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.
A very close win
- 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 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.
- 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 October 17, 2007 (#4043K, aired out of order on November 13), Drew Carey's first playing of the game, he 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 the 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.
- The most number of times this game was played in any season was 75.
From November 27, 1974 (#1173D)Edit
From May 31, 1977 (#2402D)Edit
Range Game for a SurfJet Jet Ski (December 17, 1982, #4715D)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 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
Range Game for a Geo Metro Sedan (May 27, 1997, #0402K)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
Range Game for a Ford Five Hundred SE (May 6, 2005, #021SP, aired out of order on February 14, 2006)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 Can-Am Spyder (February 29, 2008, #025SP, aired out of order on April 11)Edit
Eccho's Super Heartbreaking Range Game Loss (April 30, 2008, #030SP, aired out of order on May 21)Edit
Range Game for a ZENN Electric Car featuring Ed Begley Jr. (April 22, 2009, #4723K)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
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 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
From December 19, 2017 (#8132K)Edit
16-Year Old Brett Plays Range Game (March 22, 2018, #8264K)Edit
From the Best of 2018 Special (December 31, 2018, #8561K)Edit
A Middle Schooler Plays Range Game (March 20, 2019, #8673K, aired out of order on April 24, originally rescheduled to air on March 13)Edit
Shedrick's Super Close Heartbreaking Range Game Loss (May 27, 2019, #8771K, aired out of order on May 20)Edit
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