Wheel of Fortune Slots
If someone asked you, “Quick—of the top of your head, what’s the most popular slot machine game in the world?”, you’d almost surely answer, “Wheel of Fortune”. IGT (International Game Technology) has likely made millions from this licensed slot machine based on the popular game show. The casinos who put this game in their slots parlors surely aren’t complaining about the profits, either.
The Wheel of Fortune slot machine game is now available online, too. This review takes a closer look at how the game is played and what it offers the discriminating slot machine player.
One Intellectual Property, Lots of Slots Games
Most licensed games only come in a single version. It’s not usually worth it to create multiple games centered around a single intellectual property. The demand just isn’t there.
Wheel of Fortune slots are an exception to this rule. At least 2 dozen different games exist, with names like Classic, Double 3X4X5 Lucky Pays, Double Diamond 2X, Five Times Pay Red White & Blue, Pink Diamond, Red Hot Wild, Retro Multi-Win, Secret Spins, Sizzling 7, Super Diamonds, Super Spin, Super Times Pay, Ten Times Pay, Triple Action, Triple Diamond, Triple Double Emeralds, Triple Double Red Hot 7s, Triple Double Stars, Triple Double Topaz, Triple Extreme Spin, Triple Point Re-Spin, Triple Strike, Video Reel Money Spin Pennies, Wild Getaway, and Winning 7s.
Versions of the game vary dramatically. Some Wheel of Fortune slots games have 5 reels and lots of paylines. Others use 3 reels and a throwback design with reels that look mechanical (even though they’re powered by the same random number generators used by the other games.)
Newer versions also feature plasma TV screens and elaborate surround sound systems to increase the level of immersion for the players. The multi-player versions of the game allow you to sit around a giant wheel that’s even bigger and more colorful than the one used on the actual game show. When anyone wins a spin on the wheel, everyone in the carousel benefits.
Depending on which version of Wheel of Fortune slots you play, you’ll find many of the traditional slot machine reel symbols as well as some surprises. You can find a Wheel of Fortune slot game with fruit as symbols, but other games might have more theme-appropriate symbols like automobiles and vacation pictures. Think of the prizes commonly offered on the show, and that will give you an idea of the kinds of symbols you can expect.
All of these games feature a bonus game where you get to spin the wheel. I’ve heard of players who were disappointed after winning the top jackpot because they didn’t get to spin the wheel. That’s devotion to a concept, there!
The Wheel of Fortune symbol is almost always included on any of these games. It usually acts as a wild symbol and a win multiplier. You can find Wheel of Fortune slots in almost any denomination you can imagine, from a penny per line per spin to $5 (or more) per line per spin. Many of the Wheel of Fortune slots games in Las Vegas casinos are part of the wide area progressive jackpot network, MegaBucks.
Did You Know?
The slot machine is relatively new in comparison, having launched in 1996.
You’ll be hard-pressed to find a traditional land-based casino that doesn’t feature the Wheel of Fortune slots game (in some form) prominently on the floor. You might find that it’s well worth playing; most fans of the game show also love the slot machine. The bonus features and design of the game are as slick and polished as any other gaming machine you’ll see anywhere in the world.