Solve the Puzzle! Wheel of Fortune Comes to Facebook – A Frisky Hands-On

Tue, Sep 14, 2010

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GSN has brought us many Facebook games in the past, and their latest Facebook game is one of the most iconic, in the form of Wheel of Fortune. The game plays as a straightforward copy and paste of the television version, except you’re playing against yourself, simply trying to solve the puzzle, instead of playing against other people (whether computerized or human).

The game starts simply. You’re shown a puzzle, the category, and the list of letters across the bottom of the gameplay area. You’ll be able to spin the wheel to see the wheel animate in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen. If you land on a dollar amount, you guess a letter. If it’s in the puzzle, your turn continues and you can either buy a vowel (where applicable) or solve the puzzle if you think you know what it is.

If the letter that you call isn’t in the puzzle, you lose your turn, just as in the real world game. However, since you’re only playing against yourself, you immediately get to take another action, it’s just that one of your “turns” will have disappeared from the total in the top right corner. You start with 5 turns at the beginning of each game, and everything that would normally end your turn will end it here – landing on bankrupt, lose a turn, or missing a guess on letters, etc.

Once you solve the puzzle, you go straight to the bonus round, where you’ll be given the letters R,S,T,L,N, and E, as usual, and can guess 3 consonants and a vowel to be revealed in the puzzle, where applicable. You’ll then have around 30 seconds to guess the final answer. If you know it, you receive bonus cash that works to level you up (leveling up helps you compete against friends for the top spot on the leaderboard). If you don’t solve the puzzle, you aren’t given the answer; rather, you can ask your friends to help, and if they do, you’ll receive $2500 of in-game currency and will be able to see the answer.

While the game is a pretty straightforward take on the formula, there are some additions in the form of power-ups that can be used while you play. Since all of your actions are timed, you can use a power-up to give you more time. You can also double the amount of money your next spin lands on, reveal a random letter in the puzzle, or even guess a free letter if you’ve racked up a lot of money and are afraid of landing on a lose a turn or bankrupt spot.

Just like other GSN offerings, like Family Feud, you’re limited in the amount of time you can play the game by how many games you are awarded every few hours. You can also buy more episodes with Wheel Gold that you’ll earn as you play.

To play Wheel of Fortune, head over to the game’s page on Facebook. Before you go, make sure to check out our Frisky Hands-On video of the game below to see exactly how this take on the classic game-show plays on the social network.

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