Catchphrase DVD Game (2005)
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|Catchphrase DVD Game (2005)|
Not this game, at least!
Catchphrase is an adaptation of the British game show of the same name made for DVD players, developed by a british company named Spike and published by board game company Upstarts for the 2005 holiday season.
Why it’s Bad, but it’s Right
- There is no sign of Roy Walker, Nick Weir or Mark Curry, the presenters of the original series of the game show. Instead, there is some relatively unknown voiceover.
- The theme tune used in this game is just a cheap MIDI recreation of the 1994 and 2000 theme tunes.
- This game is based on the badly-received Nick Weir/Mark Curry era, which many older fans dislike.
- It is plagued with slowdown and lag, most times not responding to the DVD remote at all.
- Many of the catchphrases don't make any sense whatsoever and will frequently repeat a lot.
- Lack of interactivity, as due to the way the DVD works, it doesn't keep scores. The player is forced to keep their own scores using a pencil and sets of paper that come with it.
- There is no background music at all, which is one of the many things that the original show is fondly remembered for.
- Mr. Chips (Or Herbie as he's called in the original US version of the show) appears throughout the game.
- A version released in 2007 produced by ITV DVD fixes a lot of the problems this game has. It features Roy Walker as the host, the original 1980's TVS-era theme tune, the blue and pink neon set (abit a recreation), background music, and everything else that made the original show a classic.
- It came out the same day as the DVD Game adaptation of Bullseye, developed and published by the same companies, and both licensed by Granada.