Computer gamer, come on down! You're the next contestant on "The Price is Right."
The game sounds and plays like the real deal -- but without Drew Carey or Bob Barker.
One of the most popular television game shows in history is now a downloadable try-before-you-buy PC game that looks, sounds and plays like the real deal but without Drew Carey or Bob Barker.
As you'd expect from a "The Price is Right" game, you first choose a contestant from one of four characters (two males, two females) and after typing in your name, the camera pans across the overly excited audience and you'll be picked to "come on down."
Just like on the TV show, the goal of the game is to win as much money and prizes as you can before getting three red strikes.
Contestant's Row is the first part of the game, where you and three others must guess the price of a product without going over. Whoever gets closest to the actual price gets to jump onstage and partake in three other games.
For example, if you guess $500 for a patio heater from Desa (yes, these are all real-world products in this game) and the actual price is $525, you'll likely win.
If you win Contestant's Row, you get to play one of 16 different pricing games, ripped right out of the TV show, such as Cliff Hangers, Punch-A-Bunch, Range Game, Master Key and Freeze Frame. Most of these challenge you to guess the real price of a real product like Scott's bathroom tissue or a Ghirardelli chocolates collection with some slight variation.
In Plinko, for example, you must guess if the left or right number in a two-digit price for a product is correct, then you get to drop a coin down a Plinko board and hope it falls into the $10,000 slot instead of the $0 slot.
After you win a pricing game, you can then test your luck by spinning The Big Wheel, with the aim of getting as close to $1 as you can without going over.
Finally, it's the Showcase Showdown. You know the drill: Rich Fields, the announcer, tells you about all these elaborate prizes like trips and cars, with short video clips of real 'The Price is Right' girls showing them to you. You must guess the value of the entire prize pack without going over. Be closer to the real price compared with your opponent and it's yours.
Despite some awkward animation, Montreal-based Ludia did a great job with the game's presentation. The theme music, announcer and sound effects are all authentic, as are the products you're playing with (which feels like a commercial, yes, but how else can you properly guess their price if they're not familiar brands?).
You can play against computer-controlled contestants or engage in a multiplayer game on the same PC with up to three friends. You can also unlock achievements and awards for playing well, viewable from a trophy room off the main menu.
Competitive types can click on the "Rank Me In" button to compare your winnings against other online players from around the world.
Fans of the TV game show will no doubt find some fun in "The Price is Right" PC game. You can try it for free for 30 minutes before paying $19.99 to keep playing. E-mail to a friend