Wed, Nov 14, 12:15am by Noah Taylor
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Take a Walk on the Weird Side with the X-Files Pokie Machines
There was a time in the 1980’s when the X-Files was the number one TV show. Long before Netflix and cable started producing must-watch series, the weekly adventures of agents Mulder and Scully captivated audiences around the world. Aristocrat have now produced a live pokie which captures the alien mysteries of the show. This is an impressive looking machine, featuring a double-curved ‘S’ shaped cabinet – and plenty of action.
Reasons to Tune in to the X-Files Pokies
This game reproduces the weirdness and tension of the TV shows in many ways. Here is what to expect from the unique game-play:
Many of the features on the X-Files pokies are random, occurring in the base game. The exception is the free spins bonus games. To trigger this feature, you need to hit all 3 of the ‘X’ logo symbols, which appear on reels 1, 3 and 5.
The screen will dissolve, giving you a message that you have 6 free spins. This is a lower number than on some games – though the special behaviour of the wilds makes up for this.
Each time you get one of the stacked character symbols showing either of the two agents, they nudge to fill all 4 positions on their reel. These symbols are wild, connecting wins with the other symbols – including the high-paying individual characters. If you are lucky enough to get 3 or 4 of them, you could be looking at some huge wins.
This nudging wilds feature can also happen at random in the base game. You’ll be awarded it before the reels spin and will be hoping for as many stacked character symbols as possible when those reels come to a stop.
Wilds are in play in the base game, though usually only cover part of the reels.
When you hit the spin button, there are two other random features which can happen in addition to the teasing (nudging) wilds.
These are big multipliers for your wins. The biggest of them gives you an incredible 20x the prizes shown on the pay table. This will boost every size of win, if you are lucky enough to line up many aliens or character symbols, you could be looking at a jackpot-sized prize. The smaller of the enhanced wins is still worth having. This will boost the result of that spin by 8x. Unfortunately, the nudging wilds and enhanced wins do not occur at the same time!
Big, impressive graphics make the reels look oversized. In fact, there are 5 reels – each with 4 symbols showing. There are 50 win-lines, and bets are in increments of 50x. The max bet is $2.50, though you might find higher denomination versions in high-limit slot rooms.
I always appreciate a pokie without the filler playing card symbols. Low paying symbols are all props from the show. These include a torch, FBI badge and Area 51 sign.
Your biggest wins will come when you line up Mulder and Scully (either as stacked wilds or individual symbols). Sinister looking aliens also feature on the reels. These make up the mid-sized wins.
Aristocrat pioneered curved screen live pokies. The X-Files goes one step further, featuring an S-shaped screen. It curves inwards at the bottom, then bulges out above the reels. On this screen you will see the agents, in a graphic which shifts view from time to time.
Overall the production is dark and edgy. I love the designs for the aliens, which look genuinely sinister. There are plenty of flame effects, which kick in when the wild stacked symbols nudge into place. You’ll enjoy a version of the original theme song while you spin.
This game is sure to be a big hit with those of us old enough to remember the TV shows. It is edgy and unusual – with a unique shaped screen only the start of the differences from regular gambling machines.
On-reel features will keep you entertained, with nudging wild stacks and enhanced wins possible on any spin. When the free spins kick-in, you will have 6 chances to get the reels covered in the stacked wilds – this is where the biggest prizes will come from.