1 vs. 100 Review


A few years ago, Bob Saget did a stand-up show at a local comedy club. I didn't attend the show, as I had no idea he was in town, but I did meet him afterward in the club's bar. He was an amazingly nice guy and even bought a round for my friends and me. Bearing in mind that the man was so cool and nice, I feel guilty that I'm going to rip his first video game, 1 vs. 100, to bits. The Saget I met deserves better. Much better.

1 vs. 100 began as an NBC game show, and now it's a video game as well. The show's premise was weak to begin with (a quiz show with 100 participants), but with the DS game, it transcends weak in favor of downright annoying. The suspense of the show is nowhere to be found, the questions begin to repeat themselves after only a few hours of play and though Bob Saget makes an appearance as the host, his game counterpart is fascinatingly bizarre and unsettling.

The suspense angle was one of the only things that went right with the program, but in the DS game, strange breaks in the normal flow suck all the nail-biting apprehension right out. You'll answer a multiple-choice question, and wait. You'll see how the "mob (the aforementioned 100 contestants)" answers, then you'll wait some more. Finally, when Saget gets ready to tell you if your answer was correct, the game pauses again. I suppose this was meant to mirror the show's "edge of your seat" waiting, but in the game, it just feel like lazy programming and a waste of everyone's time.

The questions are also an issue with 1 vs. 100. They fit the tone of the TV show in category and difficulty, which I guess is pretty good. The problem is that there is only an extremely small library of questions, and you'll end up answering the same ones time and time again ad nauseum. If you want to be asked the same question over and over, don't buy 1 vs. 100. Save your money and get yourself a jealous boy/girlfriend – the annoyance factor will be about the same.

Hey... remember the original Resident Evil? Of course you do. Remember the first cutscene with the zombie? Yeah… the zombie and the S.T.A.R.S. operative both looked very weird, due to the graphical limitations of the time. But the creepy, non-human look of that scene is nothing compared to Bob Saget in this game. I'm not sure if I can do the character and animation justice with only words; I advise you to check it out for yourself on YouTube. Weird. If DJ, Stephanie and Michelle had to hang out with this guy during their formative years, there is a good chance they would have ended up addicted to meth or having strange sexual fantasies about the robots in Epcot Center's Hall of Presidents.

I'm not sure who this game is supposed to be for - adults with DS systems? Teens? Kids? Saget fans? The criminally insane? No matter which category you fall into, if you pay for this game, you'll be sorry. Don't say I didn't warn you. Bob Saget himself is a great guy, but his game is inexcusably awful. Sorry, Mr. Saget.

In The End, This Game Hath Been Rated: 22%.