StephenJ, on Tue Sep 4, 2012 3:53 PM, said:
This one is really bad...in every way!
This one has a very cheep feel to it...super light-weight plastic, flimsy buttons and controls.
However, surprisingly, the graphics are pretty good (for a PnP), and the menus and game interfaces are easy enough for my Mother-in-Law to navigate.
Bottom-line...She likes it!!...Success!!
It makes me happy to have found an enjoyable diversion for her. She spends most of her time tending to my sickly Father-in-Law.
Heh, yeah, it really is a crap-shoot with the generics. One is awful, while another is okay. I'm glad you managed to find one that was the latter.
Regarding Jakks Pacific's World Poker Tour system, another plus about it is that it (originally, anyway) came with a DVD that gave a tutorial or something on the form of poker used in the game (Texas Hold'em?). So, even if she's unfamiliar with that form of the game, there's a bit of help available.
StephenJ, on Tue Sep 4, 2012 4:33 PM, said:
Chuck D. Head,
Excellent idea. I know she likes the Price is Right. Maybe after the Poker game.
Indeed, that was a good idea. The The Price Is Right
system was discussed here a few years ago, and it got good reviews. It has the voices of Drew Carey and Rich Fields in it (the contemporary console renditions of the show didn't) and supports up to 9 players passing the controller around. Instead of licensing actual products, the developers opted to use fake product names based on real products, which I thought made for a fun meta-game in and of itself
. I think the only complaint I ever read about it was that you couldn't always tell how high-end an item was, which could make price guessing difficult.
If you're curious, here are the Jakks TV Games systems that were based on game shows: Wheel of Fortune
(2 models of this), Deal or No Deal
, 1 vs. 100
, Smarter than a 5th Grader
, and The Price Is Right
. Toymaker Senario LLC also released some plug-n-play systems based on game shows a long time ago: Win, Lose, or Draw
, Who Wants to be a Millionaire?
, and The Apprentice
, though I really know nothing about them at all.
By the way, Jakks made a Bejeweled Deluxe
system; I don't know if Bejeweled'
s gameplay depends on reflexes and timing, but I know it's a popular casual game, so maybe it's simple and easy to follow.