No matter if you were a kid, a teenager or already into your adult life in the 90's, there is no way you haven't heard of the loveable gang of Friends. This was after all the TV-series everyone was watching back then and has since become an iconic show still loved by people of all ages today. In this new release from WMS, you will get to meet the whole gang yet again, a slot we are pretty sure will be loved by many different players.
The reel set is pretty standard, made up of 5 reels and 4 rows along with 40 fixed pay lines for you to place your bets on. Bets can be set from a minimum of €0.50 per spin and up to a maximum of €100, meaning this is not the perfect choice for any low-rollers out there. It is a slot with high volatility and has an RTP of 96%. Friends is also available to be played on both mobile and tablet.
This slot comes with plenty of features which includes several fixed jackpots, free spins, mystery stacks and a wheel bonus feature which gives you access to another four bonus features. In other words, there is always something going on in this slot.
Design and Symbols
With so many branded slots already available, it was simply a matter of time before Friends also was brought to life through a slot. While you are spinning the reels, you will, of course, be hearing the famous theme song “I'll be there for you” and the background of the reel set is the New York skyline, which couldn't be more fitting. On top of the reel set, you will also see a sort of TV-screen where there will be short clips from the series showing while also serving as the spot the bonus wheel will show up.
Symbols on the reels include several things that Friends fans will immediately recognize from the series. They include a cup from Central Perk, the Central Perk logo, Pheobe's guitar, Joey's birds, Monica and Chandler on the phone, the turkey from Monica's head, Ross and Rachel kissing, all three men, all three women and of course all the six Friends cast together. The symbol mentioned last will reward you with 0.8x your total stake for 5 of a kind.
As well as the standard symbols of the game, you will see special symbols too. The wild symbol of the game which is represented by all cast members will be able to replace all of the symbols except for the Jackpot Wild and Wheel Bonus symbols. Five of a kind will reward you with 10x your stake.
As previously mentioned, this slot has quite some features to keep the action going throughout the game. With a Mystery Stacks feature, an interactive Wheel Bonus feature and wild symbols there are plenty of things happening.
As well as the standard wild symbol, there is also a Jackpot Wild in the game. When getting 5 of a kind on a pay line, this will reward you with 10x your stake. If you should get a full stack of Jackpot Wild symbols on the reels 2, 3 and 4, then the Jackpot feature will be triggered and will reward you with 2 000x your total stake.
Each reel will contain mystery symbol positions and will be randomly replaced by 2 or 3 symbols when each reel spin starts. This feature can come into play during either the base game or the Wheel Bonus features. This will simply act as a replacement symbol to get you bigger winning potential.
Wheel Bonus feature
One of the special symbols you should be looking for is the Wheel Bonus symbols. There will trigger a bonus round when three full stacks of the symbols land on reels 2, 3 and 4. When this happens, you will either win a coin value or trigger win of four bonus features. At the same time, some of the regular symbols will be turned into wilds during the bonus features.
- Thanksgiving Bonus: Get 10 free spins as well as a 3x multiplier. The duck, guitar, cup and Central Perk logo symbols will turn into wilds.
- Wedding Bonus: Get 10 free spins as well as persisting wilds. Persisting wilds work in the same way as sticky wilds and will remain in place during the feature. The duck, guitar, cup and Central Perk logo symbols will turn into wilds.
- Party Bonus: Get 11 free spins with walking wilds. The wilds will expand to cover 1-2 reels and will then move across the reels during each spin. The ducks, guitar, cup and Central Perk logo symbols will turn into wilds.
- Bamboozled Bonus: Here you will select cards from 20 available ones. The goal is to match 2-3 symbols which will get you the corresponding jackpot. Should you match 3 Golden Mud Hut symbols, you win the 5 000 jackpot, with 2 Paradise Pond and 1 Gimmie Award symbols you get the 50 000 jackpot. Here you will also be able to select Angel Pass symbols, which will count as one matched symbol for any of the jackpots.
Our Thoughts on Friends
Are you a fan of Friends, then there is no doubt about you liking this game. With the whole gang in place, the perfect New York City backdrop, clips from the series and even the theme song in place, then what more can you want? Your bankroll might however not be the biggest fan unless you trigger one of the many bonus features. The potential payouts are simply too low during the base game and unfortunately, the features are not too easy to trigger.
This game seems like it is all about the different wheel bonus features, where you are in fact able to get payouts of up to 2 000x your total stake. The only problem is that this number is still pretty low compared to many other slots out there. All in all an OK release from WMS, most likely only becoming popular amongst the true Friends fans.