"Wheel....of....Fortune"! The intro for this classic game show has rang out from my TV many times as it is a family favorite for us to watch. Every night at 7:30, right after Jeopardy has finished making us feel stupid, the Wheel steps in to comfort us. Now, thanks to THQ, we don't have to wait for Pat & Vanna anymore. The Wii has made them available to us at all times, they look great as Mii's, and with over 8000 puzzles to solve,they won't be going anywhere anytime soon.
All the elements that make up the TV show are in the game. From starting with puzzles that auto-fill until someone guesses to ending with Pat spinning the wheel one last time, to playing in Vegas or Hawaii it's all here. And it plays great. The Wii-mote is used to not only point to what letters you want but also to spin the wheel. You can also use it to make your Mii do his sad and happy sounds while the other players are deciding what to do. If you have the Wii Speak, you can make your own custom sounds which is a ton of fun, though we weren't able to use it for guessing letters and solving the puzzles, as advertised, without yelling. It was a neat idea to add the Wii Speak but it doesn't add to the value of the already fun game even if it is fun to hear your Mii say "boomshakalaka" every time he gets a letter correct. Up to 3 players can take their Mii's to the stage and spin the wheel or you can take on the computer in up to 3 difficulties.You can even customize what your Mii is wearing by unlocking clothes via minigames between rounds.
There are a few types of mini games available that are played between rounds of the regular game. One of them has players take turn guessing 3 consonants and 1 vowel and then the person who got the most letters on the board has a chance to solve. Another has each player spin the wheel and then it randomly picks whether the highest dollar value spin or the lowest wins. The last one takes actual bonus round puzzles, fills in the R,S,T,L,N,E and the 4 letters that the contestant picked, and then you buzz in if you know the answer. They are a great addition to this game so make sure you enable them when you play. We held off on playing these mini games for sometime before trying them which was a mistake. They are a total blast and like I mentioned, they help unlock the outfits for your Mii.
I usually recommend that people stay away from anything on the Wii that isn't Donkey Kong or Mario or at least made by Nintendo. Wheel of Fortune is one third party game that I whole heartedly endorse and every Wii owner, especially fans of the show, should have in their collection.