Wondering what the most popular brand of slot machine in the world is?
If you guessed Wheel of Fortune slots, then you’ve passed this little test. Give yourself a hand.
Not only are Wheel of Fortune slots the most popular gambling machine in land-based casinos, it’s also hugely popular in online casinos, too. I wonder if the folks at Sony Studios and IGT (International Game Technology) had any idea how many games would eventually result from their partnership.
Over 200 different slots feature the Wheel of Fortune branding, including games like these:
- Lucky 7s
- Wild Gems
- Hollywood Edition
- Triple Cash
IGT’s Wbeel of Fortune Hollywood Edition Slots
The Wheel of Fortune Hollywood Edition slot machine features 5 reels and 5 paylines and a top payout of 50,000 credits. Denominations range from a nickel at the low end to $5 at the high end, and this is a per line wager, so you can wager up to 9 credits (or up to $45) per spin. Some high rollers might be disappointed, but most people will get enough action from this game to satisfy them.
The return to player for this game is 96%, which is excellent. The game also features bonus games and wild multipliers. These wild symbols substitute for any symbols you need in order to create a winning combination, but not for the Bonus jackpot. They also double any wins on your current round of play.
The bonus jackpot accumulator keeps track of your progress during the game. This symbol never matches or doubles your bet, but it can be unlocked DURING the bonus round.
Reels and Symbols
The Wheel of Fortune Hollywood Edition slot machine game has 5 reels, but the symbols are pretty standard. They’re colorful enough, but they’re not especially original, consisting of traditional slot machine symbols like fruit and gold bars. The symbols are rounded out with images of the kinds of prizes traditionally awarded on the actual game who, like luxury cruises and diamond rings. You’ll love this game for the payouts, not the symbols.
Bonus Game Content
You unlock the Wheel Bonus Feature when you get 3 Wheel Bonus symbols in a row, but only on active paylines. (If you didn’t bet on all 5 paylines, you might be disappointed.) Once this round starts, you get to spin the big wheel for your bonus prize.
After that, the game replaces your winning slice and 3 other random slices with Bankrupt spaces. You can choose to keep this bonus, or you can choose to spin again. If you spin again, you might win a bigger prize, but you also have more opportunities to hit that Bankrupt slice, so be careful.
But even if you do hit a Bankrupt symbol, you still get a consolation prize. This is done with the Double or Nothing Wheel. Again, you can choose to keep your consolation prize, or you can spin the wheel again to try to win more.
If you land on the Double slice, you double your prize amount. But a Bankrupt slice sends you back to the main screen—with NO bonus money. The chances of doubling up are 50%. If you’re lucky and brave, you could double your money 5 times in a row.
More about Wheel of Fortune
Merv Griffin developed and launched the game show Wheel of Fortune in 1983. Since then it’s become so popular that it’s been called 'America’s Game.' Few people would argue that it’s a classic among game shows.
In fact, Wheel of Fortune has been the top rated syndicated game show for years. It’s won no less than 5 Emmy awards. Over 30 million people tune in to watch the game every week.
Pat Sajak hosts. Vanna White turns the letters and serves as eye candy. Contestants choose vowels and consonants in order to complete a word or phrase. Correct guesses win amounts determined by spinning the massive titular wheel.
At the end of each show, the contestant with the highest amount of money gets to move on to the bonus round. They spin a smaller wheel to win one of 24 prizes. Then they get a new puzzle with the letters R, S, T, L, N, and E already filled in. The player then gets to choose 3 more consonants and a single vowel. Once any of these matches are displayed, the player gets 10 seconds to solve the puzzle.
If the player guesses right, then she wins the prize in the envelope, which is worth anywhere from $32,000 to $1 million.
The most fun goal you’ll achieve on a Wheel of Fortune slots game is to reach the bonus round and spin the big wheel. Sometimes this can result in a life changing payday, but the smaller jackpots are fun, too. Wheel of Fortune slots are here to stay for the foreseeable future.