Front Game Rules
|Two teams competed, one team having four men and the other with four women. During each round, one team had 20 seconds to name a series of things that fit a particular category and started with a particular alphabet. (For instance, things a rich woman has that start with the letter L.) The team must name at least 4 items to go on to the next part of their turn, and stopped when they had 6 items. The team earned 1 point for each item given, although the other team could challenge anything on the list. A bad challenge, though, gave the first team an extra point.|
|After that, the players chose up to four of five celebrities who had given prerecorded answers. If a celebrity gives an answer that is not on the team's list, they gain another point. If the celebrity uses an answer that was on the list, the team loses a point. The process then repeats with the other team.
The second round is played exactly like the first, with words/challenges/whatever worth 2 points each. The team with the highest score after two rounds wins the game, gets $500, and goes on to the bonus round.
End Game Rules
The team now has 25 seconds to give up to 10 items in a particular subject, 2 items each starting with a different letter as assigned to each celebrity. After that, the team watches each celebrity's clip. If three of the five stars gave answers that were not on the team's list, the team won a jackpot that began at $4000 and went up $5000 for each day it wasn't won.
It takes one heck of a show to make Dick Clark look unlike the commensurate emcee that he is, but Scattergories managed to pull it off. It was a very disorganized and cramped rendition of a board game that I never really thought was that fun anyway. And $4000 for bonus round money? You could get away with that in 1973, but not 1993. The video clips of each celebrity were tacky, as well, as they appeared to have been taped on a home video camera.