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Press Your Luck

DOS - 1988

Also available on: Commodore 64

Year 1988
Platform DOS
Released in United States
Genre Simulation
Theme Game Show / Trivia / Quiz, Licensed Title
Publisher GameTek, Inc.
Developer Pedersen Systems, Inc. (PSI)
Dosbox support Fully supported on 0.61
4.72 / 5 - 68 votes

Description of Press Your Luck

A decent computer version of an oldie TV game show of the same name. Press Your Luck is best described as Wheel of Fortune meets Jeopardy!: a show that pits one champion against two challengers and requires both luck and knowledge to win. A game is divided into 4 rounds, the first and third being standard trivia sessions.

The questions usually test common knowledge, or is a survey question. If you answer the question correctly, you get up to 3 spins. A wrong answer gives you no spins, but you won't get penalized. Each "spin" gave you a chance to play at the big "Press Your Luck gameboard".

This huge board, which was what the show was famous for, has 18 different positions. Each square has 3 different cash values, prizes, or a Whammy. The value of each square changes every second or so. The board would spin, and you can stop it by slamming a plunger. When the board is stopped, you'll get whatever you stop on. If you land on a Whammy, you lose everything you have accumulated up to that point in the game. Four whammies at any time will kick you out. The winner, of course, is the one with the most money at the end of the game.

Although holding a valuable license, GameTek produced only a lackluster computer version which doesn't do the show justice. The funny animation of the Whammy is missing, and the questions are neither exciting nor challenging. The fun of watching the contestants' expressions as they frantically use the plunger is also missing, since the graphics are quite poor in the game.

This is simply one of the worst computer versions of game shows ever made. Fans of the show should rent videos to watch instead of playing this terrible conversion, and anyone who has never seen it probably never will.

Review By HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

Spike 2019-03-08 0 point

This game might have a couple of issues for you unless you download it, so I would suggest doing that instead of playing it in your browser. However, the game runs way too fast(as of DOSbox version 0.74). To solve this problem, type in "cycles=fixed 1500" before the game. That may seem like a very slow speed, but trust me, that's what the game likes to be run at.

Juicy9JMFS 2019-01-28 0 point


Jakob Logan 2016-02-25 1 point

Press your luck

eljarhead 2015-06-08 -1 point DOS version

This game is ridiculous - the show was way better. The Whammy animation is atrocious and the controls don't really make sense. Gameplay is much smoother (e.g., not as frantically fast) if you slow your emulator's CPU down to about 2300 cycles.

BanditJustice 2013-09-05 2 points DOS version

This game doesn't work when i press p to play it kicks me off the game

brezzy 2013-06-13 0 point DOS version

i love you press your luck

John 2012-05-13 0 point DOS version

press your luck is awesome

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