Wheel of Fortune

Game review by
Michael Lafferty, Common Sense Media
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Virtual TV show creates fun family play together time.

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 5 reviews

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Positive Messages

Wheel of Fortune is uplifting and even when not doing well, the Pat Sajak character is always positive and upbeat.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Both the characters of Pat Sajak and Vanna White have wholesome, upbeat personalities that encourage players. While this is not the focus of the title, it does set a really nice overall tone that makes playing the game quite enjoyable.

Ease of Play

The Wii remote controls all the action (if Wii Speak is available for the Wii version, it can be used and players can speak or call out letter choices, much like the real show), and the control scheme is very straightforward and easy to understand.

Violence & Scariness

There is the obvious tie-in with the television show, and even a few of the mini-games between rounds refer to actual moments in the television show. Generally, though, the prizes are generic enough and not attached to any companies.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Wheel of Fortune is a family-friendly game that can be played with 1-3 players. Each player will need a separate Wii controller to play this game as there are buzz-in, toss-up questions. The Wii Speak can also be used to control aspects of the game, such as selecting letters, buying vowels, and so on. There are 8,000 word puzzles, so while there is the chance that repeats will occur, that should be a rare experience. Having reading ability, a word-knowledge bank, knowing names of things like movies, and so on, is advisable.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byRobin F. September 18, 2017
Kid, 11 years old May 11, 2021

Fun game to play with family!

This game is so fun to play! I play this on my Wii, and my grandma plays along too. She doesn’t actually play the game, she just tries to solve the puzzle. I al... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old November 22, 2017

This game is fun,but some may find it hard.

Me and my sisters play this game on our wii,and for me and my big sister its sorta easy.But for my littler sister who is only 4-6 years younger than us,finds it... Continue reading

What's it about?

WHEEL OF FORTUNE follows the format of the television show -- a word puzzle is shown and players have to guess what the word or words are by spinning a wheel to assign a dollar amount to a letter, and then selecting letters from the alphabet to fill in the blank spaces in the words. The game has toss-up questions worth between $1,000 and $3,000, as well as presenting the regular game for virtual cash and virtual prizes. Between the rounds of the game, there are a selection of mini-games that are based on solving puzzles and are presented in a more head-to-head competition style.

Is it any good?

The graphics are average, the overall gameplay is not surprising, and the single-player experience is so-so. Where this game really shines, though, is when the computer-generated characters are replaced by real players (playing on one console). It makes for riotous fun if the whole family joins in. Some of the quotes may be beyond the grasp of younger players, as will some of the names of actors or movies; but that does not preclude younger players from logically placing letters to guess the words. Families can have a whole lot of fun with this title.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about healthy competition in multiplayer game settings and why, when playing a game, players should not give way to emotions that are detrimental to the fun, family experience.

  • They can also talk about the difference between real money earned, money won and virtual money.

  • Families can also talk about putting limits on game-playing times.

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo Wii
  • Price: $24.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: THQ
  • Release date: November 2, 2010
  • Genre: Party
  • ESRB rating: E for (No Descriptors)
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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