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Overall, it's true to the show. If you owned the Sega CD and watched Jeopardy!, this is a natural fit. It replicates an episode well, stores plenty of questions on the CD, and makes excellent use of the console's memory for auto-saving. The multimedia capabilities are a bit underused; offering only limited clips of Alex Trebek and contestants. Questions still aren't read aloud, and no considerations were given for video or audio Daily Doubles. Think of the disc as a large set of new questions, with the same functional gameplay as previous video game ports, and some limited multimedia fluff. Adjust your interest accordingly.
With categories like French Literature and Archaeology, the questions are guaranteed to be as tough and as varied as the shows. Brainy whiz kids looking for the true Jeopardy challenge will enjoy this one.
Your prize: better-than-average digitization of the Jeopardy! set and host Alex Trebek, and questions that won't insult the average player's intelligence. But one thing's for sure: Until someone develops voice-recognition technology for Sega CD, game shows will always be more fun to watch on television than to play on this system.
Sony did an adequate job with design but needed to fine tune some of the mechanics. For a game show conversion Jeopardy! is good for what it is, but unless you're Rain Man, you aren't going to get that excited.
Video Games & Computer Entertainment
The game's best feature is the option to select different personalities for each contestant. And that's absolutely the most exciting thing about Jeopardy! Otherwise, just watch the darn thing on TV and try to answer the questions. And there's as much as much gameplay in the cartridge versions, so why spend the extra bucks on the CD version? Alex Trebek is truly annoying since all he ever says is, "No, that's not correct." The lack of music and sound effects makes this one dull to play - it's sooooooo quiet. A trivia study booklet should be included because nobody watches the TV show without studying first.