Jeopardy
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2000
Sure, you think it's cool to play Jeopardy on the PlayStation. And it would be, if the interface for you, the player, were faster than molasses running uphill in the ice age.
The "wheel of death" for entering the answers is the most hideous application of player-game interaction we've ever seen. You must scroll through the "wheel of death" to select the letters one by one; and then the game will eventually fill in the rest of the answer for you. But if it's a long answer, and the game contains other words that begin with the same letters, you're toast.
On the plus side, you don't really have to know how to spell; since the game will finish the answer for you. However, if you can't spell the first part of the answer (even if you REALLY know it) you're toast again.
If you were brave enough to suffer through the "wheel of death" and the idiotic repition of Alex Trebek "Why yes!" responses when you managed to get something right, you will be confronted with the evilest of all portions of the game: Final Jeopardy!
This game was so well thought out for the multi-player mode, that you must look away from the screen while your competitor answers the question. So if your friends cheat, you'll always lose.
Oh, yes, and we can't forget how horrible the pen interface is to write your name as the contestant. You have to hold down the "X" button while using the d-pad to draw. It would've been a bit easier to use the "wheel of death" (the only time we'd thought that, that was for sure).
The categories are also poorly color schemed, so they are difficult to read.
Our advice... Wait for "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" to figure out how you can phone a friend on a cd-rom game and buy that one.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on July 24, 2001
I bought Jeopady! Second Edition and my wife and I play it almost every day (please see my review for that game--five stars). Worried about running out of questions, I decided to buy this edition of Jeopardy. While the gameplay is the almost the same, this edition is not up to par with the second edition. In fact, if I had bought this edition first, I'm not so sure if my wife and I would be as hooked on playing Jeopardy as we are today. The differences between the two games are:
1. The questions seem to be more difficult in this edition (I say this only having played a couple of games). The difficulty level is about the same as what it is on regular Jeopardy on TV, while the difficulty level in the second edition is about the same as the Jeopardy teen/college tournaments on TV (which in my opinion is much better since most of us playing the game wouldn't qualify to go on the TV gameshow).
2. The sound quality is poor in this edition. Both Alex and the announcer sound like they're talking through a pipe.
3. The video quality is somewhat poor. It is much easier to read the category board in the second edition. The video is somewhat dark as well--it can be difficult to determine what category and dollar value is highlighted. When Alex speaks, he is shown in a small box and the video is choppy. When he speaks in the second edition, he appears in full screen at better resolution.
4. The computer players don't talk like they do in the second edition.
Considering these differences and the fact that the second edition typically sells for ($) less, I think it should be a easy choice as to which one to buy. Don't get me wrong...this is a good game. It's just that the improvements in the second edition make it much more enjoyable to play. Buy this one if you start to run out of questions in the other one. By then, however, Jeopardy 3 may have already been released (which I'm hoping is real soon).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 1999
Jeopardy! the electronic game has all of the elements of the TV show: Alex Trebek, the sound effects, and the typical questions we've come to expect from it. While it adapts very well for Nintendo 64, it does have some drawbacks. As the Amazon.com review stated, the categories and questions start to repeat themselves after only a few games, even though there are supposed be thousands of questions. As a habitual player, I find it very frustrating to keep encountering the same questions as many as three times within two hours of play. The Jeopardy! format lends itself very well to the Nintendo 64 system. You use the controller to write your answers on the screen. However, you can specify the degree of difficulty for your questions, and the levels of intelligence of your computer opponents. The best feature is one that allows you to prompt the game to finish the answers. For example, if you know the answer is Alexander Hamilton, you can type as much as Alexander H and then the game will ask you if you want to enter "Alexander Hamiliton." This cuts down on time and takes into account you may not spell very well. You can also specify how precise in spelling you need to be. You can set the game to only give credit for exact spelling, or close to the word.
On a personal note, I don't care much for Alex Trebek, and unfortunately, this game has managed to capture the smugness and false superiority I find so irritating on the TV show. The game contains some imagery of Mr. Trebek and his voice guides the players through the game. I usually turn the volume off, so I can deal with it.
Other than what I mentioned above, the game is fun.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on November 17, 1999
I enjoy this game, because it doesn't have all the complex moves that the sports or action games have. It becomes addictive and competitive trying to prove who is the most intelligent in the group. Great to play alone or with someone of lesser intelligence.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 1999
I just got a Playstation for Christmas and I love it. I bought Jeopardy! so that my parents, sister and brother in law would play with me. As it turns out, they haven't been able to get near the game because my friends and I keep playing it! I was a little annoyed at how quickly categories started repeating but, it is still a ton of fun. It really brings out the competitive spirit in people!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 10, 2001
I really liked this game compared to earlier video game versions. I dont like the write you own name feature... Im not at all fond of how dark the board is.. and how much we have to adjust the color and brightness on our screen to see the board, then adjust it back when we are finished. The questions are difficult and exactly what we hoped. Answering is rather difficult at first, and the auto complete is nice, except you have to be really careful... learned that the hard way... I would have given it 5 stars, but the dark screen and S---L----O----w loading of the game decided against that...
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on November 3, 2014
This is not a bad game if you want to play Jeopardy. Playing a video game of Jeopardy is going to only appeal to a certain set of people.

It gets 3 stars only because it had a broken feature called "Adaptive Play" or something of that sort. Do not play with that on. If you do, as soon as you build up a substantial lead, the computer will be able to buzz in ten seconds early and get every question right.

The Second Edition PS1 game is the superior one.
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on December 15, 2002
This game is awsome!!!
Pros:
1. Awsome sound
2. Awsome graphix
3. Awsome Music
4. Exactly like the show
Cons:
1. Can't skip cinema scenes
This game is awsome, and I reccomend buying it. For any Jeopardy fan, this game is for you!!!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 24, 1999
Jeopardy is one of those special games that will eventually make you an ardent fan. It appeals to your deepest sense of competitiveness. After my first, challenge I was forever hooked. Hasbro interactive has done a stupendous job with the graphics and the similarities to the television version is exceptional. By providing difficult yet intriguing answers, Jeopardy will insure hours upon hours of play. I now play the game almost on a daily basis. Make sure you invite friends & family over so that you can display your mental prowess. This is without a doubt one of the best Playstation titles ever. HAVE FUN!
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on November 29, 2012
Just as described, my son was very happy with this product when he opened the package. Well worth the money.
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