Based on the bonus features and spectacular jackpot offered my initial review of Microgaming’s Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway video slot was a good one. But, when I played the game I fell flat on my face and…the piano fell on me.
It’s just one of those online slots that look good but when you play it’s a completely different story. I think there’s a toilet role in there somewhere too, maybe Microgaming is trying to tell us something about the game.
Just to refresh your mind it’s based on the well-known UK television series of the same name hosted by Ant & Dec who also happen to be the show’s creators. From what I understand Microgaming really went all out with it. The game contains 40 paylines, 5 reels, a host of bonus features and it offers a top cash prize of 1,050,000 coins.
Symbols that appear on your screen are Ant & Dec (‘Absolute Wanker‘), wads of cash, a toilet role, toothbrush with toothpaste, red sports car, bowl of dog food, popcorn, wilds and 2 free spins modes. The RTP (return to player percentage) of the slots is 96.4% and the minimum bet per spin is 40 pence. The symbol that offers the top win is the Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night’s logo, 5 of them pays 600 coins when they pitch with stacked wilds during the base game and free spins.
”I am glad to say that the turnover on the slot has surpassed expectations and while there appear to be some niggles we are pleased with the performance.”
Can’t help but notice that there’s a competition going on between the UK and U.S to see which country produces the biggest television show. Strictly speaking most of them are trite any way. Without further ado let’s get on with it. In this piece we’re going to give you some tips and strategy that will hopefully increase your odds when you play the game. I played the game with a bankroll of £120 at an average bet of 40 pence per spin which gave me a reasonable amount of spins (300) to trigger a bonus mode.
Once I started spinning the reels I got this eerie feeling playing it is akin to sitting in a dentist’s chair. Even at the lowest stake per spin (£.040) I experienced loads of dry spins. After 230 odd spins I finally triggered a bonus feature when 3 scatters (the card with numbers 1 to 15) popped up on the reels. The bonus game titled Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway opened up showcasing multipliers from 4x up to 24x.
I pressed the red button on the machine, the reels started spinning showcasing various multipliers which stopped on ‘2x Half’ (the size of Ant & Dec most probably). The screen was filled with numbers from 1 to 15 I picked the number ’13’ (what the heck), I won a £1.60 or a win of 4x my stake. I returned to the base game, end of the bonus feature-all I can say is what a shoddy feature! At this stage I was about to quit since I made 200 spins (£80 gone) and only hit one lousy bonus feature. Seriously this has got to rank as one of the worst Microgaming slots I’ve ever played!
”The pays are terrible and a game I will never play again because its so bad.” Nicola
After another 50 odd spins I hit the same bonus feature I’ve hit before maybe this time round I’ll top the £1.60 I’ve won previously. I pressed the red button again, the reels spun on the machine again and landed on ‘3x Full’ which means 3x pays. Once again 15 numbers popped up onto my screen I picked the number ‘2’ this time round and won 18x my stake or £7.20. Hard as I tried I simply could not trigger the other 4 bonus features.
At this stage I pretty much had enough of the slots but decided to press on. That said, Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway has got the same format as Tarzan slots (https://casinowhizz.com/slots/tarzan-slot-review-bonus/) but to me Tarzan is slightly better. I managed to trigger ‘The End Of The Show’ bonus which I thought pretty ironic cause I was on the verge of kicking the game to the curb. The game also stalled a lot which infuriated me even more.
Only play the slots if the casino entices you with a decent free spins promotion where comps and cash back on your losses can be earned. One operator that offers just this is Wild Slots Casino. New players get a bonus package 150% up to £500 with a low roll over requirement attached to the bonus.
In summary. Even at the lowest bet it took me around 220 odd spins to trigger a bonus feature which offered lousy payouts. This has got to be the worst Microgaming slots I’ve ever played.
This slots is not even fun in a dumb kinda way even though the visuals shine the audio sucks. It’s sad that Microgaming spend a chunk of cash on the wrapping but very little on the gift inside. Will I play it again? Not in a million years because I lost and the bonus features are extremely hard to come by.
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