Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Board of the game

So I was watching the season debut of Celebrity Name Game, and there's a blurb for the home version of the game. That made a weird kind of sense, because they play the game on a home-like set. Well, the set isn't really too homey but Craig Ferguson does shout out to imaginary celebs walking past the imaginary windows. "Hi George Clooney! Hi Gwyneth Paltrow!"

So I scrounged around the web and came up with this review of the show's home game. You get score chips, 150 double-sided cards, and an electronic timer, which is no doubt better than an hourglass. In fact, Celebrity Name Game is supposedly based on another board game called Identity Crisis. Of course, the show is really a knockoff of Pyramid, but that's a little awkward for the showrunners to admit.

So we've now got a board game version of a TV game show which is allegedly based on another board game but is really copied from another TV game show. I like Celebrity Name Game - even put it at #25 on my list of the top fifty game shows of all time - but I probably won't invest in the home game. It's a lot easier to sit back and yell clues at the TV screen.

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