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Anticipation is a video board game for one to four players (both computer and human). The object of the game is to be the first to collect a card for each of the four colors on the game board. During each turn the computer will display seemingly random dots, then a pencil starts connecting the dots to form a picture. The first player to correctly identify the picture will earn a card for the color of the picture being drawn. As the picture draws, a dice on the screen will count down from 6 to 1. Whatever value is showing when a player successfully identifies the picture is the number of spaces that players game piece will move on the game board for the next turn. The color of the space the game piece lands on will dictate the category for the next picture to be drawn.

Each game will choose four categories from the various options, which include: tools, man made, clothing, food, math, office, travel, music, things, natural, leisure, and many others. After you've mastered the easier skill levels, the difficulty can be increased which will present more complicated pictures, remove some of the dots from the picture, or eliminate the dots entirely.

The game supports one to four players, however the NES satellite is not supported. If three or four players are competing, then two players will need to share a single controller. The control pad or A/B buttons would ring in a player who knew the answer for the picture being drawn, then the controller would have to be handed to that player in order to enter in the answer.


Anticipation NES A picture is drawing...
Anticipation NES The game board
Anticipation NES Connecting the dots...
Anticipation NES Title screen

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User Reviews

worst game EVER!!! Jeff Koerner (38) 0.25 Stars0.25 Stars0.25 Stars0.25 Stars0.25 Stars
Fun for a couple of games Sean Booth (27) 3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars

Critic Reviews

Defunct Games Aug 08, 2009 85 out of 100 85
Game Freaks 365 2005 7.7 out of 10 77
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library 2016 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Power Play Feb, 1990 65 out of 100 65
NES Center 2001 4.5 out of 10 45
Just Games Retro Jul 22, 2001 1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars 30
Questicle.net Jan, 2011 D- 16


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The box art for this game has become quite infamous on the internet (including, but not limited to Rare's own 'Scribes' page), due to the campiness of the characters on the front cover. In particular, the man in the top right corner of the box has been dubbed the "Yellow Shirt Guy" (or sometimes YSG for short). However, there seems to be something quirky to find about each individual character.

Game pieces

Each player is given a different game piece as follows:
Player one: shoes
Player two: trumpet
Player three: teddy bear
Player four: ice cream cone

Weapon-related puzzles

Surprisingly, the game features a lot of weapon-related pictures and puzzles. There's a gun, a cannon, nunchucks, a bomb, a bullet, a crossbow, an arrow, a spear, a sword, dynamite, a mace and more.

Information also provided by Ben K
Servo (57355) added Anticipation (NES) on Mar 22, 2003
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