People love game shows for a variety of reasons. They provide a range of emotions, from tension and trepidation to joy and excitement – and that goes for the people watching the programme, as well as the contestants.
As anyone who’s familiar with the world of online casinos will tell you, those emotional responses are similar to the reaction you can get from playing games like baccarat, blackjack, poker and slot machines.
With that in mind, we’ve produced a list of some of the best online slots to be found at the Betfair Casino, covering everything from classics to modern favourites.
A British comedy game show based on the Australian programme Blankety Blanks and the US favourite Match Game, Blankety Blank was a staple of UK TV from the late 70s to the early 90s.
Originally fronted by Terry Wogan and then Les Dawson, the show was revived in 1997, with Lily Savage – Paul O’Grady’s popular comic character – at the helm.
This online slot machine adaptation features five reels and 25 paylines, with payouts awarded for achieving winning combinations of symbols on the activated lines.
That’s only part of the story, however, as Blankety Blank also boasts a special feature that offers players the chance to pick up big money wins. Aptly named the Blankety Blank Feature, it’s triggered when all of the scattered B, L, A, N and K symbols appear on the reels at the same time.
When this game is launched, you’ll be presented with six panellists, one question card and five words. You must choose an answer from these words, after which the panellists will reveal their own words, with prizes awarded for matching results.
This trivia-based game show, which originally ran in the UK from 1983 to 1994, became a cult favourite with student audiences – thanks in no small part to presenter Bob Holness’ exaggerated curmudgeonly persona, which led to the popularity of catchphrases like “Can I have a ‘P’ please, Bob?”.
In the original show, contestants battled it out to answer fiendish questions and progress across or down the hexagonal game board. This iconic board appears in the online slots version of Blockbusters, which features five reels and a total of 15 paylines.
Players win prizes by reeling in three or more matching symbols, with the payout increasing based on the number of symbols and the type of icon that appears. For instance, three Ten symbols in a row will lead to a win of three times the stake, but three Blockbusters logos are worth 50 times the wager.
Undoubtedly one of the most iconic and long-running game shows to have graced the daytime TV schedule, Countdown rose to prominence with the late Richard Whiteley at the helm, before enlisting a string of celebrity hosts – from Des Lynam and Des O’Connor to Jeff Stelling and now Nick Hewer.
Many of the programme’s iconic features can be found in Betfair’s online slot machine. Players can look forward to seeing everything from the Countdown teapot to the clock that keeps time in each game round.
Coupled with three brain-teasing bonus games, these elements mean that the Countdown slot machine is sure to be warmly received by fans of the series.
Hole in the Wall
A game show with a physical edge, Hole in the Wall – based on the Japanese programme Brain Wall – challenges players to contort themselves into increasingly demanding shapes to fit through the titular polystyrene wall.
Unsurprisingly, the online slots version of Hole in the Wall is less physically taxing, but no less exciting. Players must bet on the outcome of the five spinning reels, with potentially large prizes on offer when matching combinations appear.
What’s more, there’s a special bonus feature that allows players to pick up cash prizes through effectively ‘jumping’ through oddly shaped holes in the wall by moving the character into position using the left and right arrows.