Lifespan: June 1993 - June 1995
Host: Wink Martindale
Announcers: Randy West
Produced by: Wink Martindale, Bill Hillier
Front Game Rules
Three players competed. In the first round, the six traditional Trivial Pursuit categories are presented to each of the players: Geography, Entertainment, History, Art 7 Literature, Science & Nature, and Sports & Leisure. Each category chooses one of the six categories to play, and host Martindale asks that player a question. If the player answers correctly, s/he earns one half a wedge of that particular color. If the player answers wrong, the other two players could jump in and steal the half-wedge.
|In the second and third rounds, six more categories were offered or varying categories. One question in each round was a "Bonus" question. Answering it correctly earned the player an opportunity at a follow-up question, which would win the player $100 and an extra half-wedge in the color of his/her choice.
The fourth round was the speed round, in which all questions were toss-ups, and a correct answer earned that player the choice of the next category. The first player to get two half-wedges in each of the six colors won the game, $500, and advanced to the bonus round.
In the bonus round, the contestant had 45 seconds to answer six questions correctly, each one representing one of six colors in the player's on-screen token. Every right answer won $100; six right answers won a trip.
Announcer Randy West is also known for being a contestant on the last episode of Hit Man.
Loogaroo Looks it Over
As well-known a vehicle as Trivial Pursuit is, something got lost in the translation here. The gameplay comes off as kinda bland, and while the format uses the Trivial Pursuit rules about as much as one could hope, there wasn't much more to it than Wink asking questions and the contestants answering them. There wasn't even much buzzing in until the fourth round. Wink's hosting really didn't impress me much this time out, either. I liked the gold set, and the chasing lights across the center were a nice touch, but the prizes were kinda cheap.