Family Guy Basic Information:
Hey Lois, remember that time that guy did a review of our slot game? Don't worry, I'm not going to try to trick you into watching an entire song from Conway Twitty. No longer the new Guy on the block, Family Guy has become a force in animated sitcoms that is only really outshined by the legacy of The Simpsons. It was only a matter of time before, like The Simpsons, they extended their reach out into the world of gambling. Is this game an instant classic, or is it closer to a Meg episode? Keep reading our review to find out…
This game operates under the use of the IGT gambling software system. IGT, also known as International Game Technology is an utter giant in the industry. They boast that their video slots take up around half of all video poker slots which current exist in physical casinos in the United States, with this being one of their more recent forays into digital gambling. This game was released on the 12th of December, 2015.
The IGT system is compatible with a great many devices which are capable of running Flash. This means most PCs, Apple computers and tablets, along with a variety of other mobile devices. Check if your device supports flash, if it does you should be able to run games from IGT.
Family Guy comes with a total of 30 paylines over 5 reels in a 3×5 layout.
- The minimum coins bet sits at 1.0
- The maximum coins bet sits at 1000.0
- Minimum coin size sits a 1.0
- Maximum coins size sits at 50.0
- The return to player offered by this game is 94.28% which is towards the lower end of average.
By clicking on the main menu button towards the top-right of the game screen the player can access the options menu. This brings up a menu with six different options. These are as follows:
- Sound Effects
When toggles this option determines whether sound effects will play in the game.
- Dealer Voice
When toggled this option determines whether the occasional Family Guy voice over will comment.
- Ambient Sound
This option toggles ambient noises when clicked.
- High Quality Graphics
This option toggles the best looking graphics when it is clicked. This is an important feature which is often overlooked. Users on older or less powerful devices might want to disable this.
- Full Animations
Acts as the quickspin option of this game. When it is toggles off there is less time spent waiting around for the reels and other animations to play out.
- Fit To Window
This option changes the overall shape of the main game screen to best fit whatever frame it is located in.
These are the options and buttons which are simply linked from the main game screen. These include:
Located up the top-right of the main game screen. When this is clicked the player enters the paytable screen. This section lists all of the various symbol payouts, payline and bonus information.
- Coin Value
This option simply changes the total amount which is bet on each active payline.
The button used to spin the reels.
- Auto Spin
The little blue button located to the lower-right of the main game screen. When clicked this will bring up a simple tab with 5 selections of autospins to play out: 10x,20x,30x,40x, and 50x. Once these have been started they will either finish once the total spins are completed, or when the player manually ends the spins.
- Graphics Quality ‘i' Button
This set of options simply allows the player to set their chosen level of graphical fidelity. There are four different levels here: Best, High, Medium and Low. While best will obvious look the best, lower options will perform better on older or less powerful hardware. Keep this in mind if your game slows down. Games tend to get more crash prone the more they struggle to run. A crashed game means no payout, so low can be best in these situations.
Family Guy is an incredibly popular cartoon from the mind of Seth MacFarlane. MacFarlane voices many of the main characters in this show, including Peter, Brian and Stewie.
The show itself is an animated sitcom, based around the increasingly bizarre adventures of Peter Griffin and his family. Known for pushing the envelope in many ways, people often complain about the style of jokes in the show being unoriginal and interchangeable.
Whether getting in a 10 minute long fist-fight with a giant chicken-man, or getting chased out of the American South because of his literal mental retardation, the show has little care for reality. Whether or not this appeals to you, and whether or not this pokie will appeal to you, depends largely on your sense of humour.
Other Features and Bonuses
First thing to look at in this game are the various family features. There are four of these available, one for each member of the family. The player cannot choose to active these, as when they trigger they do so randomly. These are as follows:
- Peter's Feature
When this activates a value of 200x to 5000x of the triggering coin value is awarded.
- Stewie's Feature
When this feature is activated the player will gain up to 3 wild symbols on random reels. These wild symbols substitute for any other symbol except the world bonus symbol.
- Lois' Feature
When this feature is active 1-3 of the Peter, Lois, Brian, Stewie, Christ or Meg will be indicated. The reels will then spin, with bonus amounts being given out for the activated symbols, if they appear.
- Brian's Feature
When this feature is active 1 or 2 of the world bonus symbols on reels 3 or 4 will trigger the world bonus.
The wild symbol in Family Guy comes in the form of the Family Guy logo. These can substitute for any symbol except the bonus. During the Lois feature they also cannot substitute for any family member symbols.
The world bonus symbol in Family Guy comes in the form of the above icon. When the player manages to gain a minimum of three of these in a single spin they will be given access to one of the three bonus games.
The three different bonus games in Family Guy are triggered by gaining at least 3 world bonus symbols in a single spin. Alternatively the player can gain access when the Brian feature lucks them in. When entering this bonus the exact game is chosen randomly by clicking on the globe symbol which appears. The three different bonus games are as follows:
The Drunken Clam
In this game the player needs first select one of the four bar characters. This will give the player a random cash amount and bet multiplier. Following this, the player will be tasked with selecting a beer tap at random. This will uncover further multipliers, and has a chance of revealing the win all symbol. When this symbol is won the value of all other raps are awarded. Once the selected character passes out, or is the only one left standing, the game will end.
When in this game the player selects either Peter or the Chicken as their fighter. There are 3 rounds here, with 1-7 picks awarded during each round. The player must select a number of prize sacks equal to the amount of picks awarded in each round. Each of these sacks awards between 5x and 1000x the coin value of the spin that triggered the world bonus, multiplied by the current rounds multiplier for the fighter. The fighter begins with a multiplier of 1x, which increases for each won round, up to a maximum of 5x.
Lois' Hot Free Spin
This game awards the player 10 initial free spins when won. This game also comes with four additional Lois symbols, and four additional Lois boxes with 3 empty hearts each. Gaining a Peter heart symbol will randomly fill these empty hearts. Once one of these 3 heart boxes is filled the corresponding symbol on the reels will become wild for the rest of the game.
Quagmire can also appear on reel 3. When he does he brings an additional 5 free spins with him.
How to Play:
Basic play for Family Guy is as simple as a player selecting a coin value and clicking spin.
Clicking the autoplay button allows the player to go through a selection of different amounts of autospins.
Overall Design and Usability:
When a pokie takes direct inspiration from an animated show you would expect many elements from that show to directly carry over. This is the exact case in this pokie, for better or worse. Design of this game seems based almost entirely off directly lifted assets, both in terms of looks and audio. Whether or not this is a bad thing depends on your appreciation of the show itself. Fans of the show will likely have a great time with these ridiculous characters and voice clips popping up to make you laugh. That said, as show-accurate as this can look – the sound clips repeat often, so you will likely tire of them fairly quick.
When it comes to usability this is a game which does well, struggling only in autoplay features. The autoplay here works fine, for what it does, but it lacks the stopping options which are so crucial to intermediate or veteran players. Aside from this we have a game that runs very well, and which appeared fully reliable during our testing process. The graphics options here are also fantastic, and something which is often overlooked.
Where to find it:
IGT aren't as prolific as NetEnt or Microgaming, though they still make quite and impression on those websites which include their use. If you already have a favourite gambling website then check out if they offer IGT games, if they do then you might be able to find Family Guy there. If it is not available, or if you want a more direct list then check out the links below.
A fantastic looking game, and one which I recommend highly for new players. Family Guy shows the quality of visual designers which IGT have on their payroll, though it stumbles when it comes to bonus structure. This is a game which offers nothing but the standard wild/bonus gameplay, which is often not enough for those of us who expect a little more involvement in our pokie games. That said, if this doesn't bother you (and neither do the lack of autoplay stopping options), then we can absolutely recommend this game. It's really just a pity there wasn't a little more put into this one, as it could have been something great.
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