by Amanda Nettgen
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Number of players:
12 and up
ESPN Jeopardy! is better than a touchdown for those who like sports and trivia games. For the people stuck on snack duty, however, it will only come across as a bore.
The game and gameplay
The first thing I noticed about this version of Jeopardy! is how much nicer the look of it is compared to the normal Jeopardy! board game (my very first review on Boardgame Beast!). The plastic appears sleek rather than cheap and no longer do you have to insert all of the money values like in regular Jeopardy! (now they have sliders… baseball pun not intended).
ESPN Jeopardy! still plays pretty much the same as its less architecturally-advanced predecessor, with the exception of how to buzz in.
Gone are the days of having to use flimsy miniature clickers, of which the sound of who rang in first is perhaps distinguishable only by your dog (and he’s not talking).Up to four players now call in using the ESPN pod, with each side having its own unique melody. The sounds the device emits are muffled, but at least they’re different.
The oldest player goes first, I suppose because he is (assumed) the wisest? Questions range from queries about teams to those on specific players, events like the Olympics, and every sportsy thing in between.
Horseback riding and poker are in there too, so don’t think the game is only about those sports that involve a ball or bat. If you’re just not that into sports, however, most of the queries will seem very foreign to you.
You start with $1000 and can’t go negative. Don’t take the get-out-of-debt-free status too seriously, though, as you’ll need to have racked up the most money using your smarts to win the game.
Pros and cons
If you’re really into sports and really into board games, than ESPN Jeopardy could be a match for you. It’s a good opportunity to show off your sports knowledge and brag to your friends.
If you’re like me and have never understood the sports obsession, obviously this game won’t interest you in the slightest. Being the game’s host or emcee will probably be more fun for you than playing yourself.
If you think ESPN is a psychic thing, it goes without saying that ESPN Jeopardy isn’t for you. If you like sports and don’t mind trivia games, it could be an average choice to play during the Big Game’s commercials.