It’s unusual for a sequel to be more successful than an original movie, though Terminator 2 certainly bucked that trend. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton and Edward Furlong, the film grossed over $500 million worldwide and was more than 400% more successful than the original. One other advantage Terminator 2 has over its predecessor is that this movie has spawned an online slot.
Terminator 2 is a slot that employs the all-ways winning system, where characters such as the Terminator, Sarah Connor, John Connor, T-1000 and T-800 can all pay big. The highlight of the game is the free spins bonus round, where each spin will give you over a thousand winning opportunities.
During the base game, Terminator 2 plays on the very popular 5×3 reel configuration used in most online slots today. Instead of your usual win lines however, this slot uses the all-ways winning system. To win you’ll need to land matching symbols on consecutive reels, starting on the left-hand side. This gives you 243 possible ways to win on every spin and this comes at the cost of just 30 credits.
The highest paying symbol in the game is the wild which shows ‘T2’ against a backdrop of burning fire. Land a wild on all five reels and you’ll pick up a win of 1,500 coins. This wild will substitute for any other symbol in the game apart from the scatter. Being an all-ways slot, the wild becomes more valuable, as a single wild can enable a large number of wins.
The terminator, played by Arnie, is the best of the standard symbols. Land Terminator on all five reels and you’ll win 800 coins. John Connor is next on the pay table with a maximum pay out of 500 coins. The transforming T-1000 pays out 400 coins, Sarah pays 300 coins and T-800 is worth 200 coins. At the lower end of the pay scale you have the four playing card suits spades, hearts, diamonds and clubs which offer top prizes ranging from 100 to 50 coins.
The first of the features is ‘T-800 Vision’ which will see the screen go red. During any spin during the feature you’ll win an immediate cash prize for any terminator or human character on the reels. As well as this, you’ll enter the free spins bonus round (below) with a single scatter symbol.
The scatter symbol shows a glowing blue globe. Land 2, 3, 4 or 5 scatters and you’ll win immediate cash prizes of 1x, 2x, 10x and 100x your total stake. 3 or more scatters will also take you into the free spins bonus round.
This is where the feature gets interesting. In the base game, the reel setup shows three symbols on each of the reels. During the feature, the reels expand to show four symbols on each of the reels. With the all-ways winning system in play, you’ll now have an incredible 1,024 ways to win on every spin – more than four times the chance of winning than in the base game.
That’s not the end of the story either. The T-1000 symbol can now also transform into any other character symbol too, acting exactly like a wild except it won’t substitute for symbols at the lower end of the pay scale. The only downside to this impressive feature is that it cannot be retriggered.
Terminator 2 has a suitably dark background showing the engineering of a cyborg – the reels are transparent, so this image appears behind the reels too. All the character images are photo from the movie, which is impressive enough. However, land a win with any of the major symbols and you’ll see a clip from the movie on the reels too. The accompanying theme tune adds a brilliant atmosphere to the game, building up the tension as you play.
Movie-themed slots can be some of the best you’ll find online and Terminator2 certainly doesn’t let the side down. The impressive visuals and sound make for a very enjoyable base game, which is only added to by the 243 ways to win in the base game. The T-800 Vision is a good mini bonus feature, offering those easy wins and simpler access to the free spins. Speaking of the free spins, the move to expand the reels is a work of genius, with wins coming at you from all sides. Just like those terminators…