If you haven’t heard of the hit US tv show Friends, then you must have been living in a cave for the last 30 years. But fear not for now you have the perfect introduction to the show and its characters, by playing this slot of the same name from WMS Gaming. For those of you that do know what we are talking about, could you BE any more excited to play this slot? Let’s go join Ross, Rachel, Monica, Chandler, Joey and Phoebe in New York and see what fun can be had with the guys and gals of Friends!
Friends is a 5-reel, 40 fixed pay line slot that offers players a tempting 96% RTP and a whopping jackpot is on offer too. Your reels are set in front of the New York city skyline and are packed full of scenes, symbols and icons from the TV show itself, including the Central Perk coffee shop sign and Phoebes guitar.
Higher paying symbols include scenes from the tv show which are edged in colours in the following order, blue, pink, yellow, orange, gold and green. Lower paying symbols are the duck and chicken together, the central perk sign, phoebes guitar and a central perk coffee cup. All the time the reels are in play you can hear the iconic song ‘I’ll be there for you’ in the background. Although avid watchers will notice a slight difference in the temp and tune, as it has been altered for the slot.
Bet Amounts – Betting on Friends begins at 50p per spin and can be increased up to £100 per spin. To adjust the bet you can use the plus and minus symbols on either side of the bet amount until you reach your chosen bet. Once reached simply hit the spin button to resume your game at the new bet amount.
Wild Symbol – There are two wild symbols in Friends, the standard wild and jackpot wild. Both symbols will substitute for all others in the game, except for each other and the scatter symbol. The jackpot wild will only appear on reels 2, 3 and 4, whereas the standard wild can appear anywhere on the reels. Your standard wild is a group image of the whole cast in front of a skyscraper with a blue edge around it. Whilst the jackpot wild is another group photo of the cast all huddled together with a green edge around it. Read on below to find out more about the jackpot feature which is triggered by landing a full stack of jackpot wild symbols on reels 2, 3 and 4!
Scatter Symbol – A pink and green wheel is your scatter symbol in Friends, and it will only land on reels 2, 3 and 4. You need to land a full stack of the wheel scatter symbol on each of those reels in order to trigger the bonus games.
Jackpot Wild Feature – As mentioned above the jackpot wild symbol is vital in landing you the jackpot feature win. You will see in the top right-hand corner the jackpot amount, which changes up or down depending upon your current bet amount. In order to win this jackpot amount you need to land a full stack of the green edged jackpot wild symbols on reels 2, 3 and 4. Partial stacks do not count in this instance so let’s hope lady luck is on your side, because the jackpot can range anywhere from £1,000 to £200,000 depending on the bet amount in play at the time the jackpot is triggered!
Mystery Stacks Feature – On every single spin in Friends you will land a mystery stack on any of the reels. This stack of symbols will transform into matching symbols and potentially help create bigger wins for you as you play. Wild symbols and scatter symbols are also included in the mystery stack feature, meaning you could very easily trigger the jackpot or bonus games!
Wheel Bonus Features – If you manage to land x3 stacks of the bonus wheel scatter symbol on reels 2, 3 and 4, then you will trigger the bonus game. You will be asked to spin the pink and green wheel to reveal which of the following mini features you will be awarded.
- Wedding Bonus Spins – you will be allocated x10 bonus spins with locking wilds in play. This means that whenever a wild symbol lands, it will remain in position until the bonus spins round is finished,
- Party Bonus Spins – allocates x11 spins with roaming wild symbols in play. This means that when a wild symbol lands it will remain on the reel, but it will move to a random position on each new spin,
- Bamboozled Bonus – fans will remember the zany gameshow Joey was going to host called Bamboozled, this round is named after that. You will be offered a screen packed with x20 cards of which you will need to begin picking. There are x5 cards in play called the hungry monkey, golden mud hut, angel pass, paradise pond and the gimmie award. The gimmie card ends the round whilst the angel pass acts as a wild card. With the aim of the game being to find three matching cards or a combination of x2 matching cards and an angel pass card too. By finding these matching cards you will win the games prize of x1000 your bet amount. But if you find the gimmie card before you make a match, the whole round ends and you return to the main game with nothing!
Now anyone who has seen Friends is certainly going to love this slot and return time and again. But those who have never seen the show are going to love it for the sheer fun and entertainment value. Whilst there could have been more done by WMS Gaming to inject a bit more character, such as sound bites of the cast and even clips from the show. We still enjoyed playing Friends, especially because there are plenty of main game win opportunities to be had and we loved the bamboozled bonus.