A few weeks ago Microsoft pulled a surprising switch, releasing 1 vs 100 beta to Canadian Xbox Live users. Canada is generally the last place to get to play games; betas are generally UK or US affair. That being said, I was obviously eager to jump in and try it out.
Unfortunately the majority of the episodes take place while I’m at work. Last week when I tried to get in on a Saturday showcase my internet went down for the two hours where the shows were airing. But finally this week I got in on two 1 vs 100 Extended Play sessions.
Rules for the game are these: Answering questions correctly gets you points, combo correct answers and you earn a multiplier, get three questions right in a row and you earn a pass. Passing means you miss out on any points in that round, but you get to keep your streak going. Which means assuming that you can get your next question correct you can keep that multiplier going.
During the week there will be “Extended Play” sessions which are basically free-for-all matches where you’re just farming points. Getting more points during the week means a better chance of getting into either “The Mob” (the 100 in 1 vs 100) or being “The One” (think Millionaire not Matrix).
The setup is this: You set reminders for scheduled shows; while you’re playing a game/watching a movie you get a reminder. Accepting the reminder throws you into a lobby where you can wait to enter the game. This is the place to invite any of your online friends so you can meet up so you can play together.
Currently the Canadian beta is throwing out random trivia, a lot of which were Canadian based. The most fun I had with the game though was not answering trivia questions; it was joking around with friends and using the “Amp” feature. In between questions, or rounds, you can press the “Y” button repeatedly to make your Avatar dance. There are three levels of dance depending on how fast you’re tapping the button, and each level looks to have about 8 different dances which vary as you move your joystick around.
The unfortunate part of this is that when you’re in the question mode pressing “Y” passes the question. This would lead to me skipping a few questions that I did know in order to start dancing prematurely.
The fact that the game is in Beta is fairly evident, I was able to pick up on a few grammar mistakes. The most noticeable of all of them was a question asking: “What highway are you on if you’re taking the road from to Yellowknife”. There wasn’t anything else there, honestly it said “from to Yellowknife”, not exactly sure if they meant from/to or from somewhere to Yellowknife, so I had to guess at that one.
All in all though it’s a solid experience, and it’s free so the price is right. Honestly I think if you can get three or four friends to go in with you that you’re going to have a blast. I don’t think I would have had as much fun playing on my own, seeing as the highlights for me were trying to synchronize dance moves with the other members in our party.