Family Feud: 2012 Edition offers the same "What the..." feeling that you feel at home watching the game. It adds the feel and realism of the show, but also adds an element of frustration. The answers aren't necessarily based on fact, they're based on 100 people surveyed. There are no guides, and Google and Wikipedia don't offer much help. One question that comes to mind is..."What sea creature do most people try to avoid." #1 answer, Sharks. #2 answer, Pirahnas. I'm no Ichthyologist, but I'm pretty sure pirahnas live in fresh water, not the sea. It doesn't matter to Family Feud, if people think that pirahnas are sea creatures, then that's a good answer. Thinking like the average person makes this game slightly less painful.
Graphics - 7/10
Not even worth mentioning, but here goes. It's a cute avatar game based on a game show. This game's graphics are not stunning. If you've played Full House Poker or 1 vs. 100, then you get the feel of Family Feud. One thing that could have been improved would be that the host's mouth seems to quit moving long after he's finished speaking. It's like a bad Kung Fu movie. Mildly distracting, but not a deal breaker.
Sound - 2/10
One word...repetitive. The host says the same eight things, only changing slightly depending on the situation. The only music in the game is the Family Feud theme song, which sounds like Hee Haw mixed with a little Deliverence. If you feel the need to play this with surround sound in Dolby, you may have issues. I turned the sound down to save a little sanity.
Gameplay - 7/10
The game is basically broken down into a series of challenges, 16 in total, ranging from easy to medium and hard. The hard challenges really aren't much different than the easy ones. As you progress through the challenges, the AI does get a bit harder, but not exponentially harder. Fast Money rounds are the same no matter which challenge that you chose. The goal is to beat the other family to progress to the Fast Money round. The goal here is to get 200 points to win the $20,000. If you've watched Family Feud on TV, one family member answers the first set of questions, and the other family member answers the same questions without repeating the same answer. If playing in solo mode, you answer both sets, trying to guess the top two answers. This can be incredibly easy or incredibly difficult depending on the questions asked. It's all luck based at this point. If one of the questions is "What is the best band of the 1990's", it's not based on fact. I went to Billboard.com to find out that it was Nirvana...survey says 11 points. My other answer was Pearl Jam...survey says 0 points. You just wasted twenty minutes of gaming because you got asked a question that has 20,000 potential answers and is solely based on opinion. There are over 2,000 questions, so if you play long enough, you'll see some repeats. It's random.
Replay Value - 10/10
The game itself is one huge replay. It's based on a game show. If you're serious about finishing this game, you'll replay yourself into a padded room. But we're looking at a minimum of 50 playthroughs.
Achievements - 7/10
I picked up this game for the easy achievements based on the cute avatars on the cover. The achievements are very easy but take a lot of time due to the random nature of the game.Despite what the box says, there is no online play, so if you think you can sucker the other guy that owns this game into playing online with you, you may be out of luck. Party mode is local only. If I were to do it over again, I may rent this from Gamefly (where you don't have to return it for X amount of days), or wait until it hits the bargain bin, which it will.
Overall - 6/10
Good game. It lacks real hosts like Richard Dawson, Louie Anderson (he could probably use a few bucks, Ubisoft) and Steve Harvey. The avatar host is Okay, but seems to be a bit homosexual and unimaginative. Questions that seem to have no good answer will make you want to break something. "Things that people break". An actual question on the game...I don't know, people break lots of things. #1 answer....glasses. Yeah, of course. I think I almost broke a controller playing this, but it is somehow strangely addictive. Unlockables are video clips of contestants and Steve Harvey on Family Feud, which is great, but I would have liked to see a Steve Harvey avatar hosting.