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Anticipation is a party board game-style video game for the Nintendo Entertainment System. It's developed by Rare and published by Hi Tech Expressions. It was the first NES game to use the Four-Score adapter.

In this game, a colored square will reveal in the center and a video pencil will draw a picture. The gamers must buzz in and answer what the picture is. If they guess two wrong letters or they waste time, they will be locked out from guessing the current puzzle. If all four players are locked out, They will switch to another puzzle as the caption reads No-One Can Answer. They must buzz in before the dice reaches zero. If a player solves the puzzle, the player will move whatever the dice was at.

So yes, it's basically Pictionary, only in video game form, and surprisingly, better in quality compared the actual NES Pictionary game.

There are 4 color puzzles (5 in level 3 and 4):

  • Yellow
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Pink
  • Grey (Only on levels 3 and 4).


The Tokens are:

  • Player One controls The Shoes
  • Player Two controls The Trumpet
  • Player Three controls The Teddy Bear
  • Player Four controls The Ice-Cream Cone

Anticipation provides examples of:

  • Bladder of Steel: The pause function will not work during the puzzle.
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: On harder difficulties, the AI-controlled opponents tend to guess puzzles within seconds, sometimes even before the picture starts getting drawn, and on harder difficulties, without a category to go off of.
    • To make matters worse at times, the AI-controlled opponent would replace letters with * and other punctuation marks (Which results in being locked out).
  • Easter Egg: The Grey Puzzle. When you land on Feature Square and hold the token from flying around the board (by pressing the control pad and A and B), the token will then flash instead and start the puzzle.
  • Whammy: On level 4 (Only on Hard and Very Hard mode), there is a black square called The Drop-Out Square. If you land on any of those, you will fall back to level 3.
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