Family Guy Slot Game
Released in October of 2012 by major casino gaming manufacture International Game Technology, IGT, Family Guy Video Slots is the latest slot machine to integrate a popular animated television series as its theme.
As the name implies, Family Guy Video Slots is a video slot machine based on Fox's hit TV show Family Guy. Created by Seth McFarlane, Family Guy debuted to rave reviews in 1999, and thanks to a combination of critical acclaim and status as a cult comedy icon, the show's original broadcast run continues today. Over that time more than 200 episodes of Family Guy have been aired, with an average audience of 11 million tuning in each week.
Featuring a mixture of absurdist amusement, biting satire, and even original musical styling, Family Guy has become a staple of the millennial generation's eclectic tastes in television. Over the last decade and a half America has grown alongside the Griffin family, with most of the notoriously edgy show's regular viewership consisting of adults, so the decision to incorporate the show into its diverse array of slot machine offerings was a natural fit for IGT.
In a press release issued in conjunction with the release of Family Guy Video Slots, IGT offered the following appraisal of the game:
"The Family Guy™ Video Slots bring the hilarious comic adventures of the Griffin family to the casino with progressive bonus awards and Multi-Layer Display (MLD) graphics."
Gameplay Features and Mechanics
Anybody who has watched even a single episode of Family Guy on TV will instantly recognize these machines during their next stroll through the casino floor.
The top of each dual machine bank features the cartoonish Family Guy logo in bright blue lettering, alongside the Griffin family itself. Beginning with the oafish Peter Griffin on the far left, followed by black sheep Meg, the acerbic Baby Stewie, the family dog Brian, big brother Chris, and the ever loyal wife and mother Lois, the entire gang is there to greet players as they sit down for a session.
Like the majority of IGT's popular video slot machine models, Family Guy Video Slots is comprised of a five reel, 30 pay line primary screen, which sits below a larger LCD display on which in game graphics and animations are presented.
Befitting a slot machine based on such a classic cartoon, those graphics and animations lie at the heart of the Family Guy Video Slots' appeal. Powered by IGT's proprietary MLD gaming engine, the game continually presents players with unique animations that turn a session at the slots into an interactive entertainment experience.
If you're a fan of Family Guy, nothing beats winning a little extra cash while sitting back and enjoying the Griffin family's signature banter and antics.
With animations sourced directly from existing show material, along with newly produced scenes and interactions, players will hear the actual voices of their favorite characters will the game progresses. Among the sights and sounds of Quahog you can expect while playing Family Guy Video Slots are the following.
Sit back and enjoy some of your favorite Family Guy moments from the show's television run, all while being awarded an assortment of free credits.
Allows players a quick break from the action as all-time favorite scenes flash on the video screen.
Quahog's resident meteorologist delivers his deadpan weather reports in this hilarious add on.
Diverging a bit from industry standards, this particular penny slot game doesn't permit players to adjust the amount of pay lines they play on a given spin. The result is each spin costing you a total of $0.50, with $0.30 of those comprising contributions to the main game, and the additional $0.20 funding the variety of featured bonuses and jackpots. You can, however, alternate between various increments of $0.50 while playing to spice things up or take advantage of impending bonuses.
The cartoon world created by Family Guy talent Seth McFarlane has become as rich and diverse as every classic animated program. Because of this, the designers had no shortage of recognizable images to include as reel symbols in Family Guy Video Slots. From Stewie's infamous ray gun and his best pal Rupert the Bear, to Peter's own friend the household TV, and even a bottle of Quahog's best brew, Patriot Beer, all of your favorites are included on the main game's reels. The rest of the symbols are rounded out by the faces of each member of the Griffin family.
Scoring Free Spins and Multipliers
During a session of Family Guy Video Slots players will be pleasantly surprised to see the six main characters suddenly show up on the side of their reel screen.
Dubbed Griffin Family Mystery Features, these welcome additions to the main game provide a sense of spontaneity to every session. The four Mystery Features available during the main game are described below.
- Peter's Feature – Awards the player an amount of credits equal to the triggering coin value, multiplied by a random number.
- Stewie's Feature – Selects anywhere from one to five reels, before changing up to three symbol slots on each of the selected reels into wild symbols.
- Lois' Feature – Selects anywhere from one to three Griffin family members symbols and assigns credit values to each symbol, along with status as scatter symbols. When the reels stop and land on one of these preset symbols, every time the selected symbol(s) appear on any of the five reels pays out in addition to any line wins.
- Brian's Feature – Allows player to trigger the World Bonus feature at any time, provided at least one Bonus symbol appears on any of the five reels.
When you're not taking advantage of Brian's Feature within the Griffin Family Mystery Features, the World Bonus can still be activated by landing three bonus symbols anywhere in reels two, three, or four. After you have triggered the World Bonus, use the touchscreen to spin a globe, and wherever it lands will determine which of three main bonus games you will then play. The three bonus games are described in detail below:
This bonus game is based on Peter's epic bout of fisticuffs with a particularly salty Giant Chicken. While playing, you'll take Peter's against his nemesis in a boxing contest, with the prizes being multipliers or additional bonuses which will significantly increase your earnings. Peter's Chicken Fight is triggered when you land the right amount of Giant Chicken symbols on the required reels, or by spinning the World Bonus globe. Once the game begins, you will select either Peter himself or the infamous Giant Chicken, before beginning a three round push button boxing bout, with additional credits and multipliers up for grabs as the purse.
This bonus game is triggered when the Wild symbol, featuring Peter in the nude, lands in any of the five reels. You can also play Lois' Hot Free Spins Bonus by successfully spinning the World Bonus globe. The game begins by gifting you with 10 free spins, with heart shaped Peter symbols acting as wild symbols, and Quagmire's Giggity Retriggity scatter symbol awarding five more free spins. The goal of the game is to collect as many heart shaped Peter symbols as you can before running out of free spins. These will add up to more wild symbols being in play, and you can earn as many credits as possible before the bonus ends.
In this bonus game you'll choose between one of four characters; Peter, Cleveland, Quagmire, and Joe. Taking place at the Drunken Clam, this game pits the four friends against one another in a contest of drinking stamina. Select one of the beer taps and watch as it reveals an award value. The characters will then take a round of drinks, and one of the four will pass out. If your chosen character survives, the multiplier meter increases in turn. When every character, including yours, has finally passed out, the game awards you an amount of credits equal to the number of times the taps distributed a drink multiplied by the accrued multiplier and the triggering coin amount.
Other bonus games can also be activated during the main game, including Chris' Closet, Brian's Big Dig, and Stewie's World Domination Progressive.
Chris' Closet is a simple door opening game, with the evil monkey acting as a multiplier, and Meg's image ending the game. Three doors are in play, with each one hiding a different character and corresponding credit amount.
Brian's Big Dig let's players choose between five dirt piles in the backyard. Each pile contains a preset number of spins, and once Brian digs up your amount, you pull a lever to spin a prize wheel. The wheel contains various credit amounts, along with boost pieces which serve to increase those amounts.
By far the fan favorite, Stewie's World Domination Progressive invites players to engage in an arcade like target shooting game. The machine will randomly select target characters, and using Stewie's handheld laser gun device, you must shoot each target down when it appears on screen.
In addition to the thousands of credits you can earn in this bonus game, hitting certain targets is good for a piece of the progressive jackpot, instantly winning you hundreds or even thousands of dollars on one pull of this penny slot.
Family Guy Something Something Something Sequel
Due to the undeniable success of Family Guy Video Slots in casinos nationwide, IGT partnered with cartoon king Seth McFarlance once more, releasing the Family Guy Something Something Something Sequel in 2014.
As a MultiPLAY game, Family Guy Something Something Something Sequel offers four games in one, combining the five reel, 30 pay line concept found in the original version over four screens. While the original Family Guy Video Slots topped out at the 50 credit cost to cover plateau, the sequel multiplies the action by four to reach $2.00 per spin at the $0.01 credit level.
The sequel's gameplay and mechanics closely resemble the original version, but the larger Family Guy universe developed over more than a dozen seasons is explored in greater depth. That means more of your favorite ancillary characters, including Lois' father Carter Pewterschmidt, and the Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm Waving Tube Man.
A number of new bonus games, each based on a popular episode from the series' later run, are included on Family Guy Something Something Something Sequel:
Players choose between Brian and Quagmire, before an array of reels spin to determine the winner. Landing the most symbols of the character you've chosen is the way to win this bonus game.
Players partake in a multi-level progressive jackpot game, picking from a series of face down cards in hopes of finding a match. Three strikes and you're out, but hopefully not before earning as many credits and multipliers as you can.
Players are gifted with five free games which are playable on all four base screens. One character to a screen, with each of your favorite Griffins providing their own set of wilds, scatters, and other symbol upgrades.
Players select from a cluster of planets in hopes of finding the most generous multipliers and credit awards.
Whether you came of age watching endless reruns of Family Guy in college, or your own kids got you interested in the show at some point, fans of TV's most controversial cartoon can't beat IGT's slot machine recreation.
The hilarious one liners, catchy quotes, and belly laughs that have made the show a hit since 1999 are all packaged within a video offering. The next time lady luck leaves you lonesome on the casino floor, and laughs are hard to come by, take a seat at the Family Guy Video Slots or Family Guy Something Something Something Sequel and play a few spins. It's a good bet you'll be smiling soon enough.