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"Wheel of Fortune Junior Edition" (NES)
Popular TV game show ported to the NES, catering to younger gamers. Easy to play and navigate, despite the puzzles being tough to solve at times.
The "Junior Edition" of Wheel of Fortune....and here all along I thought parents/guardians perceived video games as a "kid" thing, despite the fact that gamers are usually around the age of 30. Nevertheless, I imagined what the thought(s) of the employee at a video game store had when someone walked in, picked this game off the shelves and placed it on the counter for purchasing back in 1988. Not that I, myself, would laugh or mock the customer but thoughts blossom when you or someone, out of all the other popular titles out there for the NES, chose to pick this up.
Two things: the description on the back is missing a punctuation (a period), and the credits screen shown the moment you boot the game up misspelled the word "pictures," and was written "picures." Luckily, none of the puzzles I needed to guess and solve were misspelled but I got the funny feeling that this game was hurried. Having been released nearly a year later, following the first version of Wheel of Fortune on NES, these minor mistakes could have easily been fixed. Other than that, the game plays like normal.
What's so "junior" about it is relatively the puzzles used to solve on this game. Sometimes a simple phrase, thing, place and/or person can trip someone like me come solving time. Then again, getting a 7-year-old kid to guess "Third Base Umpire" or "Toasted Marshallow" proves this may not be too forgiving for kids. Surely, it depends on the difficultly level. What I found odd was that Level 1 in difficulty is actually the toughest, and level 3 is the easiest (usually level 3 is the hardest). If programmers didn't see this during QC, despite the misspellings which is already a sign, I couldn't see a youngster not rip a pinch of hair off their head wondering why the easiest level is the one s/he can never win in.
Graphically, it's relatively the same as the first version with a few templates sporting a new color, such as the stairs and floor that the hostess—Vanna White—walks on; The wheel is also the same with a background color change. The music hasn't changed and still reminds me of tracks that best fit in an RPG game.
The biggest change would be the Bonus Round. Check out these prizes you can choose to play for:
Stereo Equipment (Stereo System)
Ten Speed Bikes (BMX)
TV and VCR (VCR Gear)
A Vacation (A Trip To Disney World)
A Shopping Spree ($1000 Toy Token)
Trip To Washington
Hard to believe a youngster would not want to play for a trip to Disney World.
For the final round, the puzzles used to get the player to guess is relatively unfair especially for a youngster. Unless that kid has read enough books, more than the average kid, I can't see any young one being able to solve in their first several tries (assuming they won and defeated the computer). Actually, you know, I like to see kids today try to play this and try to win the Bonus Round. Let's face it: kids today barely read books and brag to friends about their app collection. Tch.
Although it is an okay edition, it's not as impressive nor would it be simple for the kids. That little discrepancy on choosing the difficulty level will surely trip up the young gamer.
- A classic port of the popular TV game show.
- Aimed toward young gamers.
- Features prizes youngsters will enjoy trying to win in the Bonus Round.
- You can pick and choose which prizes to play for.
- Puzzles can still be too difficult to solve.
- Losing the game means witnessing your opponent win the Bonus Round (the computer opponent almost never loses).
- No credits rolling after game is won.
|Game Title||Wheel of Fortune (Junior Edition)|
|Description||Hundreds of questions for ages 7 and up!
New everyone's favorite TV Game Show is just for kids! It's got all the excitement of the adult version...everything you see on TV and more But the puzzles have been created just for the younger player.
It's your turn to be the contestant. Compete against your friends or match wits with the computer. Press the button, hear the theme music; spin the wheel, solve the puzzle and win a fortune; or hit bankrupt and lose it all. There are over 1000 puzzles to keep you guessing, and if you're stuck you can always buy a vowel.
It's time to play WHEEL OF FORTUNE!
|ISBN / Bar Code number||0 43948 51001 9|
|Video Format||1.33:1 (4:3) Full screen|
|Developer||GameTek / IJE|
|Company||GameTek / IJE|
|Product / Item / Catalog Number||H 1001 REV-A (????) / NES-WJ USA-1 00110|
|Copyright||Wheel of Fortune® and Jeopardy!® are based on television programs produced by Merv Griffin Enterprises, a Unit of Columbia Pictures Entertainment, Inc. Copyright ©1989 Califon Productions, Inc. All Rights Reserved. ©℗1988, 1989 GameTek/IJE Inc., 2999 NE 191st., N. Miami Beach, FL 33180. All rights reserved. Nintendo and Nintendo Entertainment System are trademarks of Nintendo of America Inc. Made in Japan.
© 1995 NINTENDO OF AMERICA INC.
|Other Formats||Nintendo Wii Virtual Console|
Wheel of Fortune
Based on the television program produced by Merv Griffin Enterprises
A unit of Columbia Picures[sic] Entertainment, Inc.
©℗1988 I.J.E. Inc.
© 1988 Califon Productions Inc.
Program & AudioVisual by
Rare LTD. /Rare Coin-It Inc.
Nintendo of America Inc.
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