iOS Carnival Fun with Prize Wheel

Price: Free
Rating:
Prize Wheel: Written iPhone App Review

 

Reviewed by Philip Chan

Have you ever played those fun “Spin-the-Wheel” games at carnivals and fairs, hoping to win a sweet prize? Imagine taking this concept to the iOS, making it into an app that is totally free, and keeping it supported through ads. Interested? If so, look into Prize Wheel, a new app from Grand Prize Network, available for free through iTunes.

Features
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Prize Wheel is centered around a spinning prize wheel game mechanic. It’s fairly self-explanatory. Just load up the app and you’ll be able to spin the wheel once every 24 hours, then enter to win on whatever prize the cursor lands on. Can’t wait for the next day and really want to enter more times? Just tap the “Unlock” button, watch a short ad or other offer and you’ll get an additional shot at winning. That’s it! Prize Wheel is really simple, no registration required, although you do need to enter your birth date and a CAPTCHA code for each entry. I was never asked for my phone number or email address, so I am really not too sure how Grand Prize Network plans to contact me if I’m a lucky winner. Supposedly, such details are supposed to be asked during the app verification wheel spin process, but I never encountered either, oddly enough. Current prizes listed are movie tickets, stuffed Angry Birds plushes, Dominos pizza, Michael Kor’s wallet clutch, Glassing sunglasses and more.

Appearance and Layout:

Prize Wheel iPhone App Review

Prize Wheels looks fairly sharp on the iOS. It’s easy to browse and figure out the wheel spinning mechanic, mostly because there really isn’t many other options in the app to get distracted by.  It’s almost too simple, as a more entertaining wheel spinning mechanic, maybe with a few minigames or other options would help entice users even more. Prize Wheel’s support website lists the terms and conditions of this contest. Apparently, each prize will be featured for a limited times (a few months or so), then the drawing will take place and new prizes will be added to the prize wheel. The website also lists the prize winners (none so far, since none of the current prizes have expired and the app was just released), and the details of each prize.

Value:

Overall, Prize Wheel is a fairly well-designed app, with an interesting concept. I’ll be watching to see how the first round of prize giveaways go, although the lack of the email address/phone number input is somewhat troubling. Time will tell if Prize Wheel becomes a stellar hit, but it’s certainly interesting enough to check out right now, with its nifty prizes an free download through iTunes.

Prize Wheel iPhone app requires iOS 4.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review. The iPhone app reviews rating:

 

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