Fans of the Mad Gab board game can now challenge friends and foes alike, near and far, with the advent of the Perpetual Motion Enterprises, Inc. production of the Mad Gab CD-ROM version. At its core, the game revolves around the difference in what a person hears as opposed to what is actually printed or said. The premise centers on unrelated words that, when read aloud, sound like familiar names, places or phrases. For example: WHEEL YUM AIR REAM HE, when read quickly, translates to "Will you marry me?"
Mad Gab supports three modes of play including Internet, LAN and Quick Start. All three modes consist of games played by three players, whether computer-controlled or human, with the Quick Start mode accommodating play on only one computer. The game graphics are designed to resemble a television game show in appearance with three rounds of play and an additional Grand Prize Challenge Round for the game's winning player.
The five computer-controlled player skill levels (AI) range from easy (first timer) to grand champion and allow human players to customize the severity of competition offered by the machine. Mad Gab puzzles come in eight categories with each of the three rounds containing specific combinations, time limits and virtual dollar rewards. The rounds differ in methodology with Round One contestants taking turns, Round Two contestants competing against one another in real time and the third round consisting of a beat-the-clock scenario.
A tiebreaker round is provided for those instances where opponents are deadlocked after three complete rounds. The culmination of the action is the Grand Prize Challenge Round in which the winner attempts to solve three charades to win fantasy prizes within specific time limits. Overall, Mad Gab contains more than 1500 puzzles.
Think you've got control over the English language? Then test your skills with Mad Gab but remember: "It's not what you say, it's what you hear!"