Family Feud, the television game show, began its run in 1976. Over the next 30+ years it has been on and off the tube several times, the hosts have changed, but the premise of the show has stayed the same.
Ubisoft’s Family Feud Decades does its best to remain faithful to the classic TV game. That’s not to say it doesn’t try to shake things up just a bit. In an attempt to add some spice, it offers contestants the option to choose a decade from the '70s through present day in which to play. The survey questions in the Wii game were used on the actual television show during whatever era is chosen and the look of the sets and characters reflect that era as well. There is disco sparkle for the '70s, mullets and stylin’ sunglasses for the '80s, grunge wear for the '90s, etc. In each period you can select your own avatar and are awarded way cool outfits for accruing points.
The gameplay is simple. Each team consists of three family members. Representatives from each family answer survey questions (i.e. “name an animal that growls,” “name something you put in a salad”). The first family to reach 300 points by matching the survey answers plays the Fast Money bonus round. Here two team members answer questions in a 15 second round. If they manage to score 200 points, their team wins the $20,000 grand prize. Yippee!
To answer questions, you use the Wii remote to point and click at letters on the screen. Since the clock is quickly running down, you are given a choice of words to use after you type in the first two or three letters. This expedites gameplay greatly and gives you a decent shot at getting your response in on time.