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The Price Is Right

The Price Is Right: Decades

November 15, 2011
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Alcohol and Tobacco Reference, Mild Suggestive Themes

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Date of Review: January 26, 2013
Format Reviewed: Xbox 360
Language / Country of Origin: English / United States
Online Capability: Online multiplayer available.
Prequels:
The Price Is Right, The Price Is Right: 2010 Edition
Featured Characters:
Players play will avatars.
Equipment Needed: None needed.
Maintenance Required: None required.

Review:
If you’ve ever played along with The Price Is Right TV show, well now here’s your chance to do it via a video game! The good news is, you’re always a contender in Contestants’ Row and can’t be knocked out. Just like on the show, you must first correctly bid on an item to win your way onto the stage. If you’re not playing with real life friends, you’ll be pitted against A.I.s for this part, and I’m happy to report these computer players won’t mind one bit if you play dirty and bid just a dollar over their guess.

Once you eventually win your place onstage, it’s time for a pricing game. These games could range from popular favorites such as Plinko or Cliff Hangers to lesser known or retired titles like Hurdles or Superball. When guessing prices, you have to think in terms of the decade you are playing in (’70s, ’80s, ’90s, etc.). Whether you win or lose the pricing game, you’ll head off to spin the big wheel, which ultimately determines if you’ll make it to the Showcase or not.

Playing the various pricing games is really the most fun aspect of this title. The other parts (bidding, spinning, going through the motions of the Showcase) start to feel tired pretty quickly. A lot of the achievements are limited to Kinect and LIVE play, which can be hampering.

Plot:
One of the host’s (Bob Barker’s) beauties needs your help sorting through old VHS tapes of the show from across the decades.

Gameplay:

You can play using a standard controller or using the Kinect sensor.

Cultural / Historical Value:

The Price Is Right is one of the longest running and most beloved game shows of all time.  Previous PiR games have come out; this is the first for the Xbox 360

Teaching / Learning Characteristics:

You learn how to gauge prices from today and yesterday.  There is a little historical value in that it shows changes from the 1970s to recent times.

Replay Value:

Lots of replay value. There is a different episode for every year from the 1970s through 2010. There are various decade appropriate pricing games in each new episode.

Likely Audiences:

Fans of the Price Is Right and those who like game show titles.  This is probably a game for older players, rather than kids.

Overall Score:

55/100.

Other Reviews:

1up.com: N/A
Gamerankings
Gamespot
Metacritic
MobyGames

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ESRB Description:
Alcohol and Tobacco Reference, Mild Suggestive Themes

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