The next round is fastest finger. This is similar to the point picker round, but the first person to answer correctly gets the most points, and each person after that gets points based on what position they buzzed in at. Pie fight is another traditional trivia round, but if someone has gotten off to a big lead you can team up with other contestants to even the playing field by hitting the leader with pies to eliminate them from the round first. Globetrotter has a plane that flies all over the globe and Buzz asks questions based on where it lands. Everyone gets points for a correct answer, but if you answer first you get to pick where the plane goes next. The second-to-last round is point stealer. This is another round where the pack can catch up with the leader, because if you answer a question correctly you decide who you want to take your points from. It sucks to be the leader here, because everyone can and will gang up on you (especially if you're playing with more than four people, because it's the last round), but there's no denying that it makes for close contests.
The last round is fittingly called the final countdown. Yes, the "Final Countdown" song by Europe actually plays during the intro. This is a timed round where you're given time based on your score coming into the round. As soon as a question is read, your timer begins to tick away. If you answer first and answer correctly, you're awarded more time. If you simply answer correctly, you won't lose any more time other than what ticked off as you answered. Should you answer incorrectly, time will be taken away from you. This round is pretty intense, and you'll quite often find the difference between being the first to answer and being second is as small as a few hundredths of a second.
There's a lot to like about Buzz! The Mega Quiz. There are more than 5,000 different questions, and if you use a memory card the game will track the questions it has asked you, ensuring you won't get repeats very often. There's also a lot of variety among those 5,000 questions. You'll need to know a hundred years' worth of music, sports, movies, and TV; the gestation periods, weights, and life expectancy of animals; and, of course, you'll need to know a lot about history. The cool thing is you'll need to be able to do more than regurgitate a memorized answer. Sometimes you'll have to put events in order, sometimes you'll have to recognize a famous face, and on top of that you might have to recognize a person and then decide if he or she is younger or older than another famous person. Making you apply your knowledge in different ways ensures that everyone can compete--it's not all about who has the fastest finger. In fact, people with a penchant for answering without reading the entire question will often find themselves mocked by the host and on the wrong end of the final score.
As fun as the game is, there's room for improvement. The visual style suggests the game is trying to appeal to a younger crowd, but the questions are generally geared toward adults over 20 years of age. How many teenagers know if Abbot & Costello came before Laurel & Hardy? The music questions are a nice way of mixing things up, but once again, they're clearly focused on an older audience. If you don't know your '60s music, you're going to be in trouble. And some of the game types, like the one where a picture is descrambled or the minigames where you pick a pony in a horse race, are kind of lame. While you can customize the experience by picking only play types you enjoy, it's frustrating that it's so easy for people who are losing to gang up on the winner, especially when you're playing with more than four players. How is one person supposed to fend off seven others who are hell-bent on knocking him or her out? There's no online play, nor are there online leaderboards. But after the game is over, you're shown a breakdown of who answered the most questions correctly, who answered the most incorrectly, as well as who the fastest and slowest were. It's too bad none of those statistics are tracked from game to game.
If you're into trivia games or are looking for a party game that's geared toward adults, you'd do well to pick up a copy of Buzz! The Mega Quiz. It's only $40, it's fun in both small and large groups, and there's enough variety to its questions and game types that trivia and non-trivia buffs alike should have a good time.