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Top 10 The Price is Right Games


Written by Jason C. McLean C’mon down! These are the games that have entertained audiences and contestants through several decades and different hosts. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the top 10 The Price Is Right games. For this list, we’ll be considering the excitement the game generates as well as how iconic it is. But we’ll be excluding the two that are played on every episode of the long-running game show, the Big Wheel and the Showcase Showdown.
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C’mon down! These are the games that have entertained audiences and contestants through several decades and different hosts. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the top 10 The Price Is Right games.

For this list, we’ll be considering the excitement the game generates as well as how iconic it is. But we’ll be excluding the two that are played on every episode of the long-running game show, the Big Wheel and the Showcase Showdown.


#10: Spelling Bee




This definitely isn’t your standard spelling bee. There is much emphasis on language skills and it’s significantly more rewarding. Contestants win cards by guessing the price of small prizes and if the cards they have spell the word “car”, or one of them says “car”, they win – you guessed it – a car. But there's also the temptation to ditch the big prize and pocket some cash. While the game hasn’t changed much since 1988, the value of each unturned card went from $500 to $1000 and $5000 during special weeks after Drew Carey took over hosting duties from Bob Barker.





#9: Any Number




This game has the distinction of being both the first one played when “The Price is Right” hit the airwaves back in 1972 and the last one played with Bob Barker as host in 2007. The rules are simple, but the game is still quite exciting. Contestants must choose numbers between zero and nine. As they do, the numbers either appear in the price of a new car, the price of a smaller prize or in the piggy bank. The contestant wins whatever prize they complete first, ideally winning the car and avoiding the pocket change.


#8: Pathfinder




The concept of this game is simple and hasn’t changed since 1987 when it first appeared on the show. Contestants must walk their way to a car, literally. They step from the first number either forward, backward, left or right to what they think is the next number in the price. If they get it right, they keep going. If they’re wrong, they can win up to three do-overs by choosing the correct price of smaller prizes. The game continues until they win or are all out of turns. Over the years, the game has led to some exciting victories and some heartbreaking losses.





#7: Race Game




It’s no secret that contestants on “The Price is Right” like to jump around with excitement, but this game has them running around, too. They really don’t have a choice since they only have 45 seconds to place the correct price tags in front of four prizes, and on top of that have to keep running back and pulling a lever to see how many they got right and how many they need to change. This is definitely the most physically active game on “The Price is Right” and has been ever since it premiered in 1974.





#6: Dice Game




This is the game where contestants attempt to roll the digits in the price of a new car. If they miss, they can still win the vehicle provided they can tell if the actual numbers are higher or lower than the numbers on the dice. It's also the game “Breaking Bad” star Aaron Paul played and almost won before he was famous. It came down to the final digit, but he guessed lower when the answer was higher. At least we know he ended up doing all right for himself later.







#5: One Away




With so much attention paid to the host, models and announcer, not to mention the prizes themselves, it's easy to forget the important role the behind-the-scenes crew plays. This is one game that won't let you. Contestants are presented with the incorrect price of a car, and have to decide which numbers are off, then directly ask the backstage crew how they did. When the game premiered in 1984, contestants addressed their question to ladies and gentlemen. Since Drew Carey took over, they ask the all mighty sound effects lady or another specific person or group of people.





#4: Punch-a-Bunch




We're sure it feels good to punch through the paper wall on this game's prize board. It must feel even better to find out you punched the circle with a $25,000 card behind it. Part of the show since 1978, this was the first pricing game to only award cash as the main prize. There are, of course, smaller prizes the contestant can win by guessing if the actual price is higher or lower than the one listed, but we all know their real purpose is, of course, to win punches at the board.





#3: Hole in One (or Two)




This fan favorite is the only “Price is Right” game where miniature golf skills are an asset you can use to win a car. If the contestant doesn't have them, though, they can still use their pricing skills to arrange six prizes from least to most expensive, which let them putt from where it's really hard to miss. When the game premiered in 1977, contestants only got one putt, but a second chance at the prize was added in 1986. The host also starts the game off with an inspiration putt, something Bob Barker, an avid golfer, excelled at. Drew Carey not so much.





#2: Cliff Hangers




Even if you’re not a regular “Price is Right” viewer, you’re probably familiar with the yodeling mountain climber whose fate is intertwined with how close a contestant’s guesses are to the actual price of three small prizes. Instead of the host announcing the actual price, everyone waits to see if the cardboard climber will stop climbing for a win or fall off the mountain for a loss. Cliff Hangers has been a staple of the show since it was first played in 1976 and has made its way into popular culture, even being parodied on Family Guy.







Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:



Clock Game





Safe Crackers





Ten Chances





#1: Plinko




It's the pricing game contestants are always super excited to find out they get to play. Since it premiered in 1983, it has become the most popular game on the show. In 2013, it was the only game played for an entire episode. Contestants get a Plinko chip to start and then win up to four more by guessing which number in the price of small prizes is correct. Then the real fun starts when they drop the chips down a board of pegs one at a time, hoping they land in the middle for the big money prize. Skill and pricing knowledge combine to make this THE “Price is Right” game.
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