Classic Concentration is an odd game show to adapt into a video game.
Imagine “Memory,” but with fake prizes. A board is presented with tiles that have numbers 1 through 25 on it, with the actual puzzle lying beneath the covered tiles. Each numbered tile represents a prize. Let’s say you removed tile #1 and the prize says “Trip to China.” You would then have to find the matching tile to win the trip. The more you uncover of the board, the more the puzzle underneath is revealed.
The puzzle itself is a rebus, a series of pictures that represent actual words. Guess what the pictures reveal and you solve the puzzle. Solve two puzzles in a row and you go to a bonus round, in which pairs of cars are shown. Match the pairs together and you “win a car.”
Are you intrigued? Well, you shouldn’t be. “Memory” was fun when we were toddlers, but the game loses its appeal as you age. Also, as much as the idea of winning a car is nice, game cartridges never seem to gift you with your winnings; your “car” is powered more by your imagination than any sort of gasoline.
Classic Concentration might be awesome with a bunch of loud, inebriated individuals shouting answers at you, but without such encouragement, the whole experience falls apart.
PUBLISHER: Gametek DEVELOPER: Softie GENRE: Game Show
RELEASE DATE: 09/1990 – (US)