Try to solve the puzzle phrase before the Speed Bonus timer reaches zero. Solve the Bonus Round to earn extra points.
Get ready to spin the wheel! As the world's most popular game show, the game play of Wheel Of Fortune is likely very familiar. Please note that some things work differently from the show:
- Our version features two rounds: a main puzzle round, and then a Bonus Round.
- The values of the wedges on the wheel are different than on the show.
- The value of the Bonus Round is worth $1,000.
The game begins in the Main Round with a series of lighted panels displayed on the screen. These lighted panels represent letters in a puzzle phrase. Beneath the panels, a clue to the puzzle will be given. At the bottom of the screen is a wheel with point values ranging from $500 to $1,000.
NOTE: All point values in the game are displayed as dollar amounts in order to retain the style of the television game show. The dollar amounts are for scoring purposes only and do not constitute actual prizes. Tournament prizes are displayed on the tournament selection page seen before the game begins and are not increased by the number of points players earn during the game.
To earn points, spin the wheel and then select a consonant. If that consonant is contained in the puzzle phrase, all instances of the letter will be revealed, and you will receive the amount of points shown on the wheel for each instance of the letter.
If the letter that you selected is not part of the puzzle phrase, your turn counter will go down by one and no points will be scored for that letter. You begin the game with seven turns. If the turn counter reaches zero, the game ends. The turn counter does not go down when you select a letter that is in the puzzle phrase.
After each selection, you may spin the wheel again to obtain a new point value. After each spin of the wheel, a 15-second timer will appear. If you do not select a consonant before the 15-second timer expires, you will lose a turn.
- If the wheel stops on the Lose a Turn wedge, your turn counter will go down by one.
- If the wheel lands on the Bankrupt wedge, your score will be reduced to zero.
You may also select a vowel instead of spinning the wheel. However, vowels must be "bought" using your points. Choosing to buy a vowel will decrease your score by $250, and no points are scored for successfully choosing vowels. You may not buy a vowel if your current score is less than $250.
If you are able to figure out what the puzzle phrase is after choosing a letter, you may solve it by tapping on the "Solve" button. Once you have tapped "Solve" you will have 30 seconds to enter the correct phrase. If you do not submit the correct answer before the 30-second timer runs out, you will lose a turn.
You can enter the solution using the strip of letters that appears near the bottom of the screen. Tap on the letter that should appear in the highlighted panel. The next empty panel will highlight. If you need to go back to a previous panel, tap on it or hit the backspace button. The solution will be accepted automatically if it is correct.
At the beginning of each turn, you will have 10 seconds to take your next action. You may spin the wheel, buy a vowel (if you have at least $250), or try to solve the puzzle. If you do not choose an action before the 10-second timer expires, you will lose a turn.
In the top of the screen is a Speed Bonus timer. The Speed Bonus timer begins at $5000 and counts down at a rate of $25 per second. If the timer reaches $0 before the main puzzle is solved, the Bonus Round will not be worth $1000. If you successfully solve the main puzzle phrase before the Speed Bonus timer expires, the amount shown on the Speed Bonus timer will be added to your score, and the game will then advance to the Bonus Round.
Bonus Round Rules
The Bonus Round begins with a new set of lighted panels displayed on the screen. These panels represent a new puzzle phrase. The wheel is not used in the Bonus Round. Instead, the letters R, S, T, N, L, and E are automatically revealed if they are part of the bonus puzzle. You are then given the opportunity to select three more consonants and one more vowel. If any of those letters are contained in the bonus puzzle, they will be revealed as well.
Once you have selected your four letters, you will have 30 seconds to solve the bonus puzzle and tap the SUBMIT button.
If you solve it correctly, a bonus of $1,000 will be added to your score and the game ends. If you do not solve the bonus puzzle correctly before the timer expires, the game ends and you do not receive a score bonus.
- To spin the wheel, tap the "Spin" button, tap the wheel.
- To select a consonant, tap on it in the list of letters. During the Main Round, you must spin the wheel before selecting a consonant.
- To buy a vowel, tap on it in the list of letters. During the Main Round, you must have a score of at least $250 in order to buy a vowel.
Letters that have already been selected will be grayed-out and cannot be selected again. To solve the puzzle, tap on "Solve" or press Enter. Then fill in the blank spaces in the puzzle by typing the missing letters. You may solve the puzzle at any time after selecting a vowel or consonant and prior to the next wheel spin. You may also tap "Cancel" to quit solving the puzzle and return to the game (you will lose a turn).
During the Main Round, you score the amount shown on the wheel each time you correctly select a consonant. The amount shown is awarded for each instance of the letter in the puzzle phrase. For example, if you select the letter "M" and there are four M’s in the puzzle phrase, you will score four times the amount shown on the wheel.
Your score is reduced by $250 for each vowel that you buy. The number of times the vowel appears in the puzzle phrase does not increase the cost. There could be zero instances of the vowel or there could be many - either way you pay just $250.
If you successfully solve the puzzle phrase in the Main Round, you will receive a Speed Bonus based on how long it took you to solve the puzzle. The Speed Bonus begins at $5000 and counts down at a rate of $25 per second. Whatever amount they have at the end of the Main Round is added to their score. If you do not solve the Main Round puzzle within 200 seconds, the game ends and you do not receive a bonus.
No points are earned for choosing letters during the Bonus Round. However, if you successfully solve the Bonus Round puzzle, you receive a bonus of $1000 to your score.
Certain tournaments may have specific game modes with different gameplay rules/formats than other games. Below is a list of different game modes and their specific rule changes.
- Quick Solve – This mode is almost identical to the default game but with one specific change in the game's scoring. In the Quick Solve mode, players are awarded an extra 1000 points for every unused and unrevealed consonant. The strategy is to solve the puzzle using the minimal amount of revealed letters as possible. After the round is complete, players continue to the bonus round.
- Toss-Up – Players are shown a puzzle board and category. One at a time, letters are automatically revealed to assist in solving the puzzle. You can try and solve the puzzle at any time during the round. If solved correctly, scores will be determined solely by the remaining time left on the clock. A failed attempt at solving the puzzle will end the round. After completing 3 rounds in Toss-Up mode, the game is over. There is no bonus round in this game mode.
In order to reduce the element of luck in the game, spins of the wheel are not actually random. Instead, the Main Round has a specific set of spins associated with it. All players trying to solve that puzzle will receive the exact same set of spins. In order to remain fair, the wheel spins for the same amount of time with each and every spin, and therefore, all players experience the same effect on their time bonus.