This version of Match Game was the third revival in this series. The first was titled "The Match Game", and aired from 1963-1969 on NBC. The second had several variants, but the one with the longest run was Match Game '7X, which aired from 1973-1979 on CBS. The show also had a once-a-week nightly syndicated version (which ran from '75-'81), and a daily syndicated version after the CBS version was cancelled, which ran through 1982. It was revived in 1983 as part of the "Match Game-Hollywood Square Hour" on NBC, but was cancelled less than a year later. All of these versions were hosted by Gene Rayburn.
When the show debuted in July of 1990, Ross Schafer became the host. Points became dollars, with each match (in two rounds) being worth $50. After each round, a supplimentary game called "Match Up" was played. The contestant picked a celebrity, and attempted to make as many matches as possible in the specified time period. (i.e. CREAM, with two possible choices listed). Matches the first time around were worth $50, the second time they were worth $100.
The contestant with the most money after the second Match Up won the game, and the right to play the bonus game for as much as $10,000.
A "fill in the blank" statement, like those played in "Match Up" was given to the contestant, along with the top 3 answers. The contesant could pick up to three panelists for advice, and then gave their answer. Matching the top answer was worth $500, the second, $300, and the third, $200. Whatever money the contestant won here was theirs to keep, and they played for ten times that in the second part of the bonus game, titled "Supermatch".
The contestant would then spin the "star wheel" (a 6-segment circular wheel, lined with the panelists names) to see who they would play the "Super Match" with. Certain areas of the wheel "doubled" the amount the contestant could play for (for a maximum win of $10,000). The contestant and celebrity were then given one final "fill in the blank" match. A succesful match netted the contestant the cash amount they had spun for, a non-match won no additional monies, but the right to remain champion.