Lifespan: December 1986 - September 1987
Host: Tom Kennedy
Announcer: Charlie O'Donnell
Produced by: Syd Vinnedge, Tony Scotti, Peter Berlin, Rob Fiedler
Front Game Rules
Two players competed. A board was presented to everyone, bearing nine esoteric words. The middle column was one row higher than the other two, so as not to create a square. To start the game, the returning champion chose a word from the board. A panel of three celebrities then each gave what they claimed to be the correct definition of the word (along with a witty use of the word or other humor). The contestant then tried to choose the celebrity who had the correct definition. If correct, the player won the dollar amount attached to the word; otherwise, the challenger could steal the money by picking the star of the two with the right definition. The challenger then chose a word, and the process repeated.
|The game was played in three rounds. As words were guessed correctly, the player scored the dollar value of that word, along with any previously identified words connected to it. For instance, if a $100 word was connected to words worth $75 and $25, the player picked up $200. If a word could not be correctly defined by either player, all links for that word were severed. Dollar values also increased with each new round. After three rounds the player with the most money won the game and advanced to the bonus round.
End Game Rules - "Double Definitions"
|The player now stood in front of a board with 6 rows and 4 columns. The object was to get from the left side of the board to the right in under 45 seconds. For each space on the board, two clues were given for the same word. (For instance: "Male deer" and "Slang for dollar" would be definitions for BUCK.) If an incorrect answer was made or if a player passed on the word, s/he would have to work around that square. If successful, the player won $5000 plus $2500 for each day it had not been won; otherwise, s/he wins $100 for each word identified.
Loogaroo Looks it Over
Gameplay: 1 pt.
The game drags quite a bit, and one mistake will pretty much screw you over, especially in later rounds.
Host: 3 pts.
Despite a less than average vehicle, Tom Kennedy hosts it as if he were hosting a 10-year classic.
Presentation: 2 pts.
The music is kinda nondescript, but the lights behind the set were a great touch.
Execution: 2 pts.
The money they gave out was just as much as its daytime companion, Blockbusters. Can't complain with that.
Total Score: 8 pts.
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