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Deal or No Deal

Genre: Game Show
Developer: Big Jon Pc Games
Release Date: January 2006

Written by: Squall

26 cases, 26 dollar amounts, ranging from one million dollars, all the way down to one penny. You select one case to call your own. As each round continues on, more and more values are eliminated. Do you trust your case, your gut, the odds, and your luck to continue on? Or do you sell your case for a sum of money and walk away? Find out as you play: “Deal or No Deal”

Deal or No Deal is a game show with a real simple premise. Select a case, and either hold onto it till the end, or sell it and hopefully you sold a cheap case for a big return. Currently seen in over 40 countries, it airs in the USA on NBC Monday and Friday nights at 8 PM eastern/pacific.

This particular version was made by “Big Jon” who had made a lot of other game show games such as: “The Price Is Right”, “Wheel of Fortune”, “Whammy”, and a whole lot more. The one thing that clearly shows in all of his games is an attention to detail, and the realism factor, and this game does not differ.

When you first load the game, you are given a variety of options; the most important is “Low Processor mode”. Enabling it will have the game play, but without a little extra razzle-dazzle. You can also select if you want certain effects to be used during the game, and even more importantly, either a “Regular” game, or a “Jackpot” game (which requires being online). A regular game follows the show with a $1,000,000 top prize. For each player that plays the game and does not win the top prize, the jackpot goes up $100,000 and a few of the prizes are modified accordingly

As you load the game, you notice the lighted effects of the ‘stairs’ and you hear the theme song begin. As the game stars, the cases appear on screen one by one with some up tempo music. (On the real show, the 26 models walk out with the 26 cases). You then see all values that are available, including the top prize. You select the case u want to hold onto, and start the eliminating. At regular intervals, you are shown the banker (a screen grab of the TV show), he calls the host (which explains the phone ringing) and you are given an offer, you can either take the offer by clicking deal (or clicking on the flashing red ‘deal’ button that’s used on the show) or click no deal, and proceed to eliminate cases. The offer is based on a complex formula that involves the average, number of cases, number of picks for the next round, values remaining, and more. So it’s quite reasonable for the first offer or two to be low, but as the game progresses, the offer will vary. Leave a lot of high cases remaining, you will have a high offer, leave a lot of low cases remaining, u will have a lower offer. Towards the end it starts getting more around the ‘average’ value of what’s remaining.

This game follows the show with the sound effects (the ‘boom’ for a big case being opened, to the ‘twinkle’ of a small case being opened), the music all though it is looped and ripped from the show, adds a powerful element of realism as it makes you feel that you’re on the show. The audience reaction to cases being opened, and the audience shouting out what you should do, the look of the set and the cases, even down to the offers. One of the things I do not like, is the jackpot mode. I like how it was there due to the fact that when the show started airing after the Olympics, the first five shows (aired each night for the week), increased the top prize $500,000 a show till the Friday show was worth $3,000,000, with the top 5-6 cases being modified accordingly (After the Friday show, and it became a weekly, then bi-weekly series, the top prize was returned to $1,000,000) I just don’t like how the jackpot climbs above $3,000,000 because the show never did….and in all reality, if you are stuck with $2.5 million and $9.9m; would you realistically reject a deal of $6.2 million? I don’t think so

In conclusion, I find that this game is a great game to almost anyone, because it tests your luck, your skill, and the all important question, “What would you do?” So now, I would like to make you an offer to play the game and try your luck, deal, or no deal?

Graphics: All though realistic and animated enough to follow the show, just imagine what the real deal (no pun intended) would look like. Still, well done. 4.0
Sound: Sound effects vary in quality, some tracks are clearly loops, it still sticks to the show and still provides the realism factor, which is always a plus. 3.5
Playability:As long as you have a mouse, you can practically play this game. You can easily find yourself emerged in the game play and thinking for a split second you’re on the show. Points off for the excessive jackpot mode. 3.75
Bang for your buck: The price is free, which is always a plus. This is one of those few games, I wouldn’t mind paying for. 4.25
The best PC version of "Deal or No Deal" ever released. Are you game? 3.9 / 5.0