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The Slowest Interface in Gaming
on January 16, 2000
Sure, you think it's cool to play Jeopardy on the PlayStation. And it would be, if the interface for you, the player, were faster than molasses running uphill in the ice age.
The "wheel of death" for entering the answers is the most hideous application of player-game interaction we've ever seen. You must scroll through the "wheel of death" to select the letters one by one; and then the game will eventually fill in the rest of the answer for you. But if it's a long answer, and the game contains other words that begin with the same letters, you're toast.
On the plus side, you don't really have to know how to spell; since the game will finish the answer for you. However, if you can't spell the first part of the answer (even if you REALLY know it) you're toast again.
If you were brave enough to suffer through the "wheel of death" and the idiotic repition of Alex Trebek "Why yes!" responses when you managed to get something right, you will be confronted with the evilest of all portions of the game: Final Jeopardy!
This game was so well thought out for the multi-player mode, that you must look away from the screen while your competitor answers the question. So if your friends cheat, you'll always lose.
Oh, yes, and we can't forget how horrible the pen interface is to write your name as the contestant. You have to hold down the "X" button while using the d-pad to draw. It would've been a bit easier to use the "wheel of death" (the only time we'd thought that, that was for sure).
The categories are also poorly color schemed, so they are difficult to read.
Our advice... Wait for "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" to figure out how you can phone a friend on a cd-rom game and buy that one.