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Host
Axle Whitehead
Broadcast
The Wall AU
Seven Network: 30 October 2017 – 19 November 2017
Packager
Endemol Shine Australia

The Wall was an Australian adaptation of the American game show of the same name. This show offered two-person teams the opportunity to win large sums of money by conquering the towering wall.

Gameplay[]

The Wall was a four-story-tall pegboard, similar to a pachinko game or bean machine; its layout was also similar to the Plinko board used for the pricing game of the same name on The Price is Right. The bottom of the board was divided into fifteen slots marked with various dollar amounts, some of which increased as the game progressed. Seven numbered "drop zones" were centred at the top of the board (above the centre seven slots) from which balls could be dropped into play.

A team of two contestants played each game with a potential top prize of $12,374,994. Green balls dropped into the board added money to the team's bank, while red balls dropped on the board subtracted money from it. Throughout the game, the bank had a floor value of $0.

Round 1: Free Fall[]

In Free Fall, the team was asked a series of five questions, each with two answer choices. As each question was asked, three balls were simultaneously released from Drop Zones 1, 4 and 7. The team had to select one answer and lock it in before any portion of a ball crossed the threshold of a money slot. If the team's answer was correct, the balls turned green and their values were added to the team's bank. If the team answered incorrectly or fails to lock in an answer, the balls turned red and their values were subtracted from the team's bank.

If the team's bank balance was zero at the end of this round, the game would end immediately and they left with no winnings; otherwise, their earnings became part of a guaranteed payout to be offered to them at the end of the game. The maximum amount that a team could bank in this round was $375,000.

The values on the board ranged from $1 to $25,000 and were arranged as follows:

$1 $5,000 $100 $20,000 $10 $10,000 $1 $25,000 $1 $10,000 $10 $20,000 $100 $5,000 $1

Round 2[]

At the start of the round, the contestants were separated from each other for the remainder of the game. One would enter an isolation chamber behind The Wall, while the other remained onstage. Two green balls were played simultaneously, dropped from zones chosen by the onstage player. Three multiple-choice questions were then played, each with three answer choices. The onstage player was shown only the answer to each question and had to decide which zone to use, based on how confident he or she was that the isolated player could answer correctly. The question and answers were then presented to the isolated player; after he or she responded, the ball was dropped from the chosen zone. A correct answer turns the ball green and added the value of the slot it landed in to the team's bank while a miss turned the ball red and deducted the value. The isolated player was not told which of his or her answers were correct or given any information on the team's bank.

The onstage player was offered an opportunity to "Double Up" on the second question and "Triple Up" on the third; these options allowed him or her to play two or three balls rom the selected drop zone instead of one, respectively.

After the third question, if the banked total was at least $3 (as the least that could be lost from two red balls was $2), two red balls were dropped simultaneously from the same zones that were chosen for the initial two green balls. The maximum amount that a team could bank in this round was $1,999,998.

The Values on the board ranged from $1 to $250,000 and were arranged as follows:

$1 $5,000 $100 $10,000 $10 $25,000 $1 $50,000 $1 $100,000 $10 $125,000 $100 $250,000 $1

Round 3[]

Gameplay proceeded as in Round 2, but each of the three questions now had four answer choices. In addition, four green and four red balls were played at the start and end of the round respectively, and were dropped one at a time, rather than simultaneously. The "Double Up" and "Triple Up" options were available as before.

The maximum amount that a team could bank in this round was $9,999,996.

The values on the board ranged from $1 to $1,000,000 and were arranged as follows:

$1 $50,000 $100 $100,000 $10 $150,000 $1 $200,000 $1 $300,000 $10 $400,000 $100 $1,000,000 $1

Final Decision[]

After the third question in Round 3, the isolated player was sent a contract by the host (Whitehead) and had to either sign or destroy it. Signing the contract gave up the team's bank in favor of a guaranteed payout, equal to Free Fall winnings plus an additional $20,000 for every question answered correctly in Rounds 2 and 3. If the isolated player destroyed the contract, the team received their final bank total instead. After the four red balls had dropped in Round 3 and the final bank was calculated (or after the last question if there was less than $4 banked) the isolated player returned to the stage to reveal his or her decision. Only at this point did he or she learn the number of correct answers given, the payout total and the team's final bank. If the isolated player destroyed the contract, the team received their final bank total instead.

The maximum possible guaranteed payout was $495,000, obtained by scoring $375,000 in Free Fall and answering all questions correctly in Rounds 2 and 3. The maximum possible bank total was $12,374,994, obtained by answering every question correctly, having every green ball drop into the highest-valued slot, and having the six mandatory red balls each drop into a $1 slot.

Trivia[]

As of today, the $12,374,994 maximum prize is the most money ever offered in Australian television history, surppassing the $5,000,000 offered on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? in 2007.

Link[]

Official Website
The Wall - Seven West Media

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