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On the Spot is this "so called" confusing game played for a car.

GameplayEdit

  • The contestant began in the center of a large circle (the "spot") on the stage. The circle had three colored paths leading from it to the outside of the spot (blue, yellow and pink); each path consisted of three steps marked with prices. These prices corresponded with six small prizes which were shown to the contestant. The contestant selected a path and moved to the first step. They had to select the prize whose price matched the step they were on. If they selected correctly, they won the small prize and repeated the process for the second and third steps.
  • If they guessed all three prizes correctly, they moved off the spot and won the car. However, if they made a mistake on any prize, they returned to the center of the spot and had to begin again with a different path. If the contestant made mistakes on all three paths, the game ended in a loss.
  • There were always some duplicate prices amongst the three paths; if a contestant had correctly guessed a price on a previous path, they were allowed to skip that price on subsequent paths.

HistoryEdit

  • The circles displaying the prices on the spot initially displayed the price twice in identical font facing both the contestant and the audience. After the second playing, during which host Bob Barker mistook an upside-down "68" for an "89", the circles were changed to display a large price, facing the audience, with a much smaller price behind the circle, facing the contestant.
  • Except for its last two playings, in which the patterns were changed to make the game easier, the paths used the following patterns for the prices: A-B-D, B-C-E and C-A-F. While successful, the effort still wasn't enough to save the game and the revised patterns made some prizes impossible to win.
  • The game was played perfectly four times.

TriviaEdit

  • The most number of times this game was played in any season was 13.

RetirementEdit

  • After its last playing on November 5, 2004 (#3035K), On the Spot was removed from the pricing game rotation for re-tooling, but the game was officially retired in 2004 due to confusing rules, long playing time and a win-loss rate of 11-26.

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