Tue, Jun 11, 5:40am by Noah Taylor
Last Updated Tue, Oct 8, 12:19am
Deal or No Deal has been adapted to a number of different nationalities, under one name or another. As most Aussies know, the Australian version of the game is called Deal Or Not Deal. We try to list the alternate name for other countries below, when possible.
Following is a list of some of those countries: Australia, New Zealand, The United Kingdom, The United States, Belgium, Chile, Denmark, Egypt, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Lebanon, “The Arab World”, Persia, Malta, Norway, South Africa, Albania (as “Kutia”), Indonesia, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Malaysia, Nigeria, Canada, Singapore, Argentina and Peru (as “Trato Hecho”), and Serbia (as “Uzmi ili ostavi”). The game was originally called Miljoenenjacht in its native Holland. The game’s name is the same in Belgium.
In Australia, the game airs on Seven Network. The game was created by Endemol and is presented by Andrew O’Keefe. Walter P. Smyte is the banker, while The Dealettes look lovely opening the briefcases. Marcus Irvine narrated from 2003 to 2011, while John Deeks has narrated from 2012 to the present. The 5-reel, 20 payline machine offers a bonus round, free spins, and an autoplay feature.
The Microgaming poker machine named Wheel of Wealth draws its inspiration from the Wheel of Fortune game show. Like Deal or No Deal, Wheel of Fortune has been copied in many different counties–fifty times, if you count Canada’s English and French language shows as two separate programs. These include Australia, New Zealand, the UK, and the Philippines.
The Australian version also is broadcast on Seven Network, and it had a series of hosts over its broadcasting life: Ernie Sigley (1981–1984), John Burgess (1984–1996), Tony Barber (1996), Rob Elliott (1997–2003), Steve Oemcke (2004–2005), and Larry Emdur (2006). A game on Nine Network called Million Dollar Wheel of Fortune, hosted by Tim Campbell, aired for a short time.
Of course, the Wheel of Wealth is really a knock-off of the world famous Wheel of Fortune Pokies game, which may be the most famous and successful fruit machine franchise in the history of pokies.
A big reason for that popularity is the fact Wheel of Fortune was an early innovator in the progressive jackpot category. Wheel of Wealth isn’t that ambitious. In fact, the game is a 3 reel, 1 payline fixed jackpot game with a wild symbol, autoplay feature, and 5,000 coin jackpot. One reason the game is well-liked is the multi-player feature on the game. This is a gaming option available on only 11 online pokies which Australians can play on the Internet, so it’s a rare find for gaming entertainment. Only No Worries, Isis, and Wheel of Wealth are available at Microgaming casinos.
A major reason this game is well-liked is its wheel of wealth bonus game. When a free spin icon appears on the third reel and you’ve made the 2-coin bet, you get a free spin for big bonus coins on the Wheel of Wealth. This is a feature common to all games in this line.
We mentioned how Wheel of Wealth is a favourite with punters. We should have mentioned that several games have been released in this series. Free Spirit Wheel of Wealth is another title. This game has wild horses as its theme. Free Spirit has a wild symbol and bonus round, along with a no-download instant play version. The bonus mode is the popular spinning wheel game, where you can win between 20 and 1000 coins in one spin.
Spectacular Wheel of Wealth combines two of Microgaming’s most popular 3-reel pokies. Spectacular is a pokie game about Las Vegas style showgirls. The combination of American glitz and good payouts make it a perennial top choice with punters. This poker machine weds that concept with the wheel of wealth bonus game.
The 3 reel, 1 payline poker machine has a bonus round, instant play, and 5000 coin jackpot. We also should mention a Wheel of Wealth Special Edition exists, for those who haven’t gotten their fill of the bonus game.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire originally was a UK game show developed in 1998. The game has been adapted to 26 different countries worldwide, including the Australian version hosted by Eddie McGuire. Who Wants to Be a Stallionaire is a Microgaming pokie which tips its hat to the similarly named game show. Once again, Microgaming’s poker machine is absurdist in its humour, with a horse in a business suit as the game’s mascot and main character.
The 3 reel, 1 payline pokies has a bonus feature, nudge feature, and hold button. The “hold” lets you save certain advantageous reel alignments, while the “nudge” gives you the ability to move a reel icon one spot to make a winning combination. Best of all, Who Wants to Be a Stallionaire has a 500x multiplier you can activate. Many lesser multipliers are offered, so winning is not an all-or-nothing proposition.
Trick or Treat Pokies are in no way connected to the Trick-or-Treat game show from the United Kingdom, but it’s a good game nevertheless. The 3 reel, 3 line game offers a 4,000 coin jackpot and traditional Halloween artwork. The Trick or Treat game show aired on Channel 4 from 2007 to 2008 and featured people drawing one of two cards: one with a good experience (treat) and one with a bad experience (trick).
Sometimes on the United Kingdom TV show, experiences which were supposed to be positive were quite negative (such as the episode where the lady thought she was killing a kitten), so the show had its entertainment value, if you like the edgy. As you can see, Microgaming has only a handful of game show themed pokies, but this list should provide game show lovers a list of games inspired by the TV genre.