Generation: Gamerz TV Show King - Wii Ware Review

Posted by Thomas CigDangle Balistreri, Dec 31, 2008 06:00

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Let me preface this review by saying I love trivia games.  Although I'm no Wayne "The Brain" McClain, I am often the guy no one wants to play with.  It's either that or I play by myself against a room full of friends and family.  I'm not touting my intelligence, but I will say my brain is full of useless knowledge, which is why I was excited to play TV Show King.

Gameplay: 65%
TV Show King - 05 Simply, TV Show King is a trivia game in a TV game show setting.  Select one to four players, and compete against the AI or your friends answering questions in a variety of categories.  The game displays questions and four possible answers at the bottom of the screen.  Think: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

In between rounds of play, players have the option of spinning a large wheel (Think: Wheel of Fortune, not The Price is Right) where they can win, loose, take, or swap money with fellow players.  At the end of the rounds, the two players with the highest totals face off.  The first contestant to answer five questions correctly, wins the game.  While the game can be played with just oneTV Show King - 01 player, like most trivia-based games, the real appeal lies in playing with a handful of friends.

Sporting 3,000 questions, I was fortunate to only have the game repeat a question once in play, but considering this is a possibility, it's only a matter of time before this becomes an issue.  If the game had a way to track questions, it would be a much better gameplay experience.  Also, 3,000 questions simply isn't enough to keep me coming back.  A night of playing could easily burn through a few hundred questions.

Sound: 55%TV Show King - 04
This is the only area of the game that left me feeling empty.  The music and sound effects are great for a game of this type.  Everything about it made me feel as if I was on a game show, including the voice of the host.  I was so pleased with what I was hearing that when the first question was finally displayed, I was really disappointed.  While I never have a problem doing a little reading in a game (Heck, I've played Mass Effect), when I found the host would not be reading any of the questions, my immersion into the game ended.  No longer did I feel I was on a sound stage somewhere in Burbank; I was in my living room again.

TV Show King - 03Graphics:  80%
While the graphics are not spectacular, they are what I might expect of any Wii title.  They aren't exactly crisp, but they are more than adequate with a syle perfectly suited to a game show experience.  The graphics work surprisingly well at varying sizes.  The first time I played the game, I was sitting 12 feet from a 27-inch TV and had no problem reading the questions or answers.  Conversely, when I connected my Wii back up to my 46-inch, it looked just as good.

Controls: 80%
The controls couldn't be more simple.  Use the Wii Remote, point at the answer and click.  That's it nothing tricky.  It is a trivia game after all.  When spinning the bonus wheel, it took me a second turn at the wheel to really get the hang of it, but it was easy.  In one round, I had to scratch away at the screen, to reveal the answer area.  Again the controls were simple, and intuitive.

Summary:  70%
TV Show King is a solid, good looking trivia game, only enhanced by the multiplayer experience.  The addition of more questions and having the host read the questions could make this good game into great.  Regardless, TV Show King is more than worth the 1,000 Wii points.  It will turn a boring night hanging around the house into a trivial good time.

TV Show King is rated E and is available in the Wii Ware section of the Wii Shop Channel for 1000 points.

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