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Wheel of Fortune (Pinball)

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Wheel of Fortune

Developer: Stern Pinball
Publisher: Stern Pinball
Platform: Pinball (Stern SAM)
Released in US: 2007


CopyrightIcon.png This game has hidden developer credits.
MinigameIcon.png This game has unused modes / minigames.
MusicIcon.png This game has unused music.
SoundIcon.png This game has unused sounds.


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Wheel of Fortune is a pinball machine based on the American game show of the same name. Its software was never finished due to poor sales and programmer Keith Johnson being laid off from Stern Pinball, and as a result there are lots of unused assets and game rules.

Hmmm...
To do:
  • Unused text strings that reference non-existent rules.
  • Development-related text.
  • Unused sound effects and dialogue. There's a lot, so this will probably require a sub-page.
  • Unused dot matrix animations.

Unused Music

The game has Trip Multiball modes which are started by either solving Prize Puzzles or winning "Trip" wedges off the Wheel. Each Trip Multiball takes place in a different location with its own music and display effects. The latest 5.0 revision has four Trip Multiballs: Chicago, Nashville, Africa, and Australia. Unused music tracks reveal that eight more - Sturgis, Hawaii, Jamaica, Las Vegas, Mexico, Spain, the Pacific Northwest, and Area 51 - were planned.

Sturgis Trip Multiball
A theme centered around motorcycle riding in South Dakota.

Hawaii Trip Multiball
A surfing theme inspired by the Beach Boys.

Jamaica Trip Multiball
Some steel drum music.

Las Vegas Trip Multiball
This trip would've taken place at the Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas, Nevada, which explains the old-school pinball chimes.

Mexico Trip Multiball
For some reason, this track is cut off when accessed in Pinball Browser. David Thiel, who composed the music of this game, shared the full track here.

Spain Trip Multiball
A trip centered around the running of the bulls event in Pamplona, Spain.

Pacific Northwest Trip Multiball
A "find Bigfoot" mode that doubles as a reference to White Water, another Dennis Nordman-designed pinball that also features Bigfoot.

Area 51 Trip Multiball
Pat Sajak sends you off to find some aliens, because why not?

(Source: The Lost Music from Wheel of Fortune Pinball!)

Developer Credits

Present at 0x5D170 in wof0500a.bin. Line breaks have been added in order to better distinguish each set of credits; they are not present in the raw text.

GAME CODE & DESIGN
KEITH P. JOHNSON

PLAYFIELD & DESIGN 
DENNIS NORDMAN

MUSIC & SOUND
DAVID THIEL

DOT CODE
LONNIE ROPP

DOT ART
MARK GALVEZ

CODE SUPPORT
LYMAN SHEATS

MECHANICS
JOHN ROTHARMEL
OLEG KOREPANOV
MICHAEL KOCH
ROB BLAKEMAN
RAY TANZER

ART
KEVIN O'CONNOR
MARGARET HUDSON

DEVELOPMENT HELP
MARC SCHOENBERG
J ALFER
SHERIDAN OURSLER
PHILLIS
JOE BLACKWELL
PAT POWERS
CHAS SIDDIQI

SPECIAL THANKS
PAT SAJAK
CHARLIE O'DONNEL
VANNA WHITE
KEITH HARGROVE
LISA DEE
HARRY FRIEDMAN

BEST WIFE ON PLANET EARTH
CHRISTINE JOHNSON