Slingo Showdown Review
Howdy partners! What happens if you combine a slots and bingo game with poker? Well what you get is Slingo Showdown and quite possibly the best version of the Slingo game. Whilst the TV show variants are good fun and the instant win elements of Reveal interesting, Showdown makes a lot of sense as a game. For us it seems to combine the best parts of Slingo plus it gives you the chance to win up to £150,000.
Slingo Showdown is a western themed version of Slingo that brings poker into the equation. The game is played as usual on a 5x5 grid but instead of numbers the squares are represented by playing cards. To the left of the grid is the rewards for getting Slingos whilst on the right you'll find cash prizes relating to poker terms such as two of a kind, full house and royal flush.
How To Play Slingo Showdown
The aim of any Slingo game is to get a line - horizontal, vertical or diagonal - of five numbers. Each line represents a win and the more lines you get the bigger the prize. On each 'spin' five cards are dealt. If any of these cards correspond to those on the 5x5 grid then they are shot out. A completed 5x5 grid represents a full house. During game play you may super wilds that allow you to select any card to be crossed off on the game card. Additionally free deal cards can be won.
Wagering on this version of Slingo starts at 20p. This can be increased up to a maximum of £100 (Pocket Fruity). The minimum and maximum wager may vary from site to site. There is no Autoplay but Slingo Showdown does allow you to wager on. Basically once your turn of 10 deals - plus any free deals - has finished you'll be invited to play on for an additional wager! In Slingo Showdown the number of extra turns you can buy-in is unlimited.
Poker Meets Slingo
When cards are dealt to you they not only can be marked off the grid but they can also form winning poker lines that earn you a cash reward. The highest prize always prevails so if you're dealt two pair then a full house comes up later, the full house prize is awarded. The Slingos come in to play as they represent multipliers. The more lines you complete the higher the multiplier. For example Two Pair awards 20p on a £1 stake, but with 4 Slingos you'll receive 40p as it has a x2 multiplier.
As you can wager on and on with Slingo Showdown it is feasible to complete a full house. Playing on gives you a chance to be dealt a better hand but also to achieve a x30 multiplier win with all 12 lines completed. We have actually wagered on to completion in demo play - there's no way we'd do it with real cash - and ended up with 60% of our total wager. This is not an ideal strategy and one you should only undertake for "fun" when trying the game as a demo. Do not try it with real funds!
Slingo Showdown is quite possibly our favourite version of Slingo. The poker element adds an extra dimension to gameplay and actually makes it more fun. The Western theme is perfect and this adds to the enjoyment. It also feels like you win every round - even if it's just two pair. In fact we're hard pushed to remember ever not getting a winning line. However you could argue that this is designed to encourage you to wager on and spend more chasing the multipliers and better hands.
When compared to other Slingo versions we're hard pushed to find any real criticisms. Playing on is perhaps the only gripe, but that's something that can be levelled at all Slingo games. Our advice is to try and avoid the urge to give it a go. Stick to the base game, take any winnings and go again. Slingo Showdown has an RTP of 95.4% and is medium/high volatility.