The heart of the Endemol slots collection are their game show-based machines. In general, these machines offer relatively standard basic features: they tend to be five-reel, multiple payline slots with some number of special features added on. It’s these bonus rounds that really set these games apart, as they tend to fully bring out the flavour of the programmes they are based on. Let’s take a look at a few of these titles:
The Million Pound Drop: This game – like others, if we don’t state differently – is a five-reel slot with 20 win lines and three symbol positions on each reel, which can be considered this provider’s standard setup. There are two special bonus rounds that are related to the show. The first is the Drop Bonus, in which you’ll play through a simulation of the game show, in which your cash must be placed on various trap doors in the hopes that you’ll keep at least some of your earnings. Each time you keep at least something, you’ll move on to an additional round, with the potential there to win up to eight rounds. A second Security Passes feature allows you the chance to take some free spins with a multiplier, with the number of spins and the increase in your winnings determined through a pick ‘em round.
Big Brother: The favourite reality television show of voyeurs everywhere, Big Brother has become incredibly popular in a number of nations around the world, as audiences can’t seem to get enough of watching contestants get sick and tired of each other series after series. The Housemates’ Tasks feature sees you picking three envelopes from a total of nine, each of which instantly reveals a prize that is added to your balance. There’s also a free spins round; much like in The Million Pound Drop, you’ll first pick some hidden elements (this time, rooms in the Big Brother house) to reveal how many spins you’ll get and what your multiplier will be.
Catch Phrase: This classic television game has been translated into a slot machine that attempts to capture the magic of the original show. Hit three Mr. Chips symbols, and you’ll enter the Catch Phrase round in which you’ll win prizes as contestants correctly solve puzzles, while a pyramid style game allows you to earn larger and larger rewards as you move up towards the top. Finally, there’s once again a free spins round with – you guessed it! – a pick ‘em round beforehand to determine just how lucrative this feature will be.
But it’s important to note that Endemol doesn’t just build slots based on their own television properties. They also have the rights to a number of other brands that they have turned into machines, and depending on your interests, these games might appeal to you even more than the ones we’ve mentioned above.
For instance, fans of classic wrestling will be drawn to Hulkamania, a machine that counts on nostalgia for the career of one Hulk Hogan to draw in fans – but one that also delivers with some awesome bonus rounds, including one in which you’ll have to guide Hogan through a full wrestling match in order to try to score a big prize. MMA aficionados might want to try the UFC slot, in which you’ll train and fight with a number of the world’s best mixed martial artists. And for football supporters, what better way to show your passion for the Three Lions than with Come on England!, the official slot machine of English football.