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Based on the popular TV programme of the same name, this interactive DVD hosted by Anne Robinson finally makes its way to DVD. If you enjoyed watching (and participating in) the show, then you’ll probably want to check out this DVD. It manages to keep itself authentic and, as always, Mrs. Robinson makes for a great host. If quizzes and such are not your cup of tea though, then this probably isn’t for you. For everyone else, you might just find a lot to like here.

Test the Nation: The Great British Test
Feature
There are two discs contained within this DVD set, the first of which is called Test the Nation: The Great British Test and is basically the main event. It is certainly the biggest and most in-depth in my opinion. You have to answer a total of seventy questions in five different sections, and you are of course on a time limit for each question presented to you.

Firstly, you have to decide whether you are playing single player or multi-player. If you chose the latter, you can get the whole family involved, and as an indolent (and paper-saving) bonus, the DVD will remember all of your answers for the grand score later on at the end of the test. You don’t have to worry about recurring questions every time you play either, as the disc contains literally hundreds of different questions.

The second disc is called Test the Nation: The National IQ Test and is a little more difficult and perhaps even a little more tense than the first. This does make it less fun to participate, but it’s potentially more rewarding should you score some big numbers!

One thing that really gets irritating on almost all of these questions is Anne Robinson’s voice repeating the same question over and over. When you are reading the question, it makes it especially hard to concentrate on in the given time. It doesn’t even present the question you to vocally then give you time to think about it. It merely has Robinson talk all the way though. This might not bother some people, but I found it harder to concentrate during the test and there is no option to disable it either.

Test the Nation: The Great British Test
Video
Reviewing the technical merits of an interactive DVD is a tough call. I suppose it depends on your level of appreciation for quality, but in my opinion, as long as the image is pleasantly sharp and colourful, I am not particularly bothered about any minor flaws that may be present. Test the Nation, as it would happen, does indeed have a nice and colourful presentation, and all question screens are highly distinguishable and sharp. Scenes featuring Mrs. Robinson are practically free from noise, and look reasonably well detailed.

Audio
Dolby Digital 2.0 is what you get, but do you really want full 5.1 channels in operation for something that does not require the use of surround or lower frequencies? The only prominent sounds the DVD contains are ambient sounds when on the questions screens. Anne Robinson’s spoken dialogue and all music is crystal clear.

Extras
Nothing. I suppose that was to be expected, but I am still a little disappointed that the DVD team didn’t put a ‘making of’ feature on here at the very least. Still, the disc art is quite funky, and that’s got to account for something, right?

Test the Nation: The Great British Test
Overall
Test the Nation is a fun interactive DVD, but it is far from being a great one. The questions on offer do vary each time you take the test, which manages to keep you coming back for more, but there are some annoyances here too. The irritating theme tune and CGI cut sequences that kick into action several times during the test can really start to annoy you, but on the flip side it does help keep the authenticity from its TV counterpart flowing quite smoothly. Both the visual and audio qualities are decent, and the lack of features is predictable but still slightly disappointing. On the whole, Test the Nation might be a nice way to get the family around the TV this Christmas. On the other hand, that dusty Monopoly board in your attic may prove to be a little more fun and entertaining.


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