Wheel of Fortune Platinum feels like it came directly from a standard-issue cell phone. It’s clunky, has super-pixelated graphics, and tries to nickel-and-dime you to no end. Even with its online multiplayer, you’re better off spending your time watching Pat and Vanna on TV.
The game starts you off by allowing you to customize your avatar. Even though the graphics are sub-par, the level of customization allows you to create a unique character.
You are then given the choice of a few different game modes. You can play the TV show, which consists of both wheel spinning and toss-up rounds. These have you spinning the wheel and then trying to guess a letter in the phrase, or hitting a buzzer to complete a phrase before your opponents as letters randomly fill in.
Battle of the talk show hosts: Ellen vs. Oprah vs. Whoopi.
There are also two different single-round modes. One is a version of toss-up where you play by yourself. The sooner you figure out the phrase, the higher your score. The other is a quick-play version of the wheel game, where you spin the wheel until it lands on a dollar amount and then have a round-robin competition where each player guesses a letter or attempts to solve the puzzle.
Beneath these modes are two locked ‘special weeks.’ These won’t activate until August, so we didn’t have a chance to try them out. Having timed events is certainly an interesting concept, however.
The true fun of a TV gameshow, however, is competing against real people. Wheel of Fortune Platinum allows you to play against other people online after signing up for their service. The matches are usually quite fun, although it always seemed our opponents would either time out or quit the game before it ended. You can also play with friends via pass and play or local multiplayer.
Would you like to buy a vowel? 99 cents, please.
The game also features leaderboards, although we had some problems uploading our scores. Numerous stats are tracked and achievements are doled out as you play.
Unfortunately, Wheel of Fortune Premium also tries to nickel and dime you ruthlessly. While the game costs $0.99, there are over a dozen in-app purchases for more phrases and character customization. Of course, these are optional, but if you want to increase the longevity of the game it will cost you up to $15 more.
Ultimately, Wheel of Fortune Platinum feels too much like a cheap cash-in of a major game show franchise. Unless you can’t get enough of the show and don’t mind all the in-app purchases, we’d recommend taking caution before giving it a spin.