My wife bought this game a few days ago. The two of us have played it several times and, while we think it is a fun game, it does have a number of problems.
The game has four play options available: Home Room, Battle of Wits, Schoolroom Showdown and Three and Out. We have played the first two but haven't tried the last two yet. Home Room is virtually the same as the TV show, so that's the focus of this review.
Although the TV show has only one contestant at a time, in the Video Game up to four players can compete in Home Room. There is no interaction between players; they just answer questions in turns. Each player has his own board of subjects to choose from.
Other ways this game differs from the TV show are that all the questions (except the million dollar question) are either multiple choice or true or false and there is a subject called "Wild Card". Wild card means the subject could be anything. For the million dollar question, a virtual keyboard pops up so that you can type in an answer. Apparently spelling doesn't have to be perfect because I was told my answer was correct even when I put an extra "e" in a word. Also, when you choose a classmate, the game tells you what their two best subjects are.
Other than what I've pointed out above, the game plays just about the same as the TV show. Jeff Foxworthy makes the same sort of comments as he does on the real show. I can only guess that the other reviewers who complained that he is condescending haven't seen the TV show. I found his comments witty and completely within the spirit of the game.
Now, on to the negative points:
We bought this game on New Year's Eve. It is now January 6 and not only have we seen several questions twice, we've actually seen a couple of them for a third time. The box says there are over 5,000 questions, so I'm not sure why they are being recycled already.
The graphics are mediocre. The characters move in awkward manners. Jeff Foxworthy's lips start moving about a second before any sound starts even his speech. The contestants comments are downright corny. Also, there are frequent video glitches where the bottom 40% or so of the screen just turns to static for a moment.
While Jeff Foxworthy's comments are humorous, there are only a few then they just repeat over and over.
As I said, the game tells you each kid's best two subjects, but you cannot see the board when you select them. So, you can't choose a classmate based on what subjects you have left, unless you've got them memorized. Even that doesn't work when you choose your first classmate because the game doesn't always show you the board at all, until after you've chosen him.
The classmates get questions wrong quite often. On the TV show, the kids seem bright and you are usually safe relying on them. The kids in the game must be the rejects. At first I thought that the reason the classmates were often giving wrong answers was because we were not always using them for their best subjects. So, my wife and I started to make sure we only relied on them for their best subjects. Nevertheless, they still failed us at least half the time.
Probably the most important thing about the game is, is it fun or not? And, as I've said, yes, I think it is. While there are more negative points about this game than I would like, especially the fact that these kids are dunces, in my opinion the fun outweighs that. This is a game worth owning, especially if you can get it at a good price.