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On the Nose was a pricing game where the contestant had to perform a sporting feat to win. It was played for a car and a potential cash bonus of $1,000.


  • To win the car, the contestant had to successfully accomplish a sporting feat. Five sporting events alternated in different playings of the game: throwing a mini-football or a baseball through a hole in the game board, making a free throw with a mini-basketball, popping a balloon with a dart, and hitting a tennis ball through a hole in the game board.
  • Before the contestant attempted the feat, they first had to determine how many chances they would have to perform it. The contestant was shown four possible prices for the car. Picking the correct price earned the contestant $1,000 and four attempts at the sporting feat. Choosing the nearest incorrect price earned the contestant three attempts, the next closest price earned two, and the price farthest away from the actual retail price earned just one attempt. Those other three prices awarded no bonus. The number of attempts was represented by revealing a certain number of whatever implement was used in the particular task of the day. Barker would also perform an "inspiration" attempt of the task before the contestant attempted it, as he did in Hole in One and Super Ball!!.
  • On the Nose is one of only three pricing games, along with Hole in One and Super Ball!!, in which a task of physical skill was required to win. Other games, such as Race Game and Bonkers, give the contestant more chances to win if they perform better physically, but they can still be obtained without the physical skill.


  • On the Nose premiered on September 14, 1984 (#5395D). On the first playing, it was won.
  • The sports used in the game debuted on these following dates:
    • Baseball: September 14, 1984 (#5395D)
    • Basketball: September 18, 1984 (#5402D)
    • Football: September 28, 1984 (#5415D)
    • Darts: October 16, 1984 (#5442D)
    • Tennis: November 28, 1984 (#5503D)
  • From January 21, 1985 (#5571D, aired out-of-order on April 8) until the game's retirement, a synthesizer sound effect is heard when Door #2 opens to reveal the ball/dart holders.


  • It was retired after just over a year in the game rotation because the events were too difficult to win.


  • The most number of times this game was played in any season was 15.

Foreign versions[]

  • Despite its short life in the US version, the game had a long life on Germany's Der Preis ist heiß and was actually one of host Harry Wijnvoord's favorite pricing games. The game was also played on the French version and the most recent version of the show in the UK. It has also had several variants of sports on Portugal's O Preço Certo em Euros, including soccer, which was never used in the US.


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Debut of On the Nose (September 14, 1984, #5395D)

1980s Pricing Games
Bargain Game | Trader Bob | Grand Game | Now....or Then | Hit Me | Super Ball!! | Check Game | Check-Out | Pick-A-Pair | Plinko | Master Key | Phone Home Game | Walk of Fame | Balance Game (1) | On the Nose | One Away | Bump | Add 'Em Up | Pathfinder | Credit Card | Spelling Bee | $uper $aver | Make Your Move | 2 for the Price of 1
Retired Pricing Games
Bullseye (1) | Double Bullseye | Give or Keep | Double Digits | Mystery Price | Poker Game | Hurdles | Professor Price | Finish Line | Shower Game | It's Optional | Telephone Game | Penny Ante | Trader Bob | Hit Me | Super Ball!! | Phone Home Game | Walk of Fame | Balance Game (1) | On the Nose | Bump | Add 'Em Up | Credit Card | $uper $aver | Gallery Game | Buy or Sell | Joker | Make Your Mark/Barker's Markers | Split Decision | Fortune Hunter | Clearance Sale | Step Up | On the Spot | Time is Money (1)