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Review by Rebecca Welt
If you can answer who the leader of the club that's made for you and me is, then The D Show is for you. Hard core Disney fans will jump at the chance to test their knowledge with this game from Disney Interactive. With two CDs containing 30 shows it's touted as "The Disney Trivia Game Show Everyone Can Play" but, let's face it, only those of us who have logged hundreds of hours watching everything Disney will get a kick out of it.
Starting with its catchy theme song, The D Show is done in typical Disney style. For example, players attempting to enter naughty names for themselves will be helpfully corrected. (Try it for yourself and see.) The show's tune crooning, Disney quoting, joke cracking hostess is perky and frenetically enthusiastic. (Imagine a cross between a cheerleader and a Wheel of Fortune contestant.) Up to three players answer Disney trivia questions to compete for D bucks, or, as our hostess calls them, D BUCKS! If you think you can rack up some points because you've seen The Lion King with your kids, think again. The questions cover everything Disney, from movies old and new, to television shows your parents will remember, to what the signs say at Disneyland Paris. (Just so you know, the Parisian Haunted Mansion is not called Le Chateau du Boo.)
The questions are interrupted from time to time by Bonus rounds, which include such things as Casting Call, where players guess the movie as character's faces are revealed, and Cel-o-Vision, in which players must match characters with the appropriate background drawing. (I told you it was for hard core fans.) Throughout the game questions include movie clips and original drawings, such as in Before and After, when contestants must match original sketches of characters with their current appearance. A minor disappointment here and in Cel-o-Vision is that some of the same clips are repeated, even after a contestant has rung in on them correctly. With all the years that Disney has been around, you'd think they could have pulled a few more clips from the archives. The show culminates in a round called the D-Fibulator, whether players must decide whether a series of statements are true or false. These statements range from the obviously true to those that only Walt would know for sure.
A slight problem with The D Show is that the game runs a little slowly. When a hyper hostess pauses for more than a second, you get a bit worried. Getting used to these pauses takes some time. Even when the game is over and the credits are rolling, the bouncing mouse head just can't keep up with the words to the sing along theme song. [Editor's Note: Becca performed this review on a Performa 6400/180; we're slightly faster on G3 machines we tested with, although not much]
The D Show is not for kids who aren't reading well yet. Hey, if they haven't been around long enough to learn to read, they haven't been around long enough to answer most of the questions. Kids over ten stand a better chance of enjoying this game, and they might even be able to beat their parents.
If your idea of a honeymoon is a trip to the Magic Kingdom, then you'll agree The D Show is worth a 4. If you never even wanted to own mouse ears with your name on them, why did you read this review?