Jump on the reels of the Terminator 2 slot machine for some Arnie inspired fun that will take you back to the summer of 1991.
- Manufactured by Microgaming
- Slot version of the classic 1991 James Cameron cinematic blockbuster sequel
- 243 ways to win across the base-game paying out for any consecutive combination
- Rich media and clips from the movie play out for reel symbols and big wins
- Lock in the special T-800 vision mode to access straight out reel prizes and easy bonus access
- Free spin round uses a special extended grid with 1,024 ways to win
- T-1000 symbols have the power to morph into any other symbol on the bonus grid
It seems that Microgaming is the slot developer that is most likely to pick up a movie or TV licence. Some of these have been fairly successful games – such as the awesome Battlestar Galactica, but others the online casino industry would rather forget, such as the dire Lord of the Rings game, which is now just a footnote in gaming history. When we first heard that Microgaming were developing a Terminator 2 slot some 23 years after the film first saw the silver screen in cinemas around the world, we were a little sceptical. However, it now looks like this top development house has managed to create a game that not only offers a first class gaming experience, but also manages to embrace one of the most difficult challenges of the industry – creating a license based product that is both justified and fun.
As you would expect Terminator 2 wins no prizes for visual ingenuity. As with many games of its type it relies heavily on rich media in the same tune as IGT’s Ghostbusters. Big wins here are underlined by big video clips and you can get heavily involved with the lovely little photographs on the reels if you’re looking for a trip down James Cameron’s memory lane. However that’s not to say that the surrounding visual effects don’t win an Oscar for the best supporting role as they manage to give the right lift and brevity for the rest of the content, creating a very playable and appealing front end to this high production value slot machine.
The sound effects on Terminator 2 have that suitably epic and weighted quality that come with a slightly dark science fiction tale. Microgaming has never been known for their upbeat music in big production value slots, and they haven’t broken their own tradition here. However this does create a very evocative gaming experience where you hang on every moment. Can a slot machine fill you full of dread? That’s incredibly doubtful, but it can certainly fill you full of anticipation, and that the exact feeling that washes over you as you investigate the action available on the reels of this first-class slot game.
The base-game in Terminator 2 uses the 243 ways to win that has been seen in so many of Microgaming’s releases over the 2012 – 2014 period. If you’re not familiar with this system, in short it pays you out a prize for any combination of consecutive symbols on the reels, starting with on the left-most side of the game. This system means that players can quickly evaluate any win on the reels, which can build a huge amount of anticipation when waiting for the last reel to stop in place after hitting four similar symbols on each previous reel.
Terminator 2 features an excellent reel feature – the T-800 vision. This can trigger after any spin, throwing the reels into a secondary mode where everything appears in an infra-red colour scheme mimicking the optical output of the first Terminator. Here all the character symbols on the grid will pay you out a straight cash prize, and any single scatter that appears in view will trigger the slot’s bonus game. This can be a very lucrative little feature and if you can use it to land the free spin round then you’ll be looking at a large windfall of cash from this simple mechanism.
The Terminator 2 free spin round can either be activated via the T-800 vision feature or through the three scatter mechanism in the base-game. This takes you to a second set of reels where an extra row is added to the grid, giving you a massive 1,024 ways to win. Here you receive ten free spins with a special feature in the form of the transforming T-1000 symbol. This has the power to transform into any other character symbol on the grid to form the highest pay-out combinations possible. This clever mechanism has the power to turn almost any spin into a big payer, ensuring that you walk away from the bonus game with a huge pile of cash.
Slot Professor Says
Terminator 2 is a blow away slot machine and the best film license that I’ve seen for a long, long time. All too often these games survive on their mystique with the fans, but this machine has what it takes to endear the awesome Terminator brand to a whole new generation of gamers who are probably non-plussed by its old school CGI visual effects and Arnie-based muscle show. Just like Terminator 2 defied the odds – a sequel film that matched and perhaps even surpassed the original – this slot game similarly manages to buck the usual industry trend.
I usually list some of the features I don’t like about any slot in my special review section. The only thing I can criticise here is the 243 ways to win system, which I am a little against, because I prefer old fashioned pay-lines on my slot machines. Other than this Terminator 2 is an incredibly well polished slot game with state of the art graphics and sonics, creating a playing experience that is only a short measure away from away from perfection.
The thing that impresses me most about the Terminator 2 slot game is the way in which the developers have managed to capture the essence of the film with the morphing T-1000 symbol in the bonus round. This is a very clever little mechanism that works almost like a special wild that will only substitute for the highest paying symbols on the grid – no bad thing if you ask me. This special symbol also appears frequently to help you hit those big combinations, turning almost every spin in the bonus into a huge winner. This is an enthralling slot game bonus round and when you throw the T-800 vision mode into the mix too, you’re looking at the blueprint for one hell of a casino slot game.