The Goonies Slot: Overview
Blueprint Gaming, who recently acquired the MegaWays license, has been extremely busy churning out slot after slot almost to the point where it's getting hard to keep up. While the MegaWays spectacle has been quite successful in their case, we can't help to feel it's becoming a bit redundant. Or it could possibly be the fact that we're starting to anticipate what to expect and in all honesty, The Goonies is no exception to the rule. If you've ever played TED, you sort of know already what you're in for. Now, if you love the action-packed type Blueprint Gaming slots, then you're in for a real treat as it has all the elements that are typical for Blueprint.
The 30-35+ player base will likely be familiar with The Goonies. It's a 1980's blockbuster movie with cult status that was directed by the legendary Steven Spielberg himself. If you haven't seen this Indiana Jones-inspired adventure, we strongly recommend you do so. Naturally, some of the jokes are a bit outdated, but overall the movie is still relevant to this day as are most of Spielberg's productions. In the online slot, you get to follow lead characters Mikey, Data, Mouth and Chunk in their escapades and a chance to trigger 12 different bonus features.
The Goonies is a 5-reel, 3-row slot with 20 pay lines which you can play from as little as 10 cents per spin across all devices. It's hard to say whether it's a medium or high variance slot, but we'd say it's somewhere around 7-8 out of 10 on the volatility ladder. Quite a lot of the payouts are dedicated to the various main game features which probably lowers the free spins frequency.
We feel that Blueprint has done this classic movie justice when it comes to the overall production. Starting up the slot, it's almost as if you're introduced to one of those Disney adventure worlds. The warm colours, intriguing symbols and a wealth of features make for some entertaining slot action.
The paytable is displayed in coin value, which can be a bit confusing (on purpose) if you're new to slots. It's a trick used to make the payouts seem more impressive than they really are. To make it simple, with a current bet size of 1 EUR, just remove the last zero and divide the coin values in the paytable by 2.
The Goonies comes with 4 low-value symbols, J, Q, K and A royals, as well as 5 premiums represented by golden balance scales, pirate skeletons, pirate ships, treasure chests and Jolly Roger flags. The latter, along with the wild symbol which is of identical value, is the most lucrative and awards 25 times the stake for 5 across a full pay line. The symbols appear fully stacked on the reels which means there is a max win potential of 500x in the main game.
The Goonies Slot: Features
Oh my, Blueprint Gaming slots can be a bit of a nightmare to review because of all the features typically included, and it took us quite a while to play through them all. The Goonies comes with 6 main game features and 6 bonus features. Let's start with the main game features first.
During any spin, the One-Eyed Willy's Riches can be triggered randomly. When this happens, Willy swings across the screen and awards one of the following features randomly:
- Truffle Shuffle Wilds -additional wild symbols are added to the reels.
- Mikey's Hidden Riches - turns reels into fully stacked wilds.
- Data's Colossal Symbols -3 reels adjacent to each other can turn into a Colossal Reel.
- Mouth's Lucky Coins - Gold coins are added to the reels which then reveals a randomly chosen symbol to form a win.
- One-Eyed Willy's Bonus Boost -Increases the chance of triggering the bonus by adding extra scatter symbols.
- Sloth's Win Spin – Guaranteed to trigger a big win spin.
There are another two random features that can come into play following a losing spin. A scythe may appear to form winning combinations, and a cave collapse can occur to form wins with symbol drops.
Three or more scatter symbols anywhere on the reels triggers the One-Eyed Willy's Bonus Wheel. Similar to other Blueprint Gaming slots, players are offered the opportunity to gamble their features all the way up to the One-Eyed Willy's Treasure feature where you can win 1000 times the stake. The top feature can also be triggered by landing 5 scatter symbols.
There are 6 bonus features in total, all present on the wheel. When the wheel stops on one of the features, players are given the opportunity to either gamble in the hope of triggering one of the more coveted features further up the bonus ladder, or they may collect and play the bonus feature. Beware, however, as the odds of winning during the gamble are not what you see on the wheel. So what looks like a 50-50 chance may very well be 90-10. If deciding to gamble, the features below the one awarded will be eliminated and are replaced by the Mystery Win Prize which is a coin win feature and the worst one you can get.
The 6 bonus features on the wheel are:
Fratelli Hideout Bonus - Three keys are presented to the player: CASH ADD (cash prize based on the player's total bet); COLLECT (ends the feature); HIDDEN TUNNEL (a sub-bonus is activated where the player can trigger any of the other bonus features).
Skeleton Organ Bonus - Organ keys are selected by the player with each character matching up to a total bet multiplier. An UPGRADE icon may be revealed that will increase the multipliers or feature that can be awarded during the bonus. Three Key symbols will unlock the door to an additional bonus feature. Avoid the Skull and Crossbones - lose three lives, and you're out of the game.
Super Sloth Free Spins - A new reel set is introduced featuring the Fratelli villains. If a Sloth Wild lands in view during any spin, all Fratelli symbols present on the reels are transformed into the top symbol. After the feature is played out, a set of chests are presented. Pick one to reveal extra spins, collection to end the feature or the One-Eyed Willy's Treasure Bonus.
Goonies Go Wild Free Spins -A new reel set is introduced here as well. One of the top symbols transforms into a wild for the remainder of the feature after the first spin. After the feature is played out, a set of chests are presented. Pick one to reveal extra spins, collection to end the feature or the One-Eyed Willy's Treasure Bonus.
Inferno Free Spins - At the start of each spin, the Inferno moves across the reel set, transforming 1 to 3 consecutive reels into Wilds. After the feature is played out, a set of chests are presented. Pick one to reveal extra spins, collection to end the feature or the One-Eyed Willy's Treasure Bonus.
One-Eyed Willy's Treasure Bonus - Values will spin and randomly stop on a total bet multiplier. The feature continues until the booby trap is triggered.
The Goonies Slot: Verdict
It didn't take many spins until we realised that The Goonies is a clone of TED, which feels like a bit of a waste with such a great license. Therefore, if you've played TED, you will know how the slots behave. Pretty much all wins of any significance are allocated to the features which are why most regular spins are made up of dead spins. Mathematically, that's how it has to be in order to fit so many features as this game does.
Blueprint Gaming has a strong focus on entertainment, and although there is a claimed max win potential of 10,000 times the stake in this slot, our experience with the TED slot has been quite disappointing. The 2 scatter teases are plentiful and a bit exaggerated in our option, and the main game random feature teases can be really frustrating. With that said, it is an action-packed slot with a lot of things going on, which means you're in for a hell of a ride if you happen to catch it at the right time.
If you're a fan of The Goonies, be sure to try the follow-up release The Goonies Return.
Fun features and excellent presentation make The Goonies worthwhile.