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Family Feud (DOS)

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Written by  :  Condemned (70)
Written on  :  Dec 19, 2009
Platform  :  DOS
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Summary

Old-school game show

The Good

Just like the TV show, it can be challenging and fun if you're in the mood to put thought into the questions. It's just a straight-forward representation of the usual program.

The only fun thing about this particular version of FF is the nostalgia of playing an old game, in particular, one that I remember from my childhood.

The Bad

Like just about any text-input game of this era, the results are hit-and-miss. Whereas the real TV game will cut the contestants a little slack in their answers, this game is not quite as lenient. For instance, I was asked this question during the Fast Money round: "Name something with a red light on it", and I typed "Stoplight". Wrong, zero points. With my second contestant, I answered "Traffic light" and received points. Kind of sucks when you're trapped into answering in only one way, though stoplight and traffic light mean the same thing!

When conducting the face-offs, it benefits the player most to buzz in as quickly as possible before even reading the question. To some extent, this is like the real show - it's more about being fast and then thinking later. But, it could be seen as a negative and perhaps not completely realistic.

This game came out in the late 80's, so over twenty years ago at the time of this review. A lot changes in twenty years, so some of the answers can appear quaint and outdated! That might pose an extra challenge to the modern game player.

The Bottom Line

If you're looking for a fun game show to play on your computer, you're probably going to look elsewhere - at other, more modern stuff. This version is most fun as a fond look back in time.