Wheel Of Fortune
ShareData Inc. (1987)
Retroist recently shared this photo of the old Wheel Of Fortune game running on a Tandy 1000 at the Living Computers museum in Seattle. Seeing it brought back a pleasant memory of my maternal grandmother.
When I was six years old, Mom Mom had a Tandy in her home office with three games on floppy disk: Shanghai, Police Quest and Wheel of Fortune. We played all three of them frequently when I went over to their house, but Wheel of Fortune was the one that we played the most. There are two things that I remember best about this game.
- Vanna White took forever to cross the stage and reveal the letters (check out this video of the game in action).
- When you solved the puzzle, the bottom of the screen would read "Applause!! Applause!!" The first time I saw this at six years old, I read it out loud as "Applesauce!! Applesauce!!" Through her chuckles, Mom Mom corrected me, and I still remember it 33 years later. Who says video games can't be educational?