Product Type: THQ Wii games
Newest Review: ... 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 whic... more
Wheel of not-so-fortune
Wheel of Fortune (Wii)
Member Name: NicndDan
Wheel of Fortune (Wii)
Advantages: Well presented
Disadvantages: American theme
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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