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Based on "TV's hot quiz show", and hosted by Regis Philbin, Who Wants to be a Millionaire lets kids and their families test their trivia knowledge in an effort to win a virtual million. The game itself is structured much like the television show. Users are asked 15 questions, and given 4 possible answers for each, only one of which is the appropriate response. Correctly answered questions earn ever increasing cash rewards. One incorrect answer, however, brings an immediate end to the game. Three "lifelines" provide advice when stumped: '50/50' eliminates 2 of the 4 possible answers (usually the 2 that are obviously wrong), 'Ask the Audience' provides the answers given by a randomly polled audience, and 'Phone a Friend' initiates a dialog with one of Regis' friends who offers his best guess. None of the above guidance options is foolproof, and sometimes they are more of a hindrance than a help.
Who Wants to be a Millionaire offers a multiple player option, but it truly lasts for one round only. For this "Fastest Finger" round, an ordered list is sought. The first player to ‘buzz in’ when the correct order is flashed on the screen wins the round. He or she then moves on to the "Hot Seat" which is the same as the one player version of the game.
As in the television show, contestants are provided with two 'safe havens' in their quest for the big dollars. Once they reach $1,000 and again at $32,000 they get to keep these amounts, regardless of future success in the game. Additionally, players who have used up all their Lifelines can choose to stop and "Walk Away" with the money value of the level they've most recently completed by hitting the "w" key. A winners screen keeps track of current and all-time highest winnings.
The program's question mix is varied, making it fun for different-aged family members to play together. As one mom reviewer said, "I knew the answers to entertainment questions targeted at Baby Boomers, but some of the history questions were easier for my 12 year-old who had just learned the information in school. Together, we made a great team!"
The graphics content in this program is minimal, making it a good take-along program for laptop users.
PC: Windows 95 or later, Pentium class 133 MHz or faster cpu, 160 MB hard drive space, 32 MB RAM (64 MB RAM recommended), DirectX-compatible video card with 640x480 screen size and 16-bit color display, Quad-speed or faster CD-ROM, 16-bit DirectX-compatible sound card.return to top of page
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