Alan Hansen's Sports Challenge (Wii) Review

By Adam Riley 07.04.2008 8

Do you love sports? Are you into your quiz games? And are very eager to sit around at home testing your knowledge with friends and family? Well, perhaps Alan Hansen’s Sports Challenge is for you. Adam Riley takes a closer look at the game…

Just before Christmas there was a flurry of activity on Wii, with Third Parties companies tripping over each other to get their family-friendly quiz style efforts onto the market as quickly as possible in the hope of luring uneducated (in terms of gaming) folk into parting with their hard-earned cash. Electronic Arts had Smarty Pants, Ubisoft had Cranium Kabookii and Oxygen Interactive had the duo of Chegger’s Party Quiz and Alan Hansen’s Sports Challenge. Now, there is a reason why this last one on the list has only been touched at such a late stage, and that is because purely and simply it is a total waste of time.

Screenshot for Alan Hansen's Sports Challenge on Wii

There are no fancy graphical touches, with just a bland background, awfully animated version of Mr. Hansen himself and the odd static photo during the questions. The voice clips are repetitive, the scripted lines extremely formulaic and not delivered particularly smoothly and the dribs and drabs of music are instantly forgettable. Okay, but there must be some plus points, surely, you may ask. Well, there are thousands of sport-related questions included, yet the idea of paying £19.99 to answer them on your TV screen seems a terribly convoluted method of testing your knowledge and not especially fun for you and your mates considering the same experience can most likely be found either online or on weekly TV shows like A Question of Sport...all completely free of charge. Throw in some woeful Wii Remote flicking gestures to answer questions and the whole experience proves to be both a very expensive and painful one indeed. Best to avoid this one at all costs.

Screenshot for Alan Hansen's Sports Challenge on Wii

Cubed3 Rating

2/10
Rated 2 out of 10

Very Bad

Definitely the worst of the recent quiz-style efforts on Wii and a generally shoddy excuse for a videogame. Steer clear of this one at all costs, sit on the sofa, switch on the TV and just watch A Question of Sport instead. Trust us, you will be much happier…

Developer

Oxygen

Publisher

Oxygen

Genre

Sport

Players

16

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  2/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  0 (0 Votes)

European release date Out now   North America release date TBA   Japan release date TBA   Australian release date TBA   

Comments

Sounds like great value for money.

Indeed! BEST...GAME...EVAR... Smilie Thankfully it tanked, never making the charts. Good riddance!

Adam Riley [ Director :: Cubed3 ]

How do you review such awesomely awesome games like this one?! I'll probably die before I could even play more than 10 minutes of it. At least you got it for free.

Get it for free and then have trouble getting rid of it later, Smilie It's these sort of games that put you off doing reviews, seriously Smilie

Adam Riley [ Director :: Cubed3 ]

Aw, only a 2? I was going to buy this for someone's birthday around the 14th/15th April but it's worth it now.

Smilie

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shiptoncraig said:
Aw, only a 2? I was going to buy this for someone's birthday around the 14th/15th April but it's worth it now.

Smilie

Smilie I wish Smilie

Doesn't sound too good, but Choices UK are selling it for

Glad to hear it did badly in the charts. It gives a message to devs that just don't perform. Lovely review by the way Smilie

Smilie Yeah, it's clear I put so much effort into it! 8)

Marzy, perhaps for 6.99 it'd be worth it for a real sports nut that loves quizzes...but even then it'd probably be disappointing due to the annoyingly awkward Wii-mote gesture system employed.

Adam Riley [ Director :: Cubed3 ]

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