Our chosen team today is classic movies. Albeit, from entirely different ends of the genre spectrum. On one side, we have The Naked Gun – quite simply one of the most iconic cult comedies in history. On the other, we have Platoon – the masterpiece from Oliver Stone. But what both of these entries have in common is that when brought to the small screen in virtual slot form, they’re both every bit as entertaining as they ever were on the big screen!
The Naked Gun
First up, we probably don’t have to go too deeply into what The Naked Gun is all about. If comedy is your thing, you already know! The slot itself comes from the folks at Blueprint Gaming and takes the usual setup with five reels and 20 paylines to play for. Spins are available starting from 20p and go as high as £200, plus there’s a whole bunch of special features and bonuses to play for. The action takes place in a suitably chaotic police station, with various characters and other bits and pieces from the movie showing up in symbol for the.
The base game is enjoyable enough, but the bonus rounds are where most of the action is. For example, if you manage to land at least three wilds during any standard spin, you’ll access the Roaming Wild feature. This means a set of re-spins to play with as wilds move around the reels, which continue until the wilds have disappeared.
On top of this, if you land at least three detective badge symbols – which is the scatter – you’ll be transported to one of the FOUR free spins bonus rounds.
First there’s the Home Run Free Spins feature, where you’ll start out with 10 free spins and any wilds that appear on the board will roam around the other reels with each consecutive spin. Then there’s the Stake Out Free Spins feature, where 10 free spins are once again handed out with the opportunity to score a multiplier worth anything from 2X to 5X.
Next up comes the On The Edge Free Spins feature, which features roaming wilds and 10 free spins to play with, though if 2 wilds land in the same place, the entire reel becomes wild. Last up comes the Crime Scene Free Spins feature, which follows the same pattern apart from the fact that if two roaming wilds land on the same spot, you will get the same multiplier of between 2X and 5X AND the wild will fill the entire reel.
On top of all this, given that this slot is part of the Jackpot King network, there’s also the opportunity to take home that potentially life-changing progressive jackpot. You’ll need to land 5 Jackpot King symbols at the same time, where you’ll then find yourself spinning for more crowns which gradually add up to bigger and better prizes.
What’s great about The Naked Gun is that you do not particularly have to have an interest in the film to get a real kick out of the slot. The fact that there are four outstanding free spins bonus rounds makes it worth checking out in its own right, though even the base game itself is enjoyable enough. It also comes in around the mid-point on the variance scale, so it should suit most tastes and gaming styles.
Next up, Platoon was developed by iSoftBet and takes the form of a five-reel slot with a total of 30 payline to play for. Catering to more casual gamers, spins start from 30p each and go as high as £30 as the maximum stake allowed. Unsurprisingly, the action takes place in the same war-torn jungle in which most of the movie plays out, with symbols that include dog tags, playing card values and some of the main characters from the movie. The most valuable symbol during normal play is none other than Charlie Sheen himself, which for five in a row will see you walking away with 1,000X your bet.
The wild takes the form of a tank and can replace any symbol in the game, with the exception of the scatter. What’s more, if you land a winning combination that features a tank wild, it will automatically increase your prize by a 3X. You will then see the wild move one slot to the left, after which you’ll be given another free spin. This then continues until the wilds have all disappeared off the screen.
The military helicopter is the bonus symbol and needs to be hit in quantities of three or more to enter the free spins feature. Along with being rewarded with 8, 10 or 12 free spins, you’ll also instantly be paid a prize worth 5X, 10X or 15X your stakes, in accordance with whether you landed 3, 4 or 5 bonus symbols respectively. In the free spins round, the action goes both ways and winning combinations are valid from right to left, along with left to right. The same multiplier wild re-spins feature as the base game also applies during the free spins round, while the free spins can be re-triggered by once again landing a sufficient number of bonus symbols.
While it’s true to say that Platoon is a slot that is definitely worth checking out, it isn’t quite as dazzling as you’d expect from a game based on such an iconic masterpiece of a movie. It’s definitely enjoyable and usually doesn’t keep you waiting long for something exciting to happen, but it perhaps doesn’t have the same kind of long-term playability as some of its rival war-themed or movie-themed slots.