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Super Ball
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Premiere Date

February 3, 1981

Pricing Game Location

Center Stage

Previous Premiered Pricing Game

Hit Me

Next Premiered Pricing Game

Check Game

Finale Date

January 12, 1998

Super Ball!! was a pricing game based on the arcade game skee ball. It was played for three large prizes, each worth more than $1,000 and a cash prize of up to $3,000; this game also used small prizes.

GameplayEdit

The contestant was shown three large prizes, each behind one of The Big Doors. The contestant was also shown three small prizes on the turntable, one at a time; each prize had a ball with it that was associated with one of the large prizes. Each small prize also displayed two prices; the contestant had to choose the correct price for the prize. If they were correct, they won the small prize and the ball. Otherwise, they lost the prize and the ball.

After all three prizes were played, assuming the contestant had won at least one ball, they were taken to a standard arcade skee ball lane. The center ring, marked "win," was surrounded by a "$100" ring and a "$50" outer area. $50 was the minimum a contestant could win for each ball earned.

After a practice roll, The contestant rolled each ball they had won on the lane. If they rolled the "win" ring, they won the large prize associated with the ball; otherwise, they won the amount of money associated with the cash ring they rolled into.

Once all of the earned balls were rolled, the contestant attempted to win the "Super Ball" by choosing between two prices for one more small prize. If the contestant won the Super Ball, they would roll it on the lane, with a "win" earning them all three large prizes. If the contestant had already won all three prizes with the standard balls, a Super Ball "win" would earn them a $3,000 cash bonus. If the Super Ball landed in either cash ring, the contestant earned three times the value of that ring, making them worth $300 and $150, respectively.

Super Ball!! is one of only three pricing games, along with Hole in One (or Two) and On the Nose, in which a task of physical skill is required to win. Other games, such as Race Game and Bonkers, give the contestant more chances to win if they perform better physically, but they can still be won without the physical skill.

HistoryEdit

The $3,000 cash bonus came into play only twice, on September 23, 1992 and June 1, 1995, and was won only once, on September 23, 1992 (see below); the latter playing on June 1, 1995, the contestant guessed the small prize of the Super Ball incorrectly and did not win the Super Ball.

In the beginning, only one small prize was shown on the turntable at a time. By May 20, 1987, all of the first three small prizes appeared at once on the turntable.

On the episode that aired on November 14, 1991, a contestant named Mohini Khaled could not grasp the concept of skee ball; rather than rolling the balls, she tried to throw them into the rings, causing them to bounce off and roll back down the lane. In the end, she ended up with $250 in cash, but no prizes. The game normally takes 5-6 minutes (including the announcer describing the prizes), but this particular playing took over eight minutes, making it one of the longest pricing game playings in the show's history, which may have led to the game's retirement after its last playing on January 12, 1998.

Super Ball!!'s set was not destroyed when it was retired and the skee ball prop currently resides in Bob Boden's garage.

The prize cue, strictly used for this game, was the theme from Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour, which is often used when giving away cars in other games. Prior to the usage of the MGHS theme on the show, "Starcrossed" was primarily used as the prize cue.

RetirementEdit

Super Ball!! was among the longest pricing games to play. Bob Barker determined, based on the in-studio audience reaction, that the time it took to play Super Ball!! could be put to better use and the game was retired.

GalleryEdit

Maureen's Perfect Super Ball!!Edit

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