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Publisher: GameTek
Release Date: 1990
Genre: Educational
Players: Single Player, 2 Player Alternating
ESRB: Not Rated

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Apr 20 2012 10:38 PM
Double Dare is a Nintendo game made by Gametek based on the hit Nickelodeon game show of the same name. Double Dare is a question and answer type game with stunts mixed in. The bonus round is the obstacle course, known to fans of the show as the messiest minute in television.

The game begins with you selecting one or two players. If you select one player, you will select a difficulty level for the computer that you wish to play. You can only select one member of your team, and the computer will select your companion. The game begins with the opening stunt. Hungry Clowns or Gorilla are examples. You will have to figure out the stunt's specific speed and angle that you'll need. This is like the flying disc event in California Games.

The team that completes the stunt first wins $10 and has control of the questions. The game doesn't go over the rules of the game so let me type them. The team in control will be asked a $10 question. If they don't know the answer, or they think the other team doesn't have a clue, they can dare them to answer it for double dollars. But, be careful because they can always double dare you back for four times the money. They then have to answer the question, or take the physical challenge. I guess the game assumes that if someone bought the game, they were fans of the game.

The questions have three choices. Some are easy, and some are hard. This is a NES game, so the amount of questions is severely limited.

The physical challenges are the same as the toss up stunts, you have to time it perfectly. Some examples of physical challenges are Water Balloon Basketball, Kangaroo Catch, and Ring Toss. Some of the challenges are easier than others. After a while, round 1 ends. Round 2 begins the same as round 1, and the dollar amounts are doubled. Then when round 2 ends, the team in the lead goes to the obstacle course. If there is a tie, a toss up stunt will break the tie.

The obstacle course is frustrating as being constipated. The eight obstacles are always the same, just placed in different order. You get through the course by hitting left and right on the d pad as fast as you can. When you reach the flag, you jump by pressing the A button. If you jump to close or too far away, you'll miss the flag.  When your climbing the mountain or stairs you hit up quickly. I have never completed the course. Unlike the show, you'll have to pass the eighth flag to your partner instead of just grabbing it.

The game's graphics are decent. If you're a fan of the show, you can recognize most of the stunts the game includes. The 8 bit host could look more like Marc Summers (the host of the show). It includes some stunts that aren't a part of the show. The music has very few cues or themes from the show. The control isn't good because you have to be very precise on stunts and the obstacle course. This was a great idea in hind sight, but the Nintendo isn't a very good console for a detailed game such as Double Dare.

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