Bob Stewart was Mark Goodson’s “prince” at Goodson-Todman Productions, having conceived gems like “To Tell the Truth,” “Password,” and even “The Price is Right.” Bob wanted to strike out on his own though and quit his cushy job to launch his own production company. That’s a huge risk, but Bob had an insurance policy: He happened to be a good friend of Bill Cullen, who, coming off nine years of “The Price is Right,” had achieved possibly the highest level of fame a game show host will get. So Bill hosted the first Bob Stewart Production, a memory game imaginatively titled “Eye Guess,” and as you may have guessed from the photo above, Bob Stewart’s big risk paid off.
”Eye Guess” was a ridiculously simple game: contestants face a numbered gameboard hiding nine similar answers. They get to spend eight seconds studying eight answers while one remains hidden, and then answer questions by calling out numbers. 10 points per correct answer in Round One, 20 points per correct answer in Round Two. 100 points wins the game, a dollar per point, and the right to play the Bonus Board.
Along came the four editions of the home version, with incredibly weird rules for scoring. You’re only playing one round, 20 points for a correct answer, 40 points for the answer hidden in the “Eye Guess” space, with 100 winning the game. Under those rules, there’s no reason for a game to take longer than two minutes with reasonably good players. Normally, you change rules to EXTEND the game. The game also has rules for playing with 3, 4, or 5 players to make things more fun.
The winner plays the bonus round. The player acting as MC hides the Stop card under one number, and the contestant selects prizes until hitting the Stop. If they get through seven picks without finding the Stop card, they win a grand prize hidden under “Eye Guess.”
By the way, if the "World Cruise" icon looks familiar, you’re not going nuts. In a cost-cutting measure for Milton-Bradley, “Concentration,” “Eye Guess,” and “Three on a Match” all shared the same prize card art.
Milton-Bradley seems to weeble-wobble on game quality, but “Eye Guess” is a
winner. In all four editions, the sturdy plastic, wood, and cardboard game
pieces have weathered the years very nicely. The scoring is weird, but the
section of the gameboard used for scoring easily adapts to the actual show’s
rules with no imagination required. All in all, it’s an effort worthy of the man
pictured on the box. Thumbs up!
OVERALL RATING: (5/5)