Saturday 4th August, 2012
Pit your brainpower against the Eggheads in the game of the quiz - but don't expect an easy ride
Your child may find parts of this game frustrating, awkward, or otherwise too difficult.
OK with caution
. Certain elements of this game may be too challenging for a child of this age, but they may be able to muddle through. A lot depends on the child.
. A child of this age should have no trouble getting to grips with the game.
Games in this category will be very tame. At worst, the may feature unrealistic violence between/against non-human characters.
Bad Language: None
The strongest language we allow in this category is God, Damn, and Hell. Games rated as having no bad language are free of swear words, or other strong language.
Sexual Content: None
Games in this category will be completely free of overtly sexualised characters or imagery.
Reading Required: Required
Games in this category may be text heavy, or will otherwise require your child to be comprehensive. Sample sentences are given where possible.
Based on the popular BBC TV show of the same name, Eggheads lets you go against the team of quiz masters. Following exactly the same format as the TV show, the first four rounds pit you one on one against an Egghead of your choosing in a multiple choice, best of three showdown questions (with the added bonus of eliminating them from the final round if you defeat them), before going up against the remaining Eggheads in the general knowledge finale.
While there's nothing challenging about the controls in Eggheads, the questions it asks are so difficult, and require so much general knowledge that we couldn't really recommend it for most young children or teenagers. It's very much an adult's game with questions aimed at an older audience - we'd wager your average teenager would be completely out of their depth here. Again, though, we know every child is different - so if your teen is an expert on Renaissance artists, or 60s, 70s, and 80s UK and European politics, they may stand a chance - but it's certainly not one for younger children.
As a quiz game, there's little for parents to worry about here. None of the questions we came across could be considered inappropriate, either. Hard, yes. Inappropriate, no.
While on the TV show, you're on a team with four of your friends to help you out, in Eggheads the DS game, you're expected to play things on your own. Not us, though. In fact, Eggheads really comes into its own when the entire family gets consulted on the questions - what one of you doesn't know, the others might. With no time limit on the questions, you're free to take as long as you want to grill parents, children, and grandparents looking for someone who's holding that vital bit of knowledge. It may technically be cheating - but it certainly makes it more fun!