Friends Slingo Review
Slingo, the slots meets bingo game, has previously launched a number of TV themed versions. These include The Chase, The X Factor, Deal Or No Deal and even Love Island. Joining this illustrous group is a brand new version inspired by the hit US TV show, Friends! Get a full house of Ross, Rachel, Joey, Phoebe, Monica and Chandler for the chance to win up to £250,000. Currently exclusive to Foxy Bingo will you be celebrating the one where you won with Friends Slingo?
Friends Slingo is an enhanced version of the popular base game and it's very similar to the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and Slingo Reveal versions. Set on a New York City backdrop, the game is played on the usual 5x5 grid of numbers. The numbers range from 1 to 75. To the right of the Slingo grid is a table of familiar Friends related icons such as football table, chicken with sunglasses, lobster and New York taxi. Note that in this version of Slingo you only get 9 spins as opposed to 11 in other games.
How To Play Friends Slingo
The aim of the Slingo game is to get a line - horizontal, vertical or diagonal - of five numbers. On each turn, represented by the 9 spins, five numbers appear at the foot of the game card. Match the numbers on the card and they're crossed off. Complete a line to earn a Slingo. Unlike the usual game a Slingo line represents a icon instead of a win line. When a line is completed an icon is revealed and marked off on the game card to the right. The aim is to get three of a kind so that you win the prize indicated. These range from 50p to £10,0000 based on a £1 stake. It's possible to win with multiple sets of three icons.
Wagering on Friends Slingo starts at just 25p a turn. The wager can be increased up to a maximum of £25 (Foxy Bingo). Other wagering amounts include £1, £2, £3, £4, £5, £10 and £15. The maximum wager may vary from site to site. There is no Autoplay but like other Slingo games Friends also allows you to wager on. Basically once your turn has finished - and any free rounds played - you'll be invited to play on for a given price and potential win. We advise against this option as wins are rare!
Armadillos & Monkeys
As well as only offering 9 spins in the base game, Friends Slingo is different in other ways to other versions of the game. For example there are no super wilds! There are armadillos - or wilds - but their position is predetermined. This means that you have no say in which number to choose. This takes out the interactivity of the game, although it's not a dealbreaker. Blocking symbols are also part of the game and are represented by a monkey!
In most other Slingo games a full house - all 25 numbers crossed off - would win you a guaranteed cash prize. That's not the case with Slingo Friends. A full house does not equate to all the symbols being covered on your gamecard. When we completed all lines on a similar version of the (Slingo Reveal) we simply ended up with one cash prize. Another game another time may be more yielding in terms of wins but we were surprised to not be better rewarded for completing a full house.
Friends Slingo is a welcome addition to the Slingo TV shows stable. Like Reveal and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire it combines slots with bingo and instant win games. However the instant win element does mean that wins are much harder to come by. The RTP is 89.5% although this increases to 95% when you decide to wager on. We'd suggest that wins aren't easy to come by but when they do they're not guaranteed to be on the big side either. That said if you do get lucky then it's possible to win x10000 your stake as a top prize of all the Friends characters.
Friends Slingo is essentially Slingo Reveal so our conclusion must be the same. We feel that the instant win element of the game does enhance the experience. However, after a few turns of not winning it quickly lost it's appeal. Pretty much like the many instant win games that are available across bingo brands and casinos. It's feasible that the a full house could yield all the same low value symbols resulting in a poor win. That doesn't seem fair to us but then that's the gamble. Friends Slingo joins Friends Bingo and slot games that are also available to play at Foxy Bingo.