When Friends came on the air in 1994, America and the world was instantly in love with Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Joey, Ross, and Chandler, who lived in nearby apartments and enchanted the world with their various hijinks and romances for ten years.
The show began with Rachel leaving her own wedding and moving in with her old friend Monica. Rachel eventually begins to become part of Monica's group of friends, who hang out at the local coffee shop Central Perk as well as at their various apartments. The group often dates in and among themselves, with the show revolving around the lives as viewers watch the group grow and mature.
Friends was nominated for a slew of awards throughout the years, including 62 Primetime Emmys (of which it won six), an American Comedy Award, a Golden Globe, three Logie Award's, six People's Choice Awards, one Screen Actors Guild Award, and one Satellite Award. The show was also immensely popular holding an average audience of more than 20 million viewers.
Bally Technologies has been able to secure the licensing rights to finally bring the sitcom from the small screen to the slot screen roughly ten years after it went off the air. The game was initially debuted at the Global Gaming Expo in 2014 in Las Vegas, and is slated for release sometime between the end of 2014 and the first half of 2015 alongside other slots from big name properties such as Duck Dynasty, Wonder Woman, Betty Boop, and more.
The slot itself is being offered in Bally's Alpha Pro 2 Cabinet, which features a large 55 inch display that is presented vertically to allow for players to experience some unique features in full 1080p resolution. The game cabinet also features booming sound through a series of 7.1 surround sound stereo speakers and a comfortable seat that allows for some extended gaming sessions.
The Friends slot is a 5 reel game that features multiple paylines, Wilds, Free Spins, and multiple bonus games that include: a Wedding Bonus, a Birthday Bonus, a Thanksgiving Bonus, a Halloween Bonus, and a progressive jackpot that can pay out huge six figure wins.
Bally has been a bit tight lipped about the slot's details, so we don't have much information on what the particular bonuses consist of and how they pay out. What we do know though is that the bonuses are set off when a certain amount of Bonus symbols are unveiled on the reels, which then activates a Wheel of Fortune, wherein cash prizes and the above mentioned bonus rounds can be activated.
Reel symbols on the game consist of particular show characters such as Rachel, Joey, Chandler, Phoebe, and Ross. Other symbols include the couch at the coffee shop Central Perk, guitars, picture frames, and more. Adding to the crisp visuals are clips from the show, which play out in sequences to help keep players entertained.
I am really looking forward to the upcoming release of the Friends video slot, and can't wait to play this game when it debuts at land casinos throughout North America. I've always been a huge fan of the show and expect the slot to be an equally big hit.