Free 3-2-1 slot
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Fans of shit retro TV quiz shows and Endemol’s faithful recreation of classic gameshows like the intense Deal or No Deal - The Banker's Riches slot and the heart-pounding Million Pound Drop slot will get a kick out of 3-2-1.
If you’re not familiar with the name, 3-2-1 was a primetime gameshow that was broadcast in the UK during the 1980s. The aim of the show was to solve the most ridiculously convoluted ‘clues’ and work your way up to a holiday or speedboat. Get the clues wrong, however, and you’d be leaving with the booby prize – a Dusty Bin miniature character and an even more insulting real-life garbage bin. Nobody wants to end up going home with those booby prizes!
Slot developer Endemol Games have recreated the show pretty well, and most of the classic icons are here on 5 reels and 20 pay-lines: Dusty Bin himself parades up and down the reels as you play, there’s an old TV with wooden paneling, a holiday, question cards, a rubber dinghy, a set of crystal glasses, a moped, and compere Ted Rodgers’ fingers (with which he so expertly motioned ‘3’, ‘2’, ‘1’ with each week).
Betting wallets of all sizes are catered for here, as with most Endemol slots, with a top bet of $500 possible. The 3-2-1 symbol is Wild, and it substitutes for all symbols expect Scatters (Entertainer symbol, Eliminator symbol, Free Spin symbol). Five Wilds pays out a 5,000-line bet prize.
Three bonus rounds can be triggered in ‘3-2-1’, and while that may sound pretty generous, essentially they take the form of a Pick ‘em Bonus (2 games) and a free spins round.
Three or more ‘Eliminator’ Bonus Scatters triggers the Eliminator Bonus. You’ll get nine object clues – each with a customary impenetrable ‘clue’ to what is hidden behind. Simply pick five to reveal prizes. If you hit Dusty Bin you’ll win precisely nothing, so choose your clues well.
Free spins with various multipliers can be won if you hit three or more Dusty Bin Scatters across the reels. First of all you’ll get to pick from 12 Dusty Bins on the screen to find out how many spins you win. You can even trigger the other bonus rounds during free spins.
Finally, the Entertainer Bonus happens when you hit three or more Dusty Bin top hat symbols on the reels. You’ll get five spins of the Variety Wheel in an effort to collect missing acts from your 3-2-1 show. Keep picking acts and win more cash.
Cheap, cheerful and cheesy – the classic ‘80s show has been faithfully recreated in a, well, cheap, cheerful and cheesy online slot. Nostalgia fans will love it, and even if you’re too young to remember the show, there’s still fun to be had here.