Review of The Six Million Dollar Man Slots
It was the 1970s and good television was scarce. We only had a few channels and all of them signed off the air every night around midnight. So who wouldn’t have been excited when a bionic man strutted his way onto our screens in the fall of 1973? Predictably, the entire country embraced The Six Million Dollar Man and elevated him to “icon status” after only a short amount of time. His popularity extended for years afterwards, and even after the show was cancelled in 1978 his diehard fans were able to get studio execs to produce made-for-TV movies about him well into the mid 1990s. Now that’s devotion!
Any show that spawns tons of merchandise like toys and lunch boxes has obviously struck a chord with viewers, and I personally never missed an episode. This show was great, honest entertainment that the whole family would be excited to watch. Even as I type this I’m having flashbacks to Sunday nights with my kids gathered around the television excitedly bouncing around waiting for the show to start. Now if only I could block out that memory of the green shag carpet that we used to have in the family room.
So now you know that this review is being written by a fan of the original show who’s both biased and nostalgic. The great news is that Playtech did a fantastic job on this game and fans of the original show are going to be extremely happy with the results.
The images below show you just how good a job the game does of taking you back to the future…well…the future as we thought it was going to be in the 1970s. The Playtech designers updated the classic television show in a modern way with crisp images, and sleek user controls – it’s the charm of the ’70s with the function of the 2000s.
When one of NASA’s best astronauts crashed his aircraft in a horrific accident, everyone thought that he was a goner. However, Colonel Steve Austin miraculously survived the crash and was immediately rushed into surgery and was given a new bionic arm, bionic eye, and two bionic legs: obviously, he was now the “Bionic Man”. And what was the total cost of the operation? Well, unsurprisingly, it was six million dollars.
Now Austin had superpowers that he had never dreamed of and can run as fast as a car, and can lift up a truck with ease. His new bionic eye allows him to see 20 times farther than the average human, and it even has infrared technology. Austin then uses his new powers for good as he travels the world to save people in danger and help further the causes of the United States and NASA. He was the original crime-fighting cyborg, arriving 10 years before the likes of RoboCop and Terminator.
The storyline of this slot game follows the plot of the original show and all of the adventures that occur in this bionic universe…but unfortunately there’s no slow motion action sequences.
Normally I would complain that Playtech decided to use the 10, J, Q, K, and A symbols for this game, however in this instance I believe that the quality of the gameplay is actually enhanced by having fewer unique symbols. You will see exactly what I mean when you play it for yourself – all of the other symbols are so lively that it would have been too much if there were another 5 unique ones to keep track of.
- J (Jack)
- Q (Queen)
- K (King)
- A (Ace)
- Blue EKG Waves
- Digital Numbers
- Bionic Foot
- Bionic Hand
- Bionic Eye
- OSI Director Oscar Goldman (Richard Anderson)
- Colonel Steve Austin (Lee Majors) (Wild)
- The Six Million Dollar Man Logo (Scatter)
Of course Steve Austin is the highest paying symbol in this game, giving you 4,000 coins for five of a kind. There is then a huge drop in payouts as Oscar Goldman only gives you 500 for the same number of symbols in a spin. The Bionic Hand, Bionic Foot, and Bionic Eye all pay 300 coins each, with the Scatter paying a very low 100 coins for 5 across the reels.
There are no jackpots in The Six Million Dollar Man Slots, but gentlemen…you can rebuild this game. Playtech has the technology. You can build this game better than it was before. Better. Faster. Stronger. More profitable.
Sorry, I just couldn’t resist using that quote again!
There isn’t a true bonus round in Six Million Dollar Man Slots, which is slightly disappointing. Based on how great the rest of the game is you just know that a bonus area would have been amazing. Any opportunity to use bionic body parts to win free cash is always going to be fun, and I think that the game’s developers really could have elevated this game to another level if they would’ve chosen to explore their options.
However, this game does have a “Bionic Spin Button” that will cost you an extra 50% of your wager, but it will guarantee you 0 to 5 Wild symbols every spin. I’m not sure how getting zero Wilds is a bonus, but I think we see what they were trying to do here, and it is a fun feature. When you pull the Bionic Spin lever and trigger it a red target will appear and zoom in on random symbols to change them into Wilds. This will obviously give you more ways to win, but just keep a bionic eye on your bankroll.
You will be chasing the Six Million Dollar Man Logo Scatter symbol in this game since 3 or more of them will get you freerolling with 15 spins in the “Bionic Free Games” feature. Unfortunately it is a straight 15 every time and you do not win extra free spins by getting extra Scatter symbols when triggering it.
Also, you can win yourself 2 extra free spins by collecting all of the bionic parts that Steve needs to rebuild his body. If you grab the Bionic Leg, Arm, and Eye in that specific order you will win the 2 free spins, and one additional Wild symbol will be added to the Stacked Wilds which will then stretch them out to cover more rows. You can only gather one bionic part per spin, so don’t bother cheering for all 3 to fall at once. Also, the symbols have to fall stacked if they are to be added to your collection.
You can keep track of what you’ve gathered with the status meter at the right of the game board. This prize can be awarded a maximum of 5 times while free spinning, but if you trigger it a 6th time or more you’ll only get the 2 respins and no Wilds will be added.
The graphics in this game are excellent and definitely one of its main strengths. The designers did a fantastic job of transporting players to a bionic world that is technically in the past, but feels like it is in the future. All of the bionic body parts glow and activate when triggered during specific bonus features in just the right way.
There are awesome video clips from the original show that play if you hit a big win that involves one of the character symbols, with my favorite one being from Office of Scientific Intelligence Director, Oscar Goldman. They fit in perfectly with the music and graphics of the Free Spins Mode, and I think that they’ll bring a smile to your face.
The machine graphics of adding extra Wild symbols to the reels during Free Games Mode are fun and fluid, and the symbols light up as if they’re dancing and supercharged. It’s a totally futuristic game with lots of robotics and technology, and bleeps and blorps.
Audio & Soundtrack
The regular soundtrack in this game is absolutely beautiful – it’s a soft ’70s jam that’s slow and funky with sassy bongos that fade in and out as you spin. However, if you engage the Bionic Spin feature and start to auto spin the tune is drowned out by frantic robotic spin effects, and I couldn’t find a way to turn down the game sound while keeping the soundtrack at a reasonable volume. What a shame!
The song that plays in Info Mode is fantastic and has more groovy wah wah guitars in it than you can shake a stick at. It is definitely inspired from the great American funk music of the 1970s and it sound like it was professionally recorded in a Detroit studio.
However, those two songs are put to shame by the synth-heavy anthem that pumps out of this game during its free spins mode. There is an uptempo bass line that gets worked over by and electronic keyboard that will have you dancing in your seat. It’s seriously kind of unbelievable how good it is.
In regards to the sounds, when you pull the lever for a Bionic Spin you’ll get the familiar sound effects from the television show that happened whenever Steve jumped using his bionic legs. All of the other audios when you push buttons, pull levers, and get big wins in the regular game are “futuristic sounding”…although the game’s designers did a great job of making them “futuristic sounding as if they were created in 1975”.
There are lots of reasons to like Six Million Dollar Man Slots, and I’m a big fan of how Playtech chose to interpret the TV show for this game. It’s rare that a casino software company hits the nail on the head with a television-themed slot game, but this one is darn near perfect.
The graphics are cutting edge and will impress even the pickiest of players, and the in-game features and free spins mode are tons of fun. The ridiculously great soundtrack is probably the best I’ve ever heard in an online slot, and it’s basically impossible to get sick of listening to it. In short, this game preforms on every level.
So if you love The Six Million Dollar Man you’re definitely going to want to check this game out and see all of the features for yourself. Even those slots players who’ve never heard of Steve Austin but are looking for a fun and exciting game to play should go take a look – you won’t be disappointed.
The future of online slot games is here, from the past, to play in the present. Better. Faster. Stronger. Sorry!
Bonus Video of The Six Million Dollar Man
That’s enough talk about Lee Majors’ character, lets see the Bionic Man in action with his wife Farrah Fawcett Majors. Here they are dropping by the Brady Bunch Hour to try their hands at some comedy. I had actually forgotten how bad this show was…enjoy!