Review of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Slots
Let’s get this out of the way right now – I have been a huge fan of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off for over 30 years, and this game is one of the best discoveries I’ve ever made while gambling online. I’m still shocked that it was even released in the first place.
If you’re reading this review I would imagine that this movie was an important part of your childhood, just like it was an important part of mine. I was ecstatic to find out that skipping school was actually an art form that could be practiced until perfected. Although I never utilized a mannequin or stole a sports car, I did like to skip class and watch gameshows just as much as every other red-blooded American youth. So yes, you can expect that this review is going to be quite biased and dripping with nostalgia.
It’s interesting to note that director John Hughes died in 2009 and this game was released in 2010 – I wonder if he would have allowed it to be made if he was still alive? It’s probably best not to dwell on that question for too long…we have a fun slot game to review…
The screenshots below show you exactly what this game has to offer: decent graphics and tons of fun symbols that feature characters from the movie. Yes this slot is starting to look a little old, but given the fact that the original film was released in the 1980s, it kind of looks like it’s supposed to be that way, don’t you think? Maybe it’s just me.
If you don’t know the storyline of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, stop right now and go watch the movie, and then come back and continue reading. Seriously. This slot is for fans of the movie only, and I’m assuming that anyone who’s never seen it would probably walk away from the game scratching their heads wondering what the heck they just saw.
For those who would like a refresher, here’s a quick summary of the plot: a popular high school student is trying to skip school for the day to enjoy everything that life has to offer. He wants to share the experience with his girlfriend Sloane and his best friend Cameron. All three of these characters have their faults, but learn valuable life lessons throughout the day that help them to grow as people. They also have tons of fun bopping around Chicago as they hide from high school principal Ed Rooney at every turn.
Their highlights include performing in a parade, attending a Chicago Cubs game, eating at a fancy restaurant, and enjoying thoughtful strolls through local art galleries. Then after an unfortunate accident with a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California, Cameron is forced to confront his issues with his father and finally stand up for himself.
This game doesn’t get into the deeper issues of resentment, isolation, or the existential meaning of life that John Hughes films are famous for, and instead focuses on the characters and the funnier moments from the film.
Let’s just go ahead and address the elephant in the room right off of the bat – there are no Matthew Broderick symbols anywhere in this game. It is a travesty, a shame, and almost downright criminal, but I think it can be assumed that Matthew didn’t want to license his face to this slot, and we are therefore forced to accept his decision. Although, I obviously reserve my right to complain about his decision, and hold on to my hopes that there’s a second version of this game someday that includes him…and Ben Stein as the “Economics Teacher”…Bueller? Bueller?
The game’s designers try to make up for Matthew’s absence by bribing us with a Wild symbol that automatically doubles your cash prizes when used in a payline win, but I think we can agree that we’ll need more than that to get over the situation.
- Q (Queen)
- K (King)
- A (Ace)
- Red 1961 Ferrari GT California
- Family Dog (Rottweiler)
- Grace (Edie McClurg)
- Cameron Frye (Alan Ruck)
- Sloan Peterson (Mia Sara)
- Edward R. Rooney (Jeffrey Jones)
- Save Ferris Button (Scatter)
- Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Logo (Wild featuring Lyman Ward as Tom Buller & Cindy Pickett as Katie Bueller)
A strange thing about the symbols is that it’s one of the only slots I can remember that only uses a Queen, King, and Ace without a Jack and/or 10. Another oddity is that the Ed Rooney symbol is the most valuable one, paying 5,000 coins for five of a kind. I guess the game developers wanted to put a twist on the fact that Ferris never wanted to see him in the movie, and now players want to see him as much as possible in the game.
The next most valuable symbol is Sloan paying 500 coins for 5 in a row, and then Cameron and Grace each pay 200 for the same win. And as much as I love everything that Edie McClurg has ever done in her career, there’s no way that her symbol should be paying out as much as Cameron Frye’s. Period.
The Ferris Bueller Slots Jackpot is part of the “Hollywood Jackpot” network that is shared over many online slot games. It is won at random while playing, but cannot be triggered during free games. If you hit it you will be taken to the jackpot area where you will select up to four symbols that will reveal Gold, Silver, or Bronze film reels, which give you 10, 5 or 3 points respectively.
Your points then determine whether or not you move up to a better jackpot level, with each level giving you the opportunity to win larger amounts of free cash. Each time you move up, the board is reset and you get four more selections.
Supposedly, the more you wager, the better your chances are of triggering the jackpot, however I have no idea how this would be calculated or what the details are. There are five jackpots in total that can be won in this feature, with the average win amounts being around $15,000 each time.
One of my favorite bonus rounds ever is in this game and it’s called the “Kick the Car Feature“, and fans of the movie will immediately know exactly what this is about. The feature is taken from the scene where Cameron finally loses his cool in his father’s glass-walled antique car garage, and starts kicking the front of his prized 1961 Ferrari GT California.
Once you click the “Go” button Cameron will unleash on the car, with each boot revving the speedometer higher. You want him to kick the heck out of it because the final speedometer amount serves as a multiplier on your original wager. The faster the “speed”, the more free cash you’ll have in your pocket because instead of MPH the speedometer has multiplier amounts of 2x all the way up to 12x.
You access the Kick the Car Feature by getting the Ferrari GT symbol on reel 2 and the Cameron symbol on reel 4 during the same spin, which will never happen during free games.
The round of course ends with Cameron’s emotional question of, “What did I do?“.
You can win yourself some Ferris Bueller free spins by hitting the “Fake the Parents Feature” via three or more Scatter symbols anywhere on the reels. This feature is a little tricky because you actually have to use your mouse and click to push the keys on the virtual synthesizer to increase your potential for free bonus cash.
You are in Ferris’ bedroom where you choose which synth keys to press, with each revealing an amount of free spins or multipliers, accompanied with funny clips from the movie. You can’t press every key on the synthesizer but you know which one’s you can because they light up when you hover over them with your mouse pointer. At the end of the round your total number of free spins is then revealed as Ferris hacks into the school computer and reduces the number of absent days on his report card.
You are able to re-trigger the Free Games Mode while free-rolling, and you will win the same number of free spins with the same multiplier amount as you continue. The maximum amount of free spins you can win is 18, with a max multiplier of 6x your original wager.
These graphics are by no means going to blow your mind or dazzle you with their brilliance. However, the good news is that they don’t have to because they succeed in their only job, which is to transport you back to those wonderful days of cutting class in high school, (and of course remind you of the first time you saw the movie).
Another cool visual effect that I was not expecting this game to have was a secondary background, which it does when you go into the Fake the Parents Feature. My greedier side wants to say that they should have included more unique backgrounds like the bleachers at the baseball game or a high school classroom, but my sensible side says to be happy with what we’ve been given.
Audio & Soundtrack
This game is stuffed with hilarious and unique audios from the original film, and they will of course have you smiling. Two that come to mind are a funny video clip of Sloan saying “the Sausage King of Chicago” when her symbols are involved in payline wins, and Ed Rooney growling, “Your ass is mine!”
Some of the funniest sounds from the film are featured when you click on the various paylines – you will hear the fake sneezes, Cameron coughing, or the Rottweiler barking. Do yourself a favor and click the payline selector in the game controls up and down quickly to hear all of them perform “music”. (You’ll see what I’m talking about when you try it for yourself.)
The song that plays during the Free Spins Mode is totally weird and I don’t remember it being featured anywhere in the original film. It’s an ’80s inspired jam that has a repetitive synthesized beat.
The only other audios of note are the old school nyx game sounds of a slot machine lever being pulled with each spin, and the “horse galloping” sound as the reels fall on the board. Slots veterans will already be quite familiar with these.
Oh, there’s a car honking sound when you’re in the regular game and the Ferrari symbols land – it definitely gets annoying…you start to feel like you’re stuck in traffic from the comfort of your own home.
If you grew up in the 1980s like I did, this game is going to hit you with a ton of nostalgia and you’ll definitely want to give it a try – you won’t be disappointed. It’s amazing that 30 years later, Ferris is still the “righteous dude” we remember him as.
Offering a great bonus round and free spins mode, you don’t have to be the Sausage King of Chicago to enjoy this game, and the campy graphics and hilarious audios really do elevate this game to a high level. It’s absolutely one of the best movie-themed slots I’ve ever played.
In closing, I think we should always try to remember the great advice that Ferris gives at the end of the movie,
Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.
Truer words have never been spoken by a teenage delinquent. Save Ferris!
Bonus Video of Ferris Bueller
We all know that there’s only one video that a review of Ferris Bueller Slots can end with, and that’s “Oh Yeah” by Yello. So here’s a nice compilation video with scenes from the movie…chicka chickaaa!