A game of wits, strategy and high stakes as contestants try to avoid the iconic WHAMMY for a chance at life-changing cash and prizes.A game of wits, strategy and high stakes as contestants try to avoid the iconic WHAMMY for a chance at life-changing cash and prizes.A game of wits, strategy and high stakes as contestants try to avoid the iconic WHAMMY for a chance at life-changing cash and prizes.
The set looks like a brighter, more modern version of the 80s set. It's even taped in CBS Television City like the original! The main rules of the game are the same as before: contestants buzz in to answer trivia questions, with a correct buzz in answer getting 3 spins and correct multiple choices answers 1 spin. The first question round in this new version is three questions instead of four. This was likely due to the new bonus round and more commercials needing to air than they did in the 80s. Contestants take their spins to the board to win cash and prizes and avoid the Whammy, which acts a bankrupt and loses the contestant everything. Contestants play another question round, this time with four questions, and then another board round. The player with the highest total after all the spins wins and plays the bonus round. Like the original, four whammies eliminates you from the game.
The host: I think it's funny some people think Pete Tomarken was in the same category of host as Bob Barker or Alex Trebek. He was not. He was a good host, but not this amazing host. Elizabeth Banks I think does a great job. She's funny, she seems genuinely excited and she keeps the game moving. To those complaining she says "press your luck or pass?" too much, watch an 80s rerun and you'll see Peter doing the same thing.
The board: loaded with tons of cash and prizes. Nice cars, exotic trips, and squares with all the unique cash values like the older version.
The main game: I honestly started getting a little bored with the main game. I soon realized why this game was maybe always a smidge overrated compared to other game shows. It doesn't have the same excitement or pull to it that a game show like Pyramid, Jeopardy or Price is Right has. Maybe this was entertaining to watch in the 80s, but now just watching people hit a button over and over again gets kind of tiring.
The whammy animation: I like that the kept the old hand drawn style of whammy cartoons. I think for the most part they are good.
The bonus round: the best part of this new version and a great way to update a somewhat outdated format. Contestants risk taking a minimum number of spins to rack up cash and prizes, with the chance to win $1 million. Each round they must take the minimum number of spins. After they take them, they can quit with their winnings, or go to the next round, with more money on the board, but also more whammies. Four whammies ends the game. It's actually quite an exciting format and it's very neat that they put prizes on the board for the contestant.
I think adding the bonus round helped refresh a rather aging format of a game show. If it was just the main game, I think most people likely would have gotten bored with it quickly, but this new bonus round adds a wrinkle of excitement.
Overall, a pretty solid revival, but compared to the better game shows out there like Pyramid, Jeopardy and Price is Right, Press Your Luck falls a bit short.
- Jun 14, 2019