Review of Terminator 2 Slots
This is going to be a very hard game for me to stay objective with due to the age I was when I originally saw it. Not to mention that Terminator 2 was the summer blockbuster to end all summer blockbusters. With a huge special effects budget, super director James Cameron behind the scenes, everyone from the original Terminator coming back to reprise their roles, and Guns N’ Roses dropping an insanely cool song and video for the movie, the stars were perfectly aligned for this flick to become one of the best action films of the 1990s.
If you were between the ages of 10 and 17 in the summer of 1991 and hadn’t seen this movie by the first day of school that year, you were immediately uncool, unhip, and labelled as a freak. It’s just the way things worked back in those days – I won’t even get into what happened to you if you couldn’t sing every word on Use Your Illusion I and II. Kids can be so cruel.
An interesting historical footnote is that one of the greatest movie sequels of all time almost didn’t happen due to legal fighting between the production company and the company that owned the Terminator franchise. Good thing they were going bankrupt so Carolco Pictures could scoop up the rights and make the film, (before eventually going bankrupt themselves).
Truth be told, I’ve watched Terminator 2 around 40 times in my life and this is one of the few movies that I will always stop and watch if I see it on TV. So ya – I’m definitely biased. That said, this slot is pretty cool but it’s severely limited in it’s game features because it has 243 paylines, and these slots almost never have any fun bonus rounds.
Therefore, Terminator 2 Slots can get a little boring after a while, and this is what stops it from being the Five Star release that it absolutely should have been. I really do have mixed emotions on this one…I’m happy and sad all at the same time…
The screenshots below show you exactly what you’ll get with this sharp slot from Microgaming. There are game board changes, tons of unique symbols, and video clips from the movie to enjoy. Every pixel of this game looks fantastic and the game’s designers really went over the top with their efforts.
I would think that most readers already know this story, but here’s a quick recap for those who would like a refresher. Since successfully evading the T-800 Terminator in 1984, Sarah Connor has been locked up in a maximum security mental hospital to help her deal with her “delusions” of a robotic killing machine. In the meantime, her son John is being raised by foster parents and enjoys dirt biking and going to arcades with his friends. It is John who is destined to be the future leader of the Human Resistance and lead the war against Skynet.
The concept of Skynet is quite creepy indeed – it’s an artificial intelligence that spreads across the world’s computers and eventually becomes self-aware, and in the not too distant future controls the entire planet by enslaving the human race. Oh – they also have tons of cyborg killing machines named “Terminators” that do their bidding. This was all a result of the Cyberdyne computer company pushing for the automation of U.S. defense systems through their “perfect” weaponry and AI. Who would have ever thought that this could turn ugly?
Skynet has now sent a T-1000 Terminator back to 1995 to kill John Connor, which would therefore crush the Human Resistance before it was even created. However, future John has reprogrammed a T-800 Terminator and sent him back in time as well to protect the younger version of himself. There are then many chases and fights to determine which Terminator wins and what version of the future will come to pass.
This game loosely follows the story of the movie through images and video clips but as I mentioned above, this is a 243 payline slot so there are no real bonus areas that build a strong plot. The lack of a proper storyline is this game’s major weaknesses.
There’s not much to complain about when it comes to the character symbols because anyone who should have been included, was included. Sure you could make a case for Joe Morton’s character of Miles Bennett Dyson making it into the game, and who wouldn’t have been happy to see Earl Boen as the slimy Dr. Silberman, but let’s admit it – we got everything we really needed.
I also give Microgaming bonus points since they didn’t use a 10, Jack, or Queen, and instead opted for card suits. This gives the game a pretty unique look and feel.
- Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton)
- T-1000 (Robert Patrick)
- John Connor (Edward Furlong)
- Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger)
- T2 Logo (Wild)
- Time Displacement Sphere (Scatter)
The Time Displacement Scatter gives you 3,000 coins for 5 of a Kind, with the T2 Logo giving you 1,500 for the same. The Terminator is the top of the character symbols with 800 coins for five in a spin, and John Connor follows closely with 500. T-1000, Sarah Connor, and T-800 finish things off with 400, 300, and 200 coins respectively for 5 across the reels.
There aren’t any Terminator 2 Slots jackpots available, which is a pretty sad thing. I mean, it’s not as sad as when billions of humans die as a result of a nuclear fire on Judgement Day, but you know what I mean.
Terminator 2 does not have a proper bonus round and this is the biggest problem with the game. I love unique bonus areas that take you to a specific scene in a movie, or bring in extra characters that don’t have their own game symbols. It would have been awesome to relieve the mall scene or the motorbike and 18 wheeler chase, but the game doesn’t have any of that. It’s such a missed opportunity.
However, there is a random bonus feature in this game called T-800 Vision that can be triggered after any losing spin. The reels will go red and the visual effects become just like in the movies when we see things from the Terminator’s perspective. The game will then target one of the five character symbols and pay out a random cash bonus on it.
This game also has a “Paytable Achievements Feature” which keeps track of the different winning combinations that you’ve hit, broken down by each individual symbol. I have no idea why a player would want this information, but either way it’s available to you if you want it.
You’ll want to pack your bags and get ready for time travel because 3 or more Time Displacement Sphere scatters will get you into the free games mode. If you’re already seeing red and in the T-800 Vision mode, you will only need 1 Scatter symbol to trigger the free spins.
The free spins in Terminator 2 are pretty crazy because the game adds an entire extra row of symbols to the board. The extra row means that you then have 1,024 ways to win, which is obviously pretty insane. Also, the T-1000 symbol can morph into any other character symbol to give you the largest payline win possible while you freeroll. During free games you can win up to 880,000 coins, but that’s basically if you hit a perfect spin on a maximum bet.
Sadly, you only get 10 free spins every time regardless of whether you hit 3, 4, or 5 Scatters on the reels, and the Skynet overlords do not allow free games to be re-triggered while freerolling.
Microgaming made the wise choice of including lots of video clips from the movie in this game, with my personal favorite being Arnold putting on his shades and peeling out on his motorbike. There are tons of other clips from various parts of the film too, and the one of the T-1000 walking out of the huge fire always reminds me of how intimidating he was when when I first saw the movie.
The animations on the game symbols are pretty well done. For example, the Time Displacement Sphere sizzles and glows with lightning bolts when it lands. However, Microgaming could have done a lot more with the lower value symbols of the Ace, Club, Heart, and Diamond since they just blink whenever they’re used in a payline win instead of doing something cool.
The best visual effect is when you enter free spins mode and the entire game board transforms from 3 rows to 4, and the metallic machine background begins to shine and glisten. The way the board changes definitely gets you pumped up to play your free games.
Audio & Soundtrack
Well I can think of at least one song that I was hoping to hear on this game’s soundtrack that wasn’t included. Anyone have a guess? Yup – they didn’t secure the rights to “You Could Be Mine“! Sure the game’s creators would have had to break out the check book to include it, but wouldn’t it have been worth it? I certainly think so, but then again, I’m not the person signing the checks.
In any event, the original music from the movie composed by Brad Fiedel plays throughout the game, with the soundtrack getting more intense for the free spins mode. You will immediately recognize the song as soon as you hear it kick in with its pounding drums and signature riff.
The quotes are quite funny and will immediately take you back to the movie. For example, “I need your clothes, boots, and your motorcycle,” always makes me laugh knowing what comes right after that line in the film.
All of the other game audios are fine, with nothing standing out as overly good or bad.
Whether or not you like this game is going to come down to whether or not you like 243 payline games, as well as your opinion on sacrificing bonus rounds in exchange for extra ways to win. I personally don’t think that it’s worth the sacrifice and every time I play Terminator 2 Slots I’m always left wanting more.
Microgaming could have included tons of cool features if they wanted to but they chose to go in another direction. How is there not a bonus round involving a huge bubbling vat of liquid metal!? That literally could have ended up being the best bonus round in online slots history. It’s such a shame.
However, for those of you who love Arnold and the Terminator franchise, there’s more than enough for you to geek out on here and you should be entertained for quite a while. In fairness, the free spins mode has tons of cool features that really do add to the overall enjoyment of the game, so I regularly go back and give it a few spins.
At the end of the day, I imagine that diehard Terminator fans will argue that,
The future’s not set. There’s no fate but what we make for ourselves.
While players like me who easily get bored will be saying,
Hasta la vista, baby.
Awww just kidding, Arnie…I’ll be back…
Bonus Video of Terminator 2
Well there’s only one song on this planet that could finish a review of Terminator 2 Slots, and that’s “You Could Be Mine“. Here’s a live version from a Guns N’ Roses concert in Tokyo in 1991 during their epic Use Your Illusion World Tour. This one deserves to be played loud…