The Price is Right: DVD Edition Review
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Players: 1 or more
Playing Time: 10 minutes+, depending on the number of players


Come on down! Pop in this DVD game, and you can be the next contestant on The Price is Right.

This DVD game is played just like the popular game show—players compete in a number of pricing games to see who can take home the big prize at the end of the game. To play, you begin with a Contestant’s Row game, in which players try to come closest to guessing the actual price of the prize without going over. Up to four players compete in the game, writing their guess down on their Bid Boards. The winner of that game then goes on to play a Pricing Game—one of 12 of the TV game’s most popular (like Plinko or Lucky 7). Contestants are narrowed down in a Showcase Showdown, when players spin the big wheel—and the two players who come closest to a dollar without going over then compete in the final Showcase round.

  
 
The Price is Right: DVD Edition is just like the show. The games are the same, and prizes are real. It almost feels like you’re really a contestant on the show. Fans will love playing along on this DVD game—and even if you don’t regularly tune in, it’s sure to bring back plenty of memories.

The trick to this version, however, is that it doesn’t naturally progress from one thing to the next. With many DVD games, you enter the number of players in the beginning, and the game flows from there, going through the right games at the right time. But that’s not the case with this game. At the end of each game, the DVD returns to the main menu, and you need to select what comes next: a Contestant’s Row game, a Pricing Game, a Showcase Showdown, or the Showcase. The instructions only give the scenario for a six-player game, and you’re left to figure out the rest on your own. Granted, for those who are familiar with the TV game, it isn’t exactly impossible to figure out, but it’s inconvenient nonetheless.

Though the “true TV format” version of the game calls for six players, this DVD game is best played as a one- or two-player game, since the rest of the players spend more time sitting around and watching than actually playing the game. And while that’s fine for reliving memories of snow days and sick days and summer vacations when you were a kid, it doesn’t make for the most exciting of party games.

If you love the TV game show (and you’re willing to overlook a few inconvenient flaws), The Price is Right: DVD Edition is a fun blast from the past for a couple of players at a time. But I’d recommend holding off and hoping for an upgraded version.

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