Review of Silver Surfer Slots
For many comic book fans Silver Surfer has always been one of the coolest characters in Marvel, even though it seems like there were always at least 10 superheros ahead of him getting more attention. Sure it’s hard to compete with Spider-Man and Wolverine, but a superhero from space who rides a surfboard? Come on, that’s pretty tough to beat!
However, in the attempt to possibly save you some money, please let me say right from the beginning that I really don’t think that this game will appeal to anyone who is not already a fan of the Silver Surfer comic books. Yes, the colors and images are beautiful, but there are other slots games that look great and will have a story that is more interesting to you. This game just doesn’t have enough to keep non-fans entertained, in my opinion.
So now you know that this review is being written under the assumption that you are already a big fan of Silver Surfer, just like me. Unfortunately I think that it’s going to be you guys that this game upsets the most. Let me explain why…
As Silver Surfer Slots was made many years ago, the game is definitely starting to show it’s age, as you can see from the screenshots below. That said, the images also show how cool this game looks in regards to the colors and backgrounds. It really is strange how a game can look “clunky” while also looking “crisp”, however that’s what the Surfer is bringing to this party.
Throughout the years Earth has been invaded by many different aliens, but none have been as cool as the Silver Surfer. Most casual fans don’t realize that he originally came to Earth to help destroy us when he was working for Galactus, the evil embodiment of a cosmos who feeds on planets with sustainable life. Originally arriving to help destroy the planet, he eventually took pity on us humans and ended up defending our world instead.
Formally known as Norrin Radd from the planet Zenn-La, the junior astronomer was able to spare his home planet from Galactus on the condition that he worked for him and traveled the universe looking for other planets for him to devour. In order to aid him on his searches, Galactus gave the Surfer a small bit of his “Power Cosmic” which gave him his metallic skin, and the ability to travel through space faster than the speed of light…on top of his sweet-looking surfboard, of course.
When Silver Surfer stumbled upon Earth he “pulled a 180°” on that board and totally changed his ways, and rediscovered his character and sense of decency. This was all due to the intervention of the Fantastic Four – thanks, Mister Fantastic! After learning of the epiphany, Galactus was so enraged that he banished the Surfer to Earth forever, where he remains to this day.
This game from Cryptologic draws upon some general images from the Silver Surfer comics, as well as a few of the villains to get you in the mood for the space action. Then the Surfer glides across the reels pulling tricks and handing out payline wins…presumably in an effort to distract you from the fact that this is as far as the story goes in this game, which is obviously a huge disappointment.
Any game that does not use the old 10, Jack, Queen, King, or Ace for symbols is off to a great start, in my books. The creators of Silver Surfer made the wise decision to scrap those tired symbols in favor of some images from the comics, and true fans will definitely appreciate the effort.
- Silver Surfer’s Surfboard (Toomie)
- The Infinity Gauntlet
- Blue Super Nova
- Orange Super Nova
- Silver Surfer Logo (Scatter)
- Silver Surfer (Wild)
It’s only fitting that the biggest villain in the cosmos gets the biggest payout in the game, so Galactus dishes out 3,000 coins for five on the board. This is followed by Thanos who pays out 1,000 coins for 5 of a kind, and then Toomie and The Infinity Gauntlet give you 100 coins for the same.
Like all Marvel slot games, Silver Surfer is linked to the Marvel Jackpot Network. This means that it can go off at any time while you are playing, without warning. There is a time limit to flip the squares which determine your prize amount in this Pick Em’ style jackpot round, so pay attention to your computer if you have this game on auto-spin. There would be nothing worse than winning a jackpot and not being able to choose your own fate!
There isn’t a legitimate bonus round in this game – the only action comes from the Re-spin Feature that I outline below. This is where Silver Surfer loses the most points. I have no idea how they couldn’t come up with a cool bonus round considering the characters and storylines that they had to work with. As the kids all say today, this was an “epic fail”.
Getting into Free Spins Mode in this game occurs in kind of a weird way. You have to hit Silver Surfer on reels 2 and 4, but without Galactus falling on reel 3. Once triggered, the Silver Surfer Wild symbol will expand to cover all three spots on reels 2 and 4 to give you extra cash winnings.
One 0f the criticisms you could have about the Re-spin Feature in Silver Surfer would be that you never know how many free spins you are going to get in that round. This is because you only get re-spins until Glactus shows up anywhere on reel 3, which could obviously happen at any time. I’m sure that some players will actually find this an exciting element to the game, but I personally like knowing what I’m going to get for my free games.
Most of us can agree that the graphics and animations in Silver Surfer are somewhat “basic”, however we would have considered them pretty cool at the time this game was released. That compliment aside, there is still no ignoring the game’s age when you’re playing it.
Although I do have to admit that the animations of Silver Surfer landing on a payline win and throwing an energy ball is not terrible, or when Galactus charges up with energy before paying on a win. But perhaps this is just my “Pro Silver Surfer Bias” rearing its ugly head and searching for something nice to say.
Audio & Soundtrack
The audios in this game are about as basic as you can get, and sound like an old Intellivision video game. To be honest, they do get annoying after playing for a while so you should make sure you know where your mute buttons are located. Or just keep your gaming sessions on this slot short in duration to ensure that you don’t get burnt out on it.
Well guys, I tried to stay positive – sorry it didn’t work out. Like I said in the beginning of this review, it’s probably the true Silver Surfer fans that this game will disappoint the most. And boy does it disappoint.
With no bonus rounds, zero game features, and an unknown amount of free spins awarded, this title is a huge letdown. Rabid fans of the comic will of course find enough to like to justify playing it for a while, but I’m afraid even they will end up abandoning the game and flying to another cosmos.
So to quote the Surfer himself, “Let my board and me again become as one! For I must leave this place of madness!”
On to the next game…
Bonus Video of Silver Surfer
Well you probably know by now how much I love these Youtube videos by CinemaSins. They breakdown everything that was wrong in a particular movie, with a focus on films that are adapted from comic books. So here’s their hilarious take on everything wrong with Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. There’s going to be a little light cursing, so make sure the kids aren’t around when you play this. Enjoy!