Ted

Ted Main Game Screen

Ted Basic Information:

Teddy bears have been a part of western culture for a long time now. The idea is so simple: a cute little stuffed toy to keep us company. The film from which this pokie was based, also named Ted, attempts to turn this concept on its head. Created by the mind behind Family Guy, it was only natural for this film to employ off-colour humour and ridiculous situations. Does the pokie hold up, or this more of a case of a simple tie-in created as a cash-in? Keep reading our review to find out…

This pokie was created by the developers at Blueprint Gaming. Blueprint have their basis in physical gambling terminals. In fact, Blueprint are so popular they have over 100,000 land based gaming terminals over the UK, Germany and Italy. If you've spent time in a casino in Europe its very possible you've already had a sample of what Blueprint has to offer. Now they aim to bring their expertise the world of online gambling.  This game was released on the 22nd of February, 2016.

The Blueprint 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 Blueprint.

Ted Main Game Screen

Ted comes with a total of 20 paylines over 5 reels in a 3×5 layout.

  • The minimum coins bet are static.
  • The maximum coins bet are static.
  • Minimum coin size sits a 0.20
  • Maximum coins size sits at 500.00
  • The return to player offered by this game is 95.8%, which is around average.

Options

Ted is a game built around simplicity, and because of this the game has a notable lack of options. Rather than the traditional option screen, Ted has the majority of its options available from the main game screen.

These include:

  • Betting Quantity Buttons

These simple increase or decrease the bet per line, though the paylines themselves cannot be customised.

  • Audio Button

This is a simple mute function which is found within the triple line menu towards the lower left of the screen.

  • Information Button

This is used to open the main game information screen. This section includes helpful information on symbols, game rules and payouts. Also found within the triple line menu.

  • Autoplay

When this double arrow button is clicked the player is brought to the autoplay settings screen. From here the user is able to choose from a menu with three different sections. These are as follows:

  • Set Number of Plays

In this section the user is able to choose from 10,25,,50,75 or 100 spins to play out.

  • Autoplay Session Loss Limit

Here the user is able to set stopping rules based on how many time the initial bet was lost. The options here are 2x,5x,10x,50x and unlimited. For this last option the autoplay will continue regardless of how much is lost.

  • Autoplay Session Single Win Limit

This section allows the user to set end options based on how much times a bet is won in a single spin. The selections here are 10x,25x,50x,75x and unlimited. For the last option the spins will continue regardless of how much any individual win nets the player.

Background:

Listed as ‘the first motion picture from the creator of Family Guy'. That guy is Seth MacFarlane, for anybody not aware.

In general idea in this film is that a childhood wish brought a teddy-bear to life. Now that teddy bear lives with the ageing adult, and the humour and conflict that this ridiculous situation creates is the draw of the film.

The film itself was extremely successful commercially, bringing in almost $550 million dollars off of a budget of $51 million. This was followed by a less popular but still successful sequel in the imaginatively named Ted 2.

Other Features and Bonuses

Ted Wild

The wild symbol in Ted comes in the form of the eponymous Ted. This can substitute for any symbol except the scatter.

These can form their own combinations, with payouts using the following rules:

  • 3 of these give a bonus of 2 when on 1 payline
  • 3 of these give a bonus of 40 when on 1 payline
  • 4 of these give a bonus of 100 when on 1 payline
  • 5 of these give a bonus of 500 when on 1 payline

Ted Scatter

The scatter symbol in Ted appears as a thunder buddies bonus icon. These do not need to appear on an active payline in order to generate a win. Gaining three or more of these on a single spin moves the player up the ladder, winning one of five possible bonuses. These are listed in the bonus games section below.

Gamble Feature

This game also comes with a gamble feature. Whenever a Feature win is achieved in the game, the player has the option to either collect the feature or Gamble to try and win one of the other features in the game (except for Big Money).

After the award of the initial Bonus from the wheel spin during the Thunder Buddies Bonus, the player will be presented with a Gamble screen showing the 5 features from bottom to top, ranked in terms of average payout. The feature the player has won will be shown to the player with the words COLLECT and GAMBLE shown on the feature panel in the centre of the screen.

If the player gambles and win, the feature they have gambled to can be collected, with all features below that now eliminated. This continues until the player collects, reached the top feature (where it awards that feature) or the player lands on the Mystery Win segment during the wheel spin where they are then awarded a Mystery Win Prize (a mystery cash value based on a multiplier of the player's total bet).

During any winning spin the sleeping Ted can wake up. When this occurs he can activate 1 of 6 possible modifiers. The details of these are listed below.

Waking Ted Bonuses

Laser Gun Wilds – While the reels continue to spin Ted jumps up from the couch and fire a Laser Gun at the reels. A laser beam will then bounce around the screen, turning symbols wild.

– Psychedelic Super Spin – While the reels continue to spin Ted will awaken from, pick up a hookah pipe and blow smoke all over the reels. This will cause a number of special Ted symbols to be added the reels which will all transform into the same symbol and award a cluster of line wins once the reels land.

– Beer Streak – Once the reels have landed and presented a combination of winning symbols, Ted can jump up and spray beer over the reels, covering them in bubbles. This will cause the symbols to shuffle about on the play area and into a new winning combination. This can occur multiple times until the bubbles pop.

– Psychedelic Colossal Spin –While the reels continue to spin Ted will awaken, pick up a hookah pipe, and cover the reels in smoke. Once the smoke disperses three of the reels will have combined into one colossal reel which guarantees to deliver a colossal symbol win.

– TV Remote Symbol Streak – Once the reels have landed and presented a combination of winning symbols Ted can jump up and start bashing the buttons on a TV remote. This will cause the reels to respin holding the trigger symbols in position. The reels will continue to respin until the win is not improved.

– Psychedelic Bonus Boost – While the reels continue to spin Ted will wake, pick up a bong and cover the reels in smoke. This will cause a number of additional bonus symbols to be added the reels. This significantly increases the chance of triggering a bonus for that spin.

Bonus Games

The free spins bonus game in Ted is won when the player gains at least 3 scatter symbols in a single spin. Following this the player will be given access to one of the following five possible bonuses:

Wheel Of Fartune Bonus

Pick a Ted to reveal an either an Arrow, Multiplier Boost or Spin. Arrow adds an extra arrow to the Fartune wheel, Multiplier Boost increases the multiplier value of one or more positions on the Fartune Wheel. Spin spins the wheel. Land on an arrow to move in a level where bigger wins are available. Make it to the middle to trigger the Big Money Bonus. The feature ends when you land on a feature or a multiplier value.

Bar Crawl Bonus

After a short screen transition the player will be presented with a secondary bonus screen set on a city street

The bonus shall be split into two stages; Stage 1 is a board feature where you can level up to the Big Money Bonus (stage 2).

The player always begins in stage 1 and is required to select bottles in order to move around the board, increasing the total bet multiplier. Landing on one of the special board positions awards one of the following positive or negative outcomes:

  • Girls: Upgrades one or more multiplier values on the board
  • Pizza House: Awards a trail run where the player can collect multipliers and big money counters.
  • Ming's Takeaways: Awards a mystery cash bonus prize
  • Big Money: Awards a big money counter.
  • Arrested: Landing on this one takes Ted to the ID parade.

If the Big Money Bonus end game is reached, the player is presented with Ted in the centre of the screen surrounded by a carousel of multiplier values along with Sale signs down the left and right sides of the screen.

The values will spin and then come to a stop awarding the corresponding total bet multiplier. The player will then be prompted to pick a sale sign from either side of the carousel, revealing either RESPIN (which respins the values and adds to the bonus win) or COLLECT which ends the feature, awarding the player the overall Total Bet Multiplier achieved.

Super Mart Free Spins

The player is awarded 5 Free Spins. Ted will be shown running on the conveyor belt next to the reels and positioned on the shelves behind the reels will be a scattering of Ted Wild symbols. During each spin the background will move left to right changing the pattern of and the Ted Wild symbols. Once the conveyor belt stops the reel positions will be filled with the corresponding number of wilds and any wins will be collected

Free Spins continue until all spins are used where the player is awarded the amount displayed in Bonus Winnings. Free spins cannot be retriggered during Super Mart Free Spins.

Flash Free Spins

Flash Free Spins are played out on a 5×4 reel format with a fixed amount of Free Spins. Positioned above the reels shall be a bonus grid containing various enhancements such as cash prizes, extra free spins and extra wilds. After each free spins if any special Flash symbol that lands on the reels will awarded a super shot in the flash bonus grid. The player always begins in the bottom level and a marker will sweep left-to-right until it stops and awards the corresponding prize. After each sweep the last position will be converted into an advance arrow, thus increasing the change of advancing further up the grid. The feature ends when no free spins remain or if the player climbs to the top of the bonus grid which awards Ted Big Money Bonus (after Free Spins end). Additional Free Spins can be awarded during Free Spins.

Big Money

If the Big Money Bonus end game is reached, the player is presented with Ted in the centre of the screen surrounded by a carousel of multiplier values along with Sale signs down the left and right sides of the screen.

The values will spin and then come to a stop awarding the corresponding total bet multiplier. The player will then be prompted to pick a sale sign from either side of the carousel, revealing either RESPIN (which respins the values and adds to the bonus win) or COLLECT which ends the feature, awarding the player the overall Total Bet Multiplier achieved.

How to Play:

Basic play for Ted is as simple as a player selecting a betting amount 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 it comes to design the focus of this game is immediately obvious. This is a game designed specifically for mobile devices, and the layout here illustrates this. This means large buttons and a simplified layout. Ultimately the look of the game is dedicated to its namesake, for better or worse. While the game does a great job of selling the idea of Ted asleep in his living room this is done with rather drab colours and symbols which look rather simple and mostly uninspired. Countering this is Ted himself. This little guy comes across just as he does in the films, and will happily jump in randomly with voice clips from MacFarlane himself (at least it certainly sounds that way). A bit of mixed bag here, then.

In terms of usability Ted also shows its focus. As a game which is built primarily for mobile devices the buttons are all large and obvious, with the layout lending itself to simple play. The game itself responds well, and we experienced no problems with reliability during our testing process. What we could have done with are a few different graphics options, as players on older or less powerful devices might suffer a bit when it comes to performance.

Where to find it:

Blueprint may not be as common as the big boys in the business, but they still do very well. Check out the following links for website reviews which offer games from the Blueprint framework. From here you can decide which casino works for you, and you can jump right in!

Rating:

Looking at the main screen of this game caused us to immediately figure this game as some type of simple cash-in. We were, to put it bluntly, dead wrong. Despite the graphics and general design of this game being sometimes painfully simple the game itself has an immense amount of depth. In fact, not since Aliens have we been so surprised at what is on offer from a pokie. In simple terms – this game has an incredibly varied bonus structure which can carry players a long way. If you are a fan of varied and large bonus structures then you owe it to yourself to try this one out. Heck, we'd recommend trying it out even if you aren't.

4.5/5 Stars

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Author: Steve Jackson

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