Microsoft will be offering brilliant fighting game Soulcalibur on Live Arcade tomorrow for 800 Points (GBP 6.80 / EUR 9.60).
With a title that sounds like a smug Radio 4 panel game, possibly involving Sandi Toksvig, Wits & Wagers is aiming for that fabled and oh-so-desirable casual gamer, but seems at a loss as to how best to appeal to this audience.
It's a quiz game, actually based on a board game, albeit one where specific knowledge and correct answers take a backseat to guesswork. Each game consists of seven questions with a numerical or statistical bent. For instance, how many mountains over 3000 feet tall are there in Scotland? All the players make their best guess before the timer counts down, trying to get closest to the actual answer without going over. This, I presume, is the "wits" part of the equation.
The wagers come just before the answer is revealed. Everyone's guesses are shown, from highest to lowest, along with the odds of them being right. All players start with five casino chips which can be bet against the answer (or answers - you can split your bet into two) that seems most likely to be correct. You can put your money against your own guess, or another player's if you think they're smarter than you. Or just better at guessing. Chips are then earned for getting the closest to the right answer, or for backing the correct guess. The winner, obviously, is the one with the most chips at the end.
Microsoft has unveiled this week's Xbox Live Arcade title, Wits and Wagers.
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