The flaw in trying to turn a game of chance into a videogame is just that. It%26rsquo;s a game of chance. And nothing is more insulting than watching the computer draw an endless succession of winning statistics. Even when you think you%26rsquo;re near victory, the buggering AI will suddenly hit a ten-card streak. It%26rsquo;s not even slightly entertaining.
Above: All images in this article are from the PS2 version
Sure, Top Trumps tries to jazz things up by introducing special powers such as Name Scan, Energize (boosts a random stat by 25%) and Transporter (swaps to your next card), but they%26rsquo;re all as pointless as a chocolate welding iron. There are also minigames, such as Hi/Lo and Memory Matrix, but unless you%26rsquo;re a huge fan of Dr. Who, they%26rsquo;re just exercises in randomised futility. The only way you%26rsquo;ll find this worthwhile is if you were to view it as a test of how long you can endure the tiresomely looped theme tune. Probably not very long, we guess.
Jun 4, 2008