Intro: Game Theme
Are you ready to set off into space? The last preparations have been made, and the crew is aboard the ship. All that is left is the Final Countdown! This 2019 Big Time Gaming slot takes heavy inspiration from Europe’s hit rock song with the same name. The familiar guitar riff will even play each time you spin the reels! Venture into this gorgeous game and experience the music in the way you never have before. With reels, special features and big wins waiting on Venus!
We were impressed from the moment we first launched this release. The developers waste no time in offering up something gorgeous to dazzle players with. A large rocket is visible next to the reels at all times. The outside border of the playing field has been made to look like a loading bay, with the logo visible above the reels. Stage lights on the top corners of the reels add a bit of flair to the whole thing, as does the futuristic city in the background. Our favourite is definitely the floor. Designed as a grid of light beams, slowly moving towards you to give the illusion of movement. All of these elements look wonderful alone. Put them together, and you are in for a jaw dropping visual treat!
- RTP: 96,65%
- Betting Range: £0.20 – £20.00
- Max Win: £720,000
- Similar Slots: Lil’ Devil, Wolf Gold, Divine Showdown
How it Works
You play The Final Countdown on a six-reel board with 4096 ways to win. As there are no individual paylines, you cannot turn them on or off to adjust your total bet. The only way to do that is to change your stake directly. Wins are granted if you have at least three matching symbols in adjacent positions. If all winning combinations start with the leftmost reel, then you will be able to receive a cash prize. The control panel is designed elegantly, and does not take up a lot of space. Using it, you can set up Auto Play, change your total bet and spin the reels. You can also open the options menu, where you can look at the paytable and the help section. Players can wager between £0.20 and £20 on each spin.
Icon designs are a mixture of crystal gems and playing card royals. Both share a simple but colourful look that blends in wonderfully with the rest of the slot. Sadly, no extra decorations that make them stand out exist. Unless you look hard at the gems, which have a stronger glow the more valuable they are. The purple gem is the highest paying symbol. The two human icons serve as triggers for special features, so keep a close eye for their presence!
Each spin has a chance of randomly activating the Reel Clone bonus. Up to four of the middle reels can be highlighted to take part in this special feature. All highlighted reels will synchronize; meaning all of them will display the same symbols. If a Wild lands on any of these cloned reels, it will expand in size and multiplier value. Two, three or four cloned Wilds will result in a 4x, 27x or 256x multiplier, respectively.
Collect three or more Scatters to win the free spins round. You can choose one of two bonuses to play through.
- Countdown: You get eight free spins and a roaming 2×2 multiplier Wild. The Wild moves across the reels with each spin, increasing your odds of winning. Each time a Scatter lands, it reduces the countdown. If the countdown reaches zero, the special feature is retriggered. The roaming Wild starts with a 4x multiplier. Each time the bonus activates again, it increases in size and multiplier value. After two retriggers, it reaches its maximum size: a 4×4 Wild with a 256x multiplier.
- Heading for Venus: Fifteen free spins are awarded. During this special feature, a Reel Clone occurs on every spin. A new Velocity Wild is added, which grows in size and multiplier value with each Reel Clone. Unlike the previous Wild, how much it grows is random. However, it can also reach a higher multiplier value, worth 888x. You can reactivate the bonus by collecting three or more Scatters.
It is not very often that we get to play around with a slot that looks and plays this good! You can see that Big Time Gaming put a lot of effort into this game. The variety in special features, and a chance to win a 36,000x jackpot just seal the deal for us! If you ever have the opportunity, we definitely recommend trying this fantastic release out.