Jeopardy! (Game Boy) Playthrough – NintendoComplete
Following their 1990 release of Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy! was Gametek’s second game show game released for the Game Boy, and it was also the only “game” the company published for the handheld in 1991 – the rest of their line-up consisted of software in the short-lived “InfoGenius Productivity” series.
Jeopardy!’s first Game Boy adaptation is a slight upgrade over Wheel of Fortune, with character avatars and larger, cleaner graphics, but it lifts its interface almost wholesale from the earlier game. It’s a bit spartan, but it’s easy to see on the Game Boys blurry LCD panel, and it does its job just fine.
The appeal of Jeopardy! will depend on which what you think of the show. Being based in trivia, it requires a fair amount more thought that Wheel of Fortune (which is, at its core, a dressed-up version of Hangman), but that also gives Jeopardy! a lot more to engage with. The game’s packaging touts “over 1,500 new questions,” and while this isn’t a huge number, it is an improvement over earlier 8-bit translations of the game, and its enough that you’ll play several games before running out of new material.
Each game plays out like it does on television – you still play a Double Jeopardy! and a Final Jeopardy! round, and Daily Doubles are present and accounted for. And, even though there are only two contestants in any game, the cart does allow for two-player competitive play with the use of a link cable, providing both players have a copy of the game.
Like a lot of early Game Boy titles, Jeopardy! is simple and straightforward, but it works well with the format. If you are looking for a version of Jeopardy! to play on the go and don’t demand a ton of flashy bells and whistles, this version is still a solid way of providing some portable trivia fun.
*Recorded with Retroarch shaders to mimic the look of the original hardware.
No cheats were used during the recording of this video.
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