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Game Goal

Deal... or No Deal? That's the question in this one-on-one battle with the banker! Unscramble words quickly to score big and win the tournament. But make sure you keep your eye on the clock... think fast or it'll be case closed before you know it!


Game Rules

Start Screen & Game Options

After the game loads, you'll see the Start Screen. Choose "Game Options" to adjust the volume of the sound effects or background music. Choose "Start Tutorial" to view the interactive tutorial, which goes over a series of useful gameplay tips for new players. When you're ready to start the game, choose "Click to Begin." The first time you play, the tutorial will load automatically when you start the game.

Game Play

Each game of Deal or No Deal begins when you select "your case." Throughout the game, the Banker will attempt to buy it back from you. Each time an offer is made, you can accept it, or you can reject the deal to try and get more!

YOUR SCORE IS BASED ON HOW QUICKLY YOU COMPLETE A SET OF WORD SCRAMBLES, AND THIS DETERMINES THE OUTCOME OF THE TOURNAMENT.

Once you've chosen your case, the first round of Deal or No Deal begins. In each round, you pick up to six cases to open. When a case is opened, the value it contains is removed from play.

Once all the cases in a round have been opened, the Banker will attempt to buy your case from you. However, before he crunches the numbers, the Banker will give you the opportunity to boost your offer by demonstrating your word-making skills.

Word Scramble

Each round will require you to form a certain number of words using the available letters. For a given set of letters, there'll always be more possible words than you need to find. Make enough words with a given set of letters and you'll automatically be presented with a new set of letters.

If you get stumped, don't worry. You can shuffle the letters to get a fresh perspective, or you can pass and move on to the next set of letters... you can always go back and try again later in the round!

An alert will sound when you have 10 seconds left. If time runs out before you make enough words, the round is over. In addition to earning points for each word you find, you also earn points for every second remaining on the clock once you've found enough words, so be quick!

Once you've finished the word scramble, the Banker will make an offer to buy your case. The Banker's offer is based on the average of the remaining case values, scaled in each round, with a bonus based on how successful you were at the preceding word scramble.

If you reject the Banker's offer, the game continues and you choose the next set of cases to remove from play. Once there is only one case remaining, you'll have one last choice: keep your original case, or swap it with the remaining case.

If you accept the Banker's offer at any time, the game's not over; you'll have the opportunity to keep playing and see where the game might have taken you. Here's a chart that breaks down each round.

 Round 1Round 2Round 3Round 4Round 5Round 6
Cases To Open654432
Number Of Words
To Find
46881012
Number Of Puzzles123345
Seconds Per Round
(Medium Difficulty)*
303540404550
*Seconds per round differ according to the tournament difficulty level.


Game Controls

Deal or No Deal Case Selection

  • Left-click on a case to open it.

Word Scramble

  • Left-click on a letter or type it on the keyboard to add it to the scratchpad.
  • Left-click on "Enter" or press "Enter" on the keyboard to submit the word on the scratchpad. If there are no letters on the scratchpad, the last word submitted will be added to the scratchpad.
  • Left-click on "Shuffle" or press "Space" on the keyboard to reorder the available letters.
  • Left-click on "Pass" or press "Tab" on the keyboard to move to the next puzzle.
  • Left-click on "Clear" or press "Delete" on the keyboard to empty the scratchpad.
  • Press "Backspace" to remove the last letter from the scratchpad.

Game Scoring

Scoring in Deal or No Deal is based solely on the Word Scramble.

  • Five points for each tenth of a second remaining when you complete a round.
  • 25 points for each word found.
  • This score determines the winner of the tournament.

Game Strategy

  • Try using the keyboard to quickly type in your answers.
  • For a given set of letters, there'll always be more possible words than you are required to find.
  • If you're stumped, try shuffling the letters for a fresh perspective.
  • Pass to see the next set of letters if you can't find anymore words.
  • Make four letter words by adding an "s" to the end of a three letter word you've already found.
  • To remove the last letter you entered, type backspace or left-click on the letter.
  • Unscramble words quickly to get a high score and boost the Banker's offer.

Did You Know?

  • The sum of all 26 case values is $3,418,416.01.
  • The American version of Deal or No Deal first aired on December 19, 2005.
  • In 2006, the banker offered one contestant $44,000 and a pony. The contestant took the deal.
  • Deal or No Deal has been broadcast in over 50 different countries.

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