The world has been in a love affair with wheel-based gaming for longer than we care to imagine. In 1975, the television gameshow landscape changed forever with the arrival of Wheel of Fortune. It was a show that would last a staggering 40 seasons, underlining the enduring appeal of wheel-based games on both sides of the Atlantic.
It’s the sense of randomness that seems to enchant lovers of wheel-based games. With little strategy involved, the wheel itself determines the fate of its players. Wheel-based gaming therefore has genuine pick-up-and-play appeal, attracting casual gamers by the bucketload.
This is one of the primary reasons that wheel-based games have been so comprehensively embraced by game designers and developers within the fast-growing iGaming industry. An example being Paddy Power as one of the household names in the UK’s licensed iGaming scene. A quick browse of the casino online at Paddy’s shows at least two wheel-based games within the ‘Paddy’s Favourites’ section of the homepage. Even its daily promotion for selected customers is titled ‘Paddy’s Wonder Wheel’. All of which further demonstrates the popularity of wheel-based games and offers.
Wheel-based games have also become a staple in the live dealer casino subsector. Live casino games are hosted in purpose-built studios, managed by trained dealers and game show hosts, and broadcast to players’ screens in real-time HD-quality streams.
For those new to the live dealer casino wheel games phenomenon, we’ll shine a spotlight on some of the latest innovations to hit the screens of iGamers in regulated markets.
Quantum Roulette is one of the most successful examples of the live casino niche, fusing the old with the new. Roulette is one of the most popular classic table games in both online and land-based casinos, so to mess with the game mechanics may have caused consternation among roulette purists.
Nevertheless, the minor tweaks to this live dealer version have had the desired effect. Before each spin, the Quantum Roulette wheel randomly applies bigger win multipliers to anything between one and five numbers on the wheel.
Within this article, we’ve already touched on the commercial success of the Wheel of Fortune franchise. Dream Catcher builds on the game mechanics of Wheel of Fortune in this wheel-based live casino game show.
Almost unrivalled in its simplicity, Dream Catcher requires players to bet on which numbered segment the wheel will land on next. The segments featuring more regularly on the wheel carry the lowest multipliers, while those featuring infrequently have the highest multipliers attached.
The board game of Monopoly has been a household favourite worldwide for generations. Its commercial success has been almost unprecedented in its category. The game has also transcended seamlessly into the live casino scene, thanks to the emergence of the augmented reality-inspired Monopoly Live game.
Like Dream Catcher, players bet on segments that the game wheel will land on. If it lands on the ‘2 Rolls’ or ‘4 Rolls’ segments, players are transported to a virtual bonus game, as they roll their way around a virtual Monopoly board, accruing prizes along the way.
Given the proliferation of state-of-the-art wheel-based games in the world of iGaming, it’s clear that the allure of the wheel is as strong as ever.