Wheel of Fortune (Rare games)
The video game developer Rare produced three Wheel of Fortune games based on the Wheel of Fortune game show. Each game was released on the NES from 1988-1990, and were essentially the same game, but with different puzzles. The three games include:
|1988-09-??||Wheel of Fortune||General puzzles.|
|1989-10-??||Wheel of Fortune: Junior Edition||Children's puzzles.|
|1990-03-??||Wheel of Fortune: Family Edition||Simple and hard puzzles mixed together.|
I don't care much for the game show, and I don't like game shows simulated as video games. Instead, I played these games just to better familiarize myself with the NES catalog of games, and add them to my list of games I've beaten.
I do not own any of theme games, but I have beat them all on easy difficulty.
- The games do an adequate job of representing the game show.
- The Wheel of Fortune themes, though not great, are all present.
- The games don't accurately represent several aspects of the game show. For example, the Free Spin place doesn't have a dollar value, it isn't taken off the wheel when someone lands on it, and you can't guess a letter if you land on it, instead you have to spin again. Also, none of the values on the wheel change per round, and they top out at $1,000.
- The games are incredibly slow-paced. Most of the game is spent waiting for a clock to count down or watching the wheel spin.
- All three games are essentially identical, only with new puzzles and a slightly altered title screen. Very little effort was spent trying to update the quality of the game engine, graphics, or sound.
- The player avatars are horribly drawn and kind of scary looking.
- mobygames.com/game/wheel-of-fortune_ - MobyGames - Wheel of Fortune.
- mobygames.com/game/wheel-of-fortune-junior-edition - MobyGames - Wheel of Fortune: Junior Edition.
- mobygames.com/game/wheel-of-fortune-family-edition - MobyGames - Wheel of Fortune: Family Edition
- en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wheel_of_Fortune_video_games - Wikipedia - Wheel of Fortune Video Games.
- tcrf.net/Wheel_of_Fortune_(NES) - The Cutting Room Floor - Wheel of Fortune.