Wheel Of Fortune (lost unreleased DVD game based on gameshow; 2006-2008)
Wheel of Fortune is an American game show that was created by talk show host and media mogul Merv Griffin and is based on the word game hangman. It premiered on NBC on January 6, 1975 and was hosted by singer Chuck Woolery and model Susan Stafford, it was a success upon it's debut and a syndicated version followed in 1983 hosted by Woolery and Stafford's replacements, weatherman Pat Sajak and actress Vanna White who still host the show to this day. The show has three contestants solving puzzles while earning cash and prizes by spinning a roulette-like wheel. Due to the show's massive success and like many game shows before and after, video games were commissioned. GameTek handled the console and arcade releases of the game from 1987 to 1997, then releases by Hasbro Interactive, Infogrames and Atari, Encore, Sony Online, THQ and Ubisoft would follow after 1998. However, there was at one point a DVD Game for the show that was supposed to be released.
The company MGA Entertainment (who were mostly known for their Bratz and LOL Surprise toy lines) acquired the rights to make DVD games for Wheel Of Fortune and Jeopardy!. A few months prior, the company released The $100,000 Pyramid DVD Game. The game was panned by fans of the show for it's poor execution, but praised for it's graphics and gameplay. In Spring 2007, the Jeopardy! DVD game was released to mixed reviews. Unlike other DVD games based on game shows where there is a disc and marker and paper scoreboard, the game had one DVD and three custom remotes (to look like the buzzers used on the show) and 20 episodes to play. Wheel Of Fortune was set to be released in early 2008 as a follow-up to Jeopardy! and the graphics were completed by late 2007. But for unknown reasons, the game was never released. According to MGA Entertainment, the game was cancelled due to "numerous converging factors".
Some graphics for the game were used in a demo reel for director Lawrence Everson. It's unknown if the game will ever surface or if it was ever completed.
- Wheel of Fortune (partially lost episodes and cut material of game show; 1975-present)
- Wheel of Fortune "Matthew Fenwick" episode (found episode of game show; 1998)
- Wheel 2000 (partially lost children's game show; 1997-1998)
- Wheel Of Fortune (partially lost test pilots of Merv Griffin game show; 1970s)
- An announcement for a Wheel of Fortune DVD Game licensing agreement. Retrieved 30 June '21
- Amazon listing for The $100,000 Pyramid DVD Game. Retrieved 30 June '21
- The $100,000 Pyramid DVD Game website. Retrieved 30 June '21
- Review of The $100,000 Pyramid DVD Game by Game Show GARBAGE. Retrieved 30 June '21