Review of Austin Powers Slots
What’s not to love about a round-faced, swinging, spy like Austin Powers? When Mike Myers brought the James Bond inspired character to the big screen in 1997, people immediately starting imitating him and reciting his many catch phrases like “Do I make you horny?“, and “Condoms are for sailors, baby!”
Like everyone else who saw the original films, I was immensely entertained and couldn’t get enough of the bizarre character who had seemingly taken over pop culture across the globe. Although most fans would agree that the film franchise lost a little bit of steam by the time Goldmember was released in 2002, there will always be a special place in our hearts for Austin Powers…and the spies who have shagged him.
This slot game by Blueprint Gaming serves to remind us of just how much we miss him, and how we still hope that a fourth movie is on the way someday. This review will obviously be slightly tainted by my nostalgic feelings, but don’t worry – this game totally gives fans what they’re looking for, so I don’t need to gloss over anything or give fake praise, and here are the reasons why…
Please look at the images below to confirm that I am not lying when I say that Austin Powers Slots has one of the greatest images of all time in it – a shark with a frickin’ laser beam attached to its head! I mean, come on…what else could you possibly be looking for?
Those who are not impressed by sharks with laser beams on their heads will be happy to know that this is only one of the many reasons that Austin Powers is one of the best movie-themed slot games ever. Check out these screenshots and you’ll appreciate the amount of time that Blueprint Gaming must have put into the creation of this game.
In 1997, one of the greatest international spies of all time was unfrozen from his cryogenic sleep and brought into a new world. A world that had changed dramatically from when he had seen it last. Although the movie at its core is a comedy, Austin Powers also cleverly deals with the frustration that many of us older people feel when we look around at the world today. If you’re over 40, chances are you’ve shaken your head at someone young doing something foolish, or at some ridiculous fad that has taken over the nation. Thankfully this game focuses on the fun aspects of Austin Powers, and not the dark isolation he felt after observing the cruel modern world, and how heartbroken he was that things were now much different than the swinging 60’s from which he came. Moving on…
Unfortunately for Austin, the super-villain Dr. Evil was also unfrozen at the same time as him, and has returned to continue his conquest for power and wealth. Now he is joined by his laboratory-created sidekick Mini-Me to finish the job and rid the world of Austin Powers, so nothing stands in the way of their world domination.
The slot game is based off of the second installment of the film franchise, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, which stars Heather Graham as Felicity Shagwell. The film and the game both center on Dr. Evil and his cronies trying to steal Austin’s mojo, which is the source of his animal magnetism and sex appeal.
After playing this game many times I can’t help but feel that Blueprint Gaming could have added some more unique symbols. Having Mini-Me in one of the bonus rounds is a necessity, however he definitely deserves his own regular game symbol as well, in my opinion.
They also could have had the “Shaguar” as a symbol – the 1961 Jaguar E Type with the Union Jack that Austin drove. Other symbols that should have been included in this game were Rob Lowe as Young Number 2, Robert Wagner as Number 2, Seth Green as Scott Evil, and most importantly, Will Ferrel as Mustafa.
The game does make up for the above omissions by having tons of different Wild Symbols with Colossal Wilds, Sticky Wilds, and Mojo Wilds. All are quite inventive and add to the overall action and payout possibilities.
- J (Jack)
- Q (Queen)
- K (King)
- A (Ace)
- Felicity Shagwell
- Dr. Evil
- Austin Powers
- Austin Powers Logo
- Diamond Encrusted Mars Medallion (Wild)
- Time Machine Door (Bonus)
The Wild symbol of Austin’s Mars Medallion pays the most for a five of a kind with 500 coins. The next profitable symbol is the Austin Powers Logo at 400 coins, followed by Austin himself at 300 coins. Felicity Shagwell and Dr. Evil round out the top symbols paying 200 coins each for five in a row.
The Spy Who Shagged Me has an in-game jackpot called the “Submarine Lair Trail“. It’s a simple pick em’ game where you select boxes in hopes of finding golden keys, because each key will start a tractor beam that enlarges the dollar amounts of the bonus prizes. If you eventually discover a large amount of keys during the round you might be able to unlock the ultimate box and snag the jackpot prize. It won’t be a massive six figure jackpot, but it will certainly be a nice amount of free cash to add to your bank balance.
When you get three or more Time Machine symbols you are taken to the time machine where you push a big red button that will determine where you go. There are six unique bonus areas that you could enter, all of which offer different prizes. Technically a few of these areas only give you free spins so I will detail those bonuses in the following section.
- 1998: Virtucon Test Site
- 1968: Volcano Lair
- 1969: Moon Base
- 2003 Submarine Lair
- 2002: Asahi Sumo Arena
- 1997: Cryo Lab
The Volcano Lair Bonus is basically a pick em’ bonus round where you click on either Austin or Felicity to check their bags for spy items. Once you select a bag that has an explosive as the next item, you are returned to the regular game.
In addition, there are three random reel features in Austin Powers Slots that are almost like “mini bonus rounds”. The best one is when a shark with a frickin’ laser on its head randomly pops out of a pool at the bottom of the screen and shoots the reels. This is hugely beneficial to you because it turns the entire reel into Wild symbols. Furthermore, it might shoot more than one reel, and could even shoot all five if it is feeling particularly randy.
Another mini bonus round is when you get a vile of mojo smashed into your reels which spills mojo juice everywhere and turns various symbols wild. Ya baby! Lastly, you might get the “Dr. Evil Big Win” nudge where he appears at random after a losing spin to bump all of the reels up to switch the loss into a big cash win.
So be on the lookout for three Time Machine symbols appearing on a single spin, since they are what will transport you into the bonus round area. However, four or five time machines will give you an extra multiplier on your bonus round which can increase your winnings up to 10 times your original wager, so the payoff can be huge.
As explained above, when you enter the time machine bonus area you will push a button that determines your bonus prize, with some of these prizes simply giving you free spins. For example, if you enter the Virtucon Test Site you will be issued five free spins with the possibility of anywhere between one and five Fembots showing up on the reels as stacked Wilds.
The Fat Bastard Free Spins gives you an extra spin for a total of six. The Bastard himself is also an Expanding Wild that can cover multiple rows and reels, which is why the game refers to this round as “Colossal”.
The Mini-Me Free Spins feature is mathematically twice as good as the Fembot Free Spins because you are given 10 instead of five. Of course Mini-Me is the stacked Wild instead of a Fembot, and his presence alone makes the round a little better. He will also stay stuck on the reels for the duration of the free spins, so technically Mini-Me is a Sticky Stacked Wild. Thanks, Vern!
There are tons of great clips from The Spy Who Shagged Me in this game, with all of them being funny, and none of them going on for too long or getting in the way of your game play. They’re a perfect length to remind you of the scene being referred to by the game, and they always bring a smile to my face.
Whether it’s the stacked Wilds or the reel features, everything seems to have some bit of animation or pizazz to it. This game really does a fantastic job of keeping you entertained and engaged no matter how long you play for.
Audio & Soundtrack
The game designers at Blueprint made the excellent decision of paying for the rights to what most people would consider Austin Power’s theme song, Quincy Jones’ “Soul Bossa Nova“. This is probably the only song in the history of mankind that someone can listen to over and over again for hours and not get sick of. At least that’s how I feel about it. I realized once that I had been playing this game for over two hours with the sound on, and was shocked that I was still bobbing along in my seat to the music.
There are way too many lines and audios from the original movie to list here, so just trust me when I say that the game is packed with them. It’s easily one of the most complete movie-themed slots games that I have ever played. They used every audio and video clip at their disposal, and the final product certainly reflects that.
If you didn’t like Austin Powers the first time around you might want to pass on this game. It is non-stop shagadelic action, dripping with direct references to the movie. However, if you’re one of the millions like me who loved the International Man of Mystery, you will immediately fall in love with this slot game. There’s constant action, big win potential, and of course, Austin will make you horny. Groovy, Baby!!
Bonus Video of Austin Powers
With all this talk about the movie, I had to go back and re-watch the original trailer for 1999’s “The Spy Who Shagged Me” on Youtube, so here it is, in all of its mojo-soaked glory. This film is definitely going to be remembered as a comedic classic, and I think most of you will agree that it’s amazing how young Mike Myers looks in this clip…