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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.

GameplayEdit

  • 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.

HistoryEdit

  • When the game debuted, Range Game used a $50 range finder. The range quickly increased to $100 on May 8, 1973 (#0362D) and just 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 (#1851D, 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 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.

TriviaEdit

  • 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).

Foreign versionsEdit

  • 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.

PicturesEdit

Premiere Playing (April 3, 1973, #0312D)Edit

Range Game With a $100 Rangefinder (May 8, 1973, #0362D)Edit

Pam's Close Win in Range Game (September 19, 1973, #0553D)Edit

From November 27, 1974 (#1173D)Edit

Range Game for a Geary Trike 3-Wheel Motorcycle (June 13, 1976, #154N)Edit

Range Game for a Pair of Indian Motorcycles (February 18, 1977, #2255D)Edit

Range Game for a Dynafoil Watercraft (March 3, 1977, #2274D)Edit

Range Game for a May Cart 3-Wheel Electric Car (March 15, 1977, #2292D)Edit

From May 31, 1977 (#2402D)Edit

Debra's Heartbreaking Range Game Loss (August 27, 1979, #3361D)Edit

Marjorie's Close Win in Range Game (October 22, 1980, #3833D)Edit

Range Game for a SurfJet Jet Ski (December 17, 1982, #4715D)Edit

Range Game for a Dodge Shelby Charger (September 12, 1983, #4991D)Edit

Range Game for a Dodge Aries K Station Wagon (October 7, 1985, #N 0051)Edit

Range Game as a Play Along Game from Season 15 (September 9, 1986, #6172D)Edit

Range Game for a Sun Tracker Party Barge Party Boat (October 14, 1986, #6222D)Edit

Range Game for a Mazda 323 Deluxe Hatchback (March 27, 1987, #6435D)Edit

Range Game as a Play Along Game from Season 16 (March 1, 1988, #6782D)Edit

Range Game for an Addictor 245 Sport Boat (September 15, 1988, #6944D)Edit

Range Game for a Songbird '57 T-Bird Jukebox (December 12, 1989, #7462D)Edit

Diane Plays Range Game Barefoot (September 27, 1991, #8115D)Edit

A Range Game Blooper (October 10, 1991, #8134D)Edit

Viola's Close Call Win in Range Game (September 12, 1994, #9261D)Edit

Range Game for a Trip to Egypt (May 10, 1996, #9975D)Edit

A Truck Win From the 25th Season Premiere (September 9, 1996, #0041K)Edit

Range Game for a Mercury Tracer (November 22, 1996, #0145K)Edit

Range Game for a Geo Metro Sedan (May 27, 1997, #0402K)Edit

Range Game for a Plymouth Breeze (September 24, 1998, #0824K)Edit

Michelle's Amazing Car Win in Range Game (October 6, 1999, #1203K)Edit

Pamela's Range Game Christmas Miracle Win (December 20, 1999, #1311K)Edit

Stephanie's Heartbreaking Range Game Loss (January 17, 2000, #1331K)Edit

Samuel's Range Game Christmas Miracle Win (December 19, 2000, #1632K)Edit

Galen's Heartbreaking Range Game Loss (December 24, 2001, #2001K)Edit

Range Game for a Jeep Wrangler (November 27, 2002, #2323K)Edit

Thuy's Heartbreaking Range Game Loss (January 24, 2003, #2405K)Edit

Range Game for a Ford F-150 SuperCab (February 19, 2003, #009SP, aired out of order on February 12)Edit

Rebecca's Heartbreaking Range Game Loss (December 3, 2003, #2703K)Edit

Patrick's Range Game Christmas Miracle Car Win (December 22, 2004, #3103K)Edit

Range Game for a Ford Five Hundred SE (May 6, 2005, #021SP, aired out of order on February 14, 2006)Edit

Joseph's Range Game Christmas Miracle Win (December 21, 2005, #3463K)Edit

Last Range Game Car Playing with Bob Barker (November 28, 2006, #3782K)Edit

Range Game for a Dutchman T@B T16 Travel Trailer (December 21, 2006, #3814K)Edit

Final Playing with Bob Barker (June 15, 2007, #4035K)Edit

First Range Game Car Playing with Drew Carey (December 19, 2007, #4163K)Edit

Range Game for a Ford Fusion S (February 13, 2008, #4203K)Edit

Range Game for a Can-Am Spyder (February 29, 2008, #025SP, aired out of order on April 11)Edit

Range Game as a Million Dollar Game (March 14, 2008, #027SP, aired out of order on February 29)Edit

Eccho's Super Heartbreaking Range Game Loss (April 30, 2008, #030SP, aired out of order on May 21)Edit

Range Game for a Dale Earnhardt Jr. Pinball Machine and a Golden West Billiards Pool Table (April 3, 2009, #4695K)Edit

Range Game for a ZENN Electric Car featuring Ed Begley Jr. (April 22, 2009, #4723K)Edit

Debra's Range Game Christmas Miracle Win (December 22, 2009, #4962K)Edit

Range Game for a Little Guy Camping World Cruiser Camper and a Meridien Stainless Steel Barbecue (January 4, 2010, #4981K)Edit

Range Game for a Set of North Pole Tailgating Gear and a Hi-Lo Towlite 17.9' Travel Trailer (February 5, 2010, #5025K)Edit

Range Game for a Pair of Joyner Sand Viper 250 Sand Buggies (March 17, 2010, #5083K)Edit

Range Game for a Pair of Honda VT750 Shadow Aero Motorcycles (November 23, 2010, #5322K)Edit

Range Game for a $15,000+ Trip to Tahiti (March 10, 2011, #5474K)Edit

Eric's Range Game Loss on the 40th Season Premiere (September 19, 2011, #5631K)Edit

Sidney Plays Range Game with Snoop Dogg (October 11, 2011, #5662K, aired out of order on January 2, 2012)Edit

Range Game for a Moto Guzzi California Black Eagle Motorcycle (October 31, 2011, #5691K)Edit

Range Game for a Chevrolet Colorado Work Truck Regular Cab (April 18, 2012, #5933K)Edit

Range Game for a Nissan Versa Hatchback (May 28, 2012, #5991K)Edit

Cameron's Amazing Range Game Win on Election Day (November 6, 2012, #6102K)Edit

Jared's Super Heartbreaking Range Game Loss (December 20, 2012, #6144K)Edit

Michael Plays Range Game with Charles Barkley (January 21, 2013, #6191K, aired out of order on February 21, originally rescheduled to air on February 18)Edit

Range Game for a Hyundai Elantra Coupe GS (June 6, 2013, #6384K)Edit

Range Game for a BMW G650 GS Motorcycle (March 11, 2014, #6652K)Edit

Range Game for a Toyota Camry (April 7, 2014, #6691K, aired out of order on April 2)Edit

Handicapped Contestant Plays Range Game for a Car (November 19, 2014, #6893K, aired out of order on November 14, originally rescheduled to air on November 12)Edit

Range Game for a Scion iM (February 1, 2016, #7391K)Edit

Range Game with a Special Twist (October 27, 2016, #7664K)Edit

Range Game for a Honda Rebel, Kawasaki KLX140, and Honda Grom Sport Motorcycles (February 13, 2017, #7811K)Edit

James Plays Range Game with Jane Lynch (February 21, 2017, #7822K, aired out of order on February 22)Edit

Range Game for a Porsche 718 Boxster (May 15, 2017, #7941K)Edit

A Car Win During Season 46 Dream Car Week (October 12, 2017, #8044K)Edit

From December 19, 2017 (#8132K)Edit

16-Year Old Brett Plays Range Game (March 22, 2018, #8264K)Edit

Range Game for a Chevrolet Cruze LS (October 10, 2018, #8443K)Edit

From the Best of 2018 Special (December 31, 2018, #8561K)Edit

A Car Win During Season 47 Dream Car Week (February 21, 2019, #8634K, aired out of order on May 30)Edit