Lifespan: October 1983 - July 1984
Hosts: Gene Rayburn and Jon Bauman
Announcers: Gene Wood
Produced by: Mark Goodson Productions/Orion Television
Front Game Rules
||The front game was divided into two parts. In the first half of the show, two new challengers took part in a session of Match Game. Like the '70s version, a statement was read with a blank at the end, and six celebrities wrote down their answers. The contestant would give a response, and scored one point for every celebrity s/he matched. Three rounds were played, and a contestant could only match a specific celebrity once. The player with the highest score won the game and advanced to the Hollywood Squares portion of the show.
||The Hollywood Squares match took place between the winning challenger and the champion from the previous day. Three more celebriies were brought in from the Match Game panel to fill in the top row. Like the original game, host Bauman would read a question to the chosen celebrity (all questions were Yes/No or multiple choice), and the contestant could agree or disagree with the answer. Unlike the original show, however, a wrong judgement gave the square to your opponent, even if it would give him/her the game. Winning the first game won $100, the second game was worth $200, then $300, and so on. Capturing squares were worth $25 each. The player with the most money when time ran out won the game and advanced to the bonus round.
End Game Rules - "Super Match"
||The bonus round went back to Match Game, as the player took part in a round of Super Match. As usual, a group of 100 audience members were polled to fill in an incomplete phrase. The contestant could seek advice from three of the nine celebrities. The #1 answer was worth $1000, the #2 answer was $500, and the #3 answer was $250.
After that, the player selected a star to take part in the Head-to-Head Match. Each star had a sign in front of them, which determined by how much the player's score in the Audience Match would be multiplied if successful in the Head-to-Head (If unsuccessful in the Audience Match, the number was multiplied by $100). Four celebrities offered 10 times his/her score, four more celebirites had 20 times, and one celebrity could multiply the winnings by 30, making the top prize $30,000.
Loogaroo Looks it Over
The first and only hybrid in game show history, and I think they picked the two perfect shows and used them in the perfect format. Major compliments should be paid for the massive video wall and a terrific theme song. Less praise can be made, however, for the miscasting of Jon Bauman as the Hollywood Squares host. He certainly is a great guy, and he was trying to succeed, but seems to work better as a regular guest than a host.
Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour
Gameplay: 3 pts.
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Host: 2 pts.
Presentation: 2 pts.
Execution: 1 pt.
Total Score: 8 pts.