Jeopardy At Last Takes to Facebook

One of the most successful and longest running game shows in television history, a slice of Americana hosted by a Canadian, Jeopardy has at long last joined social media. In the gaming world, Facebook has been the place for small-scale role playing games, word puzzles, and recently fantasy sports; now Jeopardy will join Scrabble on the network as one of the most intellectually stimulating and universally enjoyed pastimes.

The first time you accept the app and play, you’ll be given a simple though laborious tutorial to get grounded. The problem with Jeopardy is that the game is perfectly suited for television, and it has always been difficult if not impossible to translate to at-home and computer versions (all this is made more peculiar since a computer when on television to beat humans at the human game).

Regardless, this version doesn’t quite translate, but the familiar colors, sounds, and board are all there. Multiple choice has been introduced, and there is only one question per category, but the differences make for an easier game, clearly adapted for the Facebook crowd, which wouldn’t stay on one page for very long.

Still, there are fun tweaks that make playing on Facebook particularly unique and challenging. There are only so many games, or episodes as they are referred, available to each user; you can unlock more as you do well. Similarly, you can unlock more games by waiting, as every eight hours or so another game is made available.

Of course, the game has all the appeal that a Facebook application should: the ability to play against friends and strangers, keep score, and compile rewards and prizes ad infinitum. There is a Final Jeopardy option to ask friends for help, and should one of your fellow trivia-lovers find his or herself stumped, their plea will appear on your board. Helping them out though does not have to be done out of just good-will, but the comfort that you will take half the prize. Winnings are compiled and ranked against friends and strangers everywhere.

Perhaps the most important part of the game is that, of course, your high score can be posted to your wall for everyone to see just how smart you are playing a game on Facebook.

Sadly, Alex Trebek is nowhere to be found.