Head Back to the 1950’s in this Slot Themed on the Iconic TV Show
Happy Days was a sitcom that ran during the 1970’s and early 1980’s. It featured 1950’s America. While these days the show looks dated, it was a run-away success at the time. Millions of viewers tuned in to watch the interactions between Richie, the Fonz, Mary and Tom.
You’ll find all these characters as the high paying symbols on this WMS slot. There are also symbols showing items from the diner where much of the action took place. With the familiar theme tune, and bonus game action, there is plenty to entertain those that remember the heyday of the show.
Here is what to expect from the Happy Days slots:
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The middle 3 reels of this slot have 4 rows of symbols each, while reels 1 and 5 have just 3 symbols. You will see huge symbols, which completely cover the middle 3 reels, being 4 rows high, spin past. These can land partly or fully on this middle section.
To win with them, you still need either matching symbols or wilds on reels 1 and / or 5. This is helped by the fact that the character symbols pay from right to left – as well as the usual left to right. You’ll only get one prize for 5 of a kind wins. You can get 4 of a kind and under in both directions.
To trigger the free spins bonus, you only need two special symbols. These show a 1950’s style jukebox - they appear only on reels 1 and 5.
During the free spins you’ll hear the iconic theme tune from the show playing. You will also notice a lot more of the giant symbols. These include wilds – landing a wild covering all 3 middle reels is the dream scenario. This can complete character wins in both directions, and regular wins from left to right.
You start with 10 free spins, though these are easy to extend. You only need one bonus symbol to add 2 free spins to your total. Two of them will retrigger for 10 more spins.
Many slots which use 3-4-4-4-3 or similar non-standard reel setups have all-ways winning systems. This game is different, there are 40 win-lines – going in both directions in the case of the high paying character symbols. You can spin for just 1c per line or add a multiplier if you want to bet more.
Richie and the Fonz are the highest paying character symbols. These are followed by Mary and Tom. Other unique symbols include a portion of fries, a burger and a chocolate milkshake. There are playing card symbols on the reels. These have had a make-over compared to most slots, looking like neon signs you’d find on a 1950’s diner.
Wild symbols show the logo and can help to link winning symbols (in both directions in the case of the characters). When you win with these, they will show a spinning vinyl record.
Compared to some TV themed slots, the overall design is low-key. WMS have created the 1950’s feel of this game in several ways. You’ll find the jukeboxes, food and character symbols take you right back to the feel of the original TV shows.
The theme tune only plays during the free spins bonus. This will be familiar to anyone who has seen the show and does add some entertainment value. Unlike many TV or movie themed slots, there are no clips for big wins or bonus round triggers.
Those giant symbols show off the characters in vivid detail, and merge into one giant face when you hit those big wins. Other animations include the spinning records for the wild symbols.
There is no doubt that this game will have appeal to those who remember the TV show. For the younger generation who have not seen it, the game-play and characters will simply feel like any 1950’ themed slot.
There are some solid game-play reasons to check it out. Those giant symbols trigger a lot of wins - and appear frequently when you get the free spins bonus. Add 2 more spins with a single bonus symbol each time to keep those Happy Days coming!