An Action Packed Pokie Based on the Classic Game Show
Jeopardy! is one of the most popular quiz shows on the TV, where contestants are famously presented with general knowledge answers, and they have to supply the question. The show first aired in 1964 and ran for eleven years on daytime TV. However, the current run, with Alex Trebek as host, has been on the TV screens since 1984. The show has aired over 7,000 episodes and has won more than 30 Emmys. This pokie version of the popular show also features the ‘Clue Crew’ made up of Jimmy McGuire, Kelly Miyahara and Sarah Whitcomb Foss. You’ll find the game play of this IGT pokie stays very true to the TV show.
Great Reasons to Play Jeopardy!
To enter the main feature of the game you’ll need to land two or more ‘bonus’ symbols on the middle reel of the five. With each symbol appearing after independent spins, it is possible to land a maximum of 4 bonus symbols, with more than 2 bonus symbols offering richer selections in the following game.
You’ll now be facing the Jeopardy board which features five columns, each offering different awards. You’ll have three picks initially from left to right, however a ‘daily double’ symbol behind picks on the first three columns will award picks on columns four and five. The columns offering the following awards:
Just Spin Baby – This column awards a number of free spins, while two of the picks contain ‘daily double’ bonuses.
X Marks the Spot – This second column awards a multiplier to be applied to all wins during the free spins.
Potpourri – In this third column you can win either additional free spins or an increase in the multiplier, while two daily double symbols also appear.
Wild About You – This fourth column which is only available after landing a daily double boost, determines which symbols will be turned into additional wilds during the feature.
Really Wild – The final column can be accessed by landing two ‘daily double’ boosts and will determine which column or columns will be wild during the free spins.
Look out for the wild symbol which features the title logo of the pokie. This symbol will substitute for any other symbol in the game apart from the bonus, leading to more winning opportunities. Any time the wild appears, the chance of another wild appearing directly below it is greatly enhanced. The best spins will see a wild appearing at the top of a reel, giving a good possibility that wilds will fill a string of fur vertical symbols.
Jeopardy! features a slightly expanded 5×4 reel set up with a total of 40 win-lines, which come at the cost of 60 credits. Each spin does feel slightly unusual, as each symbol appears independently of one another (meaning there is potential for the same symbol to fill all 20 slots).
The pay table shows that Alex Trebek features on the highest paying symbol, worth 2,000 coins, followed next by the three members of his ‘Clue Crew’ (each paying 800 coins). The rest of the pay table is filled by icons from the show including a globe, a musical note and a trophy.
This pokie starts with an intro screen showing the host and his team, before the game starts with the familiar ‘Jeopardy!’ logo above the reels. The backdrop of the show shows the colourful TV studio, with the oversize reels showing all of the action. Photographic images of the host and his team, giving the game an up to date feel, while the theme tune from the quiz show plays throughout.
IGT has done a fine job of recreating the fun and exciting atmosphere of the Jeopardy! quiz show onto the reels of a pokie. With the wild rush feature, a big win might only ever be a spin away, while the free spins feature is a real highlight. Make up to five picks, where each pick improves the feature and then watch as the wins should roll in during the free spins feature. Instead of watching Jeopardy!, get involved yourself by giving this game a spin!