Yes, you’ve found the Gremlins movie’s official 1984 advertising niche. There was sequel and a few spin-off products including a physical slot from partners WMS. But I believe this is their debut appearance in a slot machine. In this case, why now? Maybe, maybe not, but Red7 is to thank for this time around’s reel appearance of Gizmo and the gang. The emotional pitfalls of these branded slots are genuine. If you enjoyed the first one, you’ll want the sequels to live up to your expectations. They create a lovely moment when they do. It’s heartbreaking when they fall short of expectations because it’s so obvious. Exactly what are Gremlins?
The game starts out well. The music was taken from the original soundtrack for the film and somewhat reworked for this release. In Billy’s room, you’ll find a 5×3 grid of reels and rows. His water-spelling location for cloning Gizmo. Not to mention the evil Gremlins that would be born by feeding them past midnight. Make sure to play on landscape mode to get the full experience. The atmosphere is perfect, very 1980s throwback chic. To keep the party going, players can place wagers ranging from 20 percent to one hundred dollars or euros every spin.
There’s a lot of data in the paytable, so let’s begin with the icons. Some mediocre-looking J–A royals, popcorn, and a shake make up the poor pay. The game’s logo, a microwave, and 3D glasses are the top prizes. In terms of payout for a full house, the Logo is worth 25 times the initial wager. Five Gremlin symbols will earn you 50 times your wager and can substitute for any other symbol except the scatter. The theoretical return to player (RTP) is 96.47%, and the game appears to have considerable volatility in practice (albeit this has not been verified). There are often long stretches without progress on Gremlins, and your wins may be little and infrequent. However, if you’re patient, you may also unlock a fair amount of bonus games.
Features of the Gremlins Slot Machine (Red7) Online
The Gizmo Bonus Symbol is the key to the features, and it appears on reels 1, 3, and 5; you’ll need three of them to activate the Bonus Selector. The setting changes to a cinema where a group of naughty gremlins are causing mayhem. In order to determine which bonus game to play next, the screen will cycle through all of the available options before stopping at random. Five additional games are available:
The eight free games in the Splashing Wild Free Spins include any wilds that appear diving into the pool to stack the reel. Free spins can be retriggered by landing 3 more Bonus Symbols.
There are three lives at the beginning of the Gremlin Link free spins bonus. A life is lost whenever a spin ends without revealing a Stripe icon. Stripe’s arrival restores a default of three lives. During this feature, a new reel appears, on which x2, x3, or x5 Gizmo multiplier symbols appear. The feature ends when lives go to zero.
The number of free games you can play during the Avoid the Sun bonus is unlimited. Persistent Wilds kick in after the initial 8 free spins have been played. When one of these wilds appears, it cannot be removed from the reels until the feature ends. The sun emblem, a new one, enters the picture. The bonus round concludes when 11 sun symbols appear.
Picking game has 4 levels and 9 boxes per level; the game is called Gizmo Box Hunt. Each player takes a turn opening a box to either gain cash, advance a level, or collect a reward. For better rewards, players can “Level Up” to the next level. Selecting “Collect” will shut down the function.
Gizmo follows a trail of multipliers to a turkey dinner in No More Cash After Midnight. The players take turns spinning a wheel marked with 1-12. To advance the appropriate number of squares, simply land a number. When that number reaches 11, the game continues; when it reaches 12, the round concludes and the total bet is multiplied by Gizmo’s current setting. Multipliers reach as high as x100.
Water can fall on a wild during the main game, turning it into a multiple, much like in the movie. The Stripe Wilds bonus feature randomly adds numerous wild symbols to the reels. When one or two Bonus Symbols appear, their total value is multiplied (Freebie Bonus feature). Finally, Bonus Symbols can substitute for wilds at random (using the Bonus Entry function).
Gremlins will be broken down in two distinct ways. Both are slots, but one is more of a throwback experience than the other. On the first count, Gremlins succeeds admirably. The background, the characters, and especially the music, are all instantly recognizable. It’s great fun to take this nostalgic journey. Now we’ll move on to the second issue. Without any preconceived notions or expectations, Gremlins fails to live up to the hype. After the initial load and some warm-up spins, a pleasant surge of emotion sets in. But it gets old very fast. Getting a line of five seems like a huge victory because so little happens in the main game. It also appears like Red7 has taken a look at Blueprint Gaming’s branded slot collection for inspiration. Unfortunately, it makes it seem like a rip-off to those of us who are already familiar with those games.
Although it may take a long time for the Gizmo symbols to appear, the bonus games are enjoyable once they do. Particularly the free spin rounds where best returns can be gained. Unlocking them is difficult once again. During our playtests, No More Cash After Midnight was by far the most popular bonus game. However, there is nothing to lose as the most you can win is 100 times your initial wager. Red7 has set the ceiling for cumulative victories in a single game at $250,000. Rather than being a goal in and of itself, this appears to be a technological difficulty. It’s unlikely that you’ll get a payout of 1,000 times your bet for a full grid of wilds.
So is Gremlins a case of leaning too heavily on branding to do most of the work? Perhaps. But there are fun occasions when your patience and good fortune both pay off at the same time. While testing, we felt more boredom and aggravation than excitement. Perhaps we had too high of hopes. Overall, Gremlins is satisfactory, if a little underwhelming. If you’re a fan of the source material, it’s hard to resist playing the slot machine just one more time.