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It’s hard to imagine a TV show that spectators wouldn’t feel like getting into. Most of us know that feeling of being cleverer than those dumb heads on the screen not able to tell the answer, while you, of course, already know it. So let me in, I’ll show 'em all. Well, there’s not enough space in real programs to place anyone ...

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Wheel of Fortune Free Play review

It’s hard to imagine a TV show that spectators wouldn’t feel like getting into. Most of us know that feeling of being cleverer than those dumb heads on the screen not able to tell the answer, while you, of course, already know it. So let me in, I’ll show 'em all.

Well, there’s not enough space in real programs to place anyone wishing to, but most of them have virtual analogs. So it is with one of the most prominent TV games of all times – Wheel of Fortune, with its spinning wheel, Pat Sajak as a host, and words you need to solve. Its official mobile app gives you a chance to play it right from your armchair.

Wheel of Fortune for iOS and Android has no significant differences. Both versions provide the full experience of playing like you were on your TV.

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Graphics 4/5

There’s not much space for graphical glamor in just recreating the original show. So the designers have developed a brand new shell for the game core. Instead of sitting in a hall, you travel cities and collect prizes that look great. The animation looks well; it doesn’t distract you from the essence, yet it makes the game shine bright like a real glamorous event. Music and sounds are also celebrating and joyful. Everything is meant to create the winning mood.

We must notice the phrases accompanying all of your actions: spinning the wheel, correct or incorrect guessing, or any other, are pronounced by Pat Sajak, like in the original. That’s one of the reasons the game is available only in English: the original flavor can’t be translated.

System requirements are low due to modest graphics: the game requires just iOS 7.0 or Android 4.0.3, so even old smartphones will run it smoothly.

Gameplay 5/5

If you ever happened to watch Wheel of Fortune on TV, you know the rules. There are some phrases made of covered letters. You only know the number of words and the number of letters in each word, and the domain these words refer to. There are three As your turn comes, you select the letter from the alphabet and check whether this phrase has it. No matter if it does or doesn’t, you only have one turn, and then you solve the whole puzzle or pass it to the next player.

The reward for letters you guess is defined by the spinning wheel. The sector it stops at may contain a sum in virtual dollars, and sometimes some good or bad news, like Free Play or Bankruptcy. If you guess correctly, you get this amount of money is multiplied by how often the letter you selected is in the phrase. But you only get the reward if you solve the phrase correctly.

Then you can play a bonus round to save the money you have won or to get an additional prize box. The rules of the bonus round differ significantly: you play alone, you only have four letters to select with 6 pre-selected and then you have to tell the word or the phrase.

You will also notice that some letters are not available to tell. As vowels are more frequent than consonants, selecting them gives some advantage. So the developers made them paid. Yes, it costs you $250 to choose a vowel. But this also increases your chances to win.

Mind the tickets. Their number is displayed at the top of the screen. Tickets are an analog of stamina or mana in RPGs. As long as you have any, you may play the game, and if you win, you don’t get your ticket back anyway. But when you run out of tickets, you’ll have to wait until they recover, which is 30 minutes per ticket, or buy them.

The game looks like a journey. As you complete your mission in one city, starting with New York, you progress to another. But it’s a long walk along the wheel and a long talk with many phrases.

As you progress, you unlock new game modes, including P2P and tournaments. Playing against real competitors is always more fun that simply digital contests.

We must warn you that, while the source TV game has been licensed and localized in many countries, this game is available only in English. So if you’re not good at English idiomatic, popular TV programs, stores, restaurants, places or colloquial phrases, you'd better search for some localized version for your region.

Controls 5/5

As intuitive as can be, right. Tap the letter to select it from the keyboard, but look if it’s enabled. Swipe the wheel to spin it. It’s all so simple that it takes no wit to make it out, saving it for solving puzzles.

This kind of controls seems the best for this game, as you don’t ever need to think how to do this or that. The art many developers should study better.

Replay Value 5/5

A moment for Wiki: the original Wheel of Fortune TV show has been aired since 1975, and it’s still popular. So, its digital version has all it takes to be just as replayable. Consider also modes variety and achievements you meet throughout the game, P2P inexhaustible power, and the replaying potential inherited from the source is unyielding. Yes, it may become your favorite game.

In-app Purchases

Like most free games, Wheel of Fortune formally offers all its treasures for free, but the way it works provokes you to pay. We have already mentioned tickets you spend for any game. It takes diamonds to purchase tickets, and it takes real money to buy diamonds.

Digital incarnation adds many more aid kits for playing. Yes, you can purchase packs of letters that will be available for you through the game, even they are disabled on the keyboard. These may contain rare letters. And of course, they all cost you diamonds.

There are some ways you get diamonds. You get rewarded for reaching a new level or fulfilling quests, for winning in tournaments or other achievements. But still, it’s easier to buy some amount of them: from the pouch for $1.99 to vault for $49.99.

Conclusion

Wheel of Fortune is a brand you know, that’s it. Playing it on your smartphone or tablet is a kind of times collision: good old 1970s are alive due to 2010s technology. Feel like you’ve made your leap beyond the TV screen, and now you’re the one with the country’s eyes on.

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Conclusion

The game is an excellent adaptation of the TV show, but it requires good English and knowing American life.


Pros : Atmosphere of the original;
Various words;
Good graphics;
Low system requirements.

Cons : Available in English only.


Graphics 4.0

Gameplay 5.0

Controls 5.0

Replay Value 5.0


Average : 4.8


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  • JB
    John. Bruce
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    3 months ago
    I. Like. Play. Wheel. Of. Fortune
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