The Final Countdown (Europe)

Creator: Big Time Gaming

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Title: The Final Countdown (Europe)

Reels: 6

Rows: 4

Paylines: 4,096

RTP: 96.65%

Hit Freq: N/A

Free Spins Freq: N/A

Max Win: 36,000x

Volatility: High

Min/Max Bet: 0.20/20

Score: 7/10

Overview

If you’re of a certain generation, hearing the words “The Final Countdown” is enough to get a certain song stuck in your head for the rest of the day. If not, you’re about to be introduced to a classic that really shouldn’t have passed you by!

Created by Big Time Gaming (BTG), The Final Countdown is based on the song of the same name, released by the band Europe back in 1986. It adopts a space-themed aesthetic, and the game opens on a launchpad as you prepare to blast off.

BTG hasn’t produced as many music-themed slots as some other developers (most notably Play’n Go), but these are the guys responsible for the Megaways mechanic, so something big could be on the cards.

The Final Countdown Game Features

The Final Countdown has 4,096 win ways spread across its 6 x 4 grid. You need at least 3 matching symbols to trigger a win in most cases, but the highest-paying symbol, the Purple Gem, only requires 2. The Red, Blue, and Green Gems are the other three high-paying symbols, and these are followed by classic playing card icons.

Each spin has a chance to trigger the Reel Clone feature, whereby between 2 and 4 reels synchronize and produce exactly the same symbols. It increases the chances of large combinations, and it can even clone Scatter symbols (more on those below).

The Clone Wilds add another unique element to this slot. These Wild symbols substitute for all of the main game symbols and they can also expand horizontally and vertically. The Wilds provide multipliers that depend on how many reels have been cloned. If 4 reels are cloned, for instance, the Wilds come with a monster multiplier of 256x.

Now to the Scatter. It is represented by the FC Logo and can appear on all reels. Three or more of these are needed to activate the feature. They will also award an instant payout of between 6x and 100x.

Once the Scatters appear, you’ll be given the choice between two different features: The Countdown and Heading for Venus.

In The Countdown, you get 8 spins while a countdown goes from 10 to 0. If it gets all of the way to the bottom before the spins end, the feature retriggers. Roaming Wilds are active on reels 2 to 5 and provide substantial rewards.

Heading for Venus (a nod to one of the song’s lyrics) awards 15 spins with a Reel Clone on every spin and a Velocity Wild that can go from 4x to 888x.

If you want to change the settings (toggle the sound, activate loss limits) click on the menu icon, represented by three horizontal lines.

Verdict: Generous Max Win and Clever Design

If you’re expecting a slot that plays its titular song on repeat and includes other classic tracks from the 1980s, you might be a little disappointed with this one. Still, there are plenty of references to the song in question (including the odd lyric and occasional synth sounds) and the slot includes some big features, a massive grid, and a maximum win capped at a generous 36,000x.

When it comes to big-reel slots, you can’t get much better than Big Time Gaming, and the Aussie-based developer has excelled again with this one.

 

If you like The Final Countdown, you may be interested in the official Holy Diver slot , inspired by Dio.

Pros

  • Original music
  • Two free spins features
  • Expanding Wilds
  • Conceptual game

Cons

  • Only €/$20 max bet

FAQ

During the main feature, the multiplier can go up to 888x.

It means that wins are bigger on average, but appear less frequently.

The game has a max win fixed at 36,000x, which equates to a €36,000 payout from a €1 wager.

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The Final Countdown (Europe)

Score: 7/10

Creator: Big Time Gaming

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