Sale of the Century

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The U.K. game show known as “Sale of the Century” was first aired on ITV from 1972 to 1983 and hosted by Nicholas Parsons. By 1975, it had become one of the most popular shows on the network, injecting pop culture with the often-mocked catchphrase “and now, from Norwich, it’s the quiz of the week.” The programme was revived on Sky One from 1989 to 1990 with host Peter Marshall and then again on Challenge TV from 1997 to 1998 with host Keith Chegwin.

The slot game version of Sale of the Century was developed by NextGen Gaming for access at online casinos like Bet365 and BetVictor. It features a 5-reel, 25-payline format and comes with three special bonus features.

To begin a game, the number of active paylines from 1 to 25 must be specified by using the +/- toggles below the third reel on either side of the “Lines” indicator. Alternatively, the line numbers that flank the first and fifth reels can be clicked on to choose a number of lines. Next, the amount of the line bet must be set from €0.02 to €5,000, again using +/- toggles below the fourth reel. If the maximum is selected for all 25 lines, the total wager could reach €125,000, although in principle most casinos place a cap much lower than that.

The reel symbols on Sale of the Century are various luxury goods, such as a Washing Machine, Furniture, Television, Golf Clubs, Scooter, Woman’s Jacket, Watches and a fashionable Necklace. These symbols pay line multipliers from 5X to 500X whenever three or more are matched on an active payline. Higher awards are paid for catching two or more Cruises or Automobiles, from 3X to 5000X. The Red Buzzer is wild in Sale of the Century, substituting for any of the above symbols. It appears only on reels two, three and four.

There is also a Question Mark symbol found only on the middle three reels. When all three of them are displayed in any position, the Super Pick Feature is triggered. All nine positions on the middle three reels will turn into Question Marks, from which the player may choose one to reveal a prize. Possible rewards include cash prizes, free games, cash plus free games or a trip to the Gift Shop. All payouts during free games are tripled, but the feature may not be retriggered.

Whenever 2, 3, 4 or 5 Scattered Logos are displayed, they pay a multiplier of the entire stake at levels of 1X, 5X, 20X and 100X. The Gift Shop Bonus can be won by catching three or more Scattered Logos as well as through the Super Pick Feature. A secondary bonus screen will appear for “Fast Money Spins” on a 3-reel slot, where eight free spins are awarded. The object is to spin combinations that award “Gift Tokens” to be used in the Gift Shop.

Once the Fast Money Spins have been completed, the Gift Shop screen appears. Each Gift Token can be exchanged for a prize resembling those seen on the reels—a Washing Machine, Furniture, Television, etc. Each price is worth a cash amount that is added to the player’s winning total. The bonus ends when all Gift Tokens have been redeemed.

A third bonus feature of Sale of the Century is the “Instant Won.” At any time during slot play, a sealed envelope may appear, giving the player a cash prize. The player has the option of accepting it or else rejecting it for another prize. The second prize may also be accepted or rejected, and there is a third prize, but it must be accepted if the previous two were rejected. The Instant Win cannot be activated during free games.

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