Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Candy Crush - The TV Game Show?

In a world where we can have an Angry Birds movie, it only seems fitting that we have a Candy Crush television show. Right? Confirmed earlier this week. Lionsgate TV and the game developer King Ltd. are producing a game show centered around Candy Crush. The game that's kind of like Bejeweled (one of the founding "match" video games) but with candy. According to the press release, the game will pit "teams of two people us[ing] their wits and physical agility to compete on enormous, interactive game boards featuring next generation technology to conquer Candy Crush and be crowned the champion."

Matt Kunitz, the producer behind Wipeout, will head the project. The history of puzzle/trivia games turned TV shows is pretty limited. In 2001 ABC aired 6 episodes of You Don't Know Jack, with Paul Reubens hosting. It was entertaining, but it missed out on some of the charm of the video game. So this is uncharted territority for Lionsgate and the production team. Just how does one make Candy Crush into a game show? It would have to be more then two people playing the game side by side, trying to score the most points. And the "physical" aspect is equal as confusing. Are people going to go through life-sized versions of Candy Crush levels? We'll have to wait and see what insanity comes together for this.

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