Let us remind you of the 9 most chaotic Aussie kids' game shows.

It's no secret that millennials - myself included - love to reflect on their childhoods and nothing punctuated those fledgling days quite like the TV shows we used to watch before and after school. 

Yep, to any Gen Z's who have somehow stumbled upon this article, this was before broadband internet and streaming services, so we had to whatever was on. 

And throughout the '80s and '90s, the shows were particularly chaotic, bats**t crazy and most likely the source of some of our body dysmorphia. But alas it was the golden age of Aussie kids' game shows. 

Recently, a TikToker sparked a collective core memory when they posted about the game show Pick Your Face which aired on Channel Nine from 1999 until 2003 and can only be described as an absolutely dizzying assault on the senses. 

In the spirit of reflection and nostalgia, we’ve pulled together a list of the nine most chaotic kids' game shows from the time. 

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Pick Your Face

The show where you had to pull clues from a giant nose - while being covered in snot - while competing against two other students. 


Across five rounds, competitors were tasked with challenges like 'face morph' and 'place the face'. 

Pure unadulterated fun with toilet humour at its core. And you'd somehow blocked it out of your mind until this very moment.


😵‍💫🔍 Body Dysmorphia... for kids! 🔍😵‍💫 -- Did you also grow up watching Pick Your Face as a kid in the 90s/2000s?

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Go Go Stop

If you were given the chance to be on a show where you got to play games on a light up floor, it would be a no-brainer right? 

Go Go Stop was hosted by dreamboat James Tobin and watching that was the first rush of competitive excitement I ever felt.


As the name suggests A*Mazing was a game show centred around successfully completing a maze course.

Airing from 1994 to 1998 it was a simpler time, and we used to get our kicks from seeing kids collect letters hidden in secret spots throughout a maze. 

Tell me this picture of the weird penguins doesn't stir up something wild within you:

Image: Seven Network



Another 90s gem that elder millennials might remember was Blockbuster which would see students from two schools compete over the course of a week (five episodes) to reach a final victor. 

Two competitors would duke it out answering trivia questions which would light up a board.

 Hi-tech stuff at the time but looks positively ancient now - welp!


Hosted by Dougie the pizza guy (hot!) actor Diarmid Heidenreich, Challenger first aired in 1997 and was a game show that focused on brawn more than brain. 

Teams were split into two lots of three and saw contestants take on challenges like Schwing It, Go Ballistic and Big Squeeze. 

Now look me in the eye and tell me you didn't dream of getting dunked in the Hyperflush tank in the final round?


At the turn of the millennium, everything digital was feared and cool simultaneously. 


Enter: Download, a kids' game show where contestants would duke it out in a trivia quiz which would lead to a winner. 

There were buzzers, a 'Techno' category and a digital co-host called Miss Bytes. How very 2000.

Time Masters

Another kids game show produced by Seven Network (they had a chokehold on the genre) was the short-lived Time Masters which ran from 1996 to 1998. 

Hosted by Tony Johnson this was yet another quiz format slash obstacle course gameplay and asked questions like, "before the fall of communism, Russia was better known by what two-word name?" FUN!

Total Recall

In 1994 Total Recall was a popular game show that once again saw kids from different schools challenging each other in a battle royale of the brains. 

Game play would run across the course of the week with one school taking away the grand prize and the glory of being the most popular kid in the schoolyard forevermore.


At this point I'm fairly certain the Seven Network had Tony Johnston on retainer to star as the host of every single kids' game show they ever produced. 

The format for the show was borrowed from the US version of the same name but the kids got points instead of money. BOO!

Feature Image: IMDB.

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