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These are the many products/merchandise/goods that were brought to us due to the success of Match Game.

Board Games[edit | edit source]

Home versions of The Match Game were made by Milton Bradley from 1963 to 1978. The first eight were based on the 1960s edition of the show (six standard boxed editions, as well as a "Fine Edition" and a "Collector's Edition"), and the latter three were based on the 1970s version. The 1960s versions and first two 1970s versions had the same non-comedic answers as the '60s show; the third '70s edition finally started using the more innuendo-laden questions of the '70s show.

1960s[edit | edit source]

1970s[edit | edit source]

Cancelled Games[edit | edit source]

A video game version of Match Game, based on the 1973-82 version, was planned to be released for the Atari 2600 and Mattel's Intellivision by the Great Game Company in 1983, but due the Video Game Crash at the time, the project never got off the ground; therefore, it was cancelled.

Plans for a CD-ROM version of the game for PCs were made by Sierra Software in 2001, but the game was never released.

A mobile version of Match Game was going be released by Telescope, inc. in 2005. They even had a logo based on the 1978-82 era on their website. However, the game was never made nor released.

Online Games[edit | edit source]

After success with their online version of Family Feud, released a single-player version of Match Game in 2001. However, as of September 30, 2006 the website has been temporarily shut down, no longer offering any game show based games of any kind. 

GSN offered a interactive version of Match Game on their website that allows users to play along with episodes of the show as they air. However, as of January 1, 2007 only those shows airing between 7PM and 10PM were Interactive and Match Game itself was not one of them.

Mobile Game[edit | edit source]

Prior to the GSN Interactive online game, they also had a Interactive mobile phone version of Match Game PM courtesy of Goldpocket iTV.

Slot Machine[edit | edit source]

A five reels video slot machine based on the 1970s version was released by WMS Gaming in 2003. featuring simulated caricatures of Jimmie "JJ" Walker, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Morgan Fairchild, Rip Taylor, and Vicki Lawrence as the panelists and a simulated Gene Rayburn as the host. the slot machine's bonus round is also faithful to the original game format--one round is adapted from the main game, the second from the Super-Match bonus round.

ADDITIONAL NOTE: Morgan Fairchild has never appeared on any incarnation of the show itself.

DVD Movies & Games[edit | edit source]

A DVD set featuring 30 episodes of the 1970s version and the original 1960s pilot was released in 2006. An additional "Dumb Dora" edition came out with only eight episodes.

A DVD game with clips and questions from the 1970's shows was released in 2007 by Endless Games. Gameplay was mostly based on the show, but allowed for up to six onscreen players. Scoring was different as well; first round matches scored $50 each, and second round matches were worth $100 each. Also, the "Super Match" portion was played differently, with the Audience Match played after the first round by the leading player(s), and the Head-to-Head Match played after the second round by the winning player(s), with a correct match doubling the winnings of the player(s).

Amazon Alexa[edit | edit source]

A skill game for Amazon Alexa was released by PullString Inc. in 2017, featuring the "Super Match" round from the 70s version whereby users attempt to match one of the top three answers from an audience poll to a fill-in-the-blank question. Each day users receive a new set of questions. If they happen to miss a day, they can play catch-up mode for the week.

Books[edit | edit source]

A Biographical book called The Matchless Gene Rayburn was published by BearManor Media, authorized by Adam Nedeff and was released for Paperback, Hardback and Kindle Fire in 2015.

In the summer of 2019, a second book titled Match Game 101: A Backstage History of Match Game, authored by A. Ashley Hoff and published by Castle TNT Press, was released in Hardback.

Link[edit | edit source]

Blog about Match Game board game (70's version) Match Game: Alexa Skills

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