Friday, July 24, 2009

NES Review #15: Jeopardy!

Jeopardy! is a game which needs no introduction.

Enjoyed by decades, and linking generations, the premise of Jeopardy is pretty simple. Alex Trebek, the lovable Canadian fires answers at the three willing contestants, looking for the proper question.

Jeopardy! has been on the air since 1964. Originally hosted by Merv Griffin and presented in the daytime, the keys were eventually handed over to Alex Trebek and it is now a staple of the Afternoon to Prime Time Lineup.

Jeopardy is one of the few TV shows or movies that is extremely conducive to making a video game. Since Jeopardy consists of watching a screen give you clues anyway, this is just a natural progression of it. The main difference being that instead of just shouting out the answer at the TV, you can gain points for answering correctly.

The one wrinkle is that since the game was made in 1987, the questions that dealt with current events no longer are as easy as it was originally intended. Still a worthy buy for anyone interested.

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