======= Sanji Himura Presents The Price is Right FAQs Version 0.1 ======= Copyright Notice: This FAQs is copyrighted by me, Sanji Himura, for the private use of users wanting to use this guide to further their knowledge of the game. Any rewording of this document to pass off as your own work is hereby denied. If you wish to host this FAQ on your own website, you must email me at Sanjihimura42@gmail.com to ask for permission. How your request will be processed will be listed under "Contact Me". Trademark Notice: "The Price is Right" game show is copyrighted and trademarked by FremantleMedia Operations B.V. Update History: version 0.1: FAQ started with a few pricing games and the like. SECTION 1: The Table of Contents Before I get to the table of contents, I would like to mention that to search for a particular pricing game, hit ctrl+F and search for the subsection for your particular pricing game using the four digit code that goes along with that section. SECTION A: Getting Started: An Introduction SECTION B: Contestant's Row SECTION C: Your Pricing Game Sub-section 1: Hole in One... ...or Two!  Sub-section 2: Plinko  Sub-section 3: Cliff Hanger  Sub-section 4: Golden Road  Sub-section 5: Shell Game  Sub-section 6: Clock Game  Sub-section 7: Punch-A-Bunch  Sub-section 8: Money Game  Sub-section 9: 3 Strikes  SECTION D: Showcase Showdown SECTION E: The Showcase SECTION F: Party Mode SECTION G: Contact Me SECTION H: Special Thanks SECTION I: Legal Information SECTION J: Planned Updates ====== SECTION A: Getting Started: An Introduction ====== Information on this section has my special thanks to a site called A Salute to Game Shows, available here: http://game-shows.chris-place.com. The Price is Right began on November 26, 1956 on NBC. That's right - NBC, not CBS. Way back then, Bill Cullen was the host of The Price is Right, and Don Pardo (and later Johnny Gilbert when the show moved to ABC) was the announcer. Back then, the show was made in New York City. But, the game still was about pricing merchandise items, and being the closest one to the manufacturer's suggested retail price of the item without going over was still the object of the game. In the 50's version, there were two kinds of "Contestants' Row"-style bids. The first one was like today's Contestants' Row, where each person gets one bid on getting as close to the actual retail price without going over. The other style of bidding was "open bidding", where each contestant bid, and then the next bid, etc., etc., etc., until someone froze the bidding, believing that the next guess would put them over. On this version, the person who won the most money came back on the next day's show. A weekly occurrence on this version of The Price is Right was a home viewer contest. In that, home viewers mailed in their bid on a showcase of prizes. While Bill Cullen was hosting, there were a lot of guest hosts here and there, hosting for some reason or another. These guest hosts were Jack Clark, Bob Kennedy, Johnny Gilbert, Sonny Fox, Sam Levenson, Merv Griffin, Robert Q. Lewis, Jack Narz, Arlene Francis, and Don Pardo. (Note: When Robert Q. Lewis was guest hosting once, Bill Cullen actually played the game) The Price is Right moved to ABC from NBC in September 1963. With this move, they introduced a weekly celebrity guest, who played for home viewers or members of the studio audience. On September 3, 1965, The Price is Right went off the air, being replaced by a talk show called The Young Set. The Price is Right made a successful return to television on CBS on September 4, 1972. This version was completely overhauled, but the emphasis still remained on pricing merchandise items. In this version, Bob Barker hosted the show, and Johnny Olson was the announcer (after Johnny Olson's death, Rod Roddy became the announcer). There was also another edition of this version that way syndicated that ran in the evenings once a week. This was hosted by Dennis James. This version of The Price is Right is the version that you can still catch at 11 AM Eastern, 10 AM Central. However, originally, the show was only a half hour. Then, you had three pricing games, and the top two winners went to the showcase. On November 3, 1975, The Price is Right became a full hour - in other words, "The Fabulous 60-Minute Price is Right". This is also when the showcase showdown with its big wheel was added. On September 9, 1985, and running until September 5, 1986, The Price is Right lived again in syndication, this time every day. This was essentially Bob Barker's daytime version in its original format, with Tom Kennedy as host. No showcase showdowns, and a half hour long. The Price is Right was revived in syndication for a third time with The New Price is Right on September 12, 1994. It featured Doug Davidson (from The Young and the Restless) as host, and Burton Richardson from Arsenio Hall as the announcer. The set was very modernized, and the format changed. In this version, there was no contestants' row. The contestants were called directly out of the audience just like on the regular show, but went straight up to the stage to play a pricing game. Since this was a half-hour show, there were only three games, thus three contestants. Since there was only one showcase, only one contestant could play. In this version, the Showcase Showdown round was called "The Price Was Right". It featured an old commercial, and people had to guess what the price was for those items. The nearest one wins. On some episodes, they did use the wheel. It is believed that they used the wheel on these episodes only because they didn't have enough material for "The Price Was Right". The showcase for this version was much like "Range Game". The contestant stopped the range when he or she believed that the price of the showcase was in the range. This version of The Price is Right ended January 27, 1995. While all this was going on, Bob Barker's Price is Right kept on going. In 1998, The Price is Right celebrated its 5,000th show. On the 5,000th show, it was announced that CBS Television City's Studio 33 would be renamed "The Bob Barker Studio". Bob Barker retired as host of the daytime version of The Price is Right on June 15th, 2007, and the show ran reruns until October 15th, 2007 when Drew Carey took over as host. The Price is Right is the longest-running game show in TV history, and we hope to see it for many, many more years. ====== SECTION B: Contestant's Row ====== When you first start the game, you will be asked to input your avatar's name and appearence, much like you create a Mii for the first time. Don't worry if you get things wrong here as you can go back later to either add more characters or to edit your current ones. Parts can be unlocked with each pricing game win, so you can add on additional parts for your character. After you finish customizing, head into the single player mode where you have two options, 3 strikes or classic. Three strikes is just what it sounds like, you would have three tries at contestants row before the game is over. Classic mode is played out exactly on TV. In either case, it is presented as if you are selected among the first four contestants. Your exact positioning is random, so bidding strategies are important regardless of your position. Now there is a list of items to bid on, and the one chosen is completely random. I, in this FAQ, will not go into the exact prices for each of the items, but I will list them: - His and hers diamond watch - Collection of Coolers - Sapphire pendant necklace - Pair of blackberry's - Computerized fitness bike - 34" HDTV - Framed artwork - Home theater system - Garden shed - 4 One ounce gold bars(price determined at the time of game development) - Pair of surfboards - Cedar shed playhouse - 14K gold golf bracelet - Pair of table lamps - 14K gold tennis bracelet - Cookware - Picnic table - Night vision package - Pearl toggle necklace - Binoculars - SatNav - Inline skating set ====== SECTION C: Your Pricing Game ====== After your win at contestants row, you will be asked to play a pricing game. The pricing game itself will be random, but I will list each one in a random order. All games completed will unlock an accessory and archival footage from past Price is Right episodes. ------ Sub-section 1: Hole in One... Or Two  ------ Now this game is pretty simple, make a putt into a hole like in mini-golf. Lines are placed at certain intervals to mark potential putting points in the course. To get closer to the hole, a player must put in order products from the least expensive to the most expensive, and if successful, a $500 bonus is waiting for you. If you miss your first shot, don't worry because you will have a second shot from the same position. Strategy: There is no real strategy here. If you can, just put the products in order, keeping in mind that some products are deceptive on price, and make the arrow line up with the hole. If you don't get it on the first try, don't worry you still have the second shot. Unlocks: hair Archival Footage: A Barker Beauty is seen putting the ball with its course fully intending on missing the hole. Suddenly, the ball swerves into the hole. Bob, in disbelief, goes and inspects the green and finds a groove in the green. ------ Sub-section 2: Plinko  ------ You start out with one chip, with a chance to win four more by correctly guessing if the first number of a price of a item is correct, or the last number. After the mental work is over, you go up to the plinko board to drop your chips to try to land on the $10,000 space for a chance to win $50,000. Strategy: The only mental work is guessing the price of the items. Once you secured the chips, you only need to land on the $10,000 space once, and the game will count it as a win, regardless of the final result. Unlocks: Shoes Archival Footage: A contestant is in disbelief after finding out that she is playing Plinko. The disbelief continues throughout the game. ------ Sub-section 3: Cliff Hanger  ------ Meet Hans. He is climbing a mountain of dollars, 25 of them to be exact. Your job is to keep Hans from falling off by correctly guessing the prices of three items. If you are off, Hans climbs the mountain one space for each dollar that you are off. If he stays on the mountain after you guess the three items, you win. Strategy: No real strategy here. Just keep Hans on the mountain. Unlocks: hair piece Archival Footage: A player has guessed wrong. As Hans climbs the mountain, Drew and the player dance to the catchy tune. ------ Sub-section 4: The Golden Road  ------ You are given the price of an item that is two digits long, less than one dollar. One of those two digits is the first number to a prize that is three digits long. If correct, then the three digit card is used to determine the hundreds digit on a four digit prize. If correct still, then that card will be used to determine the hundreds digit of the final prize. Choose correctly, and you beaten the Golden Road. Strategy: This takes a lot of luck. Probablities are a factor in the later parts of the game. Unlocks: glasses Archival Footage: a contestant is in excessive celebration after coming from Contestants Row. ------ Sub-section 5: Shell Game  ------ You are given the task of finding a ball in one of four shells. To increase your chances of winning, a player must guess if the price of a given item is higher or lower than the displayed price. If guessed correctly, a chip is placed beside the shell that the player thinks contains the ball. If they pick the correct shell, then the player will win a bonus prize. Place a chip on all for shells, then you can select which shell contains a ball for a $1000 bonus. Strategy: This takes a lot of practice. If you are unfamilar with slight of hand techiques, then this game may get difficult. Unlocks: Shoes Archival Footage: A refridgerator door wouldn't remain shut during the prize presentation. ------ Sub-section 6: Clock Game  ------ The game is actually played with two prizes, one at a time. Players are required to guess the actual retail price of an item within 30 seconds, within prompts by the host(or Rich Fields in the game) of lower or higher if the price is actually lower or higher than the price of the item. If the player gets the first item, a second item is offered for guessing within the remaining time of the original 30 seconds. Guess both prizes correctly, then you get a bonus. Strategy: This is actually one of my better games. The trick here is that all of the prizes are within hundreds of dollars, or less than $999. The trick here is to secure the hundreds digit first, THEN the tens and ones. To do this, set the price to one hundred dollars, and if the game says higher, add a hundred until the game says lower. Rinse and repeat for the tens, except if you reach 9. That should be an indicator that the prize is actually, for example, $69x. Now do the same for the ones, bearing in mind the Tens rule. The first item should take around 15 seconds and the same for the second item if you keep these tips in mind. Unlocks: glasses Archival Footage: A contestant is seen hugging Bob after a win in a pricing game. ------ Sub-section 7: Punch-A-Bunch  ------ The game is played for up to $25,000. A player answers higher or lower pricing questions about four items with each correct answer earning a punch on a five by ten punchboard. The contestant then punches holes into the proper number of spaces on the board each containing a slip of paper with an amount of money written on it. Rich then reveals the prizes, from the first one punched, giving you the option of keeping that prize, or continuing on with the reveal until you have no more slips. The game is over if the player quits, has won the top prize, or reaches the last of their slips, in that case, they must keep that amount. There is actually slips that read "Second Chance", four of them. If a player found one, the player punched an additional hole and what ever was found in there is added to the player's previous total. Strategy: There is no real strategy here. Just try to get through the prizes with as many punches as possible. When punching the board, I found that a medium cluster of punches centered near one of the sides of the board yields the best results, although the distribution of prizes is completely random. Unlocks: Pants Archival Footage: Drew instructs a contestant on how to punch the punchboard. ------ Sub-section 8: Money Game  ------ The top prize in the game is a car. You are given the third digit in a five digit price of the car and you are shown nine pairs of two digit numbers, with one pair being the first two digits of the price of the car, another being the last two digits of the price of the car, and the remaining seven pairs concealing dollar signs, representing the money that the contestant can win. The game is over when either the full price of the car is revealed, or the money column is filled in. Strategy: It is all about probablities here. Think about the car in question and make a reasonable guess at its price. Unlocks: Shorts Archival Footage: Two women wearing identical shirts are singing a song to Bob in Contestants Row. Are they sisters? ------ Sub-section 9: 3 Strikes  ------ The player is shown eight disks, five white ones with digits to sigify the price of the car, and three red ones marked with an X - a strike. The disks are placed into a bag and shuffled, and the player blindly draws a disk from the bag. If a white one is drawn, the player then guesses where in the price of the car the digit that is on the disk goes to. A correct guess removes the disk from play. Draw a strike, the disk is removed from play, and a strike is added to your tally. To finish the game, you must either draw the full price of the car correctly, or draw three strikes, in which case, you win nothing. Strategy: The draws are pretty much random, so go with your gut if you manage to draw a white disk. Unlocks: Glasses Archival Footage: A man spins on the floor after winning. ====== SECTION D: Showcase Showdown ====== Regardless of your result in the pricing game, you get to spin the big wheel. There are two other CPU players who will go ahead of you here to give you an amount to beat with your spin or a combination of two spins. Other than that, it plays out just like on TV. Earn a dollar, you get a $1,000 and a bonus spin. In that bonus spin, land on the green sections you get a $10,000 bonus while landing on $1.00 will earn you $25,000. If tied, you go into a spinoff until the tie is broken. To control your spin, move the left stick up then down. The speed that you do this will determine the power of your spin. Holding the left stick up at the peak of the "back swing", for lack of a better term, will not yield the same results as a direct up and down motion. Do keep in mind that the wheel MUST make one complete revolution or else it won't count. ====== SECTION E: The Showcase ====== You made it. This is the big one. The Showcase full of beautiful prizes to bid on. The position of top winner appears to be random, [I generally have a top winner position appearance roughly 66% of the time] so don't feel too bad if you don't get to decide if you going to bid or pass the first showcase. It will play out similar to as seen on TV. You will be presented with a showcase of three items to bid on. If you are in the top winner's position, you will have the option of bidding the first showcase that they present, or passing it along to the other player and taking the other showcase. These showcases appear to be random, but a list has been compiled as to what is in them. Like in section B, I will not give out prices for the showcases. - 1,000 cash, Bahamas trip, trailer - Range, kayak, 2007 Chrysler 300 - Cold stone ice cream, dining set, snow mobile - DVD player, scooter, 2007 Ford Fusion - Chipotle stuff, dining room set, jet ski - Garden tools, pool table, Chevy HHR - Year's supply of bread, dining wear, plasma TV - Dining room set, shaved ice, Fiji trip - The Doors CD collection, refridgerator/TV combo, Monte Carlo coupe - Bed set, alarm system, hot tub - Home gym, Acapulco trip, ski boat - Recliner, Hawaii trip, Dodge Magnum - Dining room set, dish set, piano - Ferrari accessory set, wine refridgerator, Tuscany trip - Range, motorcycle, Ford Mustang - Sofa, bathtub, 2 motorcycles - Range, bed, trailer - Refridgerator/fireplace, jukebox, bathtub ====== SECTION F: Party Mode ====== If you have multiple people, say up to four, you can all get in on the action. The Price is Right offers a multiplayer mode that supports up to four players. Each player must have a avatar(either created, see section A, or selected from one of the guest icons). Multiple controllers can be supported, however, you must have the exact number of controllers as you do players(4 in a four person game), or you can pass along a single controller. Playing in party mode is a bit different than either of the single player modes, because only the people who are involved in the game are in contestants row(No CPUs). Your multiplayer experiences will vary based on the number of players playing the game. For 2 players, you both play one round of contestants row with the winner playing one pricing game, then both players advance to the Showcase. Whoever earns the most money wins the game. Three players is the same as the two player game, EXCEPT, there is one additional round of Contestant's Row with the top winner making it to the showcase while the other two spin it out in the Showcase Showdown Four players is identical to the three player game, EXCEPT there is one more additional round of Contestant's Row. The top winner gets a pass to the Showcase while the second and third place finishers spin it out at the Showcase Showdown. ====== SECTION G: Contact Me ====== I can be reached by email at Sanjihimura42@gmail.com. If you do e-mail me, put in the subject, "The Price is Right FAQ", or else it will otherwise meet my spam filter. Any requests to host the FAQ should bear the subject, "The Price is Right FAQ - Host". Please allow up to 24 hours for me to get back at you if you do go through the proper channels. ====== SECTION H: Special Thanks ====== I would like to thank: - Ludia Inc for making my dreams come true in making a Price is Right game for the Playstation 3. - GameFAQs for being the most valuable resource in the world of video games. - My parents who are advid fans of the game show - Mark Goodson and Bill Todman for creating nearly 60 years of television greatness, although most Americans will only remember 40. - Bob Barker for his many years as host of the Price is Right - Drew Carey for picking up where Bob left off. - sth26307 for providing the Showcase and Contestant's Row lists as seen on this FAQ. ====== SECTION I: Legal Information ====== This guide is copyrighted 2012 by Sanji Himura and is intended to be consumed by private home use. Any attempt to commercialize this product is strictly prohibited, and will be pursued by local law enforcement. The Price is Right, and all related properties is copyright by FremantleMedia, 2012. No infringement of copyright is intended. The Price is Right the video game, is copyrighted by Ludia in association with Ubisoft. No intention of copyright infringement is intended. As of this version, the only sites allowed to host this FAQ: GameFAQs(in its .txt form) You may always grab the latest version, if you have permission of course, from GameFAQs, or my personal site which will host a .pdf form of the FAQ. Address coming soon. ====== SECTION J: Planned Updates ====== The next version of this guide should include more pricing games like Master Key and Half Off.