time was a charm in the case of the Clock Game. This game
represented the third attempt to use the Bullseye I format of
narrowing in on the price of a prize. In Clock Game, a contestant
has thirty seconds to guess the values of two prizes. After each
bid, Bob tells the contestant to go higher or lower, hopefully
narrowing in on the price exactly. After the first prize has been
guessed, the contestant uses the remaining time to guess the
price of the second prize. Even to this date, the game uses only
three-digit prizes, although failed attempts to use four-digit
prizes have been tried. At first, contestants would have to spit
out all four digits in their bids when Clock Game was played for
four-digit prizes. Later, Bob told the contestant the first digit
of the prize, and asked the contestant to guess the last three
(i.e., if the prize were $3593, the contestant would have to
guess $593 to win the prize.) Stupid contestants were tripped up
by this format quite often and four-digit prizes are no longer
used in the game. However, to compensate for the relative
cheapness of the prizes, a $1,000 cash bonus is now given to
contestants who can guess both prizes under 30 seconds. On the
nighttime specials in 1986, a contestant who guessed both prizes under 30
seconds won the right to choose one of four envelopes that
contained a cash bonus ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. On the $1,000,000
Spectacular Specials in 2003, Clock Game was played with a $5,000 bonus offered
for guess both prizes within 30 seconds.
Game has provided some of the most hilarious bloopers in TPiR
history with contestants who simply can not figure out how to
play the game. Clock Game still remains one of the only games in
which skill can guarantee you a win no matter how clueless you
are about the prices.
Changes: This game has remained relatively
untouched since its inception. The "Clock Game" name
was added around 1974 or 1975. The blue area in the upper left
allows for chroma key shots of the contestant's face as s/he bids
(see below). The short-lived Doug Davidson version used an
electronic clock. In 2003, the entire board endured a color flip to make
it blend in with the new turntable background.
|There's good 'ol Clock Game. Note
that the name hasn't been added yet.
||That clock hasn't changed in over
|She's looking pretty
pensive...time is ticking! She wound up hitting this
right as the clock struck zero!
||Here's the Clock Game board we all
know and love.
|This guy looks like he's having
fun no matter what the outcome of the game!
||What a disaster! Clock Game for a
car? That's too many numbers to spit out with a clock
ticking against you!
the nighttime specials in 1986 and that means this Clock
Game winner wins a bonus cash prize!
today it's $2000! The maximum was $5000.
|This sailor netted a $1,000 bonus
for guessing both prizes under 30 seconds in 1998.
||This contestant did the same in
1999, but they'd streamlined the graphic by then.
$1,000,000 Spectacular Special in 2003. This girl guessed the
second price ON THE NOSE on her first guess!