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The Final Countdown is an online slot created by Big Time Gaming with 4096 winning ways and a top prize of 25200x. There are two bonus round options, both free-spins rounds, with sticky... wilds and multipliers present. The RTP of this high volatility slot is 96.56%.

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With 6 Reels, 4,096 ways to win and high volatility this game promises to be a roller coaster from start to finish.

Big Time Gaming has pulled out all the stops on the features front - cloned reels (which you might recall from Queen of Riches), Heading for Venus Free Spins round, Super Mega Wins and massive multipliers.

All of this is sound tracked to the Europe classic, The Final Countdown!

Theme and Graphics

We always get excited about the release of a new Big Time Gaming slot.

This innovative software developer leads the way in creating exciting and immersive online slots games that are packed with great features, and The Final Countdown is no exception. Big Time Gaming has made sure that they’ve perfectly married the slots theme to the song lyrics, as we get ready to depart on our journey to Venus.

The game takes place against a cityscape of high-rise buildings, silhouetted against a bruised-looking sky. Colourful beams of light shine up from some of the skyscrapers, lighting up the night sky, as if to emphasise the rocket-powered journey to the stars that lies ahead.

Low-value symbols on the reels are represented by playing card icons in neon-bright colours. Higher-value symbols are portrayed as colourful jewels. There are two Wild symbols, in the form of a male and a female astronaut, who are about to embark on the long journey into space.

And of course, there’s the music. Every spin of the reels generates bursts of music from the iconic Europe single that stormed the charts back in the 80s. And once you hit the Free Spins bonus rounds, you get to hear the full song in all of its glory!

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How to Play

The first thing you need to know, when playing The Final Countdown for the first time, is that all of the controls you need are located at the bottom of your screen, just underneath the reels.The controls for the game are very straightforward:

  • If you look at the bottom left-hand side of your screen, you’ll see the wagering options. Change the amount of your wager per spin by clicking or tapping on the arrow keys, which lets you choose to pay from £0.20 per spin
  • The controls for the The Spin button is located at the bottom right-hand side of your screen - press, click or tap on it to set the reels in motion, then wait to see where they stop.
  • The hamburger menu, which is located just below the fifth and sixth reels of the game, gives you access to the game’s paytable and settings. You can toggle sounds on and off, read the game’s rules and access the paytable, which we’ll go into more detail about in the next section.

Ways to Win

In a Ways to Win game like The Final Countdown, you don’t need to line up three or more matching symbol across an active payline to win a cash prize. You only need to land matching symbols on adjacent reels, although there are still some criteria that you need to abide by.

For instance, the first example of a winning symbol must appear on the first reel, furthest to the left-hand side of the screen. Subsequent matching symbols must appear on adjacent reels, in any position.

Cloned Reels

With every spin, there’s a chance that the Cloned Reels feature will spring into action. When it does, between 2-4 reels synchronise with each other, spinning up identical symbols in identical places.

This feature only applies to reels 2-5, but it massively increases the chances of generating winning combinations, so its appearance is always welcome.

Wilds and Scatters can also be cloned, when the reels synchronise with each other. In the case of Scatters, this could force the Free Spins bonus feature round, where three or more Scatters are involved, as well as triggering a Scatter Pays win in the process.

Meanwhile, any Wilds that appear on Cloned Reels increase in size, thereby generating the potential for further wins, since Wilds can substitute for all other symbols on the reels, apart from Scatters.

Cloned Wilds increase in size according to how many reels they cover.

A Wild appearing on two Cloned Reels will generate a Multiplier worth 4x for any wins it contributes to. Over three Cloned Reels, a Wild brings a Multiplier worth 27x, and if it fills the maximum four reels, the Wild Multiplier increases to a mighty 256x, which can generate some spectacular cash prizes.

If Cloned Reels are something you feel particularly drawn to, you’ll find plenty of other online slots games which feature this particular Reel Modifier. The system is also sometimes referred to as Synchronised Reels, and you’ll find the mechanic at play in a number of games from other software houses too. Look out for this feature in Twin Spin and Immortal Romance, amongst others.
Max-win 25,200x
Volatility High
Top RTP 96.56%


Volatility is just another word for risk when it comes to online slots games. 

In the case of The Final Countdown, the game has been classified as being highly volatile, so it’s one for the high risk players.

You may find that you seem to be hitting plenty of low-value wins, but a glance at the paytable will quickly show you that many of the game’s symbols won’t return your stake money, even if you spin up six of a kind combinations. So keep a close watch on your balance.


The game’s Scatter symbol, represented by the letters FC, delivers the highest rewards, as well as initiating the game’s feature bonus rounds too.

Three Scatters will reward you with 6x your stake, whilst 4, 5 or 6 Scatters results in payouts worth 20x, 50x and 100x your wager, respectively. And once again, if Wild Multipliers are involved in the win, these figures can increase dramatically.

Free Spins and Bonuses

During the base game, there are two different bonuses that can be applied to your wins. The Reel Clone feature will duplicate symbols across the reels while the Clone Wilds feature expands and delivers a multiplier of 4x, 27x or 256x.

When you land three or more bonus symbols, you’ll trigger The Final Countdown free spins bonus. You’ll receive 8 free spins during which extra large wild symbols (which occupy 2x2 spaces on the reels) will appear. These are roaming wilds, which make their way around the reels. As you retrigger the bonus, the wilds will get bigger, and their multipliers will also grow, so you could potentially earn a multiplier up to 256x.

There is also the Heading for Venus round that offers up 15 free spins. During this round, clone wilds will land on the reels and multipliers between 4x and 888x can be applied to your wins.

Disclaimer: The Final Countdown trademark / license is owned by Big Time Gaming. This site is not endorsed by Big Time Gaming.

Slot Data
Slot Name: The Final Countdown
Software: Big Time Gaming
RTP: 96.56%
Volatility: High volatility
Paylines: 4096
Reels: 6
Min Bet (all lines covered): £0.20 (GBP)
Max Bet: £1 (GBP)
Top Win: 25200
Features: Bonus Game, Wild Symbol, Scatter Symbol, Free Spins, High volatility, 6 Reels
UK Available in UK? Yes. Big Time Gaming have a UKGC license and are allowed to offer their games at UK licensed casinos.

The Final Countdown FAQs

What is the RTP of The Final Countdown?

The long-term average expected payout of this slot is 96.56%.

Does The Final Countdown slot have free spins?

There are two Final Countdown slot free spins bonuses. Each one delivers different features to help you win big.

What is the biggest win that can be earned in The Final Countdown?

The biggest win that a player can win while spinning the reels on The Final Countdown is 25200x their stake.

How volatile is The Final Countdown?

The Final Countdown is classified as a highly volatile online slots game. The high volatility means that wins don’t come along too often, but when they do, they have the ability to take your balance higher.

How to Synced Reels work in The Final Countdown?

Randomly, two or more reels may spin in sync, showing all of the same symbols at the same time to help make it easier for you to land winning combinations.

How does the bonus round work in The Final Countdown?

Spin up three Scatter symbols on the reels of The Final Countdown to win a Scatter Pays cash prize, and trigger the Free Spins feature bonus round. You’ll have two options to choose from - the Countdown, featuring the female astronaut Wild, who delivers 8 Free Spins, together with Roaming Wilds and Wild Multipliers worth up to 256x your stake. Or you can opt for 15 Free Spins in the Heading to Venus Free Spins bonus round. This is headed up by the male astronaut Wild, who brings guaranteed Cloned Reels with every spin, and Velocity Wilds worth up to 888x your stake.

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