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2-Minute Drill

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On ESPN's 2- Minute Drill TV game show, sports celebrities bombard contestants with sports-trivia questions. Unfortunately, the CD-ROM of the same name fails to bring the fast-paced excitement of the show to your Mac's screen.

In the tradition of games such as Berkeley Systems' You Don't Know Jack, 2-Minute Drill features clever audio commentary from the host of the TV series, Kenny Mayne. But all we get from Mayne are non sequiturs; neither Mayne nor his celebrity guests actually read the questions aloud. That makes the photographs of the celebrities a bit silly, since their voices merely shout out the occasional irrelevant comment.

And although the questions are challenging, they started to repeat after only two games. Another reason this game lacks the excitement of the real thing is that there's no multiplayer mode. In addition, you are forced to deal with awkward key combinations as you rush to answer as many questions as possible in two minutes.

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With repeating questions, no multiplayer mode, and poor use of audio, 2-Minute Drill is a weak sports-trivia game and a pale imitation of its TV counterpart.

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