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Fun game but graphics could be better.
on January 24, 2009
Playing Deal or No Deal on your Wii is like watching the TV show in many ways, but less exciting in others. A good part of the excitement on the show is the different personalities and Howie's comments to the people and all the silliness. The voice of Howie Mandel is real in the game, but there's no way to have the interaction and the give and take that you have on the show. That said, if you were playing the game with other people in the room watching in 1 player mode, or playing one of the custom games with up to 5 players, the conversation on your end might supply the party atmosphere that you see on the show.
Everything is otherwise much like it is on the show, with the audience, the banker, etc. and you can play with your Mii which I thought was kind of a nice touch. The one thing I was not impressed with is the graphics. Howie looks similar to the real Howie, but there are lots of ragged edges to the graphics. They should be smooth. I'm playing on a big screen TV and using component cables, but the graphics were rough enough that I went back to check my settings to make sure that I had it set to 480p instead of 480i. For me, graphics in a Wii game don't have to be fancy, but the ragged edges are distracting. Maybe on a smaller screen it would be less noticeable. I posted some photos under the customer images, but it's kind of hard to see since they reduce the size here, but have a look anyway.
There are several options in the custom games that can be played with up to 5 players. There's a Special Event where you can have from 2 to 13 $1,000,0000 cases. There are also challenges in the 1 player mode like the Variety Ladder where your play one game of each special event type and try to win as much as you can, or Risky Business where you have to win increasingly larger amounts to keep playing. In the Banker's Challenge you play 3 games in a row against computer opponents where the first game is against one, the second against 2 and the third against 3. Again, you try to win as much as possible.
There are some mini games included such as Sharpshooter where you shoot the cases, Blackjack which plays like the card game but instead of 21 you're playing to $2,100 and instead of cards, you're dealt cases. There's also a Marathon that has you playing each mini-game in random order, trying to score as much cash as you can. It's probably good that they have the mini-games since playing Deal or No Deal would get boring after a while.
All in all, I think for the price it's a reasonably good game except I wish the graphics were more smoothly rendered. I think it would be a good game at a party, even with only one player at a time because the interaction would make it more like the TV show. If you like Deal or No Deal on TV you'll probably like this game.