Lifespan: April - July 1976, September 1976 - September 1977
Hosts: Jack Barry, Tom Kennedy
Announcers: Johnny Jacobs, Ernie Anderson
Produced by: Barry & Enright Productions
Front Game Rules
Two players compete, aided by nine celebrities. A player picked one of 20 boxes, each of which put two of the celebrities in play. A question is asked to both celebrities, and both give an answer. One celeb is giving the right answer, the other is bluffing. If the player picks the right answer, the player keeps the box. Otherwise, his/her opponent wins the box.
|The object was to find three boxes of the same value. On any particular board, all boxes of the same value are touching each other. Also on the board were blank squares, which caused the player to lose his/her turn. Five Moneybags were hidden on the board as well. If one was found, the player could keep it (and end their turn) or turn it back and pick another box. If a player found three Moneybags, s/he "Broke the Bank" and won an array of prizes. There was also one Wild Card (which could be used to form any triple other than Moneybags) At the end of the show, the player with the most winnings advanced to the bonus round.
In the bonus round, the player tried to accumulate $2,000 by picking celebrities, each of them with a sign in front of them. 8 of them have dollar amounts from $100 - $1,000, another sign reads "BUST". The player keeps picking celebrities until s/he chickens out, reaches $2,000 (at which point it's raised to $5,000) or picks the celebrity that has the "BUST" (at which point the player loses the money)
Loogaroo Looks it Over
Jalapeno, does this show smell of Hollywood Squares or what? The line of questioning is OK (I kinda like it better than the straight agree/disagree method of HS) but the rules to the front game are so confusing it's difficult to watch. The end game is yet another variation on the "Get X dollars before hitting the bad guy" spiel that every Barry & Enright show seems to use, and even then it's starting to look tired. Jack Barry's hosting job is OK (though where the heck did he get those god-awful sunglasses?) and the set is pretty nice albeit a bit boxy.
Break the Bank
Gameplay: 1 pt.
Host: 2 pts.
Presentation: 1 pt.
Execution: 2 pts.
Total Score: 6 pts.
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