Glad you asked! :D Well, if you watch the show, of course, you'd understand much better, but for those who don't have the pleasure or permitting conditions to do so, well then. In actual
fact, it worked quite simply.
Right: Host Mike O'Malley (right) and referee Moira Quirk (left). They also both appeared on Nickelodeon gameshow Figure it Out
The show was hosted by American comedian Mike O'Malley (who had previously hosted Nickelodeon gameshow Get the Picture
) and British actress Moira Quirk who was commonly referred to as Mo. Three children (usually between ages 10 - 14) were the contestants of the day, color coded, of course - with one player in blue,
one player in red
, and one player in purple
. They would compete in a series of action sports events in order to win a piece of the Aggro/Mega Crag, which would always be the final event of the game. The Crag is actually a large fabricated mountain, and the goal was to win a special trophy made out of "a piece of the Crag" and customized with a green glow inside. But enough about the Crag, you'll hear more on that later...
Left: More innovative and challenging events like Vertiboggan - a run down a 22-foot high ski-slope - were used in the later seasons instead of the normal "up-sized" sports.
The show's stage - reffered to as the Extreme Arena - had several areas: The Gym (which was removed later on), The Aerial Bridge, the Field, the Track, the Pool, and a sub-zone called the Ski Slope which was a 22 foot high fabricated track. Events would be played on an area, for example, Vertiboggan being played on the Ski Slope, and Invisible Boat being played in the Pool. Events would include anything from bungee-cord assisted football, to dodgeball high up in the air, to a challenging obstacle course, to a race down the Ski Slope on a circular sled. In total four events would be played, each being worth points for positions - third place receiving 100 points, second place receiving 200 points, and first place receiving 300 points. In all, four events would be played in two halves - two events in each half.
After the four regular events, the players move on to the Crag, which changed names throughout the show's run. It was called the Aggro Crag in the first two seasons, the Mega Crag in the last two seasons, and the Super Aggro Crag in Global GUTS
. The Crag was 28 feet high and featured different types of obstacles on the way up including vertical climbs and avalanches. The Crag featured a number of targets (actuators), that players had light up on their journey up by hitting them. The number of targest varied from 6-7 in the first season, and 8 in the later seasons. Climbing the Crag would be more difficult than it seemed, because on their way up, the players would often trigger obstacles such as fake snowstorms, tumbling boulders, and "nuclear flying crystals".
Right: In the later seasons of the show, the mountain transformed into the molten-colored and craggier version that added more challenge - The Mega Crag. Disaster strikes here as snow erupts from frozen geysers in the base of the mountain, disorienting the players.
The final section of the Crag was usually a near-vertical (or completely vertical) climb up the rockface of the ledge to the top, where the players would lock in by hitting the final target. Each player had an identical side of the Crag to climb, and could not cross into another player's path. If a player missed a target, they could go back to it, but once they hit the final target, they
could not backtrack. Any player who locked in while missing a target was immediately disqualified and given third place points. The points worth in this event were much higher than those given in the regular event - 375 for third, 550 for second, and 725 for first.
Left: The winner of each episode received a "glowing piece of the radical rock" along with his or her gold medal.
At the end of the show, the points were counted up to conclude with a total, and confirmation on the players' positions. Bronze, silver, and gold medals were given to each respective player, and the champion of the day, in addition, would also receive the glowing rock trophy.