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About the product
- Hear their real voices
- For Windows 95 or newer
- See exclusive video footage of the guys
- Learn new facts about the band
- Use your Fantasy Phone as a game controller too
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If you love *NSYNC, and who doesn't, then you'll love Infogrames' *NSYNC Hotline Fantasy Phone & CD-ROM Game. Play 5 totally *NSYNC games including: Quick Change, Bowling, Make-A-Move, Trivia, & Charity Challenge. Take your Phone with you and get surprise calls Receive secret text messages from the guys Ask them questions in the Answer Hotline game
Despite a few quirks, any die-hard 'N Sync fan will certainly go gaga over the 'N Sync Hotline Fantasy Phone and CD-ROM Game. After all, what young girl wouldn't swoon over Justin Timberlake calling at bedtime to say, "Hi, it's Justin. I just called to say goodnight, sleep tight, and don't let the bedbugs bite"? Yes, this unique combination toy cell phone and interactive game lets you receive virtual calls and special messages from all the 'N Sync boys, as well as play a handful of games featuring none other than Justin, Lance, JC, Joey, and Chris.
The phone itself is the main attraction. After connecting it to the game port on your computer with the included cable, you tell the program your name, then enter your birthday and bedtime, and you'll receive personalized messages at these times. You can also download up to five messages at a time from any of the band members (out of dozens of possible messages from each guy), and you'll get periodic calls from them. Or, if you don't answer the phone right away, the messages will be delivered to your "voice mail" where you can listen to them later. You can also call each member of the band and ask the guys "yes" or "no" questions, à la Magic Eight Ball. If you're exceptionally creative or silly, this can be the most amusing part of the game.
The five games for your PC, on the other hand, are nothing short of strange (or stupid, depending on how you look at it) and anyone will probably quickly tire of playing them. In the bowling game, for example, you send a ball down the lane to hit bowling pins that have the heads of the 'N Sync guys. If you knock them over or land your ball in the gutter, they'll either congratulate you on your skills or make fun of you. We found it nearly impossible to knock over all the pins, and quickly irritating, no matter how dreamy we thought a mini Justin-headed bowling pin was. And, though not necessary, you can use the phone as a controller for all the games while it's connected to the computer. However, after fumbling around with the controls, we found it much easier to just use the keyboard and mouse.
The best of the pack is the trivia game, which is pretty cut-and-dry. The game asks questions about the members of the band, and you have to guess what Joey's favorite color is or which guy likes French fries. Some of the trivia is pretty juicy, and some just plain weird. The only reward for completing these games is a new message from the guys that you can download to your phone.
But, being forgiving 'N Sync fans ourselves, we found the phone to be pretty cool, generally entertaining, and something we consistently want to show off to our friends. (Ages 8 and older) --Ara Jane Olufson
Top Customer Reviews
Charity Challenge- I didn't like this to much. It just wasn't that fun.
Trivia- This was hard for me since I am not an nsync fan. Really big nsync fans will have no problem on this though.
Bowling- This was pretty cool. I love to bowl so this was pretty cool to have on this game. The guy's heads are drawn on to five of the pins and they talk every now and then. Very cool!
Quick change- I kinda like this. It was pretty fun but each guy has the same outfits. They should have given each guy their own clothing.
Make a Move- My fave. I think I like this one because I like rytym/dance games. This was kinda like a dance game in a way.
So there you have it, my review. Very great for some nsync fun!!
Here are the pros:
Here *NSYNC call You at bedtime, and throughout the day
Listen to their crazy comments in their bowling game
Help dress your favorite *NSYNCER
Prove to *NSYNC you know their facts. If you make a mistake they may respond. Those that know it all may impress them to say a few phrases!
If you can win the most difficult levels you'll see the group recording lines in the game, and more. This is the best aspect of this game, making it something worth having!
Here are the cons:
This game could be improved on. If you don't have the special sound card, you'll have to purchase it. This can be frustrating. I had to wait days, before I could play, because of it.
The navigation, and games are complex. Younger kids may tire fast.
The toy phone is flimsy, and the back pannel hiding the battery falls off, and broke completely within less than a week!
As stated by my 10-year-old daughter, "This is DUMB!".