Jeopardy! is an American television game show – a quiz competition in which contestants are presented with general knowledge clues in the form of answers, and must phrase their responses in the form of questions. It is hosted by Alex Trebec.
Jeopardy! has been adapted into a number of video games released on various consoles and handhelds spanning multiple hardware generations. Most Jeopardy! games released prior to 1998 were published by GameTek, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection that year.
An Atari 2600 adaptation of Jeopardy! was planned by The Great Game Co. in 1983, but that game ended up being cancelled during development. This would have been the only video game based on the Fleming version if it were released. No ROMs have been found.
Then, from 1987 to 1990, Rare developed a series of three Jeopardy! games for the Nintendo Entertainment System. The first featured general knowledge questions, the second was a “Kids Edition” featuring easier questions and child contestants, and the third was an “Anniversary Edition” honouring the 25th anniversary of the original Art Fleming version’s debut. The Super Jeopardy! specials were also given a video game adaptation of their own for the NES, titled Talking Super Jeopardy! because of its periodic use of voice synthesis. Entertainment Weekly gave the game a C.
In 1992, GameTek released Jeopardy! video games for the Super NES and the Genesis. These two games were followed up by “Sports Editions” and “Deluxe Editions” in 1994. Of the “Sports Editions” in particular, Computer Gaming World said that despite their “many flaws”, they “[exuded] a certain degree of charm” in emulating the positive and negative aspects of the television show. Later in 1994, Sony Imagesoft created a game based on the show for the Sega CD, while Philips Interactive Media released a version for its CD-i console the following year. GameTek’s last Jeopardy! video game before its bankruptcy was released in 1998 for the Nintendo 64.
Hasbro Interactive produced two Jeopardy! video game adaptations of its own for Sony Computer Entertainment’s PlayStation console in 1998 and 1999; both versions feature clues that are read by announcer Johnny Gilbert instead of host Alex Trebek; while the second edition features behind-the-scenes interviews, an all-access backstage video, and a qualifying exam for contestants. Afterwards, Hasbro Interactive’s successor, Infogrames Entertainment (which would later go on to become Atari, SA), released a PlayStation 2 edition in October 2003. Then in 2008, Sony Online Entertainment created a Jeopardy! game for the PlayStation 3 through the PlayStation Network.
On November 2, 2010, THQ released Jeopardy! video games for the Wii and Nintendo DS platforms. The company followed those up in 2012 by releasing games based on the show for the PlayStation 3, the Wii U, and Microsoft’s Xbox 360.
On September 4th, 2020, after a late night of streams, I was joined by my good friend and Don’t Get Me Started co-host, Alex Boughton, where we played the SNES version of the game. The questions seemed to be a lot harder than the Mega Drive version we played during the Birthday and Affiliate Celebration earlier in the year:
On September 11th, to close out the night, I watched a classic British episode of Jeopardy and played some more on the Mega Drive.
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