These are the many products/merchandise/goods that were brought to us due to the success of Card Sharks.
Board Game[edit | edit source]
So far Endless Games have released two different versions that were based on Card Sharks.
2002 Version[edit | edit source]
To celebrate the show's 25th anniversary at the time, this was based round it. Despite it used a logo of the 2001 revival, it was based on (and had the same rules of) the 1980s versions. In addition, the opening poem from the 1978 version was placed on the back of the box. The game contains a red deck and blue deck; however, players can use Bicycle and Hoyle decks, if they so choose. The questions and answers are in a book that also includes the instructions (484 questions total). Like any game show board game, it also contains a pack of play money.
2020 Version[edit | edit source]
A new version isbased on the current Joel McHale-hosted ABC primetime version (Which by the way, the host is on the cover of the box). Gameplay is similar, but with some changes to make it more so like the modern version. For starters, the main round is now done in one go, with 7 cards, instead of the "best 2 out of 3 with 5 cards" rule the '02 game employed, with no cash bonus for exact numerical guesses. Questions are now included as their own individual cards (70 cards with 5 questions [enough for a full round] for 350 total questions) instead of being included inside the instructions. In addition, the Money Cards round is played exactly like the modern version, meaning individual Money Cards, a different board design for the Money Cards round (including both a space for the Money Cards, as well as a small space in the bottom to represent the poker table seen on the show), as well as no play money, with bets being done using the included (or printable) poker chips.
It even had it own TV commercial that was released in the same year.
Computer Game[edit | edit source]
In the summer of 1988, Sharedata/Softie released a computer version was for the Apple II series, Commodore 64/128, and IBM-PC computer systems; although based on the Eubanks/Rafferty version, the host resembled Perry. The game used the single sudden-death question tiebreaker in the main game and the Joker car game following the Money Cards. If a contestant got an exact guess on a question in the main game, he or she won a $100 bonus, instead of the $500 bonus on the show. Also, unlike the show, the game did not use the educated guess or audience poll questions.
In addition to the releases for the Apple II, Commodore 64 and IBM-PC computers, the game was also released in a "Double Pack" along with Classic Concentration at or around the same time. Later on, the game was also released as a "Triple Pack" in 1989 alongside The All New Family Feud and Classic Concentration.
Online Games[edit | edit source]
Uproar[edit | edit source]
A single-player online version was once released by the now-defunct website Uproar.com. Even though its logo was the same as the short-lived 2001 syndicated revival, its gameplay was more like the 70s and 80s versions (minus the poll questions).
Pacdude Games[edit | edit source]
The company have produced some online games that were based or centered around Card Sharks:
In 2003, a WarioWare-like game called Lightspeedfeatured a minigame of Card Sharks where like the show, you had to guess if the next card would be higher or lower.
In 2007, the sequel Lightspeed 2also featured a minigame of Card Sharks (mainly the "Money Cards") where you have to guess the other three cards in a sequence would be higher or lower.
In 2021, an online game based on the Money Cards bonus roundfrom the current McHale version where it had just one row of seven gold cards was released.
Gameshow24.com[edit | edit source]
In 2004, the now-defunct website, GameShow24.com, had an online beta game based on the original Perry version. Its logo (seen on the bottom of this description) is based on the original 1978-81 version while its theme song is a mixture of the '78 and '01 themes and uses TPIR-like gameplay instead of poll questions. The site also features The Hometown Price Is Right and two unreleased game show-based games of Press Your Luck and Let's Make A Deal.
GSN[edit | edit source]
In 2005, GSN, the network that reruns Card Sharks daily (Excluding the Bullard & McHale versions) had its own short-lived interactive version where you were allowed to play with the show.
Arkadium[edit | edit source]
In 2021, a brand new online version was released by Arkadium where it mostly plays like the Perry, Eubanks/Rafferty version (including the main theme songs) from the 70s and 80s respectively. However, just like the McHale version on ABC from season 2, it had a row of seven cards for the champion (red) and the challenger (blue) to work with instead of five. NOTE: If you win the main game, in order to play the Money Cards you'll have to sign in & register.
Mobile Game[edit | edit source]
A version for mobile phones was released on June 1, 2005 by Telescope Inc. The logo was based on the short-lived 2001-2002 version; the theme music was a MIDI-style remix of the 70's version, while its gameplay is based on the 70's and 80's versions. More poll questions were also available for download.
Unreleased Game[edit | edit source]
In 1988-89, GameTekwas going to release an NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) port based on the Eubanks/Rafferty version at the time. However, it was scrapped later on. Judging from the picture, this was from when the car frame was added to the Eubanks version, as the Rafferty version was already axed.
Downloadable Game[edit | edit source]
Curt King, 1987 Jeopardy! Teen Tournament participant, has his own downloadable Money Cards game.
Flash Game[edit | edit source]
The people at FlashGames also had their own Money Cards game.
Border[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- "ACE IS HIGH, DEUCE IS LOW, PLAY THE CARDS, WIN THE DOUGH" Endless Games Adds Card Sharks to Its Line of Retro Games
- Card Sharks (2002 version) - Endless Games
- Endless Games Card Sharks instructions (2002 Version)
- Card Sharks (2020 version) - Endless Games
- Endless Games Card Sharks instructions (2020 version)
- Card Sharks poker chips
- Package for Card Sharks for the Apple II
- VirtualApple.org: Card Sharks for the Apple II
- YouTube: Let's Play Card Sharks for the C64
- Lightspeed by Pacdude Games (featuring a mini game of Card Sharks)
- Lightspeed 2 by Pacdude Games (featuring a mini game of Card Sharks)
- Card Sharks Money Cards
- official website which features Card Sharks and The Hometown Price Is Right "via internet archives"
- Card Sharks | Instantly Play Online for Free
- Card Sharks mobile game site at Telescope Inc. (via Internet Archives)
- Card Sharks @Nintendo Age
- Card Sharks game entry at Nintendo Age
- Gametek promo ad (Card Sharks is included in the article)
- Crossbearer Software - Money Cards
- FlashGames - Money Cards