Range Game is the pricing game that has tension and it's where the contestant has a cool hand and good pricing knowledge to attempt to win a big prize.
- The contestant is shown a scale representing a range of $600. The price of the prize is somewhere within this range. On this scale is a red window which spans $150 of the range; it is dubbed the "range finder".
- Starting from the bottom, the range finder moves up the scale slowly. The contestant must press a button to stop the range finder when they believe the price of the prize is within the red window. If they are correct, they win the prize.
- Though mostly played for trips or furniture, usually once a season at minimum the Range Game is played for a car.
- When the game debuted, Range Game used a $50 range finder. The range quickly increased to $100 on May 8, 1973 (#0362D), and as quickly to the current $150 on June 8, 1973 (#0405D). For its first playing only (#035N), the 1970s syndicated version used a range finder with a $200 spread.
- On September 8, 1975 (#1581D, aired out of order on September 11), the title was added. On December 29, 1976 (#2183D), the green board has debuted. On June 3, 1985 (#5761D), the original button (which had the word "STOP" in it in white lettering) has been replaced with its current one, and the second rangefinder holder has been introduced; this is known to have occurred at some point after the stripes were changed. In October 2011, the board was painted light yellow and the edge was painted light green.
- As a running gag, host Bob Barker told the contestant to be sure when they stopped the range finder, as once it had been stopped, it could not be restarted for 37 hours. On the primetime specials, it could not be restarted for 48 hours. The joke originally used other absurd numbers, as well. On November 6, 2007 (#4072K, aired out of order on October 17 as the first playing with Drew Carey), Drew Carey attempted to do the joke, but, in his own words, "screwed it up"; he has not used it since. However, Drew found his own gag by allowing the man who turns the crank behind the prop to come out and say hello to the contestant and audience.
- On October 10, 1991 (#8134D), as contestant Audrey pressed the button to stop it, the range finder kept going up at first, and then went down and bounced to $2,800 at the top. Bob said, "I have a solution for this!" and asked to light up the price. She managed to win the game as the price was $2,744. Bob then told the audience, "If the price had been up here (where she stopped it), I was going to, with brute force, move that dude up there, and you were still gonna win the bed!"
- On the Doug Davidson syndicated version of Price, Range Game's format was used to bid on the Showcase (although Doug never acknowledged it as "Range Game"). A completely new prop was constructed for the round (a replica of the Range Game board was used for the pilot), and the contestant selected at random a length for the rangefinder; the lengths came in increments of $1,000 and fell between $4,000 and $10,000. The Showcase's board covered a $60,000 range between $10,000 and $70,000.
- On January 6, 1995 (#9405D), the range finder moved three times its normal speed, and as contestant William pressed the button to stop it, the range finder kept going for $20 before it actually stopped.
- On October 15, 1996 (#0092K), contestant Louis R. Diamond stopped the range less than $1 too late. When the price lit up, Bob and the audience were in shock moments before the buzzer sounded. He looked closely at the price, and he was so close, he declared a win.
- On The Price is Right $1,000,000 Spectacular on March 14, 2008 (#027SP, aired out of order on February 29), the Range Game is chosen as the Million Dollar Game. After the range finder is stopped, the contestant must guess (in the range finder) the exact price to win $1,000,000. Contestant Gina Reyes lost.
- On November 19, 2014 (#6893K, aired out of order on November 14, then originally rescheduled to air November 12), wheelchair-bound contestant Travon Lewis played this game for a car and won.
- On October 27, 2016 (#7664K), for Big Money Week, in addition to the usual $150 range, a smaller, $50 range was placed in the middle of the range finder, and if the contestant got the price within that $50 range, they'd get a $10,000 bonus in addition to the prize (a trip to Greece). Unfortunately, contestant Brittany Miller missed the price entirely.
- On May 15, 2017 (#7941K), for Dream Car Week, Range Game was played for its biggest prize ever on daytime TV: a Porsche 718 Boxter worth $59,845. On top of that, it was won.
- On December 31, 2019 (#8962K) for a New Year's Eve themed episode, the range finder is dressed as the famous Times Square Ball, starts at the top of the scale, and then moves down. It was played, fittingly, for a trip to see the actual ball drop in New York City worth $11,018, and it was won.
- On February 17, 2020 (#9031K), for Dream Car Week, Range Game was played for a $19,755 2020 Nissan Kicks S Crossover, and was won.
- The most number of times this game was played in any season was 75.
- Range Game was one of seven pricing games seen on the third taping session of Season 36, which was seen on October 17, 2007 (#4043K, aired out of order on November 13), October 25, 2007 (#4054K, aired out of order on January 3, 2008), October 29, 2007 (#4061K, aired out of order on December 13), November 6, 2007 (#4072K, aired out of order on October 17), November 15, 2007 (#4084K, aired out of order on November 7), and November 23, 2007 (#4095K, aired out of order on October 26).
- In most versions, the range is generally the only one that differs.
- Argentina: AR$1000
- Australia: A$100
- France (2015): €200
- Mexico: MX$???
- Portugal: €100
- UK (Crowther):
- In the French and Portuguese versions, they can set what range the price of the item they believe is.
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A very close win
Another Close win
Range Game for a car in Big Money Week (November 19, 2014, #6893K, aired out of order on November 14, originally rescheduled for November 12)
Range Game for a Porsche Boxster (May 15, 2017, #7941K)
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