Family Fortunes

Published: 30/01/2013

The TV game show known as “Family Fortunes” has the distinction of being one of the most enduring programmes ever aired on British television. Debuting in 1980, it was modeled after an American trivia series called “Family Feud.” Through 2002, the show was a staple on ITV. Then, after a brief hiatus, it was revived in 2006 by the same network as “All-Star Family Fortunes,” the name under which it continues to be viewed today.

The rights to use the Family Fortunes brand as an online slot game were picked up by software developer Electracade in 2010. It can now be found on Bet365, PaddyPower, BetVictor and many other major gaming web sites. The game features a 5-reel, 20-payline format with multiple bonus features.

The basic symbols that appear on the Family Fortunes reels are the standard cards, Jacks through Aces. They award line bet multipliers ranging from 1X to 20X for catching three or more matches on an active payline. Higher awards are paid for catching matching Stars in succession. They come in four different colours—Orange, Blue, Purple and Yellow—and pay line multipliers of 18X to 150X for three of a kind or more.

The Question Mark symbol wins 50X, 100X or 300X whenever 3, 4 or 5 matches appear on an active line from left to right. And the Family Fortunes Logo scores payouts of 75X, 150X or 500X for winning combinations. The Wild symbol appears on all reels and substitutes for any other symbol except the Double Money and Big Money scatters.

Catching three or more Double Money scatters anywhere on the reels activates the Double Money Free Spins Bonus. The game reels will change to a studio scene, with two competing families in silhouette in the foreground and a replica of the slot game reels in the background. Free spins are unlimited and continue until thee “X” marks appear between the families. All wins are doubled during this bonus, and winning combinations pay from right to left as well as left to right. The free spins cannot, however, be re-triggered.

Catching three or more Big Money scatters anywhere on the reels activates the Big Money Bonus. The game reels disappear to be replaced by a quiz board. A series of five questions will be posed, with six answers to chose from. Just like on the TV show, the questions were asked to 100 persons and the object is to select the answer that the highest number of them gave.

Cash awards are based upon the total stake at the time of Big Money Bonus activation—greater rewards for larger initiating stakes. After all five questions have been answered, an extra bonus of double the amount won is paid for each answer that ranked as the most popular among the 100 respondents. The cash awards are then totaled and added to the payout for the triggering spin. There is no way to re-trigger the bonus.

To begin the game, the player must select an amount to wager per line. This can be accomplished by using the up/down indicators next to the “Bet/Line” indicator at the lower left corner of the display. Available values run from a minimum of €0.01 to a limit of €25.00.

Similarly, the number of lines to be played can be set from 1 to 20 by using the up/down indicators next to the “Lines” indicator beneath the first reel. Alternatively, clicking on the circular line number identifiers that flank the first and fifth reels will also set the number of lines to be played.

There is no “Bet Max” button on Family Fortunes, but wagering the full €25 per line on all 20 lines yields a maximum stake of €500. Whatever amount is wagered will show in the “Stake” window below the second reel. There is a “Total Paid” window under reel four. Indicators for Stake and Paid also appear below the “Balance” counter at the top right of the screen.

Autoplay can be activated by clicking on the corresponding button below the fifth reel. There are options for 10, 20, 30, 40 or 50 spins. The same button is used to stop the Autoplay function.

Published on: 30/01/2013

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