News Time

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Those who consider themselves “in the know” regarding a variety of subjects can put their knowledge to good use and profit by playing “News Time,” the online TV & Quiz game from JPM Interactive. It offers players general knowledge questions themed around a news programme, with the objective of winning cash prizes by identifying correct answers. Categories feature topics based on recent news events, which are regularly updated to keep the game both challenging and fresh.

The opening scene for News Time is a television studio, where a news anchorman sits behind a desk. The “Channel Q News Time” logo appears behind him, and there is a monitor in the upper right corner of the display where the player may choose an amount to stake, either £1 or £2.

To begin the game, click on the “Play” button in the lower right corner. A second screen will appear, showing a selection of nine news categories, each with a different point value. The more points offered, the more difficult the questions will be and the greater the potential rewards.

Questions are selected from any of nine categories of general knowledge: Science & Nature, A~Z, Showbiz, Pot Luck, Sport, Headlines, Funnies, Mystery and People & Places. The questions in each game become progressively more challenging as the “Points Bar” at the bottom of the screen advances. Timing is important, too, however. A limit is placed on how many seconds are allowed to answer each question, as indicated by the “Timer” at the bottom left corner of the screen.

In order to collect points, all the questions in the chosen category must be correctly answered. The points will accumulate on the Points Bar, which scrolls from left to right across the screen as points are added, eventually reaching collectable cash values. Once a cash value has been reached, it may be collected, or else the player may choose to continue playing on for further prizes.

During the actual quiz rounds, the display shows one of the News Times crew, male or female, hosting the questions, which appear at the top of the screen. Three possible answers marked A, B and C are shown on the right. The player identifies the correct one by clicking on it. If the right choice is made, a green check mark will appear and the next question will be asked. If the answer is incorrect, a red “X” will appear. If the player has any “Try Again” awards, a second guess may be attempted, otherwise the game ends.

The Try Again feature is represented by “On Air” symbols in the bottom right of the game screen. The game begins with three “Try Again” credits already awarded. Additional Try Again credits can be won in the Mystery Round, and up to a maximum of three Try Again credits can be held at any one time.

The Mystery (???) symbol may appear as one of the nine selections at the start of any round. If this symbol is chosen, four boxes appear on a grid of nine positions. The player must pick one of them to reveal one of eight possible awards: 1) a spot prize that cannot be lost, 2) a Try Again credit, 3) lose a Try Again credit, 4) skip a question, 5) skip two questions, 6) a Super Try Again (sets credit at 3), 7) game over, and 8) extra points are awarded.

Another bonus feature while playing News Time is the Bonus Rolling Jackpot. Certain categories and mystery options randomly have a News Time symbol attached to them. They contribute towards winning the Rolling Jackpot, which is a bonus prize that is awarded for collecting the indicated number of symbols. If gained from the category screen, subsequent questions must be answered correctly to win the bonus. Once the jackpot is won, play continues to for further prizes. The Rolling Jackpot value appears to the right of the game screen and it cannot be lost in subsequent play.

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