Jeopardy Junior Edition

Copyright: © 1989 Sharedata Inc
Genre: Puzzle games

Puzzle games

Jeopardy! Junior Edition
One of the longest-running game shows in existence today, Jeopardy! has
attracted millions of faithful fans worldwide. The show's charismatic
host Alex Trebek becomes one of the -- if not THE -- most recognizable TV
show hosts of all time. It is therefore not surprising that there has
been numerous computer versions of this popular game. For anyone who's
never seen the TV show before, here's a super-brief version of rules.
Jeopardy! is basically a trivia quiz, in which three contestants compete
to win the most money, earned by giving the correct answers. The twist is
that the contestant's answer must be phrased as a question. For example,
the question (called "clue" in the show) may be: "he was the first man on
the moon," to which the correct answer is "who is Neil Armstrong?"
Questions in the first round (chosen from 6 categories) are worth $100 to
$500 each, while those in the second round are worth twice as much. In
the final round, only a single category is available. The contestants
will make a wager in secret, after which they have 30 seconds to write
the question when the clue is revealed. The person with the most money
after the final round wins the game. Softie, which later became GameTek,
was one of the first companies to license the show-- and used it quite
effectively. Between 1987 and 1991, Softie/GameTek released no less than
6 Jeopardy! PC games, each better than the last. The first four versions,
i.e. from 1987 to 1990, sport identical CGA-only graphics and same
contestant faces. Each game has hundreds of questions, including fun
features such as the Daily Double (in which the contestant who picks that
clue is the only one with a chance to respond, using a wager similar to
the final round). The company even produced computer versions of
different Jeopardy! variants that were mushrooming at the time. For
example, Jeopardy! Junior Edition, released in 1989, is similar to the
first four editions, except that the questions are designed for 7-12
year-olds, with an appropriate set of contestant graphics. Super
Jeopardy! in 1991 was based on the short-lived version of the show, Super
Jeopardy!, in which dollar values were replaced by points, and it was a
"grandmaster tournament" of sorts whereby top players from the show
compete in a 13-week marathon to determine the champion of champions. The
game sports VGA graphics and very difficult questions, similar to the
show. Because Softie/GameTek practically monopolized the license until
Hasbro gained it in late 1990s, it is difficult to say whether these PC
games are as good as they can get. I would say that they all stand up
well with time, as the questions are all originals from the show itself,
and the series progresses quite nicely from CGA to VGA, Windows and
beyond. Features such as Audio Daily Doubles and Video Daily Doubles were
gradually added as the technology becomes available (e.g. sound cards),
so fans of the TV originals have much to like. While the early CGA
versions don't stand up well with time due to blocky graphics and grating
PC speaker sounds, VGA releases such as Super Jeopardy! remain a lot of
fun to play even to this day.
 

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