The List: Ranking ‘Price Is Right’ games by perceived level of difficulty for Joyce Beatty

‘It’s one banana, Michael. What could it cost, $10?’

Andy Downing
Columbus Alive
U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty

Earlier this week, the Dispatch reported that U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty had placed her Blacklick home on the market. In the article, Beatty said she could not remember how much she and her late husband had paid for the property when they made the purchase, only that it was “fair market value.” 

Beatty then supplied a quote most likely meant to convey that her late husband had been the one tasked with managing the couple’s finances, but which gave off overwhelming Lucille Bluth vibes when removed from that context.

“If you asked me how much a car costs, I wouldn’t know,” Beatty said. “It’s just the way my life has been. I never thought to ask, ‘How much was this car? How much was this house?’”

In light of that quote, we thought we’d rank “Price Is Right” games from least to most challenging based on the perceived level of difficulty for Beatty, who, let’s be honest, would likely have a rough time making it off of the podium and to the game floor. (“I’m sorry, Joyce, a can of Manwich is not quite $27.”)

Now, c’mon down!

Plinko

There’s so much luck involved in this one that it’s tough for any contestant to have a leg up. Just let the chip fall where it may.

Punch a Bunch

Contestants must first guess higher or lower on a series of everyday items, with each correct guess netting the player one “punch” at the 50-slot big board, where things fall entirely to chance. We like Beatty’s odds because it’s rare for any contestant to walk away with zero punches, and even one gives the player a fighter’s chance.

Cliffhangers

The rare game with a formula (just bid $25, $35 and $45 on the three prizes) that breaks heavily in the contestant’s favor.

Master Key

Another game where chance factors heavily, plus it’s fun to watch contestants wield oversized keys.

Temptation

Things start to get difficult here, as this game centers on the price of a car and, well, “I never thought to ask, ‘How much was this car?’”

Hole In One

Not only is there a pricing element, with contestants ranking six grocery items from least to most expensive, but the game also includes a sports challenge, with the player needing to sink a putt to win the big prize.

Pathfinder

Like the “Squid Game” glass walk but on the ground and with numbers.

Time Is Money

Contestants are again tasked with pricing everyday grocery items, but this time under a strict time limit that increases the pressure significantly.

Pay the Rent

The only pricing game that is regularly played for a six-digit cash prize, which speaks to its inherent difficulty. According to the game's online history, Pay the Rent has only produced six big winners since debuting in September 2010. So, no, we don’t like Beatty's odds here.