|Brooke Burns & Mark Thompson (FOX)|
Teck Holmes (Cartoon Network)
|Matt Clifton & Laila Odom (FOX)|
Emily Hedicke & Aaron Gingrich (CN)
|Fremantlemedia North America|
Hole in the Wall was a short-lived game show based on one of the many Japanese formats concerning a bizarre format, mostly Brain Wall/Human Tetris.
A person or group of people stand along an area of a playing field. Behind them is a pool of water. After the count of three, the moving styrofoam wall appears with a hole of a various shape cut out of it. The players have to find out a way on how to fit through that hole in the wall to earn points by using agility and dexterity. If the player(s) cannot fit the wall or does the wrong position, he/she/they will get pushed by the wall into the swimming pool. In the Cartoon Network version, making through the wall without making the shape does not count for points.
Two teams of three compete in this competition. In the FOX version the team members share an hobby or occupation or live in the same location and use it as a team name; while in the Cartoon Network version and since it was geared towards younger audiences, the teams were all families.
The first challenge, one player from each team (usually the team captain) has to try a single wall. Passing through will net one point for the team.
The second challenge where the other two players from the team tries a double wall. 2 points are awarded if both make it through.
In this round all three players try a jump into the wall where they must all fit through in order to win 3 points.
Like Round 3, all three players complete. The wall moves twice as fast as before. Each player who clears the wall earns two points, for a maximum of six. In addition, if all three players clear the wall, they win a $5,000 bonus whether they win or lose the game. Both teams get a chance to play for the $5,000, even if the second team has been mathematically eliminated.
The team with the most points at the end of the game wins $25,000 guaranteed, and advanced to the $100,000 Blind Wall. Prior to that round, the winning team decided to either risk the money & play, or pass it up and keep the cash. If the game ended in a tie, nobody won the money and they both moved on to the Blind Wall.
$100,000 Blind WallEdit
The player is blindfolded with the two other team members giving advice on how to position themselves to fit through the hole. The team wins $100,000 if the wall is cleared or nothing if the player should fail. To ensure clear communication between the teammates, the audience is asked to remain silent throughout this round.
The top prize on the show is $130,000 - $5,000 for clearing the Speed Wall, $25,000 for winning the game, and $100,000 for clearing the Blind Wall; if there is a tie, the combination of top prizes is $110,000. The lowest prize on the show for making it to the blind wall is zero, assuming that there is a tie, no teams win the $5,000, and no team completes the blind wall.
Cartoon Network VersionEdit
The scoring is mostly the same except that all point values are multiplied by ten.
Same as the FOX version except that for each player going through the wall, the team wins 10 points for a maximum total of 20 points
Same as the FOX version except that for each player going through the wall, the team wins 10 points for a maximum total of 30 points.
Same as the FOX bonus game, only this time instead of blacked out goggles, the players on the team in control had their eyes covered by a black cloth covered hockey goaltender masks.
Similar to the blind wall, except that this time instead of being blindfolded, the player on the team in control had his/her back to the wall and his/her face to his/her teammate who is telling the player at the playing area by virtue of pantomine, how to get through the wall & score.
This time a solid wall is presented with two choices and a question on top. The team has to figure the correct answer. They have to then hit their body against correct answer to go through the wall. The correct answer will break away and the players will fit through. The incorrect answer will be reinforced and will knock the players off.
If this is a game of minibites of dearth of the minutes, seconds in cartoons. They will see any cartoon series and then hit the puzzles. They need to knock the team out the new walls. The breaking pieces will see and get though. The curtain will be pummeled and gets failed.
Another variant of the Cartoon network version involves members of the team being spun by their opponents until they become dizzy and have to complete a wall moving at double speed.
Tie Breaker WallEdit
Only happened on the Cartoon Network version. Both teams has 10 balls and they must go through a circle on the wall. The team with the most balls left is the winner.
The three rounds repeat with the wall going at double speed. The team with the most points gets a trophy and gets to face the "Impossiwall".
Played with two non-blindfolded players, while holding props. They have to fit their bodies and the props through the wall to win a spot on the Wall of Fame.
"It's Time To Face The Hole!" - Mark Thompson
"Show us...THE HOLE IN THE WALL!" - Teck Holmes
Countries that did their versions of Hole In The Wall include:
- Arab World
- Belgium (Flemish language only)
- Canada (French language only)
- Hong Kong
- Japan (country that originated the program)
- Southeast Asia
- South Korea
- United Kingdom
MerchandiseEditA video game called Hole In The Wall: Deluxe Edition was made by Ludia and was released for the Xbox 360's Kinect in 2011.
Based on a game segment "Brain Wall" (脳カベ / Nokabe) of a Japanese game/variety show entitled Tonneruzu no Minasan no Okage Deshita (とんねるずのみなさんのおかげでした).
The first two episodes of FOX's Hole in the Wall