Game Shows on the Macintosh
If you own a Macintosh computer or an iOS device and enjoy game shows, you
may have had problems finding game shows to play on the Mac without using
Windows emulators. I have found a few: some commercial and some made by
- MacMatch by Axlon Inc. was an early (1985) commercial
Mac game resembling Concentration. It had black-and-white
graphics, a 64-panel board and only one rebus: “Many hands make
- Lexi-Cross by Interplay is a futuristic hybrid of Wheel
of Fortune and CrossWits for two players,
or one player against the computer. The cyborg host, Chip Ramsey, looks
like Bob Goen without his mustache. You have to be willing to pretend
that all eight classical planets and Pluto are inhabited.
- GameTek, Sony Imagesoft, Hasbro Interactive,
MacSoft and Freeverse have made CD-ROM editions of Wheel
of Fortune and Jeopardy! for Macintosh computers.
- You Don’t Know Jack by Berkeley Systems is an offbeat
three-player trivia game, oriented at college students. After a false
start by Warner Bros., Paul Reubens [Pee Wee Herman] found a way to work
You Don’t Know Jack into his schedule for
Carsey-Werner and ABC-TV.
- Buena Vista Interactive made a Macintosh CD-ROM edition of Who
Wants to Be a Millionaire?.
- As of October 2009, Ludia
has made The Price Is Right (the first game, not the 2010
edition) available for macOS. From what I have heard and read,
Ludia’s game show adaptations have failed to take full advantage
of their operating systems.
PCGames used to have a
variety of authentic freeware Windows ports of popular game shows.
Unfortunately, his downloads and forum are currently inaccessible. Can
one play these games on a Mac with WineBottler?
- Joytube has Flash
versions of popular game shows. Some of the titles have been changed,
but the games are still recognizable.
Doubtless there are many older game shows, described in the Encyclopedia
of TV Game Shows, which could be adapted for macOS or iOS (Seven
Keys, Eye Guess and Haggis Baggis
come to mind). I also would like to see some original TV-style games not
based on existing game shows (e.g., Combination Lock).
I have come up with some ways it could be done.
I also have a copy of Stencyl and have begun creating my own game show
programs for macOS. My first TNT Basic project, with help from a Canadian
programmer, is the Secret “X” game from The Price Is
Right. We never got to finish porting the Tic Tac Dough
bonus round to TNT Basic. Both are freely available on my downloads
If you’ve written a freeware or shareware TV-style game for the
Macintosh or iOS, or know someone who has, let me know!
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