Top Gun Slot Review
Blockbuster films have routinely been reimagined as blockbuster slots (with Gladiator and the Iron Man slots being stellar examples), so the title of this slot is a dead giveaway that this Playtech-powered gaming machine draws its theme from the iconic 1986 movie of the same name.
Strapping in to pilot these five reels, your target to shoot down wins from Top Gun slot’s paytable is enhanced by a number of special features. The primary mission on the basegame engages Platyech’s 243 Ways to Win rather than traditional paylines, so you’ll be seeking to lock onto matching symbols on consecutive reels, starting with reel 1, to confirm wins.
Speaking of symbols, Top Gun slot naturally makes liberal use of characters and images from the film to source these, although curiously the central character of Maverick is oddly missing in action – we can only surmise that Tom Cruise wasn’t so keen on getting in a spin on this online slot!
The Top Gun logo is in play as a Wild on the reels, substituting for all symbols except the Scatter in the traditional way of most slots, but more Wild action is possible with this game’s Dogfight Wilds feature.
Dogfight Wilds can be triggered randomly on any spin, and scrambles a virtual Top Gun F14 Tomcat fighter onto the screen. Locked and loaded, up to fifteen Wilds can be blasted into position on the still spinning reels, which wait until the mission is complete and the plane returns to base to reveal your result. All good fun and a neat use of audio and visual cues from this slot’s theme to add some appropriate drama to proceedings.
To really earn your wings on Top Gun slot, you’ll want to see three of the Tomcat Jet Scatters fly onto reels 1, 3 and 5 to land the Danger Zone Free Games Bonus. This is a mission of eight free spins, with enhanced Dogfight Wilds covering your back to help you hit the paytable with ruthless precision for some sky-high wins.
Fans of the Top Gun film will clearly love this slot, the famous theme song (originally performed by Berlin, but recreated here reasonably faithfully to our ears) sound tracking much of the action. We were a little bemused by its Turbo Mode as, like Maverick, we personally ‘feel the need . . . the need for speed’ when playing online slots, and this mode did little to speed up spins.
It did kill the music though, which might or might not please you. Overall Top Gun slot is a highly enjoyable game and its production values lend it a whiff of exhilarating quality rather than from any airsickness.
Nervous flyers might prefer a more sedate slot, but Top Gun’s special features make it a (literally) wild ride for those of us for whom the sky’s the limit.
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