When The X-Files officially ended way back in 2002, it was a difficult time for everyone. Its one-off resurgence in 2016 was met with mixed reviews, but we all loved that final chance to dip back into our past and enjoy the show one last time. And that was it – forever gone.
Or so we thought! While turning the famous show into an online slot isn’t exactly the same as tuning into a new episode, at least the culture still lives on.
Not only the culture, but Dana Scully and Fox Mulder – who ran the show for eight straight years – are featured on the reels! The soundtrack doesn’t match the show, but it is quite chilling and, combined with the slightly unnerving graphics, sends a shiver up your spine.
If you’re not a huge fan of the show, then you might think that The X-Files is just another well-made, but unexceptional slot. However, for those who still get excited at the idea of the latest case, you may just have found your favourite new slot!
Gameplay and Design
Let’s start at the start: what is this slot armed with? Well, it’s a fairly simply 5-reel, 20-payline slot with only 15 symbols total. Our first thought was that the game’s design lacked a bit of finesse, but in reality they’ve just designed the game for its era: the 90s!
The colours are muted, the symbols basic and the animations are very old school. However, when you put it all into the context of The X-Files, it works perfectly.
There’s a big, glowing spin button at the bottom right, and the buttons for changing your bet amount and accessing other settings is equally well signposted.
It’s a medium variance game, which means that you aren’t going to win on every spin; however, the wins you do get should add up to at least the bet amount – possibly more.
Easily the coolest aspects of the base game is the inclusion of multiplier wilds: the game’s wild symbols have variable multiplier values betwen x1 and x5! They work just like normal wilds – becoming any other symbol to produce a winning combination – but they also boost your winnings hugely!
The Bonus Round
One of the symbols to watch out for is the spaceship scatter! By landing 3, 4 or 5 of these in a single spin, you’ll be rewarded with 7, 10 or 20 free spins respectively! During these spins, the multiplier wilds are still in action. Not only that, but any wilds involved in a winning combination stay on the reels – that means big, big payouts.
It’s a pretty short and sweet round, but boy does it pay dividends. Well worth waiting for!
The game is clearly marketed at fans of The X-Files, but even those of us who have never watched the show still found it enjoyable. The music and animations are pleasing, and the bonus round (where the real soundtrack kicks in!) is a huge moneymaker.
Deserves a great rating!