adult sports enthusiasts will appreciate the challenge of this sports version of trivial pursuit.

See SuperKids' Buyers Guide for current market prices of the PC and Mac versions.

System Requirements
PC: Windows 95/98/Me, Pentium 166 or faster cpu, 50MB hard drive space, 32MB RAM or more, 16-bit color DirectX-compatible 2MB video card, 8X or faster CD-ROM, 16-bit color DirectX-compatible 2MB video card .

Mac: System 8.6 through 9, G3 or faster cpu, 50MB hard drive space, 32MB RAM or more, Thousands of colors video display, 24X CD-ROM .

Reviewed on:

  • PentiumIII 600 with 128MB and 24xCD
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