Tag Archives: Casual Games

Hollywood Squares

Developer: GameTek
Year: 1989
Genre: Game Show
Platform: DOS, Commodore 64, Apple II, NES

My Rating: 2

I love game shows, even the stupid ones, but it’s really hard to get on board with Hollywood Squares. Much like Match Game, the contestants are irrelevant and it’s all about watching celebrities make jokes. At least when I would catch this show, the celebrities were not near drunk enough to make it work. Not to mention that basing a game show around Tic-Tac-Toe is so basic it makes Deal or No Deal seem high concept.

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Family Feud

Developer: Softie
Year: 1987
Genre: Game Show
Platform: DOS, Apple II, Coleco Adam, Commodore 64

My Rating: 8

A very simple game show to translate to the computer and they did a very nice job here. You don’t need a whole lot to make this one work: a ton of boards and good sound effects are about all that’s needed. This version succeeds in both ways. One can play the game for days and not see the same category twice and the sound effects when you get an answer right are brief and rewarding. About as good as one can expect from the internal sound board.

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Classic Concentration

Developer: Softie
Year: 1988, 1999
Genre: Game Show
Platform: DOS, Apple II, Commodore 64, NES

My Rating: 4

Another fairly popular game show (hosted by Trebek at the time) that was published by Sharedata and received two versions for home computers (the second was identical with additional puzzles). It was never my favorite show and it doesn’t really help that this version is faithful.

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Jeopardy! (Hasbro Editions)

Developer: Hasbro
Year: 1998, 2000, 2003
Genre: Game Show
Platform: Windows, Mac, Playstation

My Rating: 9

I’ve played almost every version of Jeopardy! over the years on every system, and the three released by Hasbro at the turn of the century are still my favorite. They’re clean, crisp, and feature Johnny Gilbert reading the questions with FMV sequences featuring Alex Trebek. It’s about as close to the real show as you’re going to get.

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Developer: Sharedata
Year: 1987, et al
Genre: Game Show
Platform: DOS, Apple II, Commodore 64

My Rating: 5

Sharedata also released Jeopardy! at the same time as Wheel of Fortune, and like that one spawned many sequels, all virtually identical except more boards, including a fifth follow up that was a sports edition. Also a faithful representation of the show, but bogged down by speed issues.

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