U.K. gamblers will likely appreciate the Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeover slot machine. While those outside the U.K. are not familiar with these characters their popularity speaks for itself.
In the 1990s Ant and Dec were introduced to U.K. audiences as men from Newcastle who was prone to causing mayhem and mischief throughout Byker Grove. The two started out on a children’s show and went on to star in a widely popular TV game show called Saturday Night Takeaway. The slot machine of the same name is based on this TV game show.
The game screen depicts the stage where Art & Dec hosted their show. Players see the game from the perspective of the show’s studio audience. On the stage they will see the reels filled with symbols such as a roll of toilet paper, dog food, popcorn and a movie ticket, a wad of cash, toothpaste and a toothbrush, the game’s logo and a holiday. Ant and Dec also appear as symbols, both separately and together. The game’s scatter symbol is represented by the numbers board. This is one players want to pay attention to because if they get three of them on the reels at once they trigger bonus features. The numbers board is referred to as an ad board.
The logo symbol is the one players’ want to look out for because, as the wild symbol, if they get five on one pay line in a single spin they win the game’s jackpot. The symbols of Ant and Dec together will also trigger a huge win.
The Ads Board bonus shows players a number grid in which they press a button to activate the rolling of a barrel over the grid. There are four possible outcomes from this bonus. They are:
• A player’s winnings are tripled
• Half of a player’s winnings are tripled
• All of player’s winnings are tripled
• Half of the cash prizes doubled
There is one bonus feature associated with each of the four outcomes. The Ant and Dec 10 Free Spins bonus adds stacked wilds to the reels. At any time while this bonus is being played there is the potential to win additional free spins. The Get Out Of Me Ear 10 Free Spins bonus puts Super Stacked Wilds on the reels. For every spin of the reels another wild is added to the stack. Unlike the other free spins bonus, this one cannot be retriggered during the round. The End of the Show bonus shows players a screen full of tiles. They choose titles and will uncover a costumed Ant and Dec. Most award cash while some award multipliers. The Best Bits Bonus lets players choose which of the duo’s film clips they want to watch. Each clip is worth a certain amount of cash. Players continue to choose clips until they come across the one that has a red X. When this happens, the bonus round is over and regular gameplay resumes.
Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway is considered a medium variance slot machine game. Its RTP is 96.4% and the house edge is 3.6%. Though there is no progressive jackpot tied to the game it has a regular jackpot that many players strive to win. Though real money must be bet in order to cash out game winnings, there is also the option of playing for free. The game can be accessed through both online and mobile casinos.
For fans of the TV show, this game can be an entertaining experience. However, for players outside of the U.K. the game may not hold their attention. Its many bonus features make it worth at least trying. Its success in the U.K. has allowed the duo to keep entertaining their fans and viewers.