In loving memory of Regis Philbin: 1931-2020
If ever there were a period piece of early 2000s television, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire was that incarnate for game shows of the time. You all know the show by this point, and in fact it’s one of my earliest TV memories that doesn’t involve PBS. Of course, I was so young at the time that I didn’t know an ounce of even the 100 dollar questions, but a lot of things about it stuck with me — the dramatic lighting, the dark and foreboding music, all the sounds you heard, “final answer”, lifelines…indeed, it was a ratings behemoth for several years and was a big trendsetter, for better or worse, on game shows to come, such as the aforementioned dramatic environment, trivia questions, lifeline equivilants, super slow pacing, and extremely prestigious top-dollar prizes. With a show as popular as this, it’s pretty much inevitable it’d get a video game adaptation, and I figured doing a video of it was a good way to pay tribute to Regis Philbin, which as suggested from that first line has only recently passed away as of this posting (in fact, by sheer coincidence I first tried this game on the day of his passing, as you may note in the high score list…talk about timing).
The game is exactly as you expect, but for those who may be too young to remember this show, the format is as follows — you are presented with a multiple-choice trivia question. Answer it correctly, and you win the next tier cash prize. There are fifteen questions in total, and the top prize is — what else? — one million dollars. However, if you mess up on even one question, the game is over, and you will either walk away with nothing, the fifth-tier prize, or the tenth-tier prize, if you reached either one. Or you can choose to take what you have if you don’t want to take any risks (which is kind of pointless in this game since no real money is involved so why not just try to go as far as you can anyway? Sure, you won’t hit the high score list, but does that really mean anything?). If you’re stuck, you can also use a lifeline to potentially aid you in answering the question, but you only get one use of each of the three, so use them wisely.
So let me just say this right now, I absolutely cheated my way through this game. Oh come on, don’t act like you’re surprised, if you were doing a video on this and needed to show off winning the top prize you’d do it too. And besides that, it’s no secret that I am absolutely horrible at trivia. In fact, I’m bad enough that I’ve even messed up some of the first questions on this game (though it’s not always guaranteed to be kindergarten-simple, in my defense). So yeah, I basically had my phone on stand by to look up answers while I played. I did make sure to use the lifelines at least once so you could see what they were like, and since this would have been very short if all I showed was one perfect run, I also showed a few more odds and ends they included as part of the package. Some of them are pretty funny (hey, it is Regis Philbin after all!), so stick around!
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24 thoughts on “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (Windows, 1999) Gameplay”
21:03 Regis Is Angry!
I like this game.
Sent link from game plz
Regis Philbin: Oh, how about that? You're a millionaire! Congratulations! 14:31
Let's play Who wants to be a millionaire 3:27
Regis Philbin: So there you are. You're a millionaire! Yeah, can you believe it? Don't believe it. Just kidding, heh, you're kind of a millionaire. You're a fake millionaire. But you had a good time didn't you? What else do you want? We all love you! Congratulations! 14:49
Wasn't there a version of this that ran on Mac OS 9? I remember playing this version in elementary school back in 2007.
Seeing Regis get angry is kind of unnerving ngl.
One of my all time favorite shows ever!
"Hi there, how many players?"
"Come on it can't be that hard, how many people are playing?"
"I MEAN IT, HOW MANY ARE OUT THERE?!"
"That's it! No game, I'm outta here!" [game quits on its own]
I miss this kind of personality in games nowadays.
Nobody noticed it is by Disney
I do believe this is the edition of the game I played at a friend's house at the time that berated me!
Made by Jellyvision, the same people behind You Don't Know Jack.
I never watched "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" when I was a kid, although this game looks fun. Good job!
I remember owning this game as a kid.
Which computer was you playing this Game on?
Ah, yes, Jellyvision. Fine purveyors of irreverent quiz show party games since 1995.
And if you pick a multiplayer mode, it asks a Fastest Finger question like those used to see who made it into the Hot Seat on the ABC primetime run.
This might be a weird question but, when I was a kid, I remember watching your channel. You made videos for both Pac-Man world 1 and 2. I can’t seem to find them on your channel, and I’m just curious on what happened to them. Sorry if that’s a weird question lol.
Did you know there was a Indian version of the games show? Because Slumdog Millionaire.