Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
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|Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?|
|System(s): Sega Dreamcast|
|Publisher: Eidos Interactive|
|Developer: Hothouse Creations|
|Peripherals supported: Dreamcast VGA Box|
|Number of players: 1|
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Eidos Interactive published several video game adaptions of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? in the early 2000s, but while PlayStation and PC versions saw a widespread release across the Western world (as well as revised editions), the Dreamcast version remained exclusive to the United Kingdom (with English questions and voiceover by Chris Tarrant) and France (with French questions and Jean-Pierre Foucault playing the virtual host).
It was the first game to pass one million sales in the UK, achieving the feat in the week ending January 27th, 2001 according to Chart-Track. The Dreamcast version made up 39,000 of those sales, with PlayStation selling 624,000 copies, and PC 347,000 units.
The game was panned by critics, as although the game features voiceovers from the then-presenters of the TV show, these presenters do not read out the questions and are never seen in game (presumably so assets could easily be recycled). Likewise there is no visible audience, and questions are likely to repeat after a few playthroughs. The virtual nature of this adaption of WWTBAM means that the "phone-a-friend" lifeline does not involve actually phoning a real friend - instead pre-recorded messages choose A, B, C or D without being told the question, the chance calculated presumably in a similar way to the "ask the audience" lifeline.
- Main article: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?/Magazine articles.
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