TV Show King Review
TV Show King box art
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.

TV Show King screenshot

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.

Advertisement

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.

By Nathan Meunier
CCC Staff Contributor

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.4
Graphics
A little scary, a little fun, and lots of color.
3.5
Control
Controls work well.
3.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
It's pretty much cliché and irritating all the way around.
3.4

Play Value
Trivia fans will find its well worth more than a few rounds of play.

3.4
Overall Rating - Fair
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Trivia game show fun for up to four players.
  • Play as your own Miis.
  • Quiz attack solo mode.
  • Track your earnings with the top 10 ranking.


  • Screenshots / Images
    TV Show King screenshot - click to enlarge TV Show King screenshot - click to enlarge TV Show King screenshot - click to enlarge TV Show King screenshot - click to enlarge TV Show King screenshot - click to enlarge TV Show King screenshot - click to enlarge TV Show King screenshot - click to enlarge TV Show King screenshot - click to enlarge

    X
    "Like" CheatCC on Facebook