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I have a very large collection of games for the Wii and also the PS 2 and PS3 and the XBox 360 and I have built up a massive collection over the years. Some of them we don't even look at any more but they are just part of my collection in my basement alongside all my other things I keep down there.
One of the games we like to play regulalry though as s family is Wheel of Fortune. The only thing that spolis this for me personally is that it ti not based on the British version of the game, it is based on the American equivalent which means nothing to me as I don't know who they are.
The format is good, it is simple and very straightforward and we play it most nights as a family and will be playing it at Chrristmas time when we have friends and family round to our house. It cost just £5 and I managed to get it cheap at Home Bragains as I don't think it's the most popular game on the planet. The other half and the little lad both love it too though.
The little lad loves to choose his Mii character though we think they all look pretty similar to one another and there isn't really any great difference between them all. We take it in turns to spin the wheel and then try to solve the word clues of naming for example a place, a thing or a person. It is basically just a spin and guess game but it is good fun nevertheless.
The sound is god but the graphics although they are reasonably okay are really not the best though the little lad loves it. There are also five little games you can play and we all love to take hold of the Wii remote and spin the wheel. Selecting the little characters on the keyboard takes a bit more skill but I like this bit.
It's not a difficult game and is suitable for all ages and right across the family from little ones to grandma's. Not the best game in the world but it passes an hour or so on a wet Sunday afternoon. ..
Because we had bought a Nintendo Wii a few months before last Christmas, we seemed to get quite a few Wii games as Christmas presents. One game we received as a family was 'Wheel of Fortune' which is based on the television game show. Although at first I did not think much of it, the game has actually quite grown on me and we have had a few entertaining evenings playing it.
The game is just like the TV programme where contestants have to solve word clues such as naming a place, a person or a thing. They spin the wheel to win different amounts of money and then suggest letters that might be in the answer, Each letter is worth the amount that was spun. You keep spinning and guessing until you either guess a letter that is not in the answer, spin and land on 'Bankrupt' or on 'Miss a Turn'. Then your opponent takes over. You can try and solve the problem at any time provided you have control of the wheel.
There are about five mini games that make up any one contest and the person or team that has gained the most amount of money at the end is the winner and goes on to try and solve the clue in the bonus round. It's all quite straightforward and if you like more of a challenge, you can change the level of difficulty from easy to medium to hard.
You use the Wii remote to perform all of the actions in the game including giving it a huge swing in order to spin the wheel. You also need to be much more precise in order to select letters from a keyboard to place in the word clue. It's all quite straightforward for anyone used to using the remote to play other Wii games. However, my nephew did discover away of combining various buttons in order to make his contestant to behave in quite an excitable way that I would never have discovered myself!
Like many of the Wii games, you can choose your Mii character to represent you as a contestant and these all look very familiar. The host and his assistant are actually based on the real life people from the TV show and this leads me to the point that is the biggest problem with this game. The host is Pat Sajak who was the person who fronted the US show rather than the British one. The whole game is based on the US programme which means that some of the solutions will be very obscure if not totally unknown to the average Brit. We were playing a couple of games the other night and one of the solutions was a person called Rachael Ray (a well known US TV cook) and another was World Class Fitness clubs - neither of which we had heard of! This can make things a bit frustrating although it can also be seen as more of a challenge if you are having to solve the problem based merely on the letters that you see.
That is my only gripe but it does make it more difficult for younger family members to join in though. However if you play on teams they are quite happy to be the ones spinning the wheel and pointing the remote at the letters. Overall it is reasonable fun and ideal for a family gathering after you've eaten a big dinner and don't want to be too energetic! I do wish that there was an English version though!
The game is currently available on amazon for only £6.11 (October 2011).
One of the fondest memories I have from my TV watching days in my youth is Wheel of Fortune. It was always "appointment TV" and something the family would all watch and enjoy together. So last Xmas when shopping for a game that I could take round to the family home on Xmas day with my Wii, as soon as I saw Wheel of Fortune I immediately bought it and looked forward to an afternoon harking back the years. I ignored the fact I didn't know the presenter on the front assuming that a)there was a new version on TV that I wasn't aware of or b) this was a presenter devised for the game. Nevertheless at £9.99 I thought I had made a good investment.
Turning on the game for the first time and starting to play everything looks in order. For the Wii it has standard graphics, easy to navigate menus and bright colourful openings. It looks and feels like a TV gameshow. There are plenty of options from single player to multiplayer and its all so easy just to pick up and play and get into. There are certainly no qualms on that front!
The basic premise of the game is...well...hangman. If you have never seen the show before you spin a wheel to give points, you then guess the letters in the puzzle (which is phrases, locations, entertainment related etc) but no vowels allowed and as soon as you think you know you take a guess. Its all operated via the Wii more with the wheel spun by flicking it and everything else by pointing at the screen at hitting A. All very simple, all very easy. Due to the fact it involves hangman and even on easy its really designed for adults and families.
Each game is playable by up to 4 players and it flows nicely. It rarely lasts very long, rarely above 30 minutes, and there are little mini games thrown in and if you factor in all the risks of spinning and ending up with bankrupt token and it provides some good fun.
But herein lies the problems, this is an American game. Nothing on the box other than the presenter indicates this but even then you surely expect to buy a PAL game, from this country to be English. Therefore what you get is 75% of questions are based on American themes. This is not always a bad thing but Tv shows, phrases and places that are commonly used and considered easy in the grand old USA simply aren't here so its not so much a game of skill but as one of luck. Of course sometimes you know the answer and the more TV etc you watch you might know some of the more obscure (for the uk) tv shows but generally the game is spoiled by the fact that a lot of the time even when the answer comes up you have no clue. If played with intelligent adults with good quizzing knowledge it can be more fun but as a family game for casual gamers who want to recreate the magic of the tv show, the fact its American simply ruin it in most respects.
A miss opportunity.
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Do you remember Wheel of Fortune? It had John Lesley and Jenny Powel and ended an age ago. Well in America it's still going strong, so strong that they've made a Wii game for it. It's presented in the states by Pat Sajak and Vanna White.
I watched the Wheel of Fortune in America last year a couple of times and it seems that they have made a pretty good attempt at recreating the style of the show. The set appears to be quite faithful. The Mii's of the presenters are in the spirit of things, i.e. big heads and small bodies.
Just like the real game show the game supports up to three players, if you don't have three you can choose to have computer opponents fill the gap or gaps. I haven't played with a computer opponent as I prefer to play against my other half alone, to speed up the game. You can select a difficulty level, this does not change the puzzle difficulty, it only changes how good the compute opponents are.
Just like the American version game show the categories presented with puzzles are excuse the pun, puzzling. For example, in the places category we had, "Snowcapped Mountain" and "Swimming Pool". A category called Proper Names had an answer of "The Black Crowes". The "Things" category is as you'd imagine pretty wide. Also, you need to remember to use American spelling.
Graphically the game is as good as you'd expect. The set is reproduced in 3D and you're Mii's are faithfully reproduced. You can even make them gesture. However, it is quite annoying that they do a preset animation of joy or sadness every time you spin that does get very old very quickly.
To spin the wheel you hold the B button to start the power meter then flick the remote to the left, why they couldn't use the motion sensing of the remote to get the power without pressing B I don't know, a little missed opportunity there. The wheel is very accurately recreated in 3D and its action is also very well recreated.
To select letters or solve a puzzle you are presented with an onscreen keyboard that you point at with the remote, the buttons could have been bigger but it's not too bad. If you have Wii Speak then you can just say the letters, we don't so I can't comment on that.
If you don't know the format, you spin a large wheel with money values on it, after landing on a money wedge you give a consonant and if there are any in the puzzle they are displayed and you get the value of the wedge multiplied by the number of times the letter is in the puzzle. There are also a few traps and bonuses on the wheel, land on a bankrupt and you lose your money and prizes. You can buy vowels for $250.
There are also jackpots of a million dollars (although it would be next to impossible to actually win it as you need to win every round and never land on a bankrupt and also win the final bonus round). You can also win a holiday with one wedge, you receive the money value of the holiday.
To get the game going there are two toss ups, this is a puzzle where the letters are filled in automatically one at a time, you buzz in to solve the puzzle. These rounds are worth $1000 and $2000 respectively. Following this there are four conventional puzzles. There is a third toss up halfway through the game.
In the last puzzle if the time's up sounds goes then the presenter spins the wheel to get the money value this has $1000 added to it. Players then take it in turns picking letters, including vowels (these get you no money though) without spinning the wheel.
The player with the most money at the end goes onto the bonus round, a mini wheel is spun with envelopes on it to get the prize. A puzzle is shown and the most common letters R,S,T,L,N and E and automatically revealed on the board. The player then chooses three consonants and a vowel and has a short amount of time to solve it. This round is just for glory really, you've still won after all.
If you can get past the American spellings and slightly bizarre categories then for a budget game, you can't really complain about a few shortcomings. At the time of writing you can pick it up from play for £7.99. We've passed away quite a few hours with it and so far not had any repeat puzzles. With the Wii being a more social games console it fits into the catalogue very well. It's a shame you can't play with four players as three is a bit of an odd number, excuse the pun.
When I spotted this recently released Wii game in Asda shortly before Christmas, I picked up a copy for £15 hoping it would be a fun family game to play during the holiday season. I'm rather annoyed to find it's now only £7.99 on Amazon, but hey, that's life!
Having picked it up in my local supermarket, and having read no indication on the box that this was anything but an English game, I was rather surprised to find how extremely American this is as we began to play it for the first time. The host has an American accent, which is fine, but the American words are not terribly helpful for younger players to stand a chance of guessing. For example during one game, the words on the board were 'a thing' and I suddenly realised as more and more letters were filled in that the 'thing' was actually 'creamy cole slaw'. In England, we say 'coleslaw' as one word. In American, it is two. You're average ten year old isn't going to know that though are they?!
The format is easy to get into it and clearly based quite closely on the popular television show. You can play with up to three players (computer or real opponents) and we played in teams to incorporate more people. To play in teams, we just nudged one another when we thought we knew the answer and conferred to agree when it came to guessing our letters.
Each game doesn't last for too long and is probably around fifteen minutes, possibly slightly longer if you're waiting for other players to faff around and notice it's their turn etc! You take it in turns to spin the wheel, guess a letter that might be in the mystery word or words on the board, and then guess what that word or words are when you think you know. The winner at the end of a few rounds of this will have the highest amount of prize money. How much money you win depends on what amount you land on when you spin the wheel, and how many letters you find in the puzzle each time you guess. Then there's a bonus for guessing the correct word or words of course too. You can lose all of your money by spinning the wheel and landing on jackpot, so an element of luck is clearly involved in playing the game - making it accessible to those on different skill levels. The winner gets to play the prize round, and by completing this stage of the game successfully you can unlock additional features for the game like backgrounds and locations. It's nothing special, just a little addition to keep your interest.
The graphics move at a good pace and though the characters all look really rather strange (giant heads on little bodies), the general visual appearance of the game is bright, engaging and enjoyable to watch and play with. The music is pleasant enough, the sound effects are familiar from the television series, and the game play moves fluidly throughout with well thought out pretend advert breaks to cover up the game loading times. These don't include real fake adverts or anything, they just get the host to say "we'll be right back after this..." and then play a quick tune, zoom the cameras out, then land back on the contestants who are waiting to begin the next round. It beats sitting there and seeing a 'loading...' bar on the screen for 20 seconds!
I have to say that it's the Americanism that lets this game down. We're not American, we're English adults who have fortunately watched enough American films over the years to have picked up on the most common differences between the two dialects. Most kids and teens will be able to play this game, but won't stand much chance of winning the rounds because of the language differences. I think that's a shame, and something that should have been clearly advertised on the box.
I would buy this for young adults to have a laugh with over a few drinks, I wouldn't buy it as a family game unless you're confident that the language barrier won't cause upset. Mind you, for £7.99, you're not losing a lot by picking up a copy and seeing how you get on I think.