Hasta La Vista Baby, again! The Terminator 2 slot review
The original Terminator film was a surprise smash hit for star Arnold Schwarzenegger and director James Cameron, so much so the clamour for a second film was huge. With one of the biggest budgets ever seen for a movie, James Cameron delivered another classic in the seminal Terminator 2.
The film tells the story of a second Terminator sent back through time, this time not to kill Sarah Connor, but her son John. Once again, the resistance managed to send back a protector for John, in the form of the T-800, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Despite its huge budget, the film was a huge success and especially praised for its amazing special effects, which still stand the test of time today. Slot fans though had to wait a great deal of time before the Terminator 2 slot hit shelves as it was released many years later by Microgaming.
So does the Microgaming slot live up to the lofty expectations and excitement levels generated by the film? Does it have enough content to ensure I'll be back playing in no time at all? Let's take a closer look at how the Terminator 2 slot turned out.
- Game: Terminator 2
- Developer: Microgaming
- Reels: 5
- Pay Lines: 243 Ways to Win
- Minimum Bet: 0.30
- Maximum Bet: 30.00
- Jackpot: 1,500
- Free Spins Bonus: Yes, 1024 Ways to Win
- Other Bonuses: Yes
- Progressive: No
The Terminator 2 film was one of the most spectacular films ever produced in terms of spectacle and special effects and it is great to say that the Terminator 2 slot takes its cue from the film and is equally spectacular. The famous Terminator soundtrack plays as you spin the reels and the mechanised theme continues with the animations and special effects on the reels. Add to this symbols taken directly from the movie itself on the reels, not to mention some cracking sequences from the film triggering when you hit a win and you have a slot that is without doubt one of the best looking and sounding you will ever play.
Add to this the special effects that trigger when you land one of the bonus features in the slot and you have here a slot which is right at the top when it comes to how modern games should look and sound. This is spectacular stuff from Microgaming and they should rightly be lauded for it.
What is on the reels?
On the reels, the lower value symbols are the four playing card symbols, club, diamond, spade and heart and these all offer the lowest winning amounts in the game when landed across the reels.
However the real Terminator 2 excitement comes from the other higher value symbols. These are all characters taken direct from the movie and they include Sarah Connor, John Connor, the T-800 exo-skeleton, the T-800 as played by Arnold Schwarzenegger and the main villain of the film, the mimetic poly-alloy T-1000, played by Robert Patrick. These all offer better value wins, especially if you can land five across the reels in any order.
What is a nice touch is that when you land a win using the higher value symbols, it plays through a little snippet of action and/or dialogue from the film and that, combined with the ever-present soundtrack and special effects, does help draw you into the game a great deal.
In addition to these symbols, there is also a T2 symbol which is the in game Wild and there is also a Scatter symbol, both of which unlock the key features of the game.
The T2 Wild is a simple Wild that can appear on any of the reels in any position and substitutes for any of the higher or lower value symbols, but not the Scatter. Land several of these across the reels and you can trigger multiple sizeable wins and if you land five Wilds across all five reels then you will win the base game jackpot prize of 1,500 coins.
Although not a Wild feature as such, when playing the base game you can trigger the T-800 Vision bonus game at random on any non-winning spin. When triggered, you will see the reels as the T-800 does using his robotic vision and on the non-winning spin, you will receive a cash prize for every high value character symbol landed on the reels. Furthermore, during the T-800 Vision bonus, you can also trigger the Free Spins bonus more easily by landing just one Scatter symbol.
Free Spins features
While you can land the Free Spins bonus more easily in the T-800 Vision bonus game, you can also land it by hitting three of the Scatter symbols on the reels during the base game. You can win up to 3,000 coins by landing five Scatters across the reels, but three or above will be sufficient to trigger the Free Spins bonus game.
When Free Spins are triggered, you will notice the robotic nature of the slot as the reels expand to include another symbol on each reel and this also increases the number of winning lines from 243 up to 1024. Once the reels are expanded and the 1024-ways to win is confirmed, your 10 Free Spins will start.
However, as an additional bonus, in this round the T-1000 will use its mimetic qualities to act as a form of Wild. When landed on the reels, it will transform into one of the other characters in the game to increase the potential win of that Free Spin. Land several of these symbols, along with high paying character symbols on a spin, and you can trigger some massive multiple line wins.
The one disappointing aspect of this feature is that you cannot trigger additional Free Spins from within the bonus round.
Best feature of the Terminator 2 slot
There is so much to love about the Terminator 2 slot. The presentation is among the very best I have ever seen on any slot game and I cannot think of a game off the top of my head that I would view as looking or sounding better than Terminator 2. I also feel the actual slot game itself is great fun, with the T-800 Vision and Free Spins bonuses neatly working together to ensure that you are rewarded enough when they are triggered. The base game can take a while to play through, but wins are relatively frequent on this medium variance slot.
Quite simply, the Terminator 2 slot is one of Microgaming's very best games and I have absolutely no doubt that it will be a firm favourite with slot fans for many years to come. It may not have the biggest jackpots available on a single line, but those multiple line wins can add up to some huge wins, especially during Free Spins. Add to that a real cinematic feel to the slot and you have a game you will keep coming back to play time and time again.
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