Jeopardy! Deluxe Edition
It’s always hard to recreate game shows in a different medium. I have self-respect, so I’ve never played one before today. I lowered my standards to please my loving audience! Ya bunch o’ ingrates!
The game is as you expect: Alex Trebbek dubbed voice overs for a couple of things–but not the actual question reading–and your standard array of generic characters.
The questions seem to be picked from the show. That is, they aren’t dumbed down for an American audience. I find this somewhat strange. Japanese RPGs were dumbed down for American audiences because they were “too hard”, yet Gametek figures people will sit through all the simulated effects of the tv-show just so that they can show that they don’t know some obscure fact from 20 years ago? Seems like an odd market split to me.
While playing, I found myself a lot more curious about the randomizer, the question selection, and the comparison algorithms. You have to answer textually. Does that mean spelling counts? It certainly doesn’t in the real Jeopardy. Or is there an intelligent comparison algorithm that is more forgiving? Playing with the computers is also somewhat frustrating because they are painfully slow. You spend most of the game waiting.
Verdict: If I were really stuck on reliving the nostalgia of the tv game show, I’d much rather watch the SNL skits, or play a variant that adapts well to the computer medium, like You Don’t Know Jack, which is essentially the same thing, without the interminable waiting simulator.