Review of The Godfather Slots
The world had never seen anything like “The Godfather” before when Francis Ford Coppola released his epic gangster film in 1972. The movie shattered most of the box office records at the time, and became an international smash hit earning hundreds of millions of dollars around the globe.
Like everyone else back then I was blown away by the amazing performances of Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan and Robert Duval, in what was the quintessential story of the Italian American crime family. Even real life gangsters of the day were quoted as saying that the film was excellent, and it was an honest portrayal of their lives in the underworld.
Even though I like watching the occasional gangster movie, I’m not obsessed with them like many of my friends and children are. I didn’t have any personal feelings interfering with this slots review, which is why I wasn’t scared to give it low scores when it deserved them. I’m sure that diehard Godfather fans won’t be too rattled by this game’s faults and will still enjoy themselves, but I found myself eventually getting bored. This game is definitely fun for a while, but I think that it could have been much better. Here’s why…
As you can see from the screenshots below, this game is starting to look a little old. Well maybe it’s starting to look a lot old. However, it’s the only online slot game based on the movie Godfather, so you’re just going to have to accept what you’ve been given. In fairness, the character symbols and background are extremely detailed, so those things still look fresh – it’s mostly the player controls that haven’t aged well.
The United States was relieved that World War II was finally over. Troops were coming back, families were being reunited, and life was starting to return to normal. Vito Corleone’s family was just like the rest, but with one major difference – theirs was the most powerful crime family in New York City.
We then follow numerous storylines detailing the exploits of the Corleone family which involve blackmail, extortion, racketeering, murder, and many other criminal activities. The various in-depth plots serve to humanize the characters and we end up sympathizing with them as we would with everyday people. As the “Five Families” wage war on one another we find ourselves cheering for some more than others, and getting sucked into the drama.
Gamesys have now attempted to retell the stories of The Corleones, The Tattaglias, The Barzinis, The Cuneos, and The Straccis, in this online slot game that heavily features wedding cake, (more on that later). Although the symbols and music do a great job of conjuring up memories from the original film and all things Italian, this game is missing a proper bonus round which would have better delivered a strong plot. Sadly, one of the major weaknesses of this game is the storyline, and there’s not a lot of exciting surprises as you play.
I could write 3 paragraphs detailing the omissions when it comes to the unique symbols, but instead I will just quickly state which ones disappointed me the most. Here’s who I would have loved to have seen in this game, in no particular order: Al Pacino as Michael Corleone, James Caan as Sonny Corleone, Robert Duvall as Tom Hagen, and Abe Vigoda as Salvatore Tessio. I mean…would you have preferred Sonny Corleone or a bowl of oranges? To be fair, I’m sure Microgaming tried to secure the rights to the likenesses of these actors but weren’t successful….right?
So instead of an abundance of characters from the movie, this game uses every stereotypical Italian object you can think of – including a plate of spaghetti that was undoubtedly made by a sweaty Sicilian grandmother. Mama Mia!
Here’s what we get:
- Bowl of Oranges
- Jug of Red Wine
- Spaghetti and Meatballs
- Golden Telephone
- Thompson Submachine Gun (Tommy Gun)
- Black 1941 Lincoln Continental Coupe
- Luca Brassi (Lenny Montana)
- Philip Tattaglia (Victor Rendina)
- Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando)
- Rose (Wild)
- Wedding Cake (Bonus)
You’re not going to be making much money when you get into bed with this crime family because the highest paying symbol is a pathetic 1,000 coins, and it’s only Don Corleone himself who will give you that for 5 of a Kind. Next is Philip Tattaglia giving you 750 coins for 5 in a spin, followed by Luca Brassi with 500 and the Black Lincoln with 250 for the same.
Once you’ve triggered the Wedding Free Spins you get reels with totally different symbols, filled with such relevant items as a piece of cake, a wedding invitation, wedding bells, and an old-timey camera. Sarcasm aside, we do have to give Gamesys bonus points for including a special horse head symbol when you’re unlocking certain features – it’s easily the best image in the game.
There aren’t any Godfather Slots Jackpots that can be won in this game, so just stop looking now. Do you understand what I’m trying to tell you? Gamesys says that your jackpot sleeps with the fishes. It’s gone. Dead. Never to return. Ok, ok, I’ll stop here.
Unfortunately for players like me who love unique bonus areas, there aren’t any proper bonus rounds in this game. And considering the original movie on which this slot is based, you know that they could have come up with some great features if they had wanted to. In fairness, slick bonus rounds were not standard when this game was originally released.
However, there are three different reel features in The Godfather that you can unlock to give you a little more cash to stuff into your mattress. First is the Family Feature that has Don Corleone summon Brassi and Tattaglia for a “Family Business” symbol that will boost your bankroll with higher payline winnings every time it’s used.
Then we have the Respect Feature which will give you anywhere from 1 to 5 extra Wild symbols that will remain on the reels for the duration of the game. Finally, there is the Money Feature which will have Don Corleone trying to bribe you with a cash amount to lure you away from a mystery multiplier of 2x to 10x on your next winning spin. You can choose the cash or the multiplier, but you can’t have both.
The game also claims that once you have unlocked these 3 reel features you will receive another three, and that these will somehow allow you to play the next version of Godfather Slots once it’s released, “The Godfather Part II“. Well, I actually have a few questions about this. First, what does this even mean? Once a game is “released” can’t anyone play it? Also, to the best of my knowledge, there hasn’t been a sequel to this game so what the heck are they talking about? I encourage anyone with information about this to email me so I can share it with my readers because I couldn’t find anything about it online.
Break out your best outfit because you’ll want to look good when you enter “The Wedding Free Spins Bonus”, where you will gorge on Wedding Cake Stacked Wilds on reels #2, #3, and #4. This cake must have been baked for the Godfather himself because those Wilds usually result in you stacking up a lot of free cash during the round.
There is no limit to your free games, and they will continue until the “Cut the Cake” feature is triggered by the bottom tier of the wedding cake landing on the reels during a losing spin. From there the cake is cut up and dished out as 10 random Cake Wilds across the board.
Three Wedding Cake Wild symbols triggers the free games, and it will only appear on reels #1, #3, and #5.
A major crime that this game commits is that there’s no introduction video as the game is loading up. It would have been amazing if they would have included one – that classic Godfather theme music accompanying some still images from the movie would have set the mood perfectly. This was a huge miss on the part of the game’s creators and a relatively easy thing to do.
In regards to the design of the symbols and the background, they were actually quite well done and even though this game is “long in the tooth”, they still hold up today. This is due to the fact they were extremely detailed when the slot was first released and it’s clear that the game’s designers put a lot of time into creating them.
There’s not very much to talk about when it comes to animations in this slot, especially on the game’s symbols. There’s a small graphic of a rose pedal falling off of the Wild Rose symbol when it’s used in certain payline wins, but it’s very basic and it insists upon itself. Other than that, the wedding cake has a snow effect on it, and the other symbols simply throb bigger when used in a payline win. I’m not really sure what visual effects they could have put on a bowl of oranges or a plate of spaghetti, so they kind of handcuffed themselves from the moment that they decided to use these symbols.
Audio & Soundtrack
As I’ve been reporting throughout this review, Godfather Slots is dripping with all things Italian, and the soundtrack in the regular game is no different. It’s a lilting Mediterranean-style song with violins, mandolins, and a sad accordion that conjures up images of eating an outdoor spaghetti dinner in the streets of Sicily. The game audios are strange when compared to newer slots because the song only plays when the reels are spinning, and the tune changes slightly with each spin so you don’t really get sick of it.
When the Respect Feature is triggered the soundtrack gets kicked up a notch and starts swinging to a sped up beat that has duelling accordions fighting for control of lead instrument. Sadly, the song repeats itself after only 10 seconds so we don’t get to enjoy the battle and find out which musician wins.
The third song of the soundtrack plays during the Wedding Bonus round and it’s the fastest song that you hear in the game. It has a polka style beat and of course features traditional Italian mandolins and accordions, which are now accompanied by sassy maracas and a triangle. This tune will definitely have you bobbing your head to the beat and searching for a glass of cheap champagne.
Other game audios include a wedding bell ringing every time a Bonus Cake symbol falls on the reels, with the gongs being quite loud and pronounced. Also, as you cycle through bet types it sounds like a gun being cocked. There really aren’t any other sounds of note besides these two.
This game is going to be too old for most players looking for the latest and greatest gangster-themed slot games, but I’m sure that many people will enjoy playing The Godfather Slots for at least a little while. For me, it was hard to get immersed in it because there were just too many features that revolved around cake – everything fun is related to cake in some way. At worst it feels like fetishism on the part of the game’s creators, and at best it shows a lack of imagination.
Sadly, I think this game will challenge the good will of even the most devoted Godfather fans because of its shocking user controls… it doesn’t have an Auto Spin button! Every time I play this slot I remember why I don’t play it that often; I hate the fact that I have to click the mouse for every spin, and therefore can’t multitask while I play. When you add this blunder to the lack of a proper bonus round and the stereotypical Italian symbols, I think that many of you will want to go into this game with lowered expectations.
That said, there’s certainly enough to keep you occupied for short gambling sessions when you want to mix things up with interesting characters and have a little taste of Italian mafia life. I imagine that due to the popularity of the film, anyone over 50 years old will want to check this slot out at least once. My main issue is that this game could have been so much better if they would have worked on it a little bit longer – it feels like it’s 85% complete. And a cinematic classic deserves better than that.
So if revenge is a dish that’s best served cold, this slot is a game that is best played cautiously. Most of you will probably feel like it’s actually making you an offer that you can refuse. Che palle!
Bonus Video of The Godfather
Here is an amazing interview with Marlon Brando on the Dick Cavett Show after he refused to accept his Oscar for Best Actor in The Godfather. This was very big news at the time and was one of the first occasions that a major Hollywood celebrity stood up for what they believed in, and thumbed their nose at the industry.
Here’s part 1 of the interesting conversation. Enjoy!