Wheel of Fortune 1990
The Wheel of Fortune 1990 game was a strategy game. It was developed by GameTek, Inc., a parent company of the popular game show Jeopardy!, and it was first aired in September 1990. The game’s questions were generally easy to answer and fall into one of a few categories.
The game’s rules state that ties carry over to the next show or game, but Rolf Benirschke was not familiar with this rulebook and made many bad jokes during the show. Ultimately, he was replaced by Patrick Wayne. As a result, he ended up losing his second million-dollar game.
In 1990, Wheel of Fortune was at its peak, giving away millions of dollars in cash and prizes. It was a huge hit, especially at night. Meanwhile, Jeopardy had just debuted and Griffin was preparing Monopoly for syndication. And despite the problems of the time, the show was a hit.
Rolf was a former place kicker for the San Diego Chargers and was regarded as one of the best place kickers in the NFL. He was a funny and likeable guy, but he was also battling Ulcerative Colitis, which could have cost him his life.
The Wheel’s prize value changes from tan to red as the game progresses. If a contestant fails to win in Round two or three, the prize remains in the red. If they fail to claim the prize in Round four, they still win a $10,000 piano. The bonus round, however, has two sets of repeated categories.
The Wheel has special tokens that you can collect. When you win in the first three rounds, you can choose to win a trip or $1,000 credit to the sponsoring company. If you win, you also get a Wild Card that allows you to call a second time after the first letter you selected.
The game also features a puzzling round where players can solve a puzzle or buy a vowel. The player who wins the most money becomes the champion and gets to play the bonus puzzle. For the bonus puzzle, the player who wins the most money must correctly guess five consonants and one vowel.