Bother’s Bar Plays Badly: Family Feud

By | November 13, 2020

According to the records, this is the 25th BBPB! Incredible.

This came out yesterday on most of the major digital platforms, but is it any good? It features 1,500 questions and everyone’s favourite TV host Lucky McCoy!

You can play at home in pass the pad capacity, or online against other players, or set up a stream where people can answer in the chat.

It’s published by Ubisoft of Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune fame, but it’s been developed by Snap Finger Click of It’s Quiz Time fame. They’ve not bothered localising the title so good luck in finding it unless you know what you’re looking for. And do you know what? It’s OK?

3 thoughts on “Bother’s Bar Plays Badly: Family Feud

    1. Chris M. Dickson

      Thank you very much for sharing, and I’m glad I got the chance to see it.

      An interesting show, but I found it annoying as a game show, for being willing to spend so much and yet come up with something so underwhelming. The premise of “here are some ordinary people doing stunts from an action movie as part of a game show” is a good one, but the cause-and-effect is weak as they’re railroaded through the story, pass or fail, and it’s not clear why the protagonist would deduct money other than “to make the game show work”. Action films work in part because of the incredible coincidence of all the different parts of whatever plan is at the centre of the movie all working, and an episode of this where the teams passed all the tests with flying colours would live up to the high concept premise. Not everything can be The Mole, but The Mole shows what can be done around a framework of exciting stunts. I’ve never wanted to watch Fear Factor, but even that has a format which works more organically.

      It’s tempting to wonder whether I’m just peering too hard through the “this is not a game” styling which would have been fresh and familiar in 2009, but I think a lot of people were pretty used to it by then.


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