Meet the stars of The Flintstones
As you might expect, this slot is filled with famous faces - as long as you’ve heard of the legendary TV series, of course. This online version from Playtech is character-packed, featuring the likes of Barney, Wilma and Fred.
The little alien known as the Great Gazoo also makes an appearance. He encountered the stars of the TV show on numerous occasions and in the slot is the master of one of three free spins bonuses.
In the TV show, The Flintstones are a Stone Age family with a modern twist. Fred Flintstone has an unsatisfying job in a quarry, but a great home life with wife Wilma and daughter Pebbles.
Fred is a big fan of bowling and golf, as well as indulging in a little friendly bullying of Barney, who lives next door with wife Betty, who is best friends with Wilma. During the series, Betty and Barney adopt a super-strong son called Bamm-Bamm, who, naturally, becomes good friends with Pebbles.
The Flintstones TV show
If you have somehow never encountered the television show and its stars - where have you been? - you may want to know what all the fuss is all about. Well…
The Flintstones originally ran from September 30, 1960, until April 1, 1966. It had a prime time slot, marking the first time that an animated series had ever been given such an honour. The American series was produced for ABC by Hanna-Barbera and was set in a seriously-romanticised Stone Age, where dinosaurs were a man’s best friend and huge joints of meat were the order of the day.
The Flintstones and Rubbles were best friends and next-door neighbours and the show and its popular mix of everyday concerns and Stone Age humour helped make it the most successful animated network franchise for 30 years, only succeeded by the hugely popular show, The Simpsons. The Flintstones also came second only to The Simpsons in the TV Guide rankings of 2013, when the series just missed out on pole position in a list of the Greatest TV Cartoons of All Time.
The Flintstones is based on The Honeymooners, which was a US sitcom starring and created by Jackie Gleason, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Fred. The sitcom was based on a comedy sketch that was a popular feature of Gleason’s variety show.
The series followed the life of Gleason’s character, a New York bus driver called Ralph Kramden, and his wife Alice, who was played by Audrey Meadows. Art Carney, meanwhile, played Ralph’s best buddy Ed Norton, who joined in the action as the characters dealt with Ralph’s frequent poor choices and quick-to-judge approach.
The Great Gazoo and The Flintstones
The Great Gazoo is a little alien who was exiled to Earth. He helps out Barney and Fred, even though sometimes they don’t want his help. He is from the future and isn’t happy at all when he realises he has been sent to The Stone Age.
The Great Gazoo, who only appeared in the last series of the TV show, can be seen quite clearly in The Flintstones online slot, but in the TV series, he can only be seen by Fred and Barney, Hoppy, Dino and the small children such as Bamm-Bamm and Pebbles.
About the makers of The Flintstones
Playtech was born in 1999 and it provides more than 150 different operators with software. This makes the firm the biggest publicly-traded provider of online gaming software and a force to be reckoned with when it comes to playing online games for free.
Playtech provides a range of different software and games, including bingo and poker software, scratch games and sports betting software. There is no doubt, however, that it’s the company’s slots that play a huge part in its global reputation for excellence.
Playtech’s stable of slots is second-to-none, featuring the likes of the American Dad slots, the Age of God series that replaced the Marvel slots and other branded slots which fall into the same category as The Flintstones. These include the likes of Top Gun, Ace Ventura Pet Detective, Monty Python’s Spamalot and Gladiator.
There is also a host of other cartoon slots with a global audience and such famous titles as those in the DC Comics series. These include Green Lantern, Man of Steel, Superman II and Superman the Movie. There are also Batman games based on the traditional 1960s TV show, as well as a barrelful of high variance slots such as Desert Treasure II, Great Blue, Sultan’s Gold and Buffalo Blitz.
Theme of The Flintstones online slot
The online game is, fairly unsurprisingly, set in the Flintstones’ hometown, known as Bedrock. Here you will find a 5x3 grid set out inside a wooden frame and overlooked by a prehistoric, cartoon bird.
You may also be pleased to know that in this version of Bedrock, there is no shortage of iconic imagery, fun animations and cute soundbites, which will spur you on to play more, just so you can eke out every bit of fun from the game.
Fred is, without doubt, the star of the show and presides over The Flintstone’s paytable - almost! He is the second highest paying character in standard play, offering a 400x reward if you manage to line up a complete set of his symbol.
His best friend Barney is next in line when it comes to payout offerings, delivering a 200x award, followed by Wilma and her 100x win and Barney’s wife, Betty, holding the key to a potential 80x haul.
But it is a somewhat surprising star who steals the show when it comes to payouts - the Flintstone’s family pet, Dino, is the biggest payer. He is the stacked wild of the slot and he also holds the proverbial cards, allowing you to win a huge 1,000x prize if you can line up a complete five in a row.
This is undoubtedly a tasty win, but it’s not the only delicious treat on offer. Fred’s favourite ribs, for example, can turn up to set your tastebuds tingling with an appetising 60x reward for five in a row. There are also big prizes on offer for a complete set of shell phones (a 70x prize) and awards of between 40x and 45x if you can line up five of the same cards from the A to J icons which turn up on the reels.
Bonuses in The Flintstones
The standard paytable in The Flintstones is certainly nothing to be sniffed at, but it is the great selection of bonus features that really get this game rocking. There is plenty of entertainment on offer throughout the game, but if you like the excitement of big money payouts, then you’re going to love the five-strong selection of bonus features.
The best is probably the slots’ Bedrock bowling bonus, which is the reward for landing three of the bowling bonus scatters. Your prize for achieving this is a pick a win feature which, although surprisingly simple, is extremely entertaining, thanks to the stunning animation.
You can choose Fred’s particular bowling style and then allow him to let rip on the lanes. You’ll get a random cash win, along with an attached multiplier, which depends on the number of pins he manages to take out.
There’s also a bonus free throw prize if Fred manages to get a strike and there’s another on offer if he manages a second in a row, along with an extra multiplier, making big wins ever more likely.
The rocky ride is another feature in The Flintstones, as Fred and Barney quite literally run in at any time with their unique car made of animal skins, stone and wood. In this bonus, there is a wheel displayed at the top of your reels which will spin and reveal a multiplier. In prehistoric drive-by-style, the troublesome duo then throw symbols onto your reels, while a second wheel determines what these mystery icons then transform into. This bonus is incredibly fun, not just because of the potential rewards on offer, but also because of the entertainment value it delivers.
The Flintstones’ trio of free spins bonuses
A free spins bonus is not unusual in an online slot, but far from all can boast not one, not two, but three free spins bonus features. The Flintstones follows a trend seen in some land-based casino slots, offering a trio of different variance levels from which to select.
The bonus featuring the Great Gazoo offers the least volatility, allowing you to enjoy a maximum of 12 spins, which can all be re-triggered if luck is on your side. During this game, Dino hands over his wild powers and the Great Gazoo takes over, turning other icons on The Flintstones’ reels wild. For once, Dino behaves himself, sitting in the middle with his ten spins, and during his games, he can randomly dig, unearthing valuable bones. Each bone he turns up will boost your win multiplier and, ultimately, your prize pot.
Wilma is the most volatile of the characters in this section of the slot, offering just five spins. This is an unusual role for Fred’s wife, but she does a good job at vacuuming up the wilds which turn up during the feature. The game ends with a final ultra-win, when all of Wilma’s wilds return to the reels, holding the potential for a massive winning haul.
Overall feel of The Flintstones
There is no shortage of action in The Flintstones, making it as interesting as it is exciting. There is an excellent choice of betting options and a plethora of features to ensure the amusement value - and the wins - keeps going up.
For many people, it is the free games features which really make them say Yabba Dabba Doo! You will have to decide on which one you prefer, but you can’t go wrong with the Dino multiplier when it’s not unusual for the pet dinosaur to collect around eight bones, resulting in a multiplier of 8x and ending up with wins of more than 320 times your stake.
If you prefer a higher risk factor, however, volatile Wilma can really offer a great choice of bonus feature. That final ultra-spin can result in some really big wins and that’s for sure.
Overall, The Flintstones is a medium variance game with great sound and some excellent graphics. It is definitely a worthy companion for the likes of Ace Ventura Pet Detective, Monty Python’s Spamalot and Top Gun in the Playtech branded slots stable.
The designers have done a great job in creating a visually appealing slot and the result is a super-bright, bold game that will appeal to anyone who enjoys the brighter side of life. The feel-good factor is enhanced further by the accompanying soundtrack. Who can fail to smile as you’re jovially invited to ‘Meet The Flintstones’? What’s more, that smile will only get bigger as those big wins and interesting features start to roll in.
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