It’s a Game Show Game
Time For a Deal is a progressive jackpot slot, one in which oleaginous presenters and photogenic assistants are par for the course. TV game shows may have peaked in the 80s or 90s, but the format remains instantly recognisable and is ideal for conversion into video slot format. The game has 25 paylines, all manner of multipliers and the lure of that progressive jackpot. In addition to Deal or No Deal, there’s a whiff of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, another phenomenally successful British TV quiz show.
The game symbols include the obligatory generic playing card values – Q, K, A – plus proprietary symbols that feature a purple-haired assistant clutching a prize and the sunglasses-wearing presenter who looks a little bit like Robbie Rotten from Lazy Town. He plays the role of the game’s scatter symbol, on hand to dole out free spins with all the benevolence of a gracious TV host. The stake per line can be set between 0.01 and 5, making for a maximum bet per spin of 125.
Deals on the Reels
While there are modest wins to be mopped up in the base game, the real action begins once the game’s special symbols come into play. Three bonus symbols, for example, will activate The Big Deal Bonus, triggered by landing scatter on reels 1, 3 and 5. Achieve this feat and it will be followed by the Behind the Doors Bonus in which you’ll be tasked with picking a coin for The Big Deal Slot Machine from behind three doors, one of which will open to reveal exactly what you’ve won. A silver coin will spin three reels, while gold will spin all five. Meanwhile, if you’re lucky Roger your host will do his best to help you out by eliminating one of the doors.
The Big Deal Slot Machine is where you make use of the coin you picked up in stage one of the game. In other words, you get to play a slot within a game show within a slot. That’s pretty mega. Spin The Big Deal Slot Machine to discover the prize multiplier you’ve won. It’s possible that Roger, in his best Noel Edmonds manner, may offer you a deal which can include boosting your chances of winning on the reels or even slowing them to enhance your odds. Keep Roger sweet and he’ll look after you.
Time For a Deal is a classic British game show masquerading as a slot, or is it the other way around? Thanks to the slot within slot that’s part of the feature game, it’s hard to say what’s emulating what here. What can be said with more certainty is that this medium variance slot is ridiculously good fun.
For something similar, try Mega Fortune by NetEnt or Core Gaming’s Evel Knievel Vegas, both of which are mighty entertaining. Ash Gaming have also released other games with similar features it should be noted, including Viva Las Vegas, which has the same slot within a slot bonus game.
Deal Us In
Time For a Deal is fun, fast-paced and imaginative. In short it’s everything a video slot should be. The theme might not seem like much, but Ash Gaming make it work and what’s more they make it work like a dream. The graphics are so-so, but the animations and feature games are more than enough to keep you immersed in this slot. By the time you reach The Big Deal Slot Machine, you’ll be hopelessly hooked. That’s the power that a well designed game can exert.