|System: Wii (WiiWare)||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Gameloft||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Gameloft / Nintendo||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: May 12, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-4||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Each show runs in groupings of three, six, or nine rounds, and the top two finalists will face off at the end to determine the winner. The numerous questions are culled from a range of categories including geography, sports, music and entertainment, current events, pop culture, science, history, and math. It's fortunate the difficulty can be adjusted between three settings, because the normal difficult is ridiculously easy. The king difficulty setting is more reasonable, and cranking the difficulty to genius offers a good, solid challenge. An additional mode, quiz attack, lets a single player run a gauntlet of questions to test their knowledge. The goal is to get as far as you can without missing a question. It's a little too unforgiving to really be much fun since the game ends the first time you mess up.
For the most part, the main portion of TV Show King is a solid game show experience. However, a few design flaws limit the game's appeal as a multiplayer endeavor. The biggest problem is players don't have to buzz in before selecting their answer. Everyone must select from the four possible choices simultaneously, so you can see each player's answer. This can quickly spoil the fun when human opponents are quicker to the draw at reading the question and figuring out the correct answer. You essentially have to force yourself to ignore what the other players are doing.
If you've got four Wii Remotes handy, up to four people can play simultaneously. This is easily the preferred way to play the game. When there are less than four human players in the game, the other roles will be controlled by the lame A.I., which tends to pick wrong answers incessantly. The computer also has a knack for spinning big consecutive wins on the wheel. On the other hand, the heavy use of Miis is a welcome addition to the game since they bring a lot of charm with their silent emoting and silly antics.
For 1,000 Wii Points, TV Show King feels about right in terms of content. There are truly good trivia questions to be found on harder levels, even if the default difficulty treats you like an imbecile. Game show fans will easily get a kick out of the quirky gameplay, and it's definitely worth playing with a group of people who share an appreciation for the genre.
CCC Staff Contributor