Home Shopping Game

(ended 1987)


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Welcome to the Home Shopping Game guide at TV.com. Call 1-800-DUM-GAME to see the inspiration for the Home Shopping Game, one of a handful of ill-fated game shows that attempted to cash in on the exploding popularity of shop-at-home networks. The gimmick? Simple - win home shopping network-type prices by answering general knowledge questions and solving word puzzles. A prize would be described before each round, and viewers could call a special 1-800 number to buy the trinkets, vegetable dehydrators or whatever junk was being peddled on this day. Two players competed. After the cr...uh, prize was described, the contestants would answer questions to earn the right to correct the placement of one letter in a scrambled word. Up to three words were scrambled per round (worth $100 for the first word, $200 for the second and $300 for the third). Correctly identifying two of the three words in each round saddled ... well, won ... the lucky player the "lovely" prize just described. Four rounds were played, with the double stakes for the last two rounds. The highest money winner of the day played a two-part bonus game. In the first half, the player was shown the first letter of each word in a well-known phrase (e.g., N------ V------- N------ G-----). A correct guess after seeing just one letter of each word won the player $2,000; the value of the phrase decreased in value for each letter revealed down to $100 (correct answer: "NOTHING VENTURED NOTHING GAINED"). In the second part of the bonus game, the contestant was given one of the phrase words and had 30 seconds to form as many words of at least three letters using that word. The player won cash based on the number of acceptable new words formed. Apparently, the few viewers who did tune in to Home Shopping Game were not impressed by what they saw, and even fewer were suckered into calling the 1-800 number to buy the merchandise that no one else could give away,k even if it were free. Even fewer TV stations aired this show (a summertime replacement), opting for the local news or better shows instead, and this one died a quick death.moreless