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"Overall Review of Weel of Fortune 2003"

The new edition of Wheel of Fortune from Infogrames attempts to convert the popular American TV game show to a computer game format. Wheel of Fortune 2003 is quite colorful, and the lovely hostess Vanna White does about as good a job as can be expected . Wheel of Fortune 2003 is a faithful and occasionally challenging adaptation of the game show, for me, it's the score that makes me happy.

The classic television game show returns, along with hostess Vanna White.The Wheel of Fortune TV show has been on the air for about 20 years now, and it lets three contestants attempt to solve a word puzzle by revealing an unknown phrase one letter at a time, with the option to spin the wheel to win large amounts of cash for each letter they uncover. It's a simple enough game, though it can prove surprisingly challenging, which is probably why the show is so popular with so many home viewers. The computer-game adaptation follows the rules of the show nearly to the letter, and it can occasionally be equally challenging. Surprisingly, Wheel of Fortune 2003 actually benefits from the fact that it's a computer game, rather than a TV show in some ways, since the game displays all available letters openly on the screen, conveniently omitting any letters that have already been revealed, so it's a lot easier to keep track of things.

Despite the presence of the fabulous Vanna White. However, Vanna is all alone--her co-host, Pat Sajak, is nowhere in sight, and Vanna herself generally doesn't appear on the actual game show floor (but rather, on certain screens and in menus), so many of the camera angles that show the wheel and the game board often look empty, despite all the colorful trappings. Although, Winning a phony ski trip in a game you play sitting at your computer while listening to canned remarks from your opponents and canned applause from a recorded audience just isn't the same as watching some lucky fellow on TV finally win the dream prize he's always wanted.

If you're a tremendous fan of the TV show, you may enjoy Wheel of Fortune 2003, since the game does a decent job of reproducing most of the major elements of the TV show. But no matter how you feel about Wheel of Fortune, you'll probably agree that, despite your chatty opponents and the ubiquitous (and again, fabulous) Vanna White, Wheel of Fortune 2003 seems to lack the excitement and character of the TV show it's based on.

Vanna White Can sometimes get annoing but overall it's fun! Enjoy!

Reviewer's Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

Originally Posted: 12/10/07

Game Release: Wheel of Fortune 2003 (US, 10/28/02)

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