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Russian Roulette 

Contestants compete in a hybrid general knowledge quiz-game of chance, where incorrect answers could literally cause them to drop out of the game.




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Burton Richardson Burton Richardson ...  Himself - Announcer 70 episodes, 2002-2003
Mark L. Walberg ...  Himself - Host / ... 70 episodes, 2002-2003


Four contestants all who stand at podiums arranged in a "Weakest Link"-type circle competed in this hybrid general knowledge quiz-game of chance, where incorrect answers could literally cause them to drop out of the game. Host Walberg posed multiple choice questions to the contestants. Correct answers were worth cash, while an incorrect answer placed him/her at risk for elimination thusly: That contestant pulled a lever, activating a series of lighted circles; if the lighted circle stopped at a vulnerable contestant, a trap door opened beneath that player, eliminating him/her from further competition and causing them to lose all their winnings. The last contestant remaining was the show's champion, received their cash winnings (and those of eliminated opponents), and moved on to the bonus round, where they have the potential to win up to $100,000 (though most daily winners won between $5,000 and $10,000. Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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3 June 2002 (USA) See more »

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Contestant: Didn't I see you in 'Planet of the Apes?'
Host: [annoyed] Yeah, I think I saw you on the set. Weren't you one of the monkeys?
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Great Concept But...
27 October 2002 | by donmccullen-1See all my reviews

When I first heard about Russian Roulette I liked the ideal of contestants actually dropping out of the game when they were eliminated from the game.

Russian Roulette starts out with four players. Their are six traps doors, two with the far two always with no one standing on them. The players are given $150 to start off with and one is selected to be the challenger. The challenger is given a question and must select a rival player is answer it hopefully wrong. The person that gets the question is then given a choice of three or four possible answer and must answer within ten seconds. If he/she gets it right they add to their winnings and become the challenger. If they get the question wrong or run out of time the money they have goes to the person who originally challenged them, then they must play Russian Roulette and risk falling out of the game. If they are marked for a drop they are eliminated. However if they survive they become the challenger and the game continues. The game begins with one drop zone, and one more is added with every new question until five zones are in play increases the players' chance of being eliminated from the game if they are not careful. However if a round ends the one who has the most money pulls a special handle and the rest of the players are at risk of dropping (Tie for first place and everyone is at risk of dropping). The contestant who gets eliminated in this case loses all of his/her money and its split among the surviving players. Like Weakest Link the losers leave with nothing.

I got a chance to see it a few times and I do enjoy seeing that but I was let down a bit.

I would have enjoyed it better if the producers added to excitement to the game if they had the contestants screaming like bloody heck and/or add sound effects of screaming as they were being dropped. It's like watching a Bond movie in which the head of SPECTRA sends his agents to their death when they fail him. Other than that it's a great game in which you risk falling every time you get a question wrong. Mark Walberg is very nice but not afraid to show Also the end game is a great improvement in which the winning contest must answer ten questions correctly instead of five in first series. Plus the risk of falling if the contestant miss a question or runs out time makes the end game just a great as the front game. The good news is that the winning contest came make a little money here before they drop.

Russian Roulette keeps game shows along the Dark Path.

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