A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
What's it about?
Like the TV game show that inspired it, WHEEL OF FORTUNE: SHOW PUZZLES is a puzzle game where you get to test your spelling skills. In it, you're basically a contestant on the show, and thus have to spin the wheel, pick letters, and figure out what phrase they're trying to spell. Except that unlike the show, you don't have to wait for your competition (well, unless you really want to), you can get hints when you're stuck, and, sadly, you don't get a wad of cash if you win.
Is it any good?
Like the Scrabble-esque TV game show that inspired it, this virtual version is fun -- and intellectually challenging -- for all ages. In Wheel of Fortune: Show Puzzles, you get to be a contestant on the show whenever you want, and from the comfort of your own home. You spin the wheel, pick the letters, buy a vowel, and try to figure out what phrase they're trying to spell. You just don’t get to keep the money. Or, unless you feel like it, wait for your opponents to make up their minds. While you do play against other people, it's not in real time; it's more like you're playing against how they once played when doing this puzzle, so you have the option to not watch their turn play out.
All of which is why this is as much fun as the show itself. More so since you're not just yelling "B...B..." at the TV. The game also has the added advantage of letting you get hints when you need it. Granted, they will cost you, but unlike hints in other puzzle games, they're actually helpful. It also helps that the controls for this game are so simple and intuitive that even a kid can figure it out, even without grandma's help. All of which makes Wheel of Fortune: Show Puzzles a good way to kill some time while waiting for your favorite show to come on.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about money management. In Wheel of Fortune: Show Puzzles, you can buy the diamonds you use to get hints when you're stuck, but you can also get these diamonds by playing the game or watching ads, so how do you decide whether or not to spend money on a free game like this?
Obviously, Wheel of Fortune: Show Puzzles is made for people who love the show, but do you think this is also made to get people to watch the show? Are you okay with that, or do you feel like you're being tricked?