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Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Second Edition successfully duplicates the popular television game show complete with long pauses and brash commentary by Regis Philbin. Slick views of two empty seats, a check with your name written on it, the same recognizable television screen design players are probably familiar with, commandeer your computer screen. Content presented is totally consistent with the television show. The player is asked a question by Regis and then given four multiple choice answers. The player is given thirty seconds to select the correct answer. Three "lifelines" are available: the 50:50 (two incorrect choices are removed), the phone (someone's 'knowledgeable' friend is called and gives his best guess and the audience [the audience is asked to vote for the correct answer and the results are displayed). Same music, same applause, same motif. The only thing missing are those slick ties Regis wears!
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Second Edition has a single player or multiple player option. Multiple players compete in the 'Fastest Finger' race by correctly arranging a group of items first to see who goes to the Hot Seat (plays the game). This program runs much like the TV show.
This is wholesome family entertainment or a good group activity for kids. Although educational in a general way, teachers may not find it specific enough for classroom use on a routine basis. Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Second Edition could be used to constructively occupy a group of students who have some free time. It is too bad there isn't an option allowing you to increase or decrease the time allotted to answering the questions. Many questions stir a player's curiosity. Giving them more time to look it up might encourage even more learning and interaction. One 12 year old tester was most insulted by the 30 second limit. "They don't do that on the TV show!"
PC: Windows 95 or later, Pentium class 133 MHz or faster cpu, 200 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 Windows-compatible mouse and keyboard.return to top of page
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