Family Feud

a game by Eurocom, Gametek, Imagineering Inc., and Global Star Software

Platforms: Sega GenesisGenesisSNESSNESNESNESGBA

Genres: Board Games, Puzzles & Words, Educational/Kids, Simulation

See also: Family Feud Games

Family Feud by Gametek has all the queries of the TV game show -- all its missing is the kiss on the cheek for all the female members of the family.

Fortune and Family

Pitting two families against each other, the bottom line of Family Fued is to answer intriguing questions like "What animal do people most sound like when they laugh?' The opposing family can be played either by the computer or by another player.

ProTip: Turn off the timer to get additional seconds (or minutes) to answer questions.

Game play is simple: Just punch in the answers one letter at a time (some spelling skill is required). This may take the game out of the hands of younger players, but light spelling mistakes and answer variations are forgiven. Gametek has made the control-pad twiddling as easy as possible.

If a question pops onscreen and you know the answer before it's hilly appeared, hit the button and get a head start over the other player.

Though the music leans toward the cheesy side, it does match the theme and "thinking" tunes you hear on the home screen. Voice samples that say "Bulls-eye!" and "Number one answer!" are very clean, but soon become old hat.

If there's any complaint, it's that the computer doesn't always interpret your answers well enough, and some answers are just plain goofy. To the question "What would you sit down and enjoy at home?" I would answer 'Television." Sitting and enjoying an aquarium isn't what I had in mind. In another, the answer "Eating with hands" doesn't work, but "Eating with fingers" is a winner.

When you reach the Fast Money Round, you can use Button C to pass on a question and return to it later. That will help you get through the easier questions first.

Survey Says?

You won't find thumb-busting action in Family Feud, but if the quiz biz is your cup of tea, Family Feud will fill your glass.

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Sega Genesis Family Feud download
  • Manufacturer: GameTek
  • Genre: game show
  • Players: 1 to 4 Difficulty: easy

Until recently (with the release of Brutal, among others), this was how GameTek made most of its money - translating popular TV game shows to video game platforms. So, it's fair to say it does it better than anyone else.

Family Feud is certainly no exception. It looks, plays, and sounds almost exactly like the TV show. You can choose from four ethnically diverse families, and compete for everything right on up to the Big Money.

Like every other GameTek game show, you enter your answers by using the controller to move a cursor around on a screen keyboard. It's a little bit cumbersome, but the game's artificial intelligence is pretty good about recognizing alternate answers and even minor misspellings.

The game depends almost entirely on whether or not you like Family Feud, the TV game show - almost. The fact is, with a bunch of friends, it's a lot of fun, even if you've never watched the show at all.

reggie posted a review

One of America's most popular game shows has gone 16-Bit on the Sega Genesis. Now you and your kin can participate in a friendly game of Family Feud. This cart features everything found in the real television show.

First, start off with the Bullseye Round where you and your family square off against another family. Try to accumulate money to play with in the Fast Money Round. Answer five questions starting at $1,000 up to $5,000.

After that, it's off to play the Feud. Here, each family tries to take control of the board by giving the best answer to a survey. They must try to come up with all the top answers to a survey and try to gather up 300 points or more to advance to the Fast Money Round. This is a bonus round where the winning family can earn more money by answering the survey questions which are easier. Let's feud!

reggie posted a review

Put on your thinking caps, it's time for the Feud! Family Feud comes to the SNES with the questions, competition, and cheering intact.

Answer cute questions by spelling simple words with the clock running. There's your premise, backed up with thousands of questions. Thankfully, the computer isn't as testy as it was in Gametek's Jeopardy, where spelling inconsistencies produced frustrating game play. Here the computer's more forgiving of off-base answers.

ProTip: Don't immediately spell out responses. Should you think of a better one, you might not have time to undo your first answer.

The repetitive music, the cheering families, and the stiff- moving sprites either add to or subtract from the experience, depending on your game show tastes. The fun is in the fascinating questions and responses. Survey says: This Feud's OK.

reggie posted a review
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