The Price is Right (DSiWare)

Game Review

The Price is Right Review

Europe PAL Version

Posted by James Newton

No it isn't

Guess a number. Wrong. Wait ten seconds, then guess again. Wrong. Wait ten seconds, then guess again. Wrong.

Now all this exciting number-guessing action can be yours to own with the release of Ludia’s The Price is Right for DSiWare! Yes, you too can estimate the prices of fanciful items you can’t win, compete against AI opponents that range from bone-headed to professional valuers and take part in games that vary from the enjoyable to downright painful.

Some game shows work well as video games – Who Wants to be a Millionaire is a perfect example – because they rely on a heady combination of skill and knowledge, but The Price is Right doesn’t really require either. Granted, it’s to be commended for sticking to the TV show’s format so closely: you begin with Contestants Row before progressing to other stages including Plinko, the Showcase Showdown and Cliff Hangers, and the enthusiastic voiceover from series stalwart Richard Fields does help to inject some excitement.

In fact, sticking to the show so closely gets the game into trouble. Classic mode is pretty brutal: if you don’t guess correctly on Contestants Row, you’re knocked out and have to wait through a loading screen before you can try again. Skip straight to Three Strikes, which lets you progress through the game until you accumulate – you guessed it – three strikes, at which point you’re eliminated and can play all over again, if you so wish.

As you’d expect, playing The Price is Right on your own is about as fun as watching Drew Carey take a bath. Although there’s a wide range of items to bid on, few of them will hold any sort of relatable value to most gamers – in fact, whilst we’re on the subject, why was this game released in Europe first if all the prices are in dollars? At least each item has a set price, so if you really want to succeed you could memorise every price, which might make you a little bit unpopular in multiplayer.

Thankfully taking a hotseat approach, multiplayer lets you pit your number skills against three friends to win imaginary prizes. There is some good fun to be had in competitive play that can’t be found against the AI, but even so it’s hard to shake the feeling you’re just guessing numbers, with nothing to show for it other than new haircuts and clothes for your in-game representative.


The Price is Right is a faithful facsimile of the TV programme and diehard fans will appreciate the level of detail that went into replicating it. That said, the asking price of 800 Points is a large hurdle, and it’s hard to shake the feeling your money’s going on licensing and production costs rather than buying you a quality game, making it impossible to recommend.

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User Comments (42)



Denkou said:

well that was impossible to see coming. i NEVER would have guessed it would be a bad game.



evilralfwiggum said:

I'd like to bid 1 point Drew. What? 800 is the retail value? Gosh. How did I guess so off? Luckily someone else had bid 500 points, I don't have to win this prize. Next.



jangonov said:

Europe got this before america? "an american game show, with an american host, using american dollars to guess the american price of a product......Oh yeah, release it in europe, in fact, make it go over there first!" their marketing guy is top-notch



mattex66 said:

SUCKS. My friend had it and now he's sorry. But he's not a gamer but know hes learns his lesson. Go to Nintendo Life's reviews before you buy LOL.



Raylax said:

Nicely made, but irreparably flawed game. Oh well. At least the developers have tried~

Wait, why's Prosody reviewing American releases? He moved over there? I'm a little confused :/



suburban_sensei said:

The show has gone to crap since Drew Carey took the reigns...he just doesn't have that same appeal that Bob Barker had. Anyways, yeah game looks like utter garbage. My thoughts and prayers go out to you James for having to be subjected to it...I hope you have a quick and safe recovery



Philip_J_Reed said:

I love Drew Carey, just not as host of The Price is Right.

Great review, James. I honestly hadn't considered how pointless a game like this really is (if you're not dealing with real products, there's literally no skill involved in guessing the prices), so thanks for saving me from a potential bored-weekend purchase.



Swiket said:

I have a bone to pick with this show. Bob Barker got all my pets pregnant.



piguy101 said:

What about inflation? In 20 years will this game be inaccurate? In a million years? The gumball will cost $5.



Dazza said:

Bah the UK version should have had Leslie Crowther or at the very least Brucey as the host!



Kelvin said:

Well, in all fairness, we did have our own version of The Price is Right over here, but that was back in the 1970's and 80's, so it is a bit bizarre to see this released in Europe first.



BulbasaurusRex said:

Best. Tagline. Ever.

Swiket, Bob Barker says to get them spayed or neutered, so that's kind of impossible.



miketh2005 said:

Drew Carey is sooo much better than Bob barker. My parents agree, too! But, I'm talking about the old Bob Barker, not the young one. Since that's when we started watching it. Drew Carey is just more energetic, and funnier. Bob barker was just the perfect host, not comedian.



ShinRPGGamer said:

I have this game on my Iphone for 7 bucks cheaper so this price range is a turn off in itself



Stuffgamer1 said:

You think THIS is bad? What about paying $40 for the retail Wii release? Really, this is quite possibly the WORST game show to turn into a video game EVER. My sympathies to everyone who plays this rubbish.



grumblegrumble said:

Is this the same game as the one which was released for 2010, or is it like 2009's version? Also, is it the full game? if so, 800 pts is a steal.



Stuffgamer1 said:

@grumblegrumble: Relative to the $30 retail release, sure. But selling a digital pile of crap for less than an equally sized physical pile of crap is still a rip-off.



JakobG said:

I hate how people keep using the Wii as a sandbox to make a game out of anything.
They don't give it a chance to be serious.



wakkydude said:

I enjoyed this game. Until I found out it had 8 pricing games. 8 DAMN PRICING GAMES



Adamant said:

"and the enthusiastic voiceover from series stalwart Richard Fields does help to inject some excitement."

You mean some guy 95% of Europeans have no idea who is? Brilllliant selling point there.

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