Snakebite: Slot Overview
Unless you follow darts, there is a good chance the name Snakebite won't mean a whole lot. However, those in the know will recognise Snakebite as the nickname of Scottish pro darts player Peter Wright. At the time of review, Peter Wright was the World Matchplay champion, number 2 on the Order of Merit, and won the 2020 PDC World Darts Championship. We're not totally sure what those titles mean exactly, but Snakebite is clearly a whizz when it comes to chucking darts at a dartboard. A colourful character, Snakebite is recognisable by his bright mohawks, which his hairdresser wife changes the colour of for each tournament. Maybe that's the key to his winning results?
Whatever the secret of Snakebite's success is, he hasn't escaped the notice of developer Play'n GO who have signed him on for a branded slot titled, Snakebite. If you've seen footage of a crowd at a darts competition or been part of one, you'll know how enthusiastic they can be. Snakebite the slot isn't as rowdy, but it has been presented as if players are sitting in the audience at an event while a 5-reel, 10-payline game grid takes centre stage. It's different, there's a lot of fluro lighting, hands in the air, and a semi-punk attitude, mostly provided by Snakebite himself, who appears on several of the pay symbols like the rockstar of darts.
Snakebite the slot is available on any device and provides stakes of 10 p/c to £/€100 per spin. Online gamblers who enjoy darts feels like a fairly targeted market, and in order to attract as many as possible from the group, Play'n GO has adjusted volatility to a medium level. RTP, meanwhile, is 96.2% on the highest setting, though variable, so take a moment to check the paytable to find out which configuration you've got.
Like the man himself, the symbols used in Snakebite are bright and consist of seven pay tiles, a wild, plus a couple of special symbols. The low-value 10-A royals have a sort of neo-Gothic thing going on and are followed by three dart flights with Snakebite's face on them. Landing at least three adjacent matching symbols from the left-hand side on one of the ten paylines creates a winning combination. Premium five symbol wins will get you 20 to 24 times the stake. Trophies are wild, appearing on all reels to substitute regular pay symbols. Wilds also pay from any position like a scatter to the tune of 2, 10, or 200x the bet for 3, 4, or 5 in view.
Snakebite: Slot Features
There are two more symbols to cover, which trigger various effects. This is the Dartboard symbol, appearing on reels 1-4, and the Snakebite symbol, which appears on reel 5. If 2 or more Dartboards land on the reels, but the Snakebite symbol does not hit at the same time, then an instant prize of 1, 2, 3, 5, or 10 times the total bet is awarded for each Dartboard in view.
If 2 or more Dartboards and the Snakebite symbol land, then the Snake Spins feature is triggered. Here, 3 spins are awarded on an expanded 5x5 side reel set. The triggering Dartboard symbols are brought into the Snake Spins and converted to Instant Prize symbols.
During Snake Spins, only Instant Prizes, Snake Snap, Peter Pays, or Golden Dart symbols appear on the grid. When any of them hit, the number of remaining spins is set back to 3. Also, whenever Instant Prizes, Snake Snap, Peter Pays hit during Snake Spins, they are locked to the reels. The feature ends when spins have been used or each position on the reels is filled with a symbol. Each symbol has these properties:
- Instant Prizes display a value of 1, 2, 5, or 10 times the total bet.
- Snake Snaps duplicate all Instant Prizes in view then collect their values.
- Peter Pays adds a value of 1, 2, 5, or 10x the bet to the Instant Prizes.
- Golden Darts build a win multiplier up to x10. When the feature ends, the accumulated winnings is multiplied by the win multiplier.
Snakebite: Slot Verdict
To an outsider, darts looks exceptionally simple, in principle. Chuck some pointy objects at a segmented round object, and if enough land in the right place, boom, you're a winner. Then again, when you break a lot of activities down to their core elements, they're simple too. Tennis, bash balls over a net, football, bash a ball into a net, boxing, bash fellow human beings. There's a lot more to these things, of course, not least the time spent honing the craft, getting every aspect of it just right so you can defeat others who have put in just as much time as you have, maybe more.
Still, darts does seem straightforward, and for enthusiasts who also like a punt, Play'n GO has given them an equally simplistic slot. The base game does have an old school scatter win feature to keep players on their toes. Apart from this, the most you could technically win from a full screen of the top dart is a ho-hum 240x the bet. Even the visuals are quite sparse though they do convey some of the atmosphere of a darts comp, with a far less enthusiastic audience in attendance.
Basic seems like an appropriate word to describe Snakebite's bonus round as well since it's an uncomplicated hold 'n win type game. It can get exciting, though, when there's a couple of Money Train style collectors or payers in the mix, plus the end of round win multiplier can seriously improve the haul. At best, payouts max out at 6,000x the bet.
Darts themed slots are pretty niche, and since there aren't a whole lot of them floating around, Snakebite doesn't have much direct competition. Regardless, Snakebite feels like it's got the right stuff to entertain fans of dart and bringing onboard one of the sport's biggest stars was a coup. It helps that Snakebit the man is such a larger-than-life character as he brings plenty of personality to the game. Having said that, there's nothing particularly innovative about the game which seems to rely heavily on the branding rather than the actual gameplay.
By the way, if you were wondering, Wright's nickname 'Snakebite' comes from the patterns his wife puts on his hair rather than the alcoholic beverage – 'I just like snakes,' he says.
Ultimately, Snakebite fails to hit the bullseye but might have what it takes to attract fans of the sport.