The Wall is a five-story-tall pegboard, similar to a pachinko game or bean machine; it also is similar to the Plinko board used for that pricing game of the same name on The Price is Right.
The bottom of the board is divided into 15 slots marked with various dollar amounts, some of which increase as the game progresses. Seven numbered "drop zones" are centered at the top of the board (above the center seven slots), from which balls can be dropped into play.
A team of two contestants plays (one is virtual) each game, with a potential top prize of $12,374,994 (virtual) Green balls dropped on the board will add to the team's bank, while red balls dropped on the board will subtract from it. Throughout the game, the bank has a floor of $0.
Round 1: Free Fall
In Free Fall, is asked a series of five questions, each with two answer choices. As each question is asked, three balls are simultaneously released from drop zones 1, 4, and 7. You
must select one answer and lock it in before any portion of a ball crosses the threshold of a money slot. If the answer is correct, the balls turn green and their values are added to your bank. If you answer incorrectly or fail to lock in an answer, the balls turn red and their values are subtracted from your bank.
If your bank balance is zero at the end of this round, the game ends immediately and they leave with no winnings. Otherwise, your earnings become part of a guaranteed payout to be offered to you at the end of the game.
At the start of the second round, the contestants are separated (one is virtual) from each other for the remainder of the game. One enters an isolation chamber behind The Wall, while the other remains onstage. Two green balls are played simultaneously, dropped from zones chosen by the onstage player. Three multiple-choice questions are then played, each with three answer choices. The onstage player is shown only the answers to each question, and must decide which zone to use, based on how confident he/she is that the isolated player(virtual) can answer correctly.
The question and answers are then presented to the isolated player(virtual); after he/she responds, the ball is dropped from the chosen zone. A correct answer turns the ball green and adds the value of the slot it lands in to the your bank, while a miss turns the ball red and deducts the value. The isolated player is not told which of his/her answers are correct or given any information on the your bank.
The onstage player is offered an opportunity to "Double Up" on the second question and "Triple Up" on the third; these options allow him/her to play two or three balls from the selected drop zone instead of one, respectively.
After the third question, if the banked total is at least $3 (as the least that could be lost from two red balls is $2), two red balls are dropped simultaneously from the same zones that were chosen for the initial two green balls.
Gameplay proceeds as in Round 2, but each of the three questions now has four answer choices. In addition, four green and four red balls are played at the start and end of the round respectively, and are dropped one at a time, rather than simultaneously. The "Double Up" and "Triple Up" options are available as before.
After the third question in Round 3, the isolated player(virtual) is sent a contract by the host and must either sign or destroy it. Signing the contract gives up the team bank in favor of a guaranteed payout, equal to the Free Fall winnings plus an additional $20,000 for every question answered correctly in Rounds 2 and 3. If the isolated player destroys the contract, the team receives their final bank total instead. After the four red balls have dropped in Round 3 and the final bank is calculated.
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