A treasure chest full of fabulous prizes up for grabs on Treasure Mall! Two teams go on a bulldog mess bash searching for the gold coins that lead to fortune! Taking us on this incredible rampage through those outrageously slimey stores is the guy who makes any mall a party, our pal, Hal Sparks!
Treasure Mall was a short-lived children's game show where contestants answer survey questions, and searching through the Treasure Mall stores for prizes. Treasure Mall was the first ever children's shopping game show.
Two teams of two contestants compete for the right to search through the stores for their hidden treasures. All for the right to try and raid the main treasure chest full of grand prizes.
In the first half of each round, the kid contestants were asked a survey question with three possible answers, and all they have to do is to guess the most popular answer. They make their choices by secretly locking-in their answers. Each player scored one point for the team by choosing the most popular answer. The first team to score five points goes on to search one of the stores for hidden coins.
The Treasure Mall StoresEdit
Each store was divided up into four different area/sections. Each area has four coins for the teams to find (16 in all). The object of the game was to find as many coins as they can; the teams had 100 seconds (1:40) (25 for each area, 50 for each team member) to do so. Each time a team member found a coin, they must insert it into a bucket held by host Sparks; if a coin is not inserted into the bucket, it doesn't count. When the overall time was up, the coins inside the bucket were counted up and the team received prizes according to how many coins collected. If the team can collect all 16 coins, they win two big prizes.
Here is a list of stores that were used in the mall:
- The Adventure Store
- The Magic Shop
- Hal's Diner
- The Fashion Boutique
- Bed & Bubble
- The Toy and Hobby Store
- The Sports Store
- The Music and Video Store
The game was played in two rounds with two different stores, and the team who won both question rounds or with the most coins at the end of the game are declared the winners and went on to the bonus game. If both teams are tied with the same amount of coins another question is played.
Scattered at the mall front/center stage are gift boxes. Contained in each gift box is a key which may or may not unlock the treasure chest. The winning team had 30 seconds to find & collect as many keys as they can. Just like with the coins, the key must go into the bucket in order to count. When the 30 seconds was up, each key was tried out at the chest one at a time. As soon as one key unlocked the chest, the winning team won a grand prize package in the chest including a trip. But if none of them do, the winning team still won a $50 gift certificate for each key found. Upon unlocking the treasure chest, balloons & confetti would came out of it.
Host Hal Sparks went on to be a successful comedian. He even starred & hosted shows such as Queer as Folk, Talk Soup, and Lab Rats. He was also the voice of "Mr. Q", in the short-lived GSN original, 20Q. Until Wild & Crazy Kids premiered two years later, he was also the youngest host of any game show, at only 18 years of age.
This was the first ever kids shopping game show.
The treasure chest package was opened and won on the first episode.
"Hey Ed, who's hanging out in the mall today?" - Hal Sparks (often saying it in a funny voice)
"Ed, who are they going to be playing against?" - Hal Sparks
"This is it, the Treasure Mall!" - Hal Sparks
"First, meet (insert team #1 names and information)!"- Ed
"Let's give a big hello to (insert team #2 names and information)!"- Ed
"Hey/Uh oh, it's time to say goodbye! The mall is closing! So we'll see you next time on Treasure Mall! Bye Bye!" - Hal Sparks