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The opposite of Unexpected Gameplay Change. The game consists of a series of puzzles, challenges and games with very different requirements for defeating them. Sometimes it has a Board Game theme and Competitive Multiplayer, at which point it may overlap with Party Game.

When the minigames overrun another type of game, that is Gameplay Roulette.

Quite a few TV Game Shows are also like this, making this trope older than video games themselves.


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  • American Gladiators
  • Beat the Clock (1950)
  • The Crystal Maze
  • The Cube
  • Don't
  • Double Dare (1986) becomes this when a team chooses to take a Physical Challenge instead of answering a question.
  • Ellen's Game of Games
  • El gran juego de la oca
  • Family Challenge
  • Family Game Night
  • High Rollers: The 1987 revival, which involved a series of mini-games where prizes were determined by the roll of a die. These games would be played only by provisionally earning the right to play the game (through clearing the column where it was placed with a good roll) and then later winning the game. Typical games assigned numbers to various prizes or outcomes, with prizes awarded depending on the outcome. Examples:
    • An "Around the World" game saw five different destinations announced and assigned a number from 1 to 5, and the contestant won that trip by rolling that number; rolling a 6 won all the trips (hence, a "trip around the world") and a cash bonus.
    • "Wink's Garage Sale," which contained usually four prizes of $500-2,000, a grand prize of more than $3,000, and a smaller prize of up to $100.
    • "Dice Derby," which saw two horses - "Odd" and "Even" - compete in a race, with a particular horse advancing one space depending on the number rolled. Depending on which horse finished first, one awarded a cash prize (usually, $1,000) and the other a grand prize of a trip, a fur coat or a car.
  • Hollywood Game Night, where two teams of celebrities lead by a non-famous contestant play several games to see which team can make it to the Bonus Round.
  • Let's Make a Deal (1963)
  • Minute to Win It
  • Nickelodeon GUTS
  • 1000 Heartbeats
  • The Price Is Right: The 1972 revival, initially titled The New Price is Right and still airing to this day, retooled the format to focus more on having contestants play "pricing games" to win prizes, after earning their way on-stage by competitively guessing the price of an item without going over. The original version of the format, circa 1956, placed a larger focus on the bidding aspect.
  • Richard Osman's House of Games
  • Schlag den Raab
  • Time Machine (1985)
  • Tokyo Friend Park II