X-Men is part of the Marvel slots range by PlayTech. It ties in with the movie and comic book franchise. This is based on a 5 reel, 25 pay line video slot game and has the potential for big payouts via the Marvel progressive jackpot – as well as through the feature round. There are a lot of characters making up the X-Men, and the designers of this game have done an excellent job of including them all in the game.
You’ll find PlayTech’s X-Men slot reviewed in detail in this article. The slot setup, basics like wins and bets and the wild plus scatter symbols are all covered in the first section below. After that the excellent bonus round is described in detail. At the end of this review, my overall summary, and opinion on how this game matches up with the other slots in the Marvel range can be found.
How To Play X-Men Slots
It is immediately apparent when playing this game that the graphics and animations are top quality. With so many X-Men characters involved, this slot forgoes the standard playing-card symbols which usually give the lower value and more frequent wins. Instead, the winning combinations are made up of the heroes and their foes from the movie of the same name.
Wins are determined by a hierarchy of prominence within the film. For example the less active characters like Cyclops and Sabre-tooth might only get you 150 coins for hitting 5-of-a-kind. If you hit the main characters, which include Wolverine, Magneto or Professor Xavier, you can win up to 1500 coins with 5-of a kind during regular spins.
X-Men slot is played on 5 reels with 25 pay lines; you can select the number of these to play. The minimum line bet is 1c and the maximum is $50 making the minimum bet a reasonable 25c.
The wild symbol in the X-Men slot will substitute for any other symbol to complete a winning combination. If you are lucky enough to land 5 wild symbols on all of the reels you will be awarded with a massive 10,000 times the total amount of your coin. This symbol simply says ‘Wild’ on it and does not feature any of the characters.
The scatter symbol is used to trigger the bonus rounds, and also has pay outs of their own. This is represented by the X-Men logo. Three or more are needed to trigger the special bonus feature outlined below.
X Men Slot Bonus Rounds
To trigger the entertaining X-Men bonus feature round you have to get three or more of the scatter symbols on any of the 5 reels. If you are fortunate enough to activate this round you will be taken to a screen which introduces you to how the bonus feature works. During this bonus round you will switch between playing as the heroes and as their enemies.
If you have heroes you get unlimited free spins and Villains will give you 8 free spins. The game always starts with the heroes, and the reels will start spinning right away. This will continue until an Extra Wild symbol from the villains appears on the middle reel, which is represented by Magneto. When it lands the game will switch to Villains and your 8 spins begin until the end of the game or an Extra Wild lands from the Heroes. This time represented by Professor Xavier. The game will switch like this until all of the Villains 8 free spins are used up.
There is one more feature in this game which occurs when you get 5 of the X-Men in an ‘X’ pattern in middle of the reels. This triggers a 5x multiplier to your bets for any line or scatter wins which occur on that spin.
This bonus game can add significant money, and makes up for the relatively small wins from the standard game. In addition to this excellent feature the X-Men slot is linked to the Marvel progressive jackpots. There are 4 of these in total including a big one which is regularly in the high 6-figure range.
X-Men Slot Summary
This is a very professionally put together slot which is a solid part of the PlayTech Marvel slots range. There is a great balance between regular game-play and features which keeps you interested without having to jump from screen to screen every few minutes. If you do hit the feature game the wins can accumulate quickly. This is a high paying slot, and the variance is on the higher side too – meaning fewer small day-to-day wins and more irregular but bigger payouts.
If you have not yet checked out the Marvel range of slots for yourself than X-Men makes a great starting point.