Text by: Robert Seidelman
Season 42 of The Price Is Right wrapped up on Friday and we saw two big developments on the show. The first one was the debut of a brand new game in "Do The Math" and the second one was the much hyped All-Plinko special. Reactions to the new game were genuinely positive whereas the reactions to the All-Plinko special were mixed at best. Here are my takes on both.
Do The Math: A new quickie game played for two prizes. The
contestant is shown a number on chalkboard monitor and the contestant
has to guess whether the value of the first prize plus or minus the
dollar amount given equals the amount of the second prize. If
correct, they win both prizes, plus the cash in the middle. It's a
fun quickie game that is basically Add 'em Up done right. It's
simple, and those who are terrible at math can grasp the concept.
I heard that some people are comparing this game to Magic #, but while
that game has hundreds of possible right answers, this game only has
one. I hope to see this game go for a long time.
The Plinko Special: I'll admit. I was a bit skeptical when the
news of this special broke, but after watching it, I admit that I was
entertained by it. Sure it was overkill, but they varied it up
without taking away any of the drama about it. The first couple of
players stunk at it, with one getting the goose-egg, but the rest of the
playings were fun to watch. It also could be seen as a
compilation of various playings from the past few seasons. Some
great, some ok, some downright awful and some were just plain unlucky.
It was fun to watch, but the concept of doing 1-game only days is not
palatable. I can't think of any other games that would work with
this concept, with the exception of Cliffhangers. Plinko will
always be popular, but we don't need another one.