|Genre: Puzzle & Trivia|
|Min OS X: 10.4 CPU: G4 RAM: 256 MB Graphics: 800x600|
|Jeopardy! Super Deluxe|
April 21, 2009 | Ted Bade
The final aspect is to play against real people. I tried this with one other person. Since all players must use the same keyboard, this can be a little bit of a problem. But the keys are as far apart as they can be. (The guy in the middle gets the space key which is a lot easier to hit). With USB keyboards, one could plug three of them together, so each contestant gets their own keyboard. They would still use the same respond key, but it would be less crowded.
The questions are a lot of fun, ranging across a vast variety of topics. The selection of categories for each game contains the typical Jeopardy mix. From my perspective, there are usually a couple that I am familiar with, one or two I could guess, at and one I have absolutely no background in ☺. (This is why I never tried out for Jeopardy. But I do have a friend that did pretty well for herself on the real game).
Jeopardy has a few ways to track how you are doing as you play. It keeps track of the player’s personal statistics, such as how long one has played, number of wins, and the category you did the best with. You are also given trophies for various achievements as you play. There are 36 possible trophies to work toward. The game also keeps track of the top ten play alone and top ten group play scores.
You are represented in the game by an avatar. When you start the game you get to build on that represents you. I felt the choices were very limited, providing only a few choices of skin colors , features, cloths and so forth. However the results are very realistic. The avatars on the screen clap (like they are prompted in the real game), make some gestures as they get questions right or wrong, and kind of bop about on the screen. The unseen audience cheers or moans when questions are answered correctly or incorrectly. While all this portrays reality, it really feels like it is portraying reality. In truth, I found the avatar animations a bit aggravating and silly. But that’s just me.
The game includes all the expected Jeopardy sounds, but no voices. There are the buzzes, bells, and cheers of the crowd. Let us no forget the gratuitous clapping for everyone at various times during the game. The standard Jeopardy theme song sounds throughout the game. Although, during final Jeopardy, there was a definite lack of that very familiar “Final Jeopardy” tune.
Overall, This particular version if Jeopardy is good. I found playing with the AI’s a bit odd feeling, but I do like the challenge of finding the answers, so I gravitated toward the single player options. There are lots and lots of clues in this game. If you like that aspect of Jeopardy, you will definitely find a lot of fun here. Because you can play with real people, this version has the potential to be a fun family game. It is definitely worth a look. A free demo of this game is available.
Pros• Lots of questions to keep you coming back
• Good representation of the actual game
• Good representative sounds
Cons• Graphics are hit-and-miss
• Trying to crowd three humans around a keyboard can be interesting
• AI play can be repetitive depending on skill level