Wheel of Fortune

Common Sense Media says

Virtual TV show creates fun family play together time.

Age

2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

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

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
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

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.

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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 Wii, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
Price:$24.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:THQ
Release date:November 2, 2010
Genre:Party
ESRB rating:E for (No Descriptors) (Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo Wii)

This review of Wheel of Fortune was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

Quality

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Kid, 11 years old February 9, 2011
AGE
6
QUALITY
 

All Ages Super FUN

Wheel of Fortune its like being on the show safe fun and easy must see must buy!!!!!!!!!!
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Written byAnonymous February 11, 2013
AGE
7
QUALITY
 

I like this game.

All you do is Spin the Wheel Guess a Letter, Buy a Vowel, or Solve the Puzzle. I like this game. You can use your mii on the wii version. ...and there's a Wii U Version only thing. You can't use your mii on that version. ...and I also have the DS Version of the same game. Wheeeeeeel Ooooooof Forrrrrrrrtune.
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Kid, 10 years old January 2, 2012
AGE
7
QUALITY
 

Wheel Of Fortune

This video game is awesome. It is very educational because it has to do with spelling. It's just like the real game. it's fun and easy for the whole family to play. You can also win prizes and go to trips just like the real game. And who can forget you win MONEY!!!!!!! Just on the game, not in real life.
What other families should know
Educational value
Too much consumerism

Poll

Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Digital Compass