Do you watch TV? Have you ever imagined yourself as a participant of one of the numerous TV
shows so popular nowadays? If yes, then the games I am going to talk about are undoubtedly
interesting for you. I mean the large number of casual games based on famous TV programs and
contests. Sometimes it's a great chance to try your hand or wits in some challenges not
quite available in real life. Or not?
Actually, I think it's a question of personal choice. People play such games for different
reasons. Some, like The 80s Game with Martha Quinn, Pat Sajak's Lucky Letters or Merv
Griffin's Crosswords , attract fans of certain personalities, the popular TV hosts who are
brand by themselves.
Others, like Family Feud III: Dream Home , Jeopardy 2 or The Price is Right , are a treat for those who
always watch the respective shows screaming "I knew it!". I sometimes do exactly that. And
you? To my mind, i's a perfect way to test yourself and see whether it's that easy as it
But most of such games do not become real hits, because their audience is quite narrow. Not
all of us adore Merv Griffin or Martha Quinn, and that's a fact. But there are some titles
that can offer the user more than just an association with the favorite show. They also
feature game play that is addictive by itself. I am talking about time-maangements like The
Office or Hell's Kitchen and such a great example of hidden object games as The History
Channel Lost Worlds . I would play them even if the theme had nothing to do with television.
And I think that what all game developers should seek to achieve - engaging game play. Otherwise not even the most popular theme will save the situation. Do you agree?
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