1 vs. 100
The Nintendo DS is the perfect format for
quiz show games and 1 vs. 100 is the latest game to hit this portable
console from developers ECI. Based on the popular game show of the same
name which has spawned international editions from the UK, US and
Although the game show in Australia seems to have gone the way
of the dodo and Eddie McGuire is nowhere in sight, those who enjoyed the
series can now play the title on the DS.
An entertaining game
of trivia that pits you against a group of 100!
Eliminate all the
opponents to win the jackpot of $1 million
Over 1,000 general
knowledge questions including hundreds of Australian and New Zealand
Features the TV
soundtrack and sound effects
available – Trust the Mob, Second Chance and Poll the Mob
Statistics show you how well you are performing and how much you’ve
An exciting and
challenging game for players of all ages
from the Australian TV show shown on 9
Watched by 2.4 million viewers
For those unaware of the
series, it basically involves one person (the player) again a mob of 100
players with the goal of the game to beat the mob. The player and the
mob are given multiple choice questions to answer and as you proceed,
the questions become more and more difficult as members of the mob
eventually get eliminated.
If a member of the mob
chooses an incorrect answer, they are eliminated from the mob and if you
can outlast the mob, you will win $1,000,000. If the mob beats the
player, they will receive a share of their current earnings. As you
proceed, the amount of money that you are playing for gradually
increases until it eventually reaches the $1,000,000 mark.
The game itself is quite
reminiscent of the TV series with the authentic music and even some
voice acting from the show itself with almost a frame by frame
introduction from the original series. The problem with the game is that
it lacks the excitement of the original TV series and the "fun" aspect
seems to be missing. Initially the game is entertaining, however as you
play, it does start to become a little stagnant which may also be why
this series is no longer on TV.
The game also lacks the
incentive of either taking the money or continue playing, however as you
are only playing for binary money, most gamers will probably go for all
or nothing. Even though some of the questions are quite diverse and at
times difficult, 1 vs. 100 unfortunately becomes a standard trivia game
with no real crux.
The game features a multiplayer option that lets the gamer play
against another player, with one player being the "one" and the other
the "mob". Although generally more entertaining than the solo game, this
will also just become another standard trivia game. It's a shame that
developers ECI didn't instigate the "shared" system which would allow
other gamers the ability to play off their friends DS unit.
Graphically, the title
is reminiscent of the TV series and does well at replicating the
atmosphere, sound effects and even the professional voice acting,
however the gameplay unfortunately doesn't clash too well.
If you are a
trivia fan, than 1 vs. 100 is an interesting game with quite a few
diverse questions that range from a variety of genres, however when
compared to Buzz on the PSP, the title is lacking that polished finish.
Even though there are a few mini-games in the title, these seem a little
too forced and contrived and what's even more frustrating is that one
wrong answer sees you at the bottom of the quiz game pit again.