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$100,000 Pyramid - PC

by Vivendi Universal
Windows 98 / Me / 95
Everyone
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)


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  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000059TCC
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: March 22, 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,683 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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The $100,000 Pyramid from Sierra provides an interactive experience true to the original gameplay mechanics. Players will appreciate the nostalgic depiction of the original Pyramid TV series that ran from 1973 through the early '90s. From the familiar pyramid kiosk of categories to the animated celebrities and fast-paced play, The $100,000 Pyramid from Sierra is sure to be a refreshing, nostalgic addition to any virtual game closet.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, but not without its flaws... June 26, 2001
I was thrilled with this game! The graphics are terrific and look just like the show, and the animated celebrites that give you the clues are adorable. Die-hard fans of the $25,000/$100,000 Pyramid will thoroughly enjoy this game, which has to be the most outstanding PC-adaptation of a game show ever made.
However, I found the following weaknesses. Many of these are incredibly minor, but hardcore $100,000 Pyramid fans will appreciate reading them...
1. Others have said this, but it bears repeating: no Dick Clark? What the... C'mon, guys, you can't have the $100,000 Pyramid without Dick Clark! 2. Again, to repeat some of the above reviews: what's with the theme music? If I can find the REAL theme music and somehow replace it, I will. The music they have is *blech*. 3. In the real show, when you get to the winner's circle, you first try for $10,000. Then, if/when you make it a second time, you try for $25,000. Then, the fastest winners are brought back for a tournament to win $100,000. With this game, it's $5,000 then $10,000, then $25,000, then $50,000 then $100,000 (or something like that). Blech. Stay true to the original game show, guys. 4. Clues that the animated celebrites give in the bonus round are often illegal. For example, one time when I played, the subject was "Things that are refrigerated." The celebrity said, "Milk, so it doesn't spoil." On the television show that would be "buzzed." You can only list items; you can't elaborate or get descriptive like that. This happens way too often. 5. On the television show, after each round, whether in the preliminary game or the bonus round, Dick Clark will usually reveal what the real answers were, often times suggesting good clues.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost a 5-star game October 19, 2001
Graphics - Excellent graphics! The set of the classic game is perfectly recreated with actual fonts that were used on the trilons (aka "flippy boxes"), and the boxes flip just like on the actual show. The characters (civilian players and celebrity players) are nicely animated, but some of their winning animations look overzealous. No Dick Clark in this one, so if you're expecting everything from the classic show, then you'll be slightly disappointed. Score (out of 5) - 4.5
Sound - Voices are crisp and clear, and the music is nice, however the classic $100,000 Pyramid theme is not on here. It was replaced with a livelier, jazzier rendition of the theme. I actually prefer the classic 2 themes (the original theme used from the beginning of the $10000 Pyramid to the end of the $50000 Pyramid, and the updated theme used from the beginning of The New $25000 Pyramid to the end of the $100000 Pyramid). You even have the Winner's Circle timer sound ("doot doot doot") which sounds during the last 10 seconds on both the Winner's Circle and in the main game. The only thing missing is the classic "cuckoo" sound for an illegal clue and Dick Clark, especially his classic "So long" sign-off. Score - 4.5
Control - You use the mouse to choose which civilian character you want, which celebrity partner you want, and which box you want to play. You use the keyboard to type in your name and your answers. You also use the keyboard's TAB key if you want to pass on a subject in either the main game or the Winner's Circle(unlike the actual show, you can come back to passed subjects in the main game). Score - 5
Playability - You can play one person vs the computer, 2 players against each other, and an option called Party Play (4 players with 2 players on a team).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but repetative November 26, 2001
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This game is a lot of fun, but...
The same categories keep coming up over and over. The "celebrities" give the same clues repeatedly, even when you obviously can't get the answer from what they've said so far.
I am not bothered at all by the lack of Dick Clark or the original music.
Play is fast, and it's nice that you can type just part of the answer and get the points. Otherwise, the better typists would always win.
Worth the money I spent on it, but they really should have more different categories.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Celebrity Help! June 9, 2003
For a lot of game shows that have came out for the computer, they've always seemed to have a little bit of a blind-slighted feel to most gamers. They always seem to fall just a dash flat for a full-feeling of being in the actual video game. Still, most of them are still willing to find that out one day at a time. With several revamped versions of game shows on P.C. like Jeopardy, Wheel Of Fortune, and other game shows, there is one that actually tries to stand out a little bit, Pyramid. With the success of Pyramid being revived with Donny Osmond, has been an unbelieveable exciting game, but the P.C. game still needs a little fine tuning.
The $100,000 Pyramid for the P.C. was released before Donny Osmond came on with the revival of Pyramid. The game features three different versions of Pyramid, Single Play, where you have to get a certain amount of points to get to the Winners' Circle, Double Play, where two people actually play the same way like it is on the game show. Still, it does fall a little bit, without proper speakers. The third version takes the cake however. The party play version, gives a little more of an interactive version that you play with other people, like you're actually on the Pyramid. For that one, you really need to see that, and play it with more than one version. If you get this game, get it for this version of gameplay only.
Still, it would be nice to see Pyramid updated with a newer version, based on the recent revival. I just really hope that happens soon. Still, you're better off playing the version from the television, whether Dick Clark, Bill Cullen, or Donny Osmond is the host. The $100,000 Pyramid is just a fraction of the fun it was suppose to be. Try getting this one used.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars As close as you can get to the TV show
I bought this game in a package with four other TV game show discs around 2005 or so. As others have pointed out, the disc isn't perfect, but duplicates the overall feel of the 80s... Read more
Published on February 28, 2011 by Michael Ceciliani
5.0 out of 5 stars Fans of the CBS - Dick Clark Pyramid of the '80s: this is the one...
Although it has been nearly 20 years since Dick Clark hosted the various editions of the Pyramid on CBS day-time, Game Show Network resurrected those '80s episodes a few years back... Read more
Published on January 24, 2010 by Jeremy F. Kennedy
5.0 out of 5 stars recommendations
I suggest you put in a pre-order for this game so that way your first in line to get this game
Published on February 13, 2003 by Jeremy
5.0 out of 5 stars I Recommend users to try it out
This game has thinking skills very educational for kids I recommend that you users out there buy this product
Published on December 26, 2002 by Jeremy
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun for Everyone!
This game is just like the show! I got it and I just loved it. It isn't that challenging so people of many ages can play. Great buy. a+++
Published on December 22, 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic for new Pyramid game (2002)
This is an excellent game for people who plan to audition for the new Pyramid game with Donny Osmond. Read more
Published on December 14, 2002 by Luther Mace
4.0 out of 5 stars A MUST IF YOU PLAN TO TRY OUT FOR THE NEW "PYRAMID"
"Pyramid" is BACK on TV !
...And... Host Donny Osmond is looking for contestants around the USA with the Pyramid City Tour. Read more
Published on October 24, 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars not highly recommended
The reason that I gave this game a 3-star rating is because after playing only a few times, the categories were already repeating themselves. Read more
Published on January 8, 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars "PYRAMID" Power!
One of TV's classic game shows, The PYRAMID is BACK!
Over the years game show fans played various "Pyramid" home games from different manufacturers like the original... Read more
Published on December 14, 2001 by Art Kurtz
3.0 out of 5 stars $100,000 Pyramid
The game is fun but frustrating because the "celebrities" give the same clues over and over again. Read more
Published on November 20, 2001 by Nicole B. Eyman
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