The new Hollywood Squares for Nintendo Wii is a twist taken from the well-known televised game show, Hollywood Squares. This is a game show that has been around for many years, gone through several hosts and has, of course, updated as the years have gone by. Now, thanks to Nintendo Wii and Ubisoft, the entire family can enjoy this battle of wits in the comfort of their own homes.
I found a few unique twists to this version of the game. To begin with, players can create their own avatars, complete with clothing, hairstyles, accessories, etc. Further varieties of these items can be “purchased” throughout the game, as correct answers are given, rounds won and bonus materials are unlocked. This is a bit of fun for those who enjoy “playing” up their avatars and doing a bit of custom designing of their own. Another fun aspect is the fact that, in addition to the total of nine squares which hold the “helpers/answerers”, the center square is the unique “live” portion of the game. When players pick the center square, they will see a live video clip of one of the following stars: Brad Garrett, Kathy Griffin, Jeffrey Tambor or Martin Mull. The host, Tom Bergeron chats live with the center square celebrity, while asking the featured question. The celebrity will then joke around before answering the question. Other squares picked within the game are computerized avatars, so this live aspect adds a bit of fun.
As far as game play goes, there are nine squares total. Players take turns picking a square, listening to a question and either agreeing or disagreeing with the answer given by that square’s occupant. This is where the idea of tic-tac-toe kicks in. The first player to get three (either x’s or o’s) in a row is the winner. Questions vary in theme and center around current pop culture to geography. Most questions are simple enough that older children can easily play along with adults, making for a fun family game night.