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Who Wants To Be a Millionaire Kids Edition

Buena Vista Interactive

Ages 8 and up

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

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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.

Educational Value

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:

  1. Who is the host of MTV's "Total Request Live"?
  2. Which of these does the groom usually wear at a wedding?
  3. An egg timer is traditionally filled with what?
  4. According to the song "Bingo", who is the owner of Bingo?
  5. A boat made up of several logs tied together is called a what?
  6. Which of these states is nicknamed the Cornhusker state?
  7. What natural phenomenon usually occurs along fault lines?
  8. In the US, which of these people is directly in charge of the government of a city?
  9. Which of these forms of music was a forerunner to jazz?
  10. Which of these creatures is a bird?
  11. In the 1850s which slave's case for freedom was argued before the US Supreme Court?
  12. Which of these situations is an example of potential energy?
  13. The parents of US Secretary of State Colin Powell emigarated to the US from where?
  14. Which of these words means "harbor waves" in Japanese?
  15. The Ten commandments first appear in what book of the Bible?

Kid Appeal

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.

Ease of Use / Install

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.

Best for... / Bottom-Line

This program will be enjoyed by 8-15 year-olds who like the TV show.

See SuperKids' comparisons with other trivia software titles, and the Buyers Guide for current market prices of the PC and Mac versions.

System Requirements
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 .

Mac: System 8.6 throught OS-X, G3/233 or faster cpu, 200 MB hard drive space, 32MB RAM, Thousands of color display, 24X or faster CD-ROM, .

Reviewed on:
-     Pentium III - 700 running Windows Me, with 128MB RAM and 24x - CD-ROM
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