If you hail from North America then IGT's Wheel Of Fortune slot machine
will probably be as familiar a name in a casino
as you are ever likely to see. On a recent trip to Las vegas I chatted to an IGT rep who said it was by far and away their
biggest ever franchise and every year new slot machines with the Wheel Of Fortune theme were released. I'd hate
to think how many are out there now but I'm guessing there must be a double-figures amout of different Wheel Of Fortune slot machines
in land-based casinos.
All of which probably makes playing the online version of Wheel Of Fortune here at GSM a little less exciting than some might hope for I would expect.
IGT have released at least 2 different WoF
slot games online - the one you see above which is
called "Wheel Of Fortune - Triple Action Frenzy" and the "Hollywood Edition" which I might try and find for the Games & Slot Machines website
at some point.
The Triple Action Frenzy
version above has a few things to keep you occupied anyway. There is a "Super Wild
" smbol on reel 3 where you get to
multiply wins by up to 5x and two bonus rounds. One is triggered by getting the "Triple Action Bonus
" symbols on a payline left-to-right
whereupon you get to try and solve a puzzle, build up multipliers and then spin the Wheel Of Fortune.
As I've mentioned elsewhere, I am not a great fan of slot machines where you trigger the feature by getting symbols on specific reels
and even less so when it has to be on a winning payline. I can just about cope with IGT's popular Pharaohs Fortune slot machine
which does this, but only because you can get up to 25 spins at 6x. Additionally, the Elvis The King slot
provides decent entertainment with fixed-reel triggers but overall, I'm not a fan. On the Wheel Of Fortune slot the feature doesn't excite me nearly as much
so it tends to be a game that passes me by to be frank. Give me Pharaohs Fortune
or even Aristocrat's Choy Sun Doa
which does the same reels 1-3 trick but doesn't insist of the symbols being on a payline. But again it's for free spins - just about acceptable ;)
What will be interesting is how IGT will develop the Wheel Of Fortune slot franchise when the USA regulates online gambling and opens
it's doors to Americans. It's such a huge brand there that I can't see they can do anything other than develop new and (more) interesting
versions of Wheel Of Fortune for that market. When they do, I'll be the first to critique them but until then, the verdict from here is:
"playable but not as exciting as it could be". TV brands like the Deal Or No Deal slot machine
and the new
and very entertaining X-factor Jackpot slot
offer more fun than the online versions of Wheel Of Fortune slot