The prolific Rare’s first venture into the macabre was Anticipation, a video board game that combined elements of real board games like “Pictionary” and “Monopoly” with hideous illustrations.
As with “Monopoly,” you lead a piece of found art – high heels, a melted ice cream cone, an ironic teddy bear – around a multi-colored board of “whimsy.” The board colors are pink, blue, yellow, and green and they represent vague categories, such as “Leisure,” “Natural,” and other curious words. Land on any color and you’ll be forced to guess a crudely rendered image created by the computer. Correctly guess an image from all four of the colors on the board and you move up to the next level.
This cycle continues 3-4 times, depending on your difficulty setting. Play on Easy or Medium if you’re playing against the computer. The images are often unidentifiable and the computer always knows what they are.
The best way to play Anticipation (should you want to play at all) is with three friends. Yes, Anticipation is a four-player game and one of the best reasons to gather people around the NES. Not because the game is good. Far from it! Rather, communal ridiculing of this fever-induced nightmare gives Anticipation its only reason for being.
PUBLISHER: Nintendo DEVELOPER: Rare GENRE: Board game
RELEASE DATE: 11/1988 – (US), 10/25/89 – (EU)