Price is Right game
by Amanda Nettgen
The Price is Right Game: DVD Edition
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Number of players:
1 or more
The Price is Right game makes The Price is Right TV show that much more of an interactive experience for fans. It includes a handful of the most popular pricing games for you to compete at and has all of the same goals as the TV program.
The game and gameplay
The Price is Right DVD game recommends six players in order to stay true to its real-life equivalent, although it’s possible with less, or even just one person. Insert the DVD and assign remote duty.
You start by handing out Bid Boards and markers to the first four players. All you have to do is hit PLAY THE GAME from your on-screen menu and the first item up for bids will be presented immediately.
All bid clips (in addition to many other parts of the game) are taken directly from previously aired Price is Right episodes. The bleached-blonde beauties are still there, showing off a variety of toys, furniture, and vehicles (or themselves, I can’t decide...). Keep in mind as you bid that prices are circa 2004.
Players conceal their written hypothesis of how much they think the item is. When the true total is revealed, it’s the contestant closest to that (unless they went over) who moves onto playing a pricing game. If everyone went over (we’re all so used to inflation!), simply start another bid.
When it comes to pricing games, there are a dozen to go up against. Each time a player wins a bid, he is on his own to procure the prizes offered by the show’s tests. He’ll take control of the remote for a moment and navigate his own way through such favorites as Cliff Hangers, Lucky 7 and Plinko. He needs to be quick to tally his end amount and record it in the corner of his Bid Board (this is later used to determine his Showcase priority).
Cycle through play so that three bids occur (with subsequent pricing games), then break for a Showcase Showdown
(spin the giant wheel), then do three more bids and another Showcase Showdown. Finally, have the top two players go head-to-head for a chance to win a score of fabulous prizes (or not-so-fabulous, depending on your opinion). The DVD will guide you though these things as you select them.
At the end of the game, the top pricing game player gets to decide if he wants to bid or pass on the first mutually viewed display of money/toys/vacations. No matter which Showcase he picks, both contenders must quietly add up their guess of the cost of their lot and transcribe their approximation when they’re done viewing their Showcase.
As with the baby bids earlier in the game, the closer of the two players to the actual retail price wins his Showcase, and the game. If the champion really hit the nail on the head and came within $250 of the actual price, he "wins" both Showcases.
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Pros and cons
The Price is Right game – like most DVD games – is easy in terms of set up. I’d say remembering to record your pricing game scores in time is the hardest part. The pricing games are fun enough, although thinking of costs in terms of the early 2000s will only get more annoying as the years pass.
The bad thing about The Price is Right game is that something seems to get lost in translation compared to the regular show. It’s up to you to map your way through the game in the succession you’re supposed to, and it truly is difficult playing with only a few people.
The Price is Right game will be fun for some, but not a smooth transition for others. It’s best suited for die hard fans of the show only.