Nickelodeon popularized the heck out of amorphous blobs of goo, and “Double Dare,” an original Nickelodeon game show, made sure that kids got a lot of said disgustion heaved onto them. The show was an entertaining diversion, but it paled in comparison to other original Nickelodeon shows, like “Aaahh!!! Real Monsters” and “Salute Your Shorts.”
No surprise, then, that Double Dare the game feels like a waste of an afternoon at best. The game consists of a quiz show portion and a “physical challenge.” The quiz-show is standard answer-the-questions fare. If you don’t know the answer, you “dare” the next team to answer it. If they don’t know, they will “double-dare” you.
If you don’t know the answer after being double-dared, you’ll have to complete a physical challenge. Here, you properly line up the speed and the angle via a bar at the bottom of the screen; it’s hard to win, even when you know what you’re doing. Winners go on to a vertical obstacle course, where, in theory, wiggling ‘Left’ and ‘Right’ moves your character to either side and ‘Up’ and ‘Down’ moves your character up.
In reality, the controls are so bad, you may as well wear a suit of cement and climb Everest. Double Dare spits nostalgic green goo in your face. Most ungentleman-like.
PUBLISHER: Gametek DEVELOPER: Gametek (port by Rare)
GENRE: Game show RELEASE DATE: 04/1990 – (US)
ALSO AVAILABLE ON: PC