The X-Files are back, and we’re getting them in the form of a slot machine from Playtech. This is a branded title that appears to be offered in honor of the 11th season of this show, which is just starting as the game is coming out.
You can expect the usual 5 reels spinning each round in The X-Files, while 20 fixed bet lines are employed on them. The game appears to give away top prize of $25,000. Feature wise, they place a big emphasis on the wilds with multipliers of up to 5x, but there are also scatters and Locking Rift Free Games to explore.
Betting and Prizes
The X-Files are played on 20 lines, and that’s something that you can’t change. You may modify the total bet only, while keeping all lines in play. The wager starts from the minimum of $0.20 and may reach a maximum value of $500. That kind of line bet requires an investment of $0.01 to $25 on your part. The figure is relevant for the calculation of the prizes that you can take home.
At first, you are probably not going to be excited about the slot’s jackpot of 200x, which is available through several symbols that are forming combinations. Certain multipliers that come from wild reels can boost the payout to 5,000x though, and at that point the value will be up to $125,000.
The X-Files Slot Features
A very special feature in The X-Files is the one that reveals rifts beneath the main reels. There is a secret set with wild symbols that can apply multipliers there, and which can be revealed through rifts that appear on the reels. These multiplier wilds can give you 1x to 5x values that will be applied to any wins that might get formed as a result of their presence that spin. Multiple wilds can help out in the same combo, and their multipliers are combined, so you could have wins as much as 25x larger. As wilds, you may use these symbols in combos that have regular symbols in them. Scatters don’t get replaced with wilds.
Scatter symbols with UFO’s for their images will also be added to the reels. They’re used as in most slots, being required to appear at least three times, even if they’re in random positions around the reels. They grant you access to the Locking Rift Free Games. 7, 10 or 20 free spins trigger, depending on the number of UFOs that appear during the previous paid spin. Should any rifts appear during these spins, the reels that they bring along will be locked in their position until all the free spins are used. There will be multiplier wilds spinning through those locked rifts, so their values will not be fixed.
Theme & Design
The X-Files is about to begin its 11th season on TV, and this is the moment that Playtech chose to create a new branded slot machine that’s inspired by this show. It’s not the first slot to have this particular theme, but it’s the most recent one. They use the images of Mulder and Scully on the reels, with the two appearing in their own symbols. It’s not the most modern looking slot machine that Playtech worked on, and the graphics seem to be taken out of the initial TV series, when the actors were younger. The symbols include the actors, plus very simple playing cards and images of flashlights, alien hands, UFOs, multipliers and the silhouettes of the two FBI agents.
The X-Files manages to deliver exciting features, but the RTP is slightly lower than I wanted and the graphics are somewhat dated looking. They’re good enough that fans of the series shouldn’t ignore the game though.