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4th Aug '16 2:16:15 AM Gimere
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* The Nickelodeon kids show ''Series/LegendsOfTheHiddenTemple'' had a really low success rate (less than 25%). The locked doors guaranteed that you would have to go all the way to the far end of the temple and double back to retrieve the artifact (making Olmec's slogan "The Choices are Yours and Yours Alone" BlatantLies), and you had to perform tasks and solve puzzles in up to 12 rooms before you found it (some were simple, like the Throne of the Pretender, but others, like the Shrine of the Silver Monkey, messed EVERYONE up.) Adding to that were Temple Guards, who would "kidnap" you and would cause your teammate to have to start over from the beginning. Throw in [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking darkness, shadows, music, fog, Kirk Fogg]], and you'll see why more than one kid ended up walking in circles with confused looks on their faces.

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* The Nickelodeon kids show ''Series/LegendsOfTheHiddenTemple'' had a really low success rate (less than 25%). The locked doors guaranteed that you would have to go all the way to the far end of the temple and double back to retrieve the artifact (making Olmec's slogan "The Choices are Yours and Yours Alone" BlatantLies), and you had to perform tasks and solve puzzles in up to 12 rooms before you found it (some were simple, like the Throne of the Pretender, but others, like the Shrine of the Silver Monkey, messed EVERYONE up.) Adding to that were Temple Guards, who would "kidnap" you and would cause your teammate to have to start over from the beginning. Throw in [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking darkness, shadows, music, fog, fog and Kirk Fogg]], and you'll see why more than one kid ended up walking in circles with confused looks on their faces.



* ''Series/MinuteToWinIt'' is a prime example of this trope. The first few levels are usually simple, but once you hit around Level 6, they truly start getting Nintendo Hard (try bouncing six marbles into tiny thimbles, or keeping three marbles on a slanted table with the back of a spoon for a full minute, or using a chopstick in one hand to make a stable tower of ten metal nuts on a wooden board in the ''other'' hand). But the real head of the beast is ''Supercoin'', the Million Dollar game. You have to bounce a quarter off of a table into a water jug 15 feet away, with the hole being a mere 1.75 inches wide (barely larger than the quarter itself). Needless to say, it's basically a LuckBasedMission, and of the eight people who have tried it (only one of whom got there the "legitimate" way, mind you), all have failed. You know something's wrong when [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPdcroF-Fwc#t=34 only the host of the Turkish version can actually beat it in less than 60 seconds]]. And ''he was only demonstrating it to a contestant.'' It got so bad that the audience started groaning upon hearing the game's name. That's how stupidly hard it is.

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* ''Series/MinuteToWinIt'' is a prime example of this trope. The first few levels are usually simple, but once you hit around Level 6, they truly start getting Nintendo Hard (try bouncing six marbles into tiny thimbles, or keeping three marbles on a slanted table with the back of a spoon for a full minute, or using a chopstick in one hand to make a stable tower of ten metal nuts on a wooden board in the ''other'' hand). But the real head of the beast is ''Supercoin'', the Million Dollar game. You have to bounce a quarter off of a table into a water jug 15 feet away, with the hole being a mere 1.75 inches wide (barely larger than the quarter itself). Needless to say, it's basically a LuckBasedMission, and of the eight people who have tried it (only one of whom got there the "legitimate" way, mind you), all have failed. You know something's wrong when [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPdcroF-Fwc#t=34 only the host of the Turkish version can actually beat it in less than 60 seconds]]. And ''he was he only did so ''by complete accident'' while demonstrating it to a contestant.'' contestant. It got so bad that the audience started groaning upon hearing the game's name. That's how stupidly hard it is.



** In a different vein, the unrelated UK quiz show ''Wipeout'' (a port from the U.S., which had Peter Tomarken as host), which had a fairly standard setup of picking the correct answers from the false ones, all displayed on a big screen. But picking an incorrect answer zeroed your entire winnings so far, each round continued until either all the correct answers or all the 'wipeouts' were found, and the prizes weren't much anyway. Players would usually pass after a correct answer rather than risk another one, and you'd frequently see two players going home with nothing and the third with a hundred quid or so.

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** In a different vein, the unrelated UK quiz show ''Wipeout'' (a port from the U.S., which ''[[Series/{{Wipeout1988}} Wipeout]]'' (which had Peter Tomarken as host), which had a fairly standard setup of picking the correct answers from the false ones, all displayed on a big screen. But picking an incorrect answer zeroed your entire winnings so far, each round continued until either all the correct answers or all the 'wipeouts' were found, and the prizes weren't much anyway. Players would usually pass after a correct answer rather than risk another one, and you'd frequently see two players going home with nothing and the third with a hundred quid or so.



* ''Series/DealOrNoDeal'', at least in the US version, brought down scores of contestants who failed to win the top prize of $1,000,000. Many of them had children who needed college funding, and as soon as the banker slapped a tempting offer on the board, they were done. Other playthroughs saw contestants knock out all of top dollar amounts and leave with as little as ''five dollars''. Worse, contestants have picked the suitcase with the top prize, and even some cases where the top dollar amount was ''doubled'' or ''tripled'' because of a special event (Thanksgiving, season 2 premiere promotional event). But the worst failing of all was the total disappointment of a great big publicity stunt with a '''$6,000,000''' top prize that needed an ''armored car with a police escort'' to get the money in safely. The top dollar amount was promptly revealed really early, and viewers fled the channel in the wake of another another mediocre playing of the show. The first time they put in multiple million-dollar cases, no one hit (In the last program of that particular run, contestant at least got a good deal out of it and bailed out just before revealing the last million case. His case? ''One cent!''). It took the second attempt and ''five'' million-dollar cases to get their first millionaire (she felt it worth the gamble since she was down to the last million and $200,000--either way she would walk away with major money). The second and ''last'' millionaire got lucky and ended the game early by knocking out all the non-million cases with ''three'' to spare. Yes, the show offered sextuple its top prize and struggled to give away the normal amount, with nobody taking away more than six figures even when there were even multiple seven-figure increments on the board. In the end, the series was demoted from a primetime show to a syndicated show and the top prize got slashed to $500,000 because it wasn't delivering results. Which also stalled out and led to complete cancellation.

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* ''Series/DealOrNoDeal'', at least in the US version, brought down scores of contestants who failed to win the top prize of $1,000,000. Many of them had children who needed college funding, and as soon as the banker slapped a tempting offer on the board, they were done. Other playthroughs saw contestants knock out all of top dollar amounts and leave with as little as ''five dollars''. Worse, contestants have picked the suitcase with the top prize, and even some cases where the top dollar amount was ''doubled'' or ''tripled'' because of a special event (Thanksgiving, season 2 premiere promotional event). But the worst failing of all was the total disappointment of a great big publicity stunt with a '''$6,000,000''' top prize that needed an ''armored car with a police escort'' to get the money in safely. The top dollar amount was promptly revealed really early, and viewers fled the channel in the wake of another another mediocre playing of the show. The first time they put in multiple million-dollar cases, no one hit (In the last program of that particular run, contestant at least got a good deal out of it and bailed out just before revealing the last million case. His case? ''One cent!''). It took the second attempt and ''five'' million-dollar cases to get their first millionaire (she felt it worth the gamble since she was down to the last million and $200,000--either way she would walk away with major money). The second and ''last'' millionaire got lucky and ended the game early by knocking out all the non-million cases with ''three'' to spare. Yes, the show offered sextuple its top prize and struggled to give away the normal amount, with nobody taking away more than six figures even when there were even multiple seven-figure increments on the board. In the end, the series was demoted from a primetime show to a syndicated show and the top prize got slashed to $500,000 because it wasn't delivering results. Which That also stalled out and led to complete cancellation.
14th Jul '16 9:41:44 AM WhosAsking
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* ''Series/WinBenSteinsMoney'' saw Stein enter the game against the remaining contestants after the second round, with $5,000 of Stein's money up for grabs. However, ''very'' rarely did any of the contestants win that money, because Stein's massive intelligence meant he hardly ever got a question wrong.
* ''Series/DealOrNoDeal'', at least in the US version, brought down scores of contestants who failed to win the top prize of $1,000,000. Many of them had children who needed college funding, and as soon as the banker slapped a tempting offer on the board, they were done. Other playthroughs saw contestants knock out all of top dollar amounts and leave with as little as ''five dollars''. Worse, contestants have picked the suitcase with the top prize, and even some cases where the top dollar amount was ''doubled'' or ''tripled'' because of a special event (Thanksgiving, season 2 premiere promotional event). But the worst failing of all was the total disappointment of a great big publicity stunt with a '''$6,000,000''' top prize that needed an ''armored car with a police escort'' to get the money in safely. The top dollar amount was promptly revealed really early, and viewers fled the channel in the wake of another another mediocre playing of the show. It wasn't until '''''HALF''''' of the 26 cases were loaded with the million that ''one'' contestant in the US version's entire history won. Yes, the show offered sextuple its top prize and struggled to give away the normal amount, with nobody taking away more than six figures even when there were even multiple seven-figure increments on the board. In the end, the series was demoted from a primetime show to a syndicated show and the top prize got slashed to $500,000 because it wasn't delivering results. Which also stalled out and led to complete cancellation.

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* ''Series/WinBenSteinsMoney'' saw Stein enter the game against the remaining contestants after the second round, with put $5,000 of Stein's his money up for grabs. However, Contestants tried to get as much as he/she could because after each round, Stein reclaimed the money form the lowest player. In round two, the stakes were raised, but Stein himself entered the game to defend the money. Finally, the last player standing had to answer more questions of a set of ten than Stein to win it all. It's played for some laughs, but no one denies Stein's massive intelligence, meaning beating him in the final challenge was ''very'' rarely did any of the contestants win that money, because Stein's massive intelligence meant he hardly ever got tough. Rare enough was a question wrong.
contestant who could ''match'' him and walk away with a $1,000 bonus. Rarer still was a player who could actually ''beat'' him.
* ''Series/DealOrNoDeal'', at least in the US version, brought down scores of contestants who failed to win the top prize of $1,000,000. Many of them had children who needed college funding, and as soon as the banker slapped a tempting offer on the board, they were done. Other playthroughs saw contestants knock out all of top dollar amounts and leave with as little as ''five dollars''. Worse, contestants have picked the suitcase with the top prize, and even some cases where the top dollar amount was ''doubled'' or ''tripled'' because of a special event (Thanksgiving, season 2 premiere promotional event). But the worst failing of all was the total disappointment of a great big publicity stunt with a '''$6,000,000''' top prize that needed an ''armored car with a police escort'' to get the money in safely. The top dollar amount was promptly revealed really early, and viewers fled the channel in the wake of another another mediocre playing of the show. It wasn't until '''''HALF''''' of The first time they put in multiple million-dollar cases, no one hit (In the 26 cases were loaded with the million last program of that ''one'' particular run, contestant in at least got a good deal out of it and bailed out just before revealing the US version's entire history won.last million case. His case? ''One cent!''). It took the second attempt and ''five'' million-dollar cases to get their first millionaire (she felt it worth the gamble since she was down to the last million and $200,000--either way she would walk away with major money). The second and ''last'' millionaire got lucky and ended the game early by knocking out all the non-million cases with ''three'' to spare. Yes, the show offered sextuple its top prize and struggled to give away the normal amount, with nobody taking away more than six figures even when there were even multiple seven-figure increments on the board. In the end, the series was demoted from a primetime show to a syndicated show and the top prize got slashed to $500,000 because it wasn't delivering results. Which also stalled out and led to complete cancellation.
29th Aug '15 12:31:21 AM jameygamer
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** Pay the Rent is an extremely difficult game to win. The player has to put a pair of grocery items at each tier (except for the the top tier) and following pair has to be more expensive than the pair before it, and then the single item at the very top has to be more expensive than the last pair of items. The player can either quit and take what they won ($1000, $5000, or $10,000) or keep going and risk losing everything should they screw up. If you use most of the expensive items too early, you're pretty much boned. To date, only ''one'' person had won the $100,000 in the history of the game.

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** Pay the Rent is an extremely difficult game to win. The player has to put a pair of grocery items at each tier (except for the the top tier) and following pair has to be more expensive than the pair before it, and then the single item at the very top has to be more expensive than the last pair of items. The player can either quit and take what they won ($1000, $5000, or $10,000) or keep going and risk losing everything should they screw up. If you use most of the expensive items too early, you're pretty much boned. To date, only ''one'' person ''two'' people had won the $100,000 in the history of the game.
11th Mar '15 11:36:34 PM MagnetMissile
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* ''MillionDollarMoneyDrop''. The premise is that you start with a million, and you put how much you want to bet on the 4 answers given for a question, but you have to leave one answer with no money on it. If there is any money on an incorrect answer, you lose that money. Round 3 reduces the answers to three, but you must still leave one with no money. But in the final round, you have two answers, and you must still leave one answer with no money (turning it into an AllOrNothing question).

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* ''MillionDollarMoneyDrop''.''Series/MillionDollarMoneyDrop''. The premise is that you start with a million, and you put how much you want to bet on the 4 answers given for a question, but you have to leave one answer with no money on it. If there is any money on an incorrect answer, you lose that money. Round 3 reduces the answers to three, but you must still leave one with no money. But in the final round, you have two answers, and you must still leave one answer with no money (turning it into an AllOrNothing question).



* UK show ''TheCrystalMaze'' was won by only a few teams in its entire run. The individual challenges to earn crystals ranged from dead simple to unfair, but what ultimately decided the difference between winning an adventure holiday or going home with only a souvenir paperweight was the Crystal Dome, a giant hollow wind chamber in the shape of a crystal in which the team would have a period of five seconds per crystal to grab at slips of foil, hoping to collect 100 more gold ones than silver ones.

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* UK show ''TheCrystalMaze'' ''Series/TheCrystalMaze'' was won by only a few teams in its entire run. The individual challenges to earn crystals ranged from dead simple to unfair, but what ultimately decided the difference between winning an adventure holiday or going home with only a souvenir paperweight was the Crystal Dome, a giant hollow wind chamber in the shape of a crystal in which the team would have a period of five seconds per crystal to grab at slips of foil, hoping to collect 100 more gold ones than silver ones.



* ''ThePriceIsRight'' post-Roger Dobkowitz (season 37-present) has been accused by longtime fans of being Nintendo Hard - from brutal pricing game setups to impossible to bid showcases, especially killing Double Showcase Winners. On the week of January 11-15, 2010, only three games were won.

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* ''ThePriceIsRight'' ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' post-Roger Dobkowitz (season 37-present) has been accused by longtime fans of being Nintendo Hard - from brutal pricing game setups to impossible to bid showcases, especially effectively killing Double Showcase Winners. On the week of January 11-15, 2010, only three games were won. These brutal setups likely contributed in longtime producer Kathy Greco being fired a year later.



** Temptation and Hi Lo are both very difficult to win for one reason: If even one mistake is made on both pricing games, the contestant loses. Early on in Temptation's lifespan, the contestant wasn't allowed to change a number. They either walked or went on with the car. There was also a huge gap between wins that lasted nearly ''five'' years from 2007-2012. Hi Lo wasn't exactly forgiving early on either - the price difference could be a dime apart!



* UK kids GameShow ''{{Raven}}'' contains The Way Of The Warrior, an assault course played 3 times a week over each season's four week run. It's played by the contestant currently in last place, and it keeps being played until it's defeated. Over the first 8 seasons, it's been attempted 101 times, and won just four, and each time it's come back harder the next year... Not that no-one defeating it stops them upping the difficulty between seasons, it simply isn't guaranteed to be increased in difficulty unless someone beats it.

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** Early on in the show's career - producer Jay Wolpert's pricing game setups fell under this trope. For example, early on in 10 Chances' lifespan, it didn't have the zero rule at all. Lucky $even and Dice Game didn't even have the "no zeroes," and for the latter, zeroes and numbers higher than six could appear in the price.
* UK kids GameShow ''{{Raven}}'' ''Series/{{Raven}}'' contains The Way Of The Warrior, an assault course played 3 times a week over each season's four week run. It's played by the contestant currently in last place, and it keeps being played until it's defeated. Over the first 8 seasons, it's been attempted 101 times, and won just four, and each time it's come back harder the next year... Not that no-one defeating it stops them upping the difficulty between seasons, it simply isn't guaranteed to be increased in difficulty unless someone beats it.
17th Sep '14 8:53:12 PM Gaz85
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** Several of the games were so hard that nobody ever won them. One Futuristic Zone game in the first series was played in almost every episode and involved trying to guide 4 ball-bearings into tiny pin-holes, it was never as much as half-won. Despite this, the opening title sequence showed the Crystal being won in this game - presumably as stock footage.
28th Jul '14 12:27:47 AM Tero
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* ''Series/DealOrNoDeal'', at least in the US version, brought down scores of contestants who failed to win the top prize of $1,000,000. Many of them had children who needed college funding, and as soon as the banker slapped a tempting offer on the board, they were done. Other playthroughs saw contestants knock out all of top dollar amounts and leave with as little as ''five dollars''. Worse, contestants have picked the suitcase with the top prize, and even some cases where the top dollar amount was ''doubled'' or ''tripled'' because of a special event (Thanksgiving, season 2 premiere promotional event). But the worst failing of all was the total disappointment of a great big publicity stunt with a '''$6,000,000''' top prize that needed an ''armored car with a police escort'' to get the money in safely. The top dollar amount was promptly revealed really early, and viewers fled the channel in the wake of another another mediocre playing of the show. It wasn't until '''''HALF''''' of the 26 cases were loaded with the million that ''one'' contestant in the US version's entire history won. Yes, the show offered sextuple its top prize and struggled to give away the normal amount, with nobody taking away more than six figures even when there were even multiple seven-figure increments on the board. In the end, the series was demoted from a primetime show to a syndicated show and the top prize got slashed to $500,000 because it wasn't delivering results.

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* ''Series/DealOrNoDeal'', at least in the US version, brought down scores of contestants who failed to win the top prize of $1,000,000. Many of them had children who needed college funding, and as soon as the banker slapped a tempting offer on the board, they were done. Other playthroughs saw contestants knock out all of top dollar amounts and leave with as little as ''five dollars''. Worse, contestants have picked the suitcase with the top prize, and even some cases where the top dollar amount was ''doubled'' or ''tripled'' because of a special event (Thanksgiving, season 2 premiere promotional event). But the worst failing of all was the total disappointment of a great big publicity stunt with a '''$6,000,000''' top prize that needed an ''armored car with a police escort'' to get the money in safely. The top dollar amount was promptly revealed really early, and viewers fled the channel in the wake of another another mediocre playing of the show. It wasn't until '''''HALF''''' of the 26 cases were loaded with the million that ''one'' contestant in the US version's entire history won. Yes, the show offered sextuple its top prize and struggled to give away the normal amount, with nobody taking away more than six figures even when there were even multiple seven-figure increments on the board. In the end, the series was demoted from a primetime show to a syndicated show and the top prize got slashed to $500,000 because it wasn't delivering results. Which also stalled out and led to complete cancellation.
28th Jul '14 12:27:04 AM Tero
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* ''Series/DealOrNoDeal'' brought down scores of contestants who failed to win the top prize of $1,000,000. Many of them had children who needed college funding, and as soon as the banker slapped a tempting offer on the board, they were done. Other playthroughs saw contestants knock out all of top dollar amounts and leave with as little as ''five dollars''. Worse, contestants have picked the suitcase with the top prize, and even some cases where the top dollar amount was ''doubled'' or ''tripled'' because of a special event (Thanksgiving, season 2 premiere promotional event). But the worst failing of all was the total disappointment of a great big publicity stunt with a '''$6,000,000''' top prize that needed an ''armored car with a police escort'' to get the money in safely. The top dollar amount was promptly revealed really early, and viewers fled the channel in the wake of another another mediocre playing of the show. It wasn't until '''''HALF''''' of the 26 cases were loaded with the million that ''one'' contestant in the show's entire history won. Yes, the show offered sextuple its top prize and struggled to give away the normal amount. In the end, the series was demoted from a primetime show to a syndicated show and the top prize got slashed to $500,000 because it wasn't delivering results.

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* ''Series/DealOrNoDeal'' ''Series/DealOrNoDeal'', at least in the US version, brought down scores of contestants who failed to win the top prize of $1,000,000. Many of them had children who needed college funding, and as soon as the banker slapped a tempting offer on the board, they were done. Other playthroughs saw contestants knock out all of top dollar amounts and leave with as little as ''five dollars''. Worse, contestants have picked the suitcase with the top prize, and even some cases where the top dollar amount was ''doubled'' or ''tripled'' because of a special event (Thanksgiving, season 2 premiere promotional event). But the worst failing of all was the total disappointment of a great big publicity stunt with a '''$6,000,000''' top prize that needed an ''armored car with a police escort'' to get the money in safely. The top dollar amount was promptly revealed really early, and viewers fled the channel in the wake of another another mediocre playing of the show. It wasn't until '''''HALF''''' of the 26 cases were loaded with the million that ''one'' contestant in the show's US version's entire history won. Yes, the show offered sextuple its top prize and struggled to give away the normal amount.amount, with nobody taking away more than six figures even when there were even multiple seven-figure increments on the board. In the end, the series was demoted from a primetime show to a syndicated show and the top prize got slashed to $500,000 because it wasn't delivering results.
28th Jul '14 12:24:06 AM Tero
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* ''Series/DealOrNoDeal'' brought down scores of contestants who failed to win the top prize of $1,000,000. Many of them had children who needed college funding, and as soon as the banker slapped a tempting offer on the board, they were done. Other playthroughs saw contestants knock out all of top dollar amounts and leave with as little as ''five dollars''. Worse was the even bigger disappointment of a great big publicity stunt with a '''$6,000,000''' top prize which ended in another mediocre playing of the show. It wasn't until '''''HALF''''' of the 26 cases were loaded with the million that ''one'' contestant in the show's entire history won. Yes, the show offered sextuple its top prize and struggled to give away the normal amount. In the end, the series was demoted from a primetime show to a syndicated show and the top prize got slashed to $500,000 because it wasn't delivering results.

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* ''Series/DealOrNoDeal'' brought down scores of contestants who failed to win the top prize of $1,000,000. Many of them had children who needed college funding, and as soon as the banker slapped a tempting offer on the board, they were done. Other playthroughs saw contestants knock out all of top dollar amounts and leave with as little as ''five dollars''. Worse Worse, contestants have picked the suitcase with the top prize, and even some cases where the top dollar amount was ''doubled'' or ''tripled'' because of a special event (Thanksgiving, season 2 premiere promotional event). But the worst failing of all was the even bigger total disappointment of a great big publicity stunt with a '''$6,000,000''' top prize which ended that needed an ''armored car with a police escort'' to get the money in safely. The top dollar amount was promptly revealed really early, and viewers fled the channel in the wake of another another mediocre playing of the show. It wasn't until '''''HALF''''' of the 26 cases were loaded with the million that ''one'' contestant in the show's entire history won. Yes, the show offered sextuple its top prize and struggled to give away the normal amount. In the end, the series was demoted from a primetime show to a syndicated show and the top prize got slashed to $500,000 because it wasn't delivering results.
28th Jul '14 12:19:59 AM Tero
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* ''Series/DealOrNoDeal'' brought down scores of contestants who failed to win the top prize of $1,000,000. Many of them had children who needed college funding, and as soon as the banker slapped a tempting offer on the board, they were done. Other playthroughs saw contestants knock out all of top dollar amounts and leave with as little as ''five dollars''. Worse was the even bigger disappointment of a great big publicity stunt with a '''$6,000,000''' top prize which ended in another mediocre playing of the show. It wasn't until '''''HALF'''' of the 26 cases were loaded with the million that ''one'' contestant in the show's entire history won. Yes, the show offered sextuple its top prize and struggled to give away the normal amount. In the end, the series was demoted from a primetime show to a syndicated show and the top prize got slashed to $500,000 because it wasn't delivering results.

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* ''Series/DealOrNoDeal'' brought down scores of contestants who failed to win the top prize of $1,000,000. Many of them had children who needed college funding, and as soon as the banker slapped a tempting offer on the board, they were done. Other playthroughs saw contestants knock out all of top dollar amounts and leave with as little as ''five dollars''. Worse was the even bigger disappointment of a great big publicity stunt with a '''$6,000,000''' top prize which ended in another mediocre playing of the show. It wasn't until '''''HALF'''' '''''HALF''''' of the 26 cases were loaded with the million that ''one'' contestant in the show's entire history won. Yes, the show offered sextuple its top prize and struggled to give away the normal amount. In the end, the series was demoted from a primetime show to a syndicated show and the top prize got slashed to $500,000 because it wasn't delivering results.
28th Jul '14 12:19:46 AM Tero
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* ''Series/DealOrNoDeal'' brought down scores of contestants who failed to win the top prize of $1,000,000. Many of them had children who needed college funding, and as soon as the banker slapped a tempting offer on the board, they were done. Other playthroughs saw contestants knock out all of top dollar amounts and leave with as little as ''five dollars''. Worse was the even bigger disappointment of a great big publicity stunt with a '''$6,000,000''' top prize which ended in another mediocre playing of the show. It wasn't until '''''HALF'''' of the 26 cases were loaded with the million that ''one'' contestant in the show's entire history won. Yes, the show offered sextuple its top prize and struggled to give away the normal amount. In the end, the series was demoted from a primetime show to a syndicated show and the top prize got slashed to $500,000 because it wasn't delivering results.
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