Lifespan: January 2002 - March 2002
Host: John MacEnroe
Produced by: Julie Christie, Darryl McEwen, Andrew J. Golder
Front Game Rules
One contestant played solo, hooked up to a specially-designed chair that monitored its user's heart rate. The contestant was asked a series of 7 questions. The first one is worth $5000, the second is $10,000, then $15,000, $25,000, $40,000, $50,000, then finally $100,000. Added to the $5000 a player is given at the outset, a contestant stands to win $250,000 if s/he gets through all seven questions.
|Unfortunately, the player must also keep his/her heart under control. Each contestant is given his/her normal resting heartrate, and for the first question, s/he is allowed to go as high as 70% above that number. For each subsequent question, the threshhold is lowered by 5%. If the contestant goes over this number, s/he begins to "redline". A player cannot answer a question while redlining, and during this time the player's money begins to dwindle. For the first two questions, the contestant loses $100 for every second over the redline rate. This amount goes up to $200 on the third question, $300 on the fourth, $400 on the fifth, $500 on the sixth, and $1000 on the seventh.
Also during a player's campaign, two "Heartstopper" surprises will take place between questions. Such heart stoppers include a shower of sparks around the chair, a piñata popping in the studio, or the contestant coming face-to-face with a live alligator. The redline rule is also in effect at this time (during host chat segments and whatnot, a player can redline without penalty) and must get his/her rate under the limit to continue.
Starting with the third question, a player is allowed the "Stabilize" his/her total once. Should a player miss a question, that money is safe. However, a player can still lose money from redlining. Also, after the fourth question, the contestant is offered a one-time waiver of the redline rate lowering at a cost of $25,000.
The game ends when the player makes it through all seven questions, misses a question (at which point s/he keeps his/her Stabilized total), or redlines all of his/her money away.
Loogaroo Looks it Over
Gameplay: 2 pts.
One common flaw poked up in a few games: Players that were prone to redline often missed a question to stop the "bleeding". (Sorry, couldn't resist.) There should've been a way to cover that.
Host: 2 pts.
John MacEnroe showed some spark while at the helm of this show, but you could tell when he was reading a teleprompter.
Presentation: 2 pts.
Everything was done to make a contestant nervous, from the torches surrounding the chair, to the swirling lights, to the arena audience that all wore white to make their presence known.
Execution: 1 pt.
Winning the $250,000 was a difficult but possible task, and a change in the second episode extending the redline threshold (60% to 70%) made the games go farther.
Total Score: 7 pts.
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