With the game now on the production line, Stern have sent out their press release about Wheel Of Fortune. The emphasis is on bar locations which apparently show Wheel Of Fortune on a regular basis.

Apart from the details we have already brought you, it reveals how the host Pat Sajak and announcer Charlie O'Donnell recorded custom speech for the game, the artwork is by long-time pinball artists Kevin O'Connor and Margaret Hudson while David Thiel is responsible for the sound package.

Here is Stern's press release:


October 29, 2007- This year, Wheel of Fortune, television’s #1 syndicated series, celebrates its 25th Anniversary. Stern Pinball, Inc. honors this achievement with its newest pinball machine, WHEEL OF FORTUNE™.

The WHEEL OF FORTUNE™ pinball machine is the perfect piece for all locations, especially street locations. In many bars the game show is shown 5 nights a week. It will also win over avid Wheel of Fortune viewers, including the 4 million members of the Wheel Watchers Club. This title will be extremely popular for home sales when operators complete their use of the game.

WHEEL OF FORTUNE™ pinball features original speech by Pat Sajak, host of the Wheel of Fortune television show, as well as Charlie O’Donnell, the show’s announcer. Backglass art also features Pat Sajak and hostess Vanna White.

Dennis Nordman, Keith Johnson, and the engineering staff at Stern Pinball designed the WHEEL OF FORTUNE™ pinball machine.

The WHEEL OF FORTUNE™ pinball machine plays like the television game show. Pinball players start the game by spinning the wheel on the playfield, thus collecting points and/or prizes in their Prize Bank. Players must then hit the three bobble head contestants to collect consonants and vowels, to solve the puzzle on the dot matrix display. Once the puzzle is solved, the player collects the points and/or prizes in their Prize Bank.

The WHEEL OF FORTUNE™ pinball machine offers exciting features, including:

1. A mechanical spinning wheel on the playfield;

2. Three animated, bobble head contestants that call out puzzle letters when hit;

3. A dot matrix display in the backbox that shows the puzzle;

4. A mini dot matrix display in the playfield that directs the player during gameplay;

5. Challenging in-line drop targets; and

6. Lots of multi-ball action.

Kevin O’Connor and Margaret Hudson created the art for WHEEL OF FORTUNE™, while David Thiel did the sound.

Dennis Nordman says, “Everyone will easily comprehend the basic rules of this game, solving puzzles that appear in the dot matrix display. It’s classic ‘complete a sequence’ pinball.”

Gary Stern says, “WHEEL OF FORTUNE™ is a great game designed by great designers. Dennis last did our Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean and Keith is responsible for the rules of The Simpsons™/Pinball Party and The Lord of the Rings™.”

The WHEEL OF FORTUNE™ pinball machine will begin shipping in October 2007.

To get your WHEEL OF FORTUNE™ pinball machine, contact your nearest Stern Pinball distributor. You can also contact Jolly Backer at 1-708-786-7039 or by e-mail at [email protected], or Shelley Sax at 1-708-786-7030 or by e-mail at [email protected].

To learn more about the Wheel of Fortune television show, visit www.wheeloffortune.com. To learn more about Stern Pinball and the WHEEL OF FORTUNE™ pinball machine, visit www.sternpinball.com.

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