Add 'em Up


Add 'em Up

Add 'em Up was a pricing game on the American television game show, "The Price Is Right". Played from June 23, 1986 (aired on September 11, 1986) to October 3, 1988, it was played for a car with a four-digit price. [ [http://www.golden-road.net/faq/index.php/Pricing_Game_Notes#Add_.27em_Up Game Notes at Golden-Road.net] ]

Gameplay

To win the car, the contestant had to select the four digits in the price of the car from the digits 0-9, each of which could appear in the price only once (similar in concept to the pricing game Any Number).

To begin the game, the contestant was offered one digit for free. They selected a position in the price, and that digit was lit up on a display above the car. To aid the contestant, the sum of the digits in the price was shown on a game board, along with cards for each digit. The card representing the free digit was moved to the top of the addition column above the sum.

The contestant then guessed one of the remaining digits they believed was in the price of the car. If they were correct, the number was lit up above the car, and the card was moved to the addition column. A subtotal of the first two numbers was then lit up to help the contestant determine the total of the remaining digits. Another subtotal would be displayed under the third digit if the contestant guessed it correctly.

The contestant was allowed to guess one digit that was not in the price and still continue; a second mistake would end the game.

Retirement

The reason often given for the game's retirement is its confusing rules, which caused the game to take too long to play. Another possible explanation was the decreasing availability of attractive cars priced under $10,000 ("Add 'em Up" was always played for cars with four digits in the price).

History

The price display that stood behind the car was shared with the pricing game Pathfinder, which still uses it today. [http://www.golden-road.net/grnoldx/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=6538 Q&A with Roger Dobkowitz #2 at Golden-Road.net] Dead link|date=April 2008] Originally, the name of the game was shown above the car's price display, which was removed around the time Pathfinder was introduced.

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