There’s something quite old fashioned about the Flintstones. Not only are they based on a Stone Age family, but the cartoon was also essentially a reboot of a 1950s-style US sit-com. It ran for years, particularly with repeats, but was actually the first broadcast in the 1960s.
More recently, there was a film version of the cartoon and then a prequel taking Fred, Barney, Wilma, Betty, Pebbles et al into the modern Hollywood film machine. Plans to remake the series with Seth MacFarlane of Family Guy fame didn’t make it, and a planned film is also stuck in development hell.
The Flintstones slot machine dates from 2016, and uses the original cartoon as its theming base, putting it firmly in the cartoon game universe.
It was made by Playtech. Often we say a company is “one of the biggest” in the gaming world, but with Playtech, it’s safe to say that they are the biggest. With around 500 games and a stock exchange listing this company is a big deal and also makes casino software, meaning whole sites can be run by Playtech.
However, they have recently seen quite a falloff in the number of their games in the UK market, and they currently have between 3 and 4% of the market.
That’s still a major slice of the UK casino market, and there are a lot of big titles from Playtech, including Age of the Gods: God of Storms, Buffalo Blitz, Age of the Gods: Rulers of Olympus, and Epic Ape.
Their games cover all styles and genres, and you can certainly rely on them to deliver a quality experience, as this game, with its true-to-the-original cartoon graphics and a slew of bonuses with video game-like qualities, shows.
This is a slightly older game, so you’ll need Flash to play it, you might need to update the programme and alter permissions on your browser to allow you to play this game, which is not available on mobiles or tablets.
The theoretical return to player is 95.45%. This is slightly below the current average of 96% and above, meaning a house edge of 4.55%, but this is not a very exact measure and one shouldn’t put too much store by that half a percentage point.
The top prize is reported at 200,000 coins with staking for 0.4 to 40 coins. That should mean £200,000 coins with betting from 40p to £40.
There are four rows rather than the usual three on this five-reel game which has 1,024 pay-line combos.
The controls look like they’re carved in stone, but they’re up to with the latest standards.
The paytable and cut-down help menu is available from an info panel at the left of the control panel. Then the pay lines are shown next to the coin value control, which adds up to a total bet in the central window. An autoplay and turbo control comes next with the spin button on the far right.
The bottom of the paytable is made up card symbols, which pay: 5, 10, and 40-times stake for three, four, and five jacks and queens. The king and ace both pay 5, 15, and 45-times stake.
A bonus symbol of a bowling ball opens the Bedrock Bowling Bonus. The wild is a purple dinosaur, Dino, paying 50, 300, and 1,000-times stake for sets of three to five, it stands in for everything but the bonus symbols, including the free games sign.
The Free Spins round comes with three choices:
Is another tired Franchise being brought back from the dead or an exciting new take on an old format?
“The Flintstones” is one of the longest-running cartoon animations in history. It has spun off numerous movies, and arguably it was the forerunner for many of today’s prime-time animations including Family Guy and The Simpsons.
Join Fred, Barney, Wilma and Betty for a spin around the reels on this slots game that has remained faithfully true to the original cartoon graphics. Fans of the original show will love this game.
When I was a kid “The Flintstones” was one of those staple cartoons that we used to watch after coming home from school. Along with “Dastardly and Muttley” and if you are old enough to remember those days “sans mobile” then this slots game will bring back the memories for you.
Powered by Playtech, this Flintstones slot machine takes you on a trip to Bedrock, and a bright and cheery scene awaits your arrival. “Meet the Flintstones” is the signature musical accompaniment so get ready for some hijinks with Fred, Barney and the girls.
The image choices for this game are absolutely superb although if I was being picky, and I am, the visual representations of the main characters could be improved on that’s splitting hairs really.
The highest value symbol on the reels is Dino the dinosaur and he’s also the wild symbol in this game.
There are plenty of features in this game so let’s take a tour of what’s on offer:
On any base game spin, Fred and Barney can rock up onto the scene in their marvellous car to reveal mystery symbols that will eventually blend into the same symbol. They can also make multipliers appear too and your win is the symbol value with the associated multiplier value.
Watch out for the bowling ball! When it appears on reels 1,3 and 5 it will trigger the bowling bonus feature. In this feature round, you’ll visit a bowling alley and you’ll need to choose your bowling style before revealing a cash prize. Once you start knocking the pins down your prize will be calculated and if you score a strike then you’ll be entitled to an extra roll of the ball. Watch out if you hit a strike on an extra roll because it will increase the value of your multiplier.
Watch Dino start digging for bones and the more he finds the bigger your multiplier! Dino will get you 10 free spins in this round.
When the hostess with the Leastest appears you’ll be awarded five free spins and Wilma will use her trusty vacuum to hoover up the wilds you win.
Choose the great Gazoo and get a massive 12 free spins in this feature round. You can also retrigger this feature to double your spins up to 24. The Great Gazoo will give you alien inspired information and someone has clearly been watching too many “Alien Encounters”.
This Flintstones slot machine is a great game and a worthy legacy for the show that was voted the second-best TV cartoon of all time after The Simpsons.
While we’re well back in time for this one – far beyond the usual Ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian settings – The Flintstones slot has everything that a 21st-century game player could want.
The graphics are great quality, and true to the original animation style, and they’ve kept all of the sense of humour from the original too, with plenty of incongruous time anomalies – like all great comedy, the Flintstones is pretty simple at heart.
Playtech always do a good job with gameplay but they’ve really rolled the rock back on this one, with innovative bonus games not just as a four-part, standalone free-spins extra game, but also in the base game, where you could see big prizes popping up at random.
Free spins are great, and having a load of choice on which game to play adds a whole new dimension. Base games that offer more than just click and watch are also a plus. And we love skill-based games – even when we lose! – in the bonus rounds.
If you like the original cartoon or any of its spinoffs, then you’re going to love this game. If you’ve never heard of the Flintstones slot machine we think you’ll still love it, because it’s a quality game.
We’re not overly concerned by the slightly lower RTP, but that’s a minor detail against all this quality. Flintstones, spin the Flintstones, they’re the modern stone-age family!