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Match Game Contestant Podiums

Board GamesEdit

Three home versions of Match Game were made by Milton Bradley. The first two 1970s versions had the same non-comedic answers as the '60s show; the third '70s edition finally started using the more innuendo-laden questions of the '70s show.

DVD Movies & GamesEdit

BCI Entertainment (2006)Edit

A DVD set featuring 30 episodes of the 1970s version along with the original 1960s pilot was released in 2006. Prior to this, an additional Dumb Dora is so Dumb Edition came out later with only eight episodes in total.

Promo AdEdit

Endless Games (2007)Edit

The DVD Game with clips and questions form the 70s version was released in 2007. Gameplay was mostly based on the show, but it only allowed for up to six on-screen players. Scoring was different as well, Round 1 matches were worth $50 each, while round 2 matches were worth $100 each. In Addition, the "Super-Match" portion was player differently. With the Audience Match played after the first round by the leading player(s). and the "Head-to-Head" match was played after the second round by the winning player(s), with a correct answer doubling the winnings of the player(s).

Mobile GameEdit

GSN/Game Show NetworkEdit

Prior to GSN's Interactive online game, they also had an interactive mobile phone version of Match Game P.M. courtesy of Golpocket iTV.

Online GamesEdit

Uproar (2001)Edit

Uproar.com released a single-player version of Match Game in 2001. However, as of September 30, 2006, the website has been temporarily shutdown, no longer offering any game show based online games of any kind.

GSN/Game Show NetworkEdit

GSN offered a interactive version of Match Game on their website that allows users to play along with classic episodes of the show as they air. However, as of January 1, 2007, only those shows airing between 7PM and 10 PM were interactive and Match Game itself was not one of them.

Video Slot MachineEdit

WMS Gaming (2003)Edit

A 5-reels video slot machine based on the 1970s version was released in 2003 by WMS Gaming. featuring animated caricatures of Jimmie Walker, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Morgan Fairchild, Rip Taylor and Vicki Lawrence along with an animated Gene Rayburn as the host. When Three Super Match bonus symbols appear on an active payline on reels 3, 4 and 5 the Super Match bonus begins! Players will be prompted to choose one of the six celebrities to play the bonus round. Once the player has chosen his/her celebrity, they will have the opportunity to select one of the three words on a pop-up window to complete a phrase read by Gene Rayburn, on top of the screen. Gene will then reveal where that word ends up on the Super Match board on top of the screen. Depending on where the word appears on the hierarchical list on top of the screen, a credit amount is awarded to the player. The celebrity will then reveal their answer, and if it matches the player's answer, the celebrity will reveal a multiplier to be multiplied by the player's award. If the player and the celebrity does not match answers, however, only the credit amount is awarded.

When three or more Match Game symbols land on an active payline, the player will enter the bonus round. Six celebrities appear on top of the screen, arranged as on the show itself. on the lower screen Gene Rayburn will ask a question, and there is an area in which the question will be displayed. the player is given three possible answers to the question and is prompted to choose one of the three. After the player chooses an answer, each celebrity holds up one of two blue cards (one that matches the player's answer or one that does not) The player is awarded a small credit amount for choosing for choosing an incorrect answer while a large amount is given to the player after he/she chose a correct answer. If at the end of the bonus round, the player has matched four or more celebrities, they are given another round with a higher overall credit amount. A maximum of three rounds in total maybe played in the bonus.

ADDITIONAL NOTE:

  • Morgan Fairchild has never appeared on any incarnation of the actual show itself.

BookEdit

BearManor Media (2015)Edit

On October 10, 2015, a biographical book called The Matchless Gene Rayburn was released for Hardback, Paperback and Kindle books written by author, owner of his own website Game Show Utopia and fellow game show fan Adam Nedeff as it delves into Rayburn's life before the classic game show (Match Game) from his popular and influential morning radio show, one interviewee called Rayburn "The Howard Stern of the 1940s", to his role in launching "The Tonight Show". Rayburn also amassed an impressive resume in theater, including starring roles in Bye Bye Birdie and La Cage Aux Folles (The Cage of Mad Women).

PromoEdit

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The Matchless Gene Rayburn Commercial

In addition, the book also explores Rayburn's life away from the cameras, including his fractious relationships with fellow Match Game panelist (and future Family Feud host) Richard Dawson and game show kingpin Mark Goodson, along with his struggles finding employment after Match Game ended in 1982. Among the interviewees that Nedeff spoke to for the book were fellow Match Game panelists Orson Bean and Dick Gautier, former host and Master of the Hollywood Squares Peter Marshall, Animal Trainer Warren Eckstein (The Mickey Mouse Club) and Rayburn's daughter Lynne in which all paint a portrait of Rayburn as a complicated man who was torn by the success he enjoyed in television and the frustrations he felt about not getting the roles he truly wanted or the respect he felt that he was owed.

Unreleased VersionsEdit

Sierra (2001)Edit

Plans to make a PC CD-ROM Game was going to be released at the time. However, it was scrapped later on.

Telescope, inc. (2005)Edit

Plans to make a mobile phone version was going to be released at the time. they even had a logo based on the 1978-82 era on their website. However, that was also scrapped later on.

LinksEdit

Official website for the Match Game video slots by WMS Gaming (via Internet Archives)
Match Game DVD Edition @ Endless Games Official site
Instructions for the Match Game DVD Game
Match Game @ MDI
Website for the artwork logo (1978-82 era) logo for Match Game (via Internet Archives)
The Matchless Gene Rayburn (Softcover Edition) by Adam Nedeff

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