Review of Family Guy Slots
It seems today that all you see is violence in movies and sex on TV…
When I first tuned into Family Guy years ago I was totally expecting a ripoff of Fox’s other hit cartoon, The Simpsons and an overall disappointment of a television show. Boy was I ever wrong. It was very funny in its own unique way and pushed the boundaries of good taste a lot further than any show had ever done before. Many of the plot lines were absolutely shocking but audiences still laughed…and complained.
Fans of The Simpsons will always say that Family Guy owes the show a direct debt of gratitude for paving the way and these people are 100% correct – without The Simpsons, there would be no Family Guy. However, I refuse to pick sides and like both shows equally for different reasons. Both bring something different to the table: The Simpsons feels more like Cheers and Family Guy feels more like Seinfeld. One show is the comfortable, safe place you like to regularly visit, while the other pushes you out of your comfort zone and takes you on new adventures. (Many people probably hated those comparisons.)
So although I haven’t been as loyal a watcher of Family Guy as in the years before, I’m still an old school fan who was excited to hear that this one was on the way. And just in case you’re reading this review and you’ve never watched the show, you should stop here and move on to something else…or go watch the first 10 seasons and then come back here when you’re done – up to you.
It’s safe to say that this one will only be entertaining for existing fans and it will have everyone else scratching their heads wondering just what the hell just happened. In any event, this exclusive review of Family Guy Slots will break down every one of its many special features to explain why it’s an instant classic.
The screenshots below really don’t do the machine any justice because you have to play it for yourself to properly appreciate it. There are so many crazy animations, ridiculous audios, bonus rounds, and moving pieces that it would be impossible to capture them all in three still images. That said, these screenshots do show that it has HD television quality and that the graphics of all the characters are absolutely fabulous.
And yes – that is a screenshot of Peter farting onto the board to give you an extra win. Un-frickin-believable.
Everyone reading this will probably already know the story behind one of the most successful animated shows in television history, but just in case some of you would like a refresher, here’s a quick recap. The Griffin family consists of father Peter, mother Lois, son Chris, daughter Meg, son Stewie, and their talking dog, Brian. All of them have their quirks, with some being worse than others, (Brian the dog being an alcoholic, cocaine-abusing, sex addict comes to mind).
The series follows the various members of the family on their adventures through the town of Quahog, Rhode Island, which is based on the real life burrow of Cranston, RI. Many stories involve Peter’s bumbling friends Glenn Quagmire, Joe Swanson, and Cleveland Brown. Often they can be found drunk in their favorite bar, or drunk anywhere across America. Hijinx always ensue.
The storylines in this release cover everything fun and exciting that you’ve seen in Quahog. From Lois and Peter’s private romantic encounters, to Peter’s violent feud with a giant chicken, and even the guys sitting down and getting hammered at the Drunken Clam – no stone is left unturned. There are also minor sub-plots that run throughout the action but you should discover those for yourself.
Fans will be happy to learn that all of the symbols are unique and come directly from the television show. Unfortunately, IGT decided to include the annoying character of Meg – just kidding, Meg! No really though, you are pretty terrible.
Regular readers of Queen of Online Slots will know that we usually jump all over the unique symbols of a machine and tear them apart and we always have strong opinions on how the designers could have done better. Well, not this time – IGT hit it out of the park and fans of the show will be ecstatic with everything that was included.
Pickier fans may complain that there should be more character-based ones like Greased Up Deaf Guy, Mort, or Mayor Adam West, but this simply a case of being greedy. Plus, we have to leave some options on the table for the next installment in the series, (if there is one).
- Pawtucket Beer Bottle
- Rupert the Bear
- Stewie’s Ray Gun
- Family Guy Logo (Wild)
- World Bonus
The highest-paying is the Family Guy Wild Logo which dishes out a healthy 500 coins for 5 of a Kind. Peter and Lois are next on the ladder with each awarding 250 coins for five in a result. This is followed by Stewie and Brian each awarding out 200 for five, and comically, Meg gives you the same amount of coins as the Ray Gun and Rupert the Bear. The people behind the scenes clearly have a sense of humor.
These payouts may seem a little low to veteran players but you have to remember that the coins you’re wagering each time are helping to fund the insane amount of special features that were included. This title is absolutely packed with action as you will read in the sections below.
With all of the bonus rounds, free spins, unique symbols, and crazy graphics, there just wasn’t room in this machine for a Family Guy Slots jackpot. Although no one will probably even notice given all of the madness that’s going on.
Well, technically we could consider Peter’s special feature as a jackpot since he can pay out up to 5,000x the coin amount that triggered him. This is when he arrives on the screen and farts all over your board. Lovely!
There are actually four “Griffin Family Features” that offer goodies besides Peter’s so let’s quickly touch on them in this section. Stewie’s has him appear beside the reels and shoot his ray gun to turn up to 3 symbols into Wilds which will obviously give you a larger payout. Also, Brian can run up to the reels and trigger the World Bonus Round with only 1 Scatter instead of the usual 3.
Lois’ ability is kind of complicated because she can pull out any of the character symbols and assign a higher prize value to them. Her, Peter, Brian, Stewie, Chris, and Meg all payout different amounts of credits, and of course it also depends on how many times the symbol has landed on the board.
Peter awards the most with a max of 1,000x, and Meg gives out the least with 1x. And yes – 1 times your prize amount doesn’t change its value. Thanks, Meg!
There are actually 3 different rounds in this machine with one of them technically being their free spins mode. To access the area you will need 3 World Bonuses anywhere on reels #2, #3 and #4 and once triggered you will twirl the globe and it will randomly stop on one of the following three things:
- The Drunken Clam
- Chicken Fight
- Lois’ Hot Free Spins
The Chicken Fight allows you to pick either Peter or the Giant Chicken as your fighter, with the battle having a total of 3 rounds. Your fighter will have a multiplier attached to him that begins at 1x but increases every time you win a round.
- #1 gives you a 1x or 2x multiplier
- #2 gives you a 2x or 3x multiplier
- #3 gives you a 3x, 4x, or 5x multiplier
As you punch each other silly during the fight you will earn 1 to 7 “picks” that you will use to choose bags holding additional multipliers. Each one will have anywhere from 5x to 1000x that will be applied to your original line wager. The total of that will then be multiplied by whatever number your fighter ended up getting during the battle to give you a total amount.
This can get very frustrating, however, since you get to see how many picks the fighter that you didn’t choose received. Choose wisely or you’ll end up kicking yourself. Cock-a-doodle-damn!
If you want to get your hands on some Family Guy Slots free spins you’ll have to hit 3 Bonus Worlds in any position on reels #2, #3, or #4 and then hope that the globe lands on the “Lois’ Hot Free Spins“. This is because the freeroll in this machine is technically one of the special features and can therefore only be accessed in that area.
You are initially given 10 spins but you have the opportunity to win more. You can also snag a “Giggity Retriggity” symbol with Quagmire schwinging out on it and this will give you 5 extra games each time. Unfortunately, he only Giggities on reel #3 so you’ll only see him if you’re very lucky.
Believe it or not, when in this mode there is yet another bonus round available. You will notice at the bottom of the screen that there are 4 images of Lois with 3 empty hearts beside each. You want to fill these hearts up quickly because once they’re full the corresponding symbol will become Wild for the rest of the action. What do they need to be filled with? Well of course it’s the Wild of naked Peter in a heart, which unfortunately only streaks through on reel #5.
It should be mentioned that all of the images change when in Lois’ Hot Free Spins mode and the payouts are different than in the regular mode. All of the new ones are romantic and have items such as pink candles, roses, and chocolate dipped strawberries – and when Lois goes Wild her image changes to a different one that is much more “romantic”.
The graphics in Family Guy are cutting edge and stack up against any of the best slot games out there today. They involve everything from character animations to background movements, to real HD television cartoon quality design. Every time something is activated in a win there are tons of different animations and if it’s a character from the show they can be involved in various situations or wearing different outfits. There are tons of video clips throughout the action, with most of them occurring in the various unique areas.
Actually, to be honest, this release might just have the best graphics of anything we’ve ever seen before. It feels like it’s the future of gambling games and you almost find yourself not believing how excellent the visuals are as they’re unfolding in front of you.
Also, IGT again deserve praise for the fact that Meg does not have an animated graphic of any kind when used in a payline. It’s hilarious because as all fans know, Meg is useless and boring and ignoring her is a passion for most. There are tons of other hidden jokes to be found throughout but we’ll let you come across these on your own.
Audio & Soundtrack
After so many seasons on the air without so much as even a note changing, the Family Guy theme song that constantly plays throughout this machine can certainly get annoying and it’s one of the only main weaknesses here. They should have saved it for a specific area so that you would actually be happy to hear it. Shockingly, we could not find a button to mute the background music but there has to be one somewhere, right?
There is of course strong language throughout the whole thing, for example Peter exclaiming, “Take it up with my butt ’cause he’s the only one who gives a crap.” Although the other offensive audio is due to its actual sound and not any bad language, and it occurs when you’re stacking up lots of payline wins. The sound effect they chose is shrill and loud and its’ totally annoying.
It should be noted that there are dozens and dozens of lines of dialogue included but we won’t ruin anything for you here. Just go play it and you’ll immediately start hearing the wisecracks and zingers.
Lastly, the funky music that starts the freeroll will have you grooving and will probably remind you of an old Barry White jam. However, once some Lois Wilds have been activated the music gets a little more upbeat and flows like a classic disco tune: this particular song is definitely the highlight of the soundtrack.
Anyone who loves the television show will be ecstatic with Family Guy Slots and will be thoroughly entertained for as long as they want to visit this virtual Quahog for. There are tons of things going on: wacky bonus rounds, a parallel reel universe in the free spins mode with totally different symbols, and games within games within games. Most of the major characters are here at some point and IGT ensured that all of the best jokes from the show are referenced in some way.
This is honestly one of the only machines I’ve ever played and thought, “I don’t think that this will ever get boring,” and I believe that this is the highest praise that anyone could ever give an online slot. It’s simply fantastic… it’s just so stuffed with action that you don’t even consider going off to play something else.
Just make sure that you’re ready for a little “blue” comedy and all of the cartoon passion that’s involved with Lois’ private area. Things get very hot!
Giggity, giggity, goo!
Random Video of Family Guy
Let’s have a quick look back at some of Glenn Quagmire’s funniest Family Guy moments from the previous seasons. And it goes without saying, but…
WARNING: The following video may have scenes that are disturbing to some viewers.
Just kidding. They’re all fine…