MANILA, Philippines – There's just something about the brain-busting thrill of a primetime game show. Aside from the fun of guessing and learning, watching the contestants' stress and excitement almost makes you feel like you're playing the game too – sans the public scrutiny and possible cash prize, of course.
Here are a few of ABS-CBN's iconic game shows we enjoyed in our youth.
Pilipinas, Game Ka Na Ba?
The cellular-themed primetime game show Game Ka Na Ba? began during the era of Nokia phones and shortened text speak, hence the show's stylized title Game KNB? and its Nokia beep-inspired theme song.
The primetime trivia game show premiered in 2001 and lasted until 2009. GAME KNB was hosted by none other than Kris Aquino ("Korek!"), who was replaced by Edu Manzano in 2008.
For 8 years, contestants had to answer trivia questions as fast as they could, either via elimination rounds against others, or via the solo format, which lets you rack up your earnings until you're ready to leave with your cash prize.
We also remember that nerve-wracking clue-search game set in GAME KNB's library!
Kapamilya, Deal or No Deal
The Philippine franchise of Deal or No Deal premiered on ABS-CBN in June 2006 with Kris Aquino hosting the weeknight show until 2009. Luis Manzano took over the hosting gig from 2012 to 2013, and then from 2015 to 2016, after the show's two-year hiatus.
Ang Kapalaran mo, Desisyon Mo (Your Fate, Your Decision) — the show's tagline represented the game's pressure-filled format: choose one briefcase out of 26 at the start (held by female models), open several more throughout the game, rake up your odds, negotiate with the elusive Banker and his silhouette from time to time, and choose if his offer is a deal or no deal.
The Price is Right
The second version of Philippine version of game show The Price Is Right aired on ABS-CBN in February 2011, and ended in August of the same year. It was aired first on ABC, hosted by Dawn Zulueta, from 2001 to 2002.
Kris Aquino's version had host Marc Logan as the show's comedic voiceover at one point during its 6-month stint.
The Philippine version had 4 contestants first, with 2 battling each other in their own Showdown round. The two winners went head-to-head in a 3rd, one-spin-only round, which decides the sole player competing in the grand Showcase round. The pricing game show allowed contestants the chance to take home the grand cash prize after estimating a price that falls under the actual total cost of the item they are tasked to guess.
1 vs. 100
From the original Dutch creator Endemol came the Philippine version of 1 vs. 100, which premiered on ABS-CBN in August 2007 with host Edu Manzano. The show ended in April 2008.
The game began with a solo player, called The One, up against The Mob, which was comprised of 100 contestants. With every trivia question answered correctly by The One, one member of The Mob is eliminated, and money is gained by The One, until he/she reaches the grand prize of P2,000,000, unscathed. One wrong answer means he/she leaves empty-handed.
Wheel of Fortune
The local franchise of CBS' game show Wheel of Fortune ran on ABS-CBN from January to July 2008, hosted by none other than quintessential game show host Kris Aquino.
The ABS-CBN version had Pinoy Big Brother Celebrity Edition 2 housemate Zara Aldana and Star in a Million finalist Jasmine Fitzgerald as the host's "puzzle assistants" – the ladies responsible for revealing each block's mystery letter once guessed correctly by the contestants.
Studio players got the chance to win P200,000 in cash, and even up to P2,000,000 and a new car in the bonus round. All they had to do is fill up the word puzzles on the board by guessing vowels and consonants as clues. – Rappler.com