Join us as we celebrate two years of Bother’s Bar Game Night with the inaugural Champion of Champions special as we bring back THREE of the six previous champions (because the other three couldn’t make it), TWO moral victors shafted by the Arbitrary End Game, ONE person who claims to be the Champion of a hockey mode of an old MMO and A COMPLETE LOSER to explore the brand spanking new Jackbox Party Pack 4.
And as ever, Team Audience can ruin the whole Champion of Champions vibe by turning up and winning the night for themselves. And as one game requires 16 players (on top of everyone else voting for results), the audience stand their best chance ever of going into the Arbitrary End Game with a big advantage. To play go to www.jackbox.tv and enter the room code on the screen. There’s about a six second delay in watching along but relevant information will turn up on your phone at the relevant points.
Comedy games of knowledge, strategy, creativity, bluff and luck – we’ll have them all and we’d love you to join us. The stream will be running both here and on Youtube on Saturday night.
From having fewer games to concentrate on the contestants’ personalities, to the tediously matey social media presence, to declaring the games to be “multilayered” which seems to just mean “you have to get TWO riddles right instead of one now” and various other issues in between, not least Richard Ayoade’s wildly inconsistent likability as Mazemaster, it’s been a very difficult series to love. And there are still eight more of this one to be shown! Instead of making The Ironic Crystal Maze, they should have just tried making The Crystal Maze.
And yet! There may be interest from an unlikely source in the form of the official Christmas cash-in book which I’m sure they’d love to advertise on telly, only there was very definitely always going to be a split in the series at this juncture. Out Thursday, it’s The Crystal Maze Challenge. It promises to let you play the show in your very own home with over 100 ideas.
And this might be ingenious. I suspect there is nobody reading, of a certain age and persuasion, who didn’t try and emulate The Crystal Maze in their bedrooms with friends in some capacity, even if it’s just endless variants of The Floor Is Lava or throwing things at cuddly toys. What will this book teach us? I do hope it’s not as disappointing as the show.
About a year ago, unofficial Bother’s Bar German correspondent Nico W alerted us to new German digital channel RTL Plus and its idea of making new episodes of classic gameshows and rather cleverly using the same adapted set for all of them. We wrote about the new version of Jeopardy here. These still seem to be in production.
The other night we watched the new version of Der Preis ist Heiss which has just launched, apparently to decent numbers. It was quite interesting.
They’ve got some of the music from the US show, and it’s gold and glittery everywhere. However quite clearly the set has also been built with a Geh Aufs Ganze/Let’s Make A Deal revival in mind seeing as it’s dominated by three large round doors in the background.
Prize levels were interesting. In the main the range probably not all that different to what was on offer in the UK in the 80s – lots of small items, occasionally a major prize would be in the low thousands.
It seems a real shame not much has gone into the game set ups really, largely it’s functional things bought on standard plinths.
There were a couple of interesting things though. They seemed to have made an effort for their version of Cliffhanger although for whatever reason each of the three items has been given a range of about €30, and the mountain climber has 30 steps instead of twenty-five. It did feel like you could go down the middle each time and win but I may be wrong on that.
They played a game with no US equivalent I don’t think called Ratselcent. Four products (worth €x.xx) and four prices. The contestant seemed to have two goes to put the prices in the right place next to the right product, correct placements locked in place. If they solve this bit of the puzzle, they must then select which column reading downwards was the four figure price of the major prize on offer (a nice table/bar thing) in order to win it.
The Showcase Showdown is only one spin of the wheel. Don’t know if there’s a prize for landing on 100. Like in the US they spin after each half so there’s two players for the Showcase Final (or the Superpreis as they call it here)
Showcase is quite fun, they’ve put some effort into making it feel like a bit of a comedy sketch. Both contestants bid on the same showcase, and if my understanding is correct not only do they have to be nearest they’ve got to be within €1000 without going over. This was a five figure showcase so that feels quite challenging.
So some fun ideas but can’t escape looking a bit cheap. If you are able to use the dark arts, you can find it on tvnow.de although be aware the catch-up service can put the ads in quite unusual places. You don’t have to be registered for free shows, which most of RTL Plus seems to fall under.
I’m not expecting a great deal of discussion for this, this year’s third series, but it helps break the page up.
Of interest, it sounds as though the two recording blocks of fifteen episodes are being split into two separate runs, as is all the rage these days. Sort of makes sense, it makes the fifteen episode contestant limit feel a bit less arbitrary (we’re assuming pre-series it’s two lots of fifteen episodes, based on various bits of conversation, but that may actually be wrong). On the other hand, you do need to hit the ground running rather.
The Jackbox Party Pack 4 launches across digital channels over the next week and to celebrate we’re doing another Bother’s Bar Game Night next Saturday night, showcasing all the new games.
However I felt as this is a sort of special occasion it should have a special theme, therefore BBGN8 is going to be a Champion of Champions affair, with previous winners (and of course Team Audience) earning the right to battle it out on the new games first.
BUT! There are one or two who can’t make the night which is a pity, but I thought I would use this as an opportunity.
Are you or have you ever been a CHAMPION at something? Can you prove that? And are you free from just before 9pm to around midnight next Saturday? And do you want to be part of the panel? Here’s an opportunity. Get in touch.
On Tuesday 17th October, we shall be filming a run-through of a brand new high-stakes quiz show. Hosted by award-winning comedian Jason Manford, this is a game that tests knowledge and nerve, a dramatic quiz show format that’s not for the faint hearted.
The event will take place next Tuesday afternoon at The Bedford in Balham.