Lifespan: October 1983 - January 1984
Host: Kevin O'Connell
Announcers: Johnny Gilbert
Produced by: Bob Stewart/BASADA Productions
Front Game Rules
||Two teams of five members, each captained by a celebrity, compete. In each round, one member of each team has to answer a series of questions posed by his/her teammates. The players see the answer and ask the question, with each player adding one word at a time, then ringing a bell to elicit an answer from the third teammate. After a correct answer, the player moves to a different seat to hear another question. The first team is timed to see how long they can answer five questions, and the second team tries to beat that time.
|A total of four rounds are played, with the winners of each round receiving 250, 500, 750 and 1250 points respectively. The first team to score 1500 points wins the game and advances to the bonus round. In the event of a clean sweep (in which a team scores 1500 points by winning the first three rounds), the winners get to play the bonus round twice. Teams are paid $1 per point after each match.
End Game Rules
||The team now has 60 seconds to get one member of the team to answer 7 questions correctly. For the first question, all four of the other team members add one word at a time. Upon a correct answer, one player leaves the podium and the remaining players pose the next question. The third question is asked between two players, and the celebrity asks the fourth question all by him/herself, at which point players return to the podium. Each correct answer wins $200; getting seven in 60 seconds wins $10,000.
Both teams remain on the show for a week, switching celebrity captains each day.
Loogaroo Looks it Over
In some ways, I can see why Bob Stewart decided to try converting the bonus round from Chain Reaction into its own game; the concept of making a question on the spot challenges a team's quick thinking as well as wavelength. However, it's also a kind of funky idea that would be difficult to catch on with the general public (and obviously it didn't; neither show lasted longer than 26 weeks). Kevin O'Connell did a respectable job hosting; his analysis after each round was interesting. Low marks, though, for a distinctly tacky set. I think they have the word "GO" visible in about 40 places.
Gameplay: 2 pts.
Host: 3 pts.
Presentation: 0 pts.
Execution: 2 pts.
Total Score: 7 pts.
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