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“I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse,” declared Don Corleone in the Mario Puzo-inspired film The Godfather, rated by many as one of the finest films of all time.
Now you can experience the story in a new way thanks to the impressive The Godfather slot from WMS.
This exciting 5×3 reel slot boasts a host of features and a potentially unlimited free spins game, all of which have been inspired by the film.
With a jackpot of 1,000x your coin size available and bet sizes to suit all pockets, The Godfather slot promises much, but can it deliver?
Let’s take a closer look and find out.
Overview: The Godfather
Although The Godfather slot is packed with lots of bonus features, it isn’t an overly complex game.
It’s a 5×3 reel slot with just 25 paylines, and you can get them spinning from just $0.25 up to a maximum wager of $50. This means New Jersey online slots players of all bankroll levels can enjoy what the game has to offer.
There’s a host of Mafioso-themed symbols on the reels: from tomatoes, spaghetti, and meatballs through to the Godfather himself, Don Corleone, as the highest paying symbol on the reels.
Land three of the bonus symbols on reels one, three, and five, and you trigger the free spins bonus game, which potentially offers not just unlimited free spins but also a multiplier of up to 10x the stated win.
Who will The Godfather slot appeal to?
Fans of The Godfather or gangster films and shows will certainly find lots to like in this slot, especially since it is based on such a celebrated film.
However, there’s also a huge amount in the slot itself that will appeal to players.
It’s simple to follow, easy to play, and therefore appealing to the modern slot gamer. Yet, fans of slots with a few more options will find plenty to occupy themselves in the myriad of bonus features.
Gameplay: The Godfather
As we have already stated, the gameplay mechanics of The Godfather slot are rather simple.
There are five reels, a relatively small number of high and low symbols (all of which are based on the film, with no playing card lows), a red rose wild symbol and the wedding cake bonus symbol (which is stacked two symbols high).
The heads of the Mafia families are the higher-paying symbols, with the food being the lower-paying symbols, and the guns and cars are the mid-level symbols. Along with the wild, which is a regular visitor on the reels, this can lead to some decent-sized base game wins.
However, as you work through the base game (and the slot in general), you will unlock some features.
The first of these is the Respect feature, and when this is triggered in the base game you will get up to five horse head symbols on the reels, which will all turn wild and offer you the chance of a bigger win.
Another feature is the Family feature, which when unlocked will see the three family bosses, Don Corleone, Luca Brasi and Philip Tattaglia, put together in a single Family Business symbol.
This also offers you the chance of much bigger base game wins.
Unlock the Money feature and Don Corleone will appear with an offer that you actually can refuse if you like.
That offer is a guaranteed cash sum, or you can refuse that offer and take a multiplier on your next win. The multiplier is randomly selected between 2x and 10x your win.
You start the game with one feature unlocked and as you play, you can unlock the other features. Once all three are unlocked, you can then unlock an additional three features.
These grant you early access to the eventual sequel of The Godfather slot when it is released.
In addition to all these base game features, there is of course the small matter of the unlimited free spins round. Land three of the wedding cake bonuses on reels one, three, and five, and you enter this feature that sees a new set of reels in operation and a wedding cake win multiplier.
In the bonus feature, you spin the reels, and for every successful spin you move up the wedding cake and gain a higher multiplier up to 10x the win.
For every losing spin, you move down the cake and have a smaller multiplier.
Reach the bottom of the cake and have a losing spin, you trigger the Cut The Cake wild feature, which ends free spins but offers you the chance of up to 10 additional Cake Slice wilds on the reels for that single final free spin.
Special features: The Godfather
Base game bonus features
The base game starts with one feature enabled, but as you play, you can unlock further features by collecting symbols and wins as you spin.
All these bonuses offer players the chance of a decent-sized win. Once you unlock all three bonuses, a further additional three bonuses become available in the base game.
Unlimited free spins
If you can trigger the free spins round by landing the wedding cake bonus symbol on reels one, three, and five on the same spin, then you trigger free spins.
Wedding cake win multiplier
This bonus feature is key to the free spins round and awards multipliers of up to 10x the win, depending on how many wins you have had in succession.
However, losing spins see you move down the tiers until you reach the bottom of the cake. When at the bottom, spin a losing spin and you trigger the Cut The Cake wild feature, which puts an additional 10 wilds on the reels for that single spin to give you a much better chance of a big win.
Simple, yet engaging, gameplay
Although there is a huge amount in The Godfather slot when you look at the bonus features, free spins round and whatnot, the actual base game plays like a dream and is very easy to follow.
Not only that, the gameplay and background itself evoke the feeling of the film quite beautifully.
Base game bonuses
Free spins bonus
The unlimited free spins round is a great idea, and the addition of some great features during free spins, especially the Cut The Cake bonus on the last spin, makes this well worth trying to land in the base game.
Access to new slot as a ‘reward’
It seems odd to offer a prize of playing another slot game before others, but it happens here with the prospective sequel slot.
That’s not much of an incentive to play this slot and it’s underwhelming as the final reward in the base game.
Base game wins somewhat low
Many of the wins in the base game are low, especially those with three symbols and with no multiplier on wild wins. This medium variance game can take a chunk out of your bankroll at times.
Small jackpot size
Although this is a fabulous slot to play, the actual size of the jackpot compared to your wager is rather small.
Play at the highest price of $2 per payline and the jackpot is $2,000 for what amounts to a $50 wager each time. That isn’t such a great return.
Graphics and soundtrack: 4/5
I was a bit disappointed not to hear the original Godfather soundtrack playing along with the slot, and there are some big characters missing off the reels.
But those that are there are beautifully rendered and the music that is there fits the game perfectly well.
Originality and creativity: 5/5
I have to give WMS top marks here. The Godfather plays like a very simple 5×3 reel slot; however, the additions of the bonus features and the free spins game make it a hugely original, entertaining, and creative experience.
Play value: 3/5
This is a medium variance slot that offers you the chance of smaller wins more often, but also the occasional big win.
However, these big wins do tend to come in patches and you can hit games where the slot plays very tight, so be sure to manage your bankroll carefully.
Jackpot potential: 1/5
If there is one thing that lets this slot down, it is the size of the base game jackpot of 1,000x your payline bet.
That means that big money wins are very hard to hit and that is a bit of a disappointment given everything else in the slot.
Repeat play: 4/5
The only thing that will not appeal to players is the relatively small size of the jackpot, but for the vast majority of players there is more than enough to keep you coming back for more.
Total score: 17/25
It’s a fantastic slot only let down by the size of its base game jackpot.
There’s a huge amount packed into the game on a theme many people will love, and it’s delivered in a style very much influenced by the film.
This is a game most slot fans will enjoy time and time again.