Wheel of Fortune has been around for three decades. To mark the occasion, Sony has released a new game to the App Store to allow fans of the show to celebrate by participating from the comfort of their own homes, or while on the go.
All said, the game itself is pretty straightforward, and plays out much like the show, complete with a silent timer ticking down until the end. On each turn, you choose whether to spin the eponymous wheel to earn money and guess a letter, buy a vowel (provided you have the money), or attempt to solve the puzzle, which consists of a secret word or words related to different categories, from food and drinks to things to celebrities’ names. When time is up, the person with the most cash gets to move on to the final round.
“Uh, n-nothin’, officer!”
Unlike some older video game versions of the show we’re familiar with, this iteration allows you to customize the experience by crafting your own player avatar, which has a rather cartoon-styled look. Nothing too sophisticated, but a little cheesy and charming in such a way that just fits. Unfortunately, Pat Sajak’s avatar is also a caricature, and a little creepy at that– particularly when he glances to the side. Meanwhile, Vanna White is nowhere to be found, but given the way Sajak turned out, that could be either a positive or a negative. Further customization is allowed as you are able to unlock various sets from the show’s 30-year history, ranging from the Eighties, Nineties, Millenium, and today.
To everything (turn turn turn) there is a season (turn turn turn)
And handy feature included is the ability to play with two other people on a single device by passing it around. Unfortunately, gathering around an iPhone to try to buzz in during bonus rounds is a little unwieldy. The game could have really been improved by the inclusion of a local multiplayer, where everyone gets to use their own phone, or even an online multiplayer.
Despite these shortcomings, the game has charm and the Wheel of Fortune spirit. If you love the show and don’t mind the lack of online components, then this one is an easy recommendation.