Avanti un Altro!
is an Italian Game Show
, where the goal is to be the contestant that has banked the most money at the end of the show.
Wait a second... that's all? There has
to be a twist somewhere...
Yes, there is. It's what else
that happens on the show
In a normal round, the contestant is asked four questions with two answers each from a category. If the contestant can get three out of the four, they get to pick a scroll from a carousel, which contain various denominations of cash (and some other stuff, we'll explain those when we get to them
) that gets added to their bank. After each round, the contestant can choose to risk their money and play on (failing to answer the required number of questions results in elimination), or stop and move to the Champion's Chair, where their current total becomes the score to beat by other contestants (who can steal away control by getting a higher total and stopping).
Of course, what's a game show involving mystery envelopes without something
dangerous hidden amongst them? There's Lo Iettatore (The "Jinx", which takes away all of the player's money, and forces them to answer a question from Lo Iettatore to stay in the game), La Pariglia ("Duel", where the contestant faces off against the current Champion on one question: if the challenger wins, the Champion is eliminated and the challenger steals all their money. If the champion wins, the challenger is eliminated), and "Avanti un Altro!
", which results in instant elimination.
In the name of fun, the main game also features frequent random encounters
with various characters. Things might be normal one round, but then the next might involve identifying a movie scene performed in Chinese, or having to play "Will it Float?
" with the Mad German Scientist
! Or, you may receive a visit from someone who will offer you a free massage and double the euros
. Any other Random Encounter
lets you switch out your chosen scroll for another (hopefully of higher value) if you get their bonus question right. (Get it wrong, though, and you're gone.) Bothers Bar sums up the experience thoroughly
Whoever is the champion at the end of the game goes on to play what is most likely the most diabolical Bonus Round
since the Wonderwall
for a chance to win up to €100,000, plus their in-game bank. All in all, the combination of comedy, musical antics, and a rather solid game adds up to create what could probably be considered the most intentionally crazy game show ever created.
- All or Nothing: The chance of getting less than three questions correct/missing a Random Encounter character's bonus question or picking a Whammy scroll add risk to the ordeal on every single round. Not only that, but even the night's winner can (and probably will) go home empty-handed if they lose the Bonus Round.
- Bonus Round: It's so ridiculous that it makes the average Jay Wolpert production look sane — you get 2 minutes and 30 seconds to answer 21 more A/B questions in a row incorrectly. If you answer correctly or take too long to answer, you have to go right back to the beginning and start over (thankfully, you don't have to wait for the question to be completed before answering). Succeed and you win €100,000 plus the money you banked in the main game; if time expires, the contestant gets 100 seconds to try again for just €100,000 (the prize goes down by €1,000 every second). Once the cash countdown hits €50,000 (50 seconds), the contestant can stop the clock by breaking a beam of light. When they do that, they get one last chance to finish the chain from the beginning, and if they fail, they go home with nothing. It is indeed possible to win, but it's Nintendo Hard at that.
- Bonus Space: The aforementioned Random Encounter mechanic above. In fact, the aforementioned massage girl is actually named Ms. Bonus. There's a Mr. Bonus, too.
- Carried by the Host: More like carried by the cast: the contributions of the host, co-host, and every character/guest are what makes this show so unique.
- Double the Euros: If Mr. or Ms. Bonus shows up (and they each will usually show up Once an Episode), you play a normal round. Win that round and get money on that scroll pick, and it's doubled.
- Mystery Box: The scrolls.
- Sudden Death: La Pariglia, if someone's in the champion's chair. (If it's empty, it plays as a zero.) One question; the winner gets or keeps the champion's chair, the loser's out of the game. Oh, by the way, a wrong answer is an auto-loss, and the current champ gets the advantage of winning if nobody rings in.
- Whammy: Both the Lo Iettatore and Avanti un Altro scrolls; only the former offers a chance to stay in the game, however.
This series provides examples of:
- Apocalypse Not: The December 22, 2012 episode celebrated their apparent "survival" of the Mayan Apocalypse.
- Big Red Button: The way the contestants buzz in if there's a duel in play. Also, rather than giving it to the contestant in the Bonus Round, it's controlled by the host to start and stop the clock.
- Catch Phrase: Of sorts. "Non può più sbagliare!", often said by the host after a contestant's first incorrect answer during a regular round, means "You cannot make [another] mistake."
- Fan Remake: The podcast Fifty 50 (who, among others, has involvement with the author of Bother's Bar) does a segment with an English version of the bonus round as "21 Questions Wrong".
- Funny Foreigner: A good number of the characters certainly play up their ethnicity for comical effect.
- Gratuitous English: One of the categories on the Italian version is "English Lesson", which is a normal round played in English. (On an Italian-language show, obviously.)
- Mr. and Ms. Fanservice: Mr. and Ms. Bonus. They come out once an episode (usually) and act as masseuses/eye candy to the contestant for one round.
- Rule of Cool: Most shows would use a Big Red Button to allow the contestant to bail out in their bonus round. Not here. This show uses a big ol' laser beam shooting into the sky that you just stick your hand in.
- Swapped Roles: The last episode of the 2012-13 edition has this for the Random Encounter characters. Including The Mad Scientist as the Hot Teacher.
- Title Drop: The way the host calls the next contestant forward. Incidentally, "Avanti un Altro!" means, roughly, "another one forward!"