Beat Your Opponent
There’s always the need to outsmart another when playing a real cash slot, but normally your opponent is unseen, nothing more than a luck based system. But in Catch Phrase, you have to play against another during one of the bonus rounds.
In reality, there’s still no ‘other person’, but the fact that there feels like there is one makes for an exciting experience; you’re compelled to play harder and faster in a bid to win. You don’t want someone else getting your cash.
The Catch Phrase Bonus consists of five rounds, mimicking that of what was actually seen in the TV show. It’s not quite as immersive as the real experience, but it’s as close as you can get via a slot machine. What we take issue with is that to ‘guess’ the correct answer, you have to spin the wheel and have it land on the right colour – that just doesn’t feel authentic enough for us.
Running up That Hill
Okay, so in fact, you’ll be running up a pyramid, which seems out of place to us, but that’s the aim of the game when playing the Super Catch Phrase Bonus. The idea is to make your way to the top, without any hiccups, but as we all know, nothing goes that smoothly in online gaming.
The higher you go the better the payouts will be, but don’t expect anything to be handed to you on a platter, for this game isn’t too forgiving; we struggled to get past the first couple of stages.
Old Fashioned Is Always In
There’s something that has to be said about the old way of doing slot machines, which is probably why Endemol put in a bonus round including free spins. Like you may have seen in 3-2-1, you need to discover games and multipliers along the way, only this time round you use a buzzer to collect them.
When you look at this in the grand scheme of the game, it’s the dullest out of all three rounds, but after two rather innovative levels, it’s quite nice to have something so easy to play and adapt to. This level is a no brainer, and we like that it was included in among the other features.
Better Left in the Past
When any game attempts to breathe new life into a popular, much beloved series, we get tense – how can it ever be as good as the original? This is how we felt when we played Catch Phrase. It’s got good dynamics, and it plays well when all things considered, but there’s just something about it that feels off.
For us, it feels like this show should have been left alone, for a simple slot machine can never capture what it was all about. The styling may be there, and it parts it touches home to the good ol’ days, be it’s too little for us to really pay true homage to the original.
If you have to get your fix, and it has to be an 80s game show fix at that, you’ll never find better than this title. But other than that, we’d leave it be.