LuckyWheel

User rating: (43 votes, average: 3.16 out of 5)
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About 2/3 of the people who come to iPhone App Reviews are in America, so chances are they already know how to play LuckyWheel which is basically a low-budget version of the TV game show Wheel of Fortune. For everyone else who’s never seen Wheel of Fortune or something similar to it, here’s the basic idea: spin a wheel, guess letters in a word puzzle, earn points for each letter you guess correctly, and first one to solve it wins the round. Drobnik.com’s iPhone-ified version of the game has some minor differences from the American TV show, but the two are essentially same thing.

LuckyWheel supports up to three people for pass-n-play (no computer players!) and you can set your game to last 1, 3, 5, or 10 rounds. Unlike Wheel of Fortune, the word puzzles aren’t categorized with hints like “Phrase” or “Person” or “Place”, but the app’s iTunes description suggests that all of the puzzles are “proverbs” so I guess that means they fall into the Phrase category.

Other differences from Wheel of Fortune are that you get points for guessing vowels, and you can only choose to solve the puzzle while the wheel is spinning. This means that if the mystery phrase suddenly hits you and you’re ready to solve, you have to take one more chance at landing on Bankrupt or Sit Out (lose a turn) before sticking it to your fellow contestants.

I have no idea if the makers of LuckyWheel have seen or even heard of Wheel of Fortune, but I’m calling it a “low-budget” version of Wheel because there’s an “officially licensed” Wheel app in the App Store that competes directly with this one. LuckyWheel’s graphics and game design are serviceable but not what you’d call pretty, it lacks the custom elements of the TV show such as “Toss Up” and the “Bonus Round”, and the lack of computer players is kind of a letdown. I’m all for playing with by myself when there’s some time to kill, but the option to throw some robots into the empty player slots would make this game a lot better. On the bright side, LuckyWheel can really be pretty fun when you’re with a friend or two and having a little pass-n-play competition.

Another improvement that I’d love to see is the ability to create  your own word puzzles to be solved. I’ve never played Sony Pictures Television’s “official” Wheel of Fortune app, but I know that app allows custom puzzles so I think Drobnik.com would be wise to try and keep pace with the features. It’s true that Drobnik vs. Sony is totally Davey vs. Goliath, but hopefully Drobnik is committed to developing LuckyWheel to be as good as (or better than?) Sony’s game.

One thing that Sony’s app lacks (as of right now, anyway) is online play vs. live people who are far, far away. If Drobnik could make that happen in LuckyWheel it would seem like a pretty big advantage since the two apps are wooing the same audience.

Sony’s Wheel of Fortune app costs $4.99 and LuckyWheel is only $1.99, so if you’re a hardcore Wheel Watcher and specifically want the TV experience on your iPhone, you should probably pay the extra $3 to Sony. Everyone else who likes this kind of word puzzle but isn’t married to the TV format, get LuckyWheel. Despite its shortcomings, LuckyWheel is decent for $1.99 and hopefully it’ll grow into something that can really compete with an established franchise.


  • Michael (Admin)

    Drobnik.com has been nice enough to provide some promo codes to hand out! First come, first served. Use them up quick because they expire soon (an update has been submitted for approval, and that will make these codes invalid):

    79E643EFFT7H
    L6K9AMXY43F7
    L3A466J4K4XP
    NLPT6L3RTFET
    AFL36L7L3MHF
    46AE4RETAN6R
    4NJAK9ETY9EE
    WWR6FTT7HN6M
    7E9XA697WMJ3
    6WPPLJJ4YLNJ

    If you use one, PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT so that everyone knows which code you took! Your thoughts on the app (after you try it) are also welcome. Enjoy!

    (You must have a U.S. iTunes account to use promo codes)

  • Matt

    I went and grabbed the 8th one; the one that starts with “WWR”.

    Thanks. :grin:

  • Pat

    Thank you developer and iphoneappreviews team.

    I use NLPT6L3RTFET.

  • chuk

    Used: 6WPPLJJ4YLNJ

    Thanks!

  • Chris

    I like the game. I used the code 46AE4RETAN6R

    I have also tried Wheel of Fortune from Sony and have more fun playing LuckyWheel. Not because it is now free. I hope that there are more people who think the same.

    ***** Stars from me for the review and Drobnik.

  • http://twitter.com/evanmaroun Evan

    used the one starting with 7E9X

  • Laura

    Thanks! Can’t wait to check it out.

    Used 79E643EFFT7H.

  • Jon

    Used 4NJAK9ETY9EE

    Have to wait to get home to download.

  • Laurel

    Tried to use, but all promotional codes have been used. Enjoy to the lucky folks who were able to use them!

  • Chris

    I would be interessted how the others find Luckywheel?

    Maybe if the respones are good then Drobnik can make a multiplayer game for over the internet.

  • http://www.drobnik.com/touch Oliver Drobnik

    There is now a FREE LITE VERSION available.

  • http://www.drobnik.com/touch/index.php/luckywheel/ Michael (LuckyWheel-Team)

    We are waiting in the next few days the approval of the new update of LuckyWheel. So here are 10 promocodes for the version 1.0.2 which will expire soon. If you don’t have luck to get a code, checkout the free LuckyWheel Lite version. Please rate us or give us feedback.

    TYKL6NL6YHM4
    RFLXHR7YX7WP
    R3XF9F9KK3W7
    7HFMKJKPK3M3
    YJEKR9WKFW9N
    6WJ9TF3J363X
    NWJPXME3T4RM
    NPT3XPWT9XYE
    MYM64KE43HJW
    P97WPKRYNRXH

    Instructions from the Admin:
    “If you use one, PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT so that everyone knows which code you took!

    (You must have a U.S. iTunes account to use promo codes)”

  • http://www.directsnooker.com Liveo

    Damn. Wasn’t sure how promo codes worked. Just paid for it. Hope it’s good. ;-)

  • http://www.eleganthammer.wordpress.com Robert

    used NPT3XPWT9XYE

    thanks!

  • operknockity

    Used 6WJ9TF3J363X.

  • Igoo

    Took 7HFMKJKPK3M3. Thank you!

  • http://www.igadgetjunkie.com Bret

    Just letting everyone know, all of the 10 newest codes are already used. Guess no none of them bothered to leave a comment with which code they used.

  • Michael (Admin)

    BOO!!!!! Come on people, it’s not asking too much to leave a quick comment in return for a free app, is it? (But thank you to those above who did)

    Thanks for letting us know Bret!

  • http://www.drobnik.com/touch/index.php/luckywheel/ Michael (LuckyWheel-Team)

    To all. LuckyWheel Easter Special for half the price.

  • http://www.drobnik.com/touch/index.php/luckywheel/ Michael (LuckyWheel-Team)

    LuckyWheel 1.0.4 is on its way. We would like to thank everybody who have supported LuckyWheel so far. So here I offer 10 promo codes to the very fast ones (if you don’t get one, check out LuckyWheel Lite):

    FX3EP79YMJHN
    F69LL9W73TM9
    YK6766EE3AXX
    3PXK4ELH9LXK
    9PWNKEFT96A3
    LJKW4MYM6MTR
    H6KYX4JNKMRJ
    KAT796WLXX3T
    P9KK9W9KKMML
    N796WTAAYEJP

    Thanks also to Michael from iPhoneAppReviews.

    Instructions from the Admin:
    “If you use one, PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT so that everyone knows which code you took!

    (You must have a U.S. iTunes account to use promo codes)”

    Best regards
    Michael from the LuckyWheel Team

  • GP

    I used LJKW4MYM6MTR. Thanks!

  • Kizzle

    i’ve been wanting to try this out :!:
    thank you so much LuckyWheel Team

    i used KAT796WLXX3T
    :mrgreen:

  • http://alchemistmuffin@me.com alchemistmuffin

    Used the code P9KK9W9KKMML
    Thank You

  • Ian

    i used 9PWNKEFT96A3 thanks again.

  • Ian

    Scratch that was taken apparently, i used H6KYX4JNKMRJ

  • Kagenryu

    F69LL9W73TM9

    Done! :roll:

  • J. Weaver

    Used YK6766EE3AXX

  • J. Weaver

    Scratch that. I used FX3EP79YMJHN.

    Other was already taken.

  • Sara

    fyi – codes are taken. Leave comments people!!

    Thanks anyway Luckywheel…. :cool:

  • ikaveh

    9PWNKEFT96A3 sorry late

  • Siddif

    Just d/loaded the lite version if its good ill get the paid one =)

  • http://www.drobnik.com/touch/ Michael (LuckyWheel-Team)

    LuckyWheel 1.1.0 is on its way (get a preview on our Website). We would like to thank everybody who has supported LuckyWheel so far. So here I offer 40 promo codes to the very fast ones (if you don’t get one, check out LuckyWheel Lite):

    (edit from Admin: I’m going to distribute these 40 promo codes over the next few days to try and reduce the amount of frustration involved in successfully grabbing a code! Thank you very much to Michael @ Luckwheel for sharing his app with everyone!!)

    Thanks also to Michael from iPhoneAppReviews.

    Instructions from the Admin:
    “If you use one, PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT so that everyone knows which code you took!

    (You must have a U.S. iTunes account to use promo codes)”

    Best regards
    Michael from the LuckyWheel Team