Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway slot captures the spirit of the TV show
Saturday night TV in the UK has always been a time for light entertainment. Over the years we have had shows such as the Generation Game, Noel's House Party, The Price is Right and similar which have provided laughter and prizes aplenty for the UK public to enjoy.
The latest iteration of the Saturday evening family show is Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, featuring the two likeable Geordies as the presenters. Their cheerful mix of crazy stunts and fantastic prize giveaways, including the massively popular Win the Ads game, has made their show a firm favourite for many at the weekend.
As a result, Microgaming were given the responsibility to come up with a slot that represented the best features of the show. We checked out the result of their efforts below and we have to say that overall, it is pretty impressive.
- Game: Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway
- Developer: Microgaming
- Reels: 5
- Pay Lines: 40 (non-selectable)
- Minimum Bet: 0.40
- Maximum Bet: 60.00
- Jackpot: 1,050,000
- Free Spins Bonus: Yes
- Other Bonuses: Yes
- Progressive: No
- Volatility: Medium
As you would expect for a slot that is tied in with a very popular television show, the presentation values on the Ant and Dec Saturday Night Takeaway slot are very high indeed. The theme tune from the show plays as you spin the reels and the slot has been styled so that is very reminiscent of the show itself, with the same colour scheme, fonts, themed bonus features and of course, Ant and Dec very prevalent.
Overall, the presentation of the slot has been very nicely done. It is slick, beautifully animated and perhaps most importantly, doesn't grate on the nerves of the player when they are playing the game. All in all, Microgaming have done a superb job of porting over the look and feel of the TV show into the slot format.
What is on the reels?
Part of the appeal of Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway is a segment called Win the Ads, which is also the main bonus feature of the slot, but also provides inspiration for the different symbols on the reels.
In the TV show, this is a section of the show where one of the studio audience is invited down on stage to participate in a game where they can win a selection of prizes which are based on the advertisements shown in the break of the TV show. This can range from really low end prizes, such as tins of beans or dog food, to high end luxury items such as motor cars, holidays and more.
The symbols on the reels are designed to represent this and they include popcorn, dog food, toothbrushes, toilet paper as the lower value items, while luxury items such as bundles of money, holiday scenes and cars are the higher value items. There are also stacked symbols for Ant, Dec and Ant and Dec together, which appear two-high across the reels.
The Wild symbol in the game is the Ant and Dec Saturday Night Takeaway logo and this can be used in two ways. Firstly, if you land up to five across the reels then you will win a cash prize of up to 600 coins.
Secondly the Wild can be used to substitute for any of the standard symbols in the game (just not the Scatter). This can lead to some big value wins, especially if you can land the Wild across multiple reels. The good news is that the Wild is also a stacked symbol in the game and is two-symbols high on the reels.
Free Spins features
There are a number of different bonus features and Free Spins games in the Ant and Dec Saturday Night Takeaway Slot and all these features are accessed in the same way, by landing three or more of the number grid Scatter symbols across the reels. Land four and you also trigger a cash prize of 10x your stake and land five and that cash bonus increases to 100x your stake. Either way, land three or more Scatters and you trigger the Win the Ads bonus game.
Your first port of call for this bonus is what looks like a board game, which you play by moving around the board. Land on the Super Computer Booster increases either half or all of the cash prizes shown on the board and adds an additional two Win the Ads bonus spaces to the board.
In addition to cash prizes, you can also trigger one of four bonus features by landing on the spaces on the board. These are.
Ant v Dec Free Spins, in this bonus you receive 10 free spins and wins pay left to right and right to left. Ant's symbol is stacked on the first two reels, Dec's on the last two reels while the Ant and Dec symbol is on the third reel. This middle reel symbol is also stacked and can act as a Wild for either the stacked Ant or Dec symbols in the Free Spins round. You can also re-trigger this bonus round once, giving you an additional 10 Free Spins.
The second Free Spins bonus is the Get Me Out of Ear Free Spins feature and you once again receive 10 Free Spins in this game. For this bonus, the Rolling Reels feature is active and can allow you to land multiple wins from a single spin as winning symbols disappear to be replaced by new symbols from above. In addition, the Wild symbols are stacked and on every Free Spin the size of the stacks on each reel grow by one up to a maximum of 13 Wild symbols high.
The other two bonuses are not Free Spins-based but can also lead to some sizeable wins. The End of the Show Bonus, is a selection game where you match up the correct Ant and Dec's to win cash prizes and multiplier bonuses. The other bonus game is the Best Bits Bonus which sees you select one of the best bits clips to win cash prizes. You can keep selecting clips until you select the X in which case the feature concludes.
Best feature of the Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway slot
There is so much to like with the Ant and Dec Saturday Night Takeaway slot, from its slick presentation, its wide selection of bonus features and the way that Microgaming have captured the essence of the TV show in the slot game. The best feature is the Win the Ads bonus and the fact that there are so many possible bonuses you can access from this single feature, including two Free Spins games. Add to this the fact that it is possible to win some very large amounts of money on this medium variance slot and you have everything you need to enjoy some classic slot gaming.
Where to play Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway slot?
Microgaming have packed a huge amount into the Ant and Dec Saturday Night Takeaway slot and it is certainly a game that players will keep coming back to. The fact it is familiar to so many will make it popular, but it is the sheer number of bonus features, allied to a sizeable top jackpot prize, that will likely turn the heads of more slot players.
This is a well-presented, clever slot with lots of great themed games and no real weak points. Give it a try, you will enjoy it.
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