Saturday, April 14, 2018

Rats

As readers of this blog probably know, I'm not the world's biggest fan of The Price is Right.

This indifference stems from my dislike of shopping in general. If I could have everything magically delivered to my house with zero effort on my part, I'd jump at the chance. Sadly, even online shopping entails a lot of clicking and typing that I'd rather avoid. Real-life shopping is worse, with all the walking and lifting.

But when I glanced at Golden Road today, I found a thread that even interested me: "Best pricing game design." A couple posters had a kind word for my own TPiR favorite in game design: Rat Race. This goes back to my childhood love for toy race car tracks. Plus the little rats are so adorable. As opposed to their biological equivalents, who are ugly critters.

Rat Race is actually one of the least played among the active pricing games on the show. I guess that rodent pests, even of the cute artificial variety, aren't so popular. Sorry, Rattus rattus.

5 comments:

  1. And I believe, it was the 1st game that Drew actually created...

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    1. Rat Race has a pretty good design. It's actually one of my favorite TPIR games, so I'm kind of surprised it hasn't been played a lot. Then again, Plinko hasn't been used a lot as much anymore.

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  2. The chart ranks the games by the number of the times the game has been played in all 45 seasons so Rat Race is low because it is a relatively new game and only has been around since season 38. It's been averaging about double figure appearances a season which is about average.

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    1. Even in recent seasons Rat Race isn't played all that much. In season 45, the last with complete stats, there were 45 games played more often and only 23 played less often.

      They just don't haul out the race track all that much compared to many other games. Lucky Seven was played three times as often, for instance.

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  3. I haven't watched that much Price lately but about 2 or 3 weeks ago, there were actual kids playing the games. Actual kids. Looks like 10 or 11 year olds and with no parental help (except at the Showcase).

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