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Beginning with the familiar, adrenaline-inducing musical riff, and Regis' pointing finger, Who Wants to be a Millionaire Kids Edition gets right to the point. Players sign in, select single or dual player, and start answering -- or attempting to answer -- a broad variety of questions.
As in the other computer versions of this TV game show, players attempt to answer 15 written questions correctly without making a mistake. Players are given 30 seconds per question. When stumped, players can use up to three 'lifelines' for assistance: 50/50, phone-a-friend (with 8 simulated kids), or ask the audience.
Who Wants to be a Millionaire Kids Edition challenges its users to recall random facts they may have studied. Here in the kids version of the program, the questions focus on topics younger users have a better chance of having encountered. Where the topics are of educational interest or value, parents with good memories may be of some help. But when the topics move to kid-oriented music or TV shows, adults beware! For example, here are the questions from one round that our team collectively answered to reach the million dollar pinnacle:
Kid Edition is a definite winner with kids who like the TV show. It uses questions that are within their realm of knowledge, and captures the time-pressure atmosphere of the show. Our young reviewers returned to the program without prompting over a two-week period, and enjoyed using it with friends.
Who Wants to be a Millionaire Kids Edition installed easily on our Windows ME test machine. Program navigation is completely intuitive after listening to the brief onscreeen instructions.
This program will be enjoyed by 8-15 year-olds who like the TV show.
PC: Windows 95/98/Me/XP, Pentium class 200Mhz or faster cpu, 200 MB hard drive space, 32 MB RAM, 16-bit DirectX-compatible video display, 4X or faster CD-ROM, 16-bit DirectX-compatible sound card .return to top of page
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