Eidos – Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Junior Edition review

Chris Tarrant for the kids... like Tiswas, really
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Rich people, eh? Who needs ‘em… redistribute the wealth, that’s what we say! At least while we’re still relatively poor anyway. Now there’s an idea for a game show – Who Wants to Live in an Equally Privileged Society Free from the Ties of Materialism and the Shackles of Capitalism? Don’t know if Chris Tarrant could host that one though – his middle aged, conservative-edging-onto-smarmy charm might not be so well received. It’d never work.

Let’s face it, it’s unlikely that you’ll ever be a contestant on the Millionaire TV quiz for real. But should you wish to have a crack at it on the PC, you can experience the taunts of Tarrant yourself, first hand, with the already released computer game. It’s a family game of course, except that many of the questions are way too hard for the youngsters. Which is why Eidos has brought out this new edition with the ‘Junior’ tag.

So what’s different? Well, obviously the biggest change is in the questions, which are considerably easier and targeted at younger age groups. You can expect to be quizzed on recent popular films, boy and girl bands and so forth, although the emphasis is still on educational questions, with a good dollop of “popular” culture thrown in. We’d say the questions are targeted at 10 to 15 year-olds, roughly, although after the magic £32,000 mark they do get notably harder (as they do in the real thing).

Other alterations come in the form of minor tweaks. The Fastest Finger First round has been revamped to make it much more playable when you have all your mates around the PC playing a game. The possible answers now shuffle round on the screen and you have to hit your buzzer as fast as you can when the right combination appears. Very minor touches, such as the Phone A Friend now being a youngster’s voice, and the questions going pink instead of orange when you pick your answer, are also present.

Otherwise it’s identical to the ‘adult’ Millionaire computer game. If your kids are quiz fans, but get frustrated by the difficulty level of the real life program, then this will be a good buy to keep them happy. There are plenty of questions and despite the odd bug (with silly lifelines that lead you totally astray when 95 percent of the audience turns out to be wrong), it’s a well polished version of the TV quiz game.

Company: Eidos

It's pretty much what it says on the box; a new version of the Millionaire game aimed at youngsters. The questions are well targeted and thought up, and it's worth considering a purchase if your young 'uns like the show but can't get to grips with the difficulty of the questions past the thousand pound mark in the standard version.