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The Price is Right - video game review

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 12th 2009 7:03PM


It's more than a little ironic (or tragic, depending on how much you give a rat's ass) that the most successful game show in the history of American television has never had a truly worthy home game. One worthy enough to give to loser contestants so they can win against their own friends and family at home because God is a cruel comedian.

Seriously, God should get his own Mark Twain Prize.

Now after more than 35 years on the air, there is such a game: The Price is Right video game. And it's so well done and fun that it could crush the soul of a 300-pound linebacker from Obetz, Ohio who lost out on his chance to be the only guy in town who owns a Chrysler Crossfire.

The game works because it nails the idiosyncrasies of the show with sniper-like accuracy, while cutting out all the junk that makes the show slow and impatient; namely, the smarmy host. Instead, announcer Rich Fields takes over the show's main duties. He introduces the games, describes the prizes, and screams "A new caaaaar!!!" His presence takes out a lot of the abrupt cuts that most game show games are cluttered with just so they can justify the cost of their host's two-hour teeth-bleaching session.

The game has two modes: a "Three Strikes" mode where three losses at "Contestant's Row" or the "Showcase Showdown" equals game over, and a "Classic" mode where five losses at anything ends the game. It also offers a party mode for up to four players. The game play stays true to the show without sacrificing time or interest and if you don't know how the show works, then you have never taken a sick day from work or school. It's nearly impossible to replicate on a video game. So they've done the next best thing.

The detail of each set looks like they modeled them after the actual pieces used on the show. The only downside to the graphics are the distracting crowd in the "Contestant's Row" round. There's only about three or four models and each of them are cloned, so they look like they belong in rival cults with their identical hairstyles and non-threatening fashion.

The pricing games are the most enjoyable part. Bidding can get a little tedious when you don't know how much a bubble shaped chair costs, but they are worth the wait to play the "Money Game," "3 Strikes" and, of course, the almighty "Plinko," a game so popular that it will be the name of my punk cover band someday.

It has a huge curve for replay ability, even if you spot a prize once or twice in your first few games. All of them come with their own challenges that reward players with video clips of funny moments from the show, including my personal favorite: heavy and old people falling down while spinning the Big Wheel. It's the most evil game show prop ever. Well, until someone gets sucked into the centrifugal force of the Wheel of Fortune and impaled on the turning spokes, that is.

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abbas73

great game i love it

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May 13 2009 at 6:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
airtoast

I have and enjoy this game too, but I knew what I was getting into. This kind of game is known as Shovelware. What that means is that it was a quick cash-grab by the developer/publisher (in this case the infamous Ubisoft). The game no doubt had a very short development cycle and they put very little effort into its production. Corners have been cut everywhere. It lacks polish and content. Despite being on a DVD with plenty of space, the game's videos are in tiny windows, making it hard to distinguish between items like a cookie and a pack of cookies. Some pricing games don't remind you of info you need and some don't tell you the correct answer to a game when missed. The biggest and most frustrating bug in the game is that you can only use one controller (Wii) for multiplayer games. You literally have to pass it around between each and every turn! This is a complete contradiction to what it says on the back of its box! That being said, it does have some fun moments (especially for families) and is the only Price Is Right video game on the market. I'd say it is worth it if you know what you're getting into and can find it for under $20 (Wii), but certainly not at the original price of $40.

February 13 2009 at 12:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ashley

I love it on my ipod touch.

February 13 2009 at 10:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
iamored8907

What platform is this reviewing? I have only played it on my iPhone, and think the games are fun but the bidding on the items gets boring and repetitive. I played it about an hour a few months ago and everytime it came to bid the items seemed the same

February 12 2009 at 8:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
CDB

My dreams have finally come true!

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February 12 2009 at 7:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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