More than a decade after its last run ended, "Pyramid" saw new life as a syndicated entry hosted by one-time teen heartthrob Donny Osmond. The basic premise was identical to the 1973 classic word association game: Two teams of two (a contestant and a celebrity partner) each try to convey words and/or phrases in any one of six categories. This time, they had just 20 seconds to guess six words correctly. As before the cluegiver could do anything short of saying the word itself to get his/her partner to say the word; the word can be passed on (and scored if they thought of it later), but if the cluegiver blurts out the essence of the word, the word is thrown out and the contestant can't score on it. One of the categories hid a "Super Six" card, which gave the contestant a bonus prize if all six words were guessed. Three go-arounds were played (the celebrity giving the clues the first time, the contestant the next time through and a choice of cluegivers in the final round). The contestant... Written by
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During the first season, original Pyramid host Dick Clark was a guest player along with game show queen Betty White during a week, called the "Dick Clark Challenge". It was the first time Dick was on the show since 1988 and the first time he was a Pyramid player since 1978. While Clark hosted the daytime version back then, he was a frequent player on the syndicated version of the '70s with Bill Cullen as host. See more »
I truly enjoy this new version of the classic game. Say what you will about Donny Osmond, but he does a very good job of hosting this show. Donny himself was a longtime fan of Pyramid (Yes doing those years when he, his brothers, and sister Marie were popular) and knows that the game itself is the star of the show. However they are a few changes to this version of Pyramid.
In the front game, their are now six words or phrases in each category now rather than the traditional seven, but now contestants must get the words and phrases within 20 seconds instead of 30 seconds. Being the in 21'st Century the new Pyramid is much high tech and uses lots of video monitors especially those used in the game.
The best improvement is that the audience applause has now been cut out during the 'Winners Circle' when the category is correctly guessed. You still have 60 seconds to get to the top of the Pyramid, and still NO HANDS when giving the clues in that part of the game.
Some of the music during game play you might find annoying at first but I got used to it. The 'Winners Circle' Music is the best and better than the one note countdown sound that was used in the past incarnations. Pyramid purists might be disappointed that a whole new theme is used, but it does have Techno/Egyptian feel to it. Were did get the great Pyramids from anyway?
Give this Pyramid a chance and you might get hooked on this one as well.
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