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If you want a quick fix of Deal or No Deal on the go and you can overlook the dodgy graphics, the limited amount of Noel's speech and the fact it's just one five-minute game with some padding with the 'find the mug in the box' and Forfeit mode sections, then you'll enjoy this.
However, with the main game having almost no personality to it, and all things considered with the whole game feeling very lifeless and devoid of excitement, there really can be no response other than “thank you, but no deal” for those even contemplating getting their hands on this title.
This game never should have come into existence to begin with. Deal or No Deal is not a game show that translates well to video game form. But hey, since Gravity-I went ahead and made it, they could have at least bothered to make it work. At least then Deal or No Deal would be a boring, pointless, annoying game. Instead, it's a boring, pointless, annoying game that is fundamentally broken and thus rendered completely absurd, much like Howie Mandel himself. To top it off, the game isn't even budget priced, making it an even worse deal.
A $30 game about winning fake money by picking random numbers is awful to begin with, but a completely broken version of said game is another story altogether.
The Review Busters
There is nothing good about this game if you are looking for a clone of the hit game show. If you have a brain then you can win all the time at this game, just guess and check the first time and then turn it off. Once you power up the game again the game starts from square one. Thank you guys for bringing out a game that is lacking in everything, I’ll make sure to use this as a drink coaster. Hopefully my drink will break this damn game.
In summary, Mindscape have succeeded in turning a mildly compulsive TV game show into the most mind-numbing cash-in title I've ever had the misfortune of experiencing. If you've got a close friend or relative who loves the show, and you don't particularly like them much, buy them Deal or No Deal for their DS, and bask in their resentful animosity for the rest of your days.
When you’ve gone through it once, you’ve seen everything there is to see. The visuals are drab at the best of times; the soundtrack while authentic to the show has a horrible tint quality to it. This may be because of the DS’s poor quality speakers, but I like to think it’s the game’s fault somehow (it makes me feel a little better). You’re ultimately paying good hard cash for a game that can be played for free on the Internet, and for imaginary money, too. You lose if you buy Deal or No Deal, no matter how many times the game may say otherwise.