DVD
Countdown Game

Presented by: Carol Vorderman and Des Lynam
ITV DVD
RRP: 19.99
3711521863
Certificate: E
Available 06 November 2006


Test your knowledge of conundrums, visit the dictionary corner and get nifty with numbers.
The Countdown Quiz is presented by Carol Vorderman and Des Lynam, following the same format as the TV show. With over 300 rounds, players can compete against each other using their knowledge of words and numbers.

The Countdown interactive DVD is about as close to being a guest on the TV show as most people are ever likely to get. For me that's a good thing as I am totally useless at it and don't really fancy parading my ignorance in front of millions of people.

This game plays identically to the TV show. You get the same number of rounds and it can be played with between 1-4 players (or teams). As the letters, or numbers, are called out you'll need to write them down as they don't appear on screen while the Countdown clock is ticking down.

You can either play a standard TV show game, or just go for a shorter Conundrum round (in which you have to try and figure out five anagram conundrums). Both games are well designed and, of the 20+ games we played, only one letters game was repeated, but to be honest that's not a whole big problem like it can be with some of these interactive DVDs. With the Countdown game it's not really all that easy to remember what the top scoring letters where for a round you've already played. Although, if the Conundrum round is repeated too often this could become annoying.

At the end of the day, this release works incredibly well. If you usually shout at the screen whilst watching the TV show, then this interactive DVD is the perfect item for you and your family.

Darren Rea

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