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Nat Geo Quiz! Wild Life
Lions, tigers and bears feature in this National Geographic quiz game
- Interesting nature factoids, good integration of photos and videos
- Presentation lacks character, minigames are annoying, not much in the way of sound
Nat Geo Quiz! Wild Life is an interesting diversion that should have some appeal for families and nature channel buffs. Proper gamers, on the other hand, would be best advised to steer clear.
Price$ 59.95 (AUD)
Many of my friends groaned when I sheepishly suggested playing the Nat Geo Quiz! Wild Life game. In the end, after much nagging, one gave in and I quickly popped the game on before he changed his mind.
The Nat Geo Quiz! Wild Life is a pretty self-descriptive game. Licensed by National Geographic, it is a quiz game with questions based on four categories: Amazing Planet, Predator vs. Prey, Aquatic Life and Dangerous Encounters. There are around 1000 questions all told, and up to four players can compete simultaneously. If you like to fly solo, a single player ‘Quest mode’ is also available, but this is definitely a game best enjoyed with company.
Players can choose from 40, 60 or 80 questions per round and they can also adjust the difficulty (handy for families with kiddies). Each category takes you to different parts of the world to answer questions on the local environment as well as the flora and fauna that live there.
A snotty English guy is there as the judge and occasionally spits out some amusing taunts at the losing team. He's not as charming as Sir David Attenborough, but the jeers give the game some much needed personality.
In addition to the quiz questions, there are also minigames to partake in, such as jigsaw and slider puzzles — both of which are incredibly annoying to play with the Xbox controller. There is also a game called Stat Attack which is reminiscent of a Pokemon card game. Each player gets a deck of cards with particular animals and their attributes, such as ferocity, which have been given numeric values. The idea is to beat the other player on a corresponding attribute.
I'll be frank; this game isn't for everybody. Unless you are a wildlife documentary fan (which I am) this probably wouldn't rock your world.
The minigames are a letdown, so it is best to stick with the quiz component of the game.
The game’s presentation is basic and no-nonsense. There are 3D rendered graphics as well as a good incorporation of real photos and video footage; but it’s nothing too flash. Nat Geo also doesn’t have an inspiring soundtrack and there are long periods of silence (perhaps to help you concentrate). It lacks the glitz and cartoony glamour of the Buzz! series and has little personality as a result. But then, when was National Geographic ever known for being fast-paced and gimmicky?
My friend and I finished a lengthy quiz round in about half an hour.
“That wasn’t too bad. Better than I thought,” he said.
“So will you play it again?” I asked.
If you’re a die-hard wildlife fanatic and can tell me whether platypuses are poisonous or not [they are — Ed.], this is the game for you. If you are a conservative parent that will only allow educational games in the house, this game is also for you.
If you are neither of the above, Nat Geo Quiz game might be a little bland for your tastes.
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