About The Final Countdown Slot
Ok, so maybe we’re getting a bit carried away with the hype here, but it’s hard to believe that come December 2019, The Final Countdown won’t be appearing on EVERY best of slots list for the year. There’s so much to enjoy about this game – from the reel clone / wild / multiplier combos available in the base game to the clever free spins re-trigger countdown mechanism that will be the basis for so many epic wins.
And adding the hook of a crowd-pleasing rock anthem from the 80s that everyone, deep down, loves, is the icing on the cake. It’ll never sound the same again that’s for sure.
Gameplay, Symbols and Pay Tables
The The Final Countdown slot is set against the backdrop of a futuristic cityscape, with the reels themselves surrounded by a gigantic lighting rig with a rocket set for launch to the left. The ground looks like a massive dancefloor and there are multicolored light beams stretching out to the foreground. It’s a spectacular-looking slot in every way.
On to the game set up and like Danger! High Voltage, this is a 6-reel, 4-row slot with 4,096 ways to win. That means you must land identical symbols on 3 or more adjacent rows from left to right to hit a win.
The game can be played from 20p to £20 per spin.
Low value symbols in the game are represented by the cards, 9 through to Ace. The premium symbols are represented by the four gemstones – amethysts (purple), rubies, diamonds and emeralds. The purple ones pay out the most at 25x for 6 on a payline.
Look out as well for the male and female astronaut wilds that will substitute for all others symbols bar the scatters and come with multipliers. And the scatter itself is the game logo, required to set up the bonus round.
Features and Bonuses
Fans of Danger! High Voltage will of course recognise the cloning reels feature. Up to 4 reels can clone in one spin to deliver identical symbols in the base game, between reels 2 and 5.
As the reels clone, so too do the wilds that land on them. A wild can expand from 1×1 to 2×2 (2 cloned reels), 3×3 (3 cloned reels), and 4×4 (4 cloned reels).
Now, here you get the added benefit of multipliers. So, a 2×2 wild now carries a 4x multiplier when it features in any winline. A 3×3 wild carries a 27x multiplier, and a 4×4 wild carries a 256x multiplier.
Free Spins Bonus Round
Epic wins will be all about the bonus rounds here. With 3 scatters required to trigger them, you will have a choice of two journeys:
The Countdown Free Spins
Get 8 free spins with 2×2 roaming multiplier wilds on board! Each time the reels stop spinning your roaming wild will land in a different position on the reel set.
This is the cool bit. You have a countdown meter during the round – it starts at 10 and decreases by 3 each time you land a scatter. Bring it down to ZERO and the free spins re-trigger, this time with a bigger roaming wild. So, hit the re-trigger 3 times and you’ll play with a 4×4 wild with a 256x multiplier.
Heading For Venus Free Spins
Get 15 free spins with GUARANTEED cloned reels on each spin. Additionally, you will get Velocity Wilds which land on the cloned reels at random, carrying a multiplier of between 4x and 888x.
The Slot Buzz Verdict
This is yet another blockbuster game release to add to Big Time Gaming’s superb catalogue of slots. The combination of classic features – multipliers / wilds / free spins / clones – is put together in such a way as to build up huge levels of suspense and anticipation in the bonus rounds. Of course, beware because you’ll love it and hate it in equal measure – or perhaps not equal because for every sky-high epic win there will be hundreds, thousands or more fruitless spins to contend with. So as ever, tread carefully, set your stake to an affordable level, and enjoy!