I fancied this one, I really did. I love quizzes, Iâ€™m always bragging how I am the brains of the house and a chance to settle the score via BBQ Games new Avatar QuizCall seemed a good way to spend a night in.
Shame then that I was bored just 10 minutes in.
A warning before you play (and you should only play if you have nothing else to do like darn the strap on the handbag that snapped last year, paint the garden shed etc), go straight to options and turn the music right down or it will be trapped in your head and you wonâ€™t sleep soundly ever again. Repetitive and cheesy mid-morning channel 5 gameshow melody off and prepare yourself for, well, not much. No fanfares or flashy introduction, no tutorial, some monotonous applause and more of the same bad music then a plain voice asks, â€œWhatâ€™s the first question Bob?â€ I presume, as he wasnâ€™t introduced, the guy sharing the stage in the glasses with the blond hair is our mute host Bob and not some random Avatar QuizCall contestant who came last place in â€œBuzz: The Big Quizâ€ and whose punishment is to play this game forever.
Each question comes up in a â€œWho Wants To Be A Millionaireâ€ style box at the bottom of the screen and you choose the right button for the right answer. Thereâ€™s a countdown clock, which determines how many points you get if youâ€™re correct and chances are you wonâ€™t get 100% unless you know both your American and English history / sports and the career of Weird Al Yankovicâ€“ a deliberate move by BBQ Games to keep you playing and reaching for that elusive top spot I wonder? Good to note that on their website, BBQ are inviting people to submit topics for questions as will keep updating their database and providing new questions free of charge!
The points are totted up (you donâ€™t loose points for being wrong) and you get to see your name at the top of the leader board then itâ€™s over â€“ simple, quick but perhaps just a little bit dull. Answering lots of questions is not enough for this to be really fun or to sustain my attention for long though I can see potential here. A bit more showbiz glitz, more colour, some different music, a peppy voiceover man, a greater focus on the Avatars looking elated or crushed as they try and answer their way to the top and this game could do well.
At only 80 Microsoft points this game wonâ€™t break the bank and thankfully you can choose the length of the game (5 questions, 10 questions and so on – or if youâ€™re a total quiz addict, a mighty 40 questions), plus you can play up to four players and lets face facts; itâ€™s always satisfying to know you are cleverer than your family and friends â€“ just make sure you select a â€˜smugâ€™ smile for your Avatar if you win.