X-Men, the slot machine from Playtech, has been designed with two versions, one with 25 lines, the other with 50. We’re looking at the version with fewer lines in this case. The theme is inspired by the movie with the same name, which in turn is based on a Marvel comic book series that a lot of people are enjoying. X-Men’s 25 lines are offered on the standard setup, with the 5x3 reels that are part of most slot machines. You can win big, up to $200,000 cash with the line bet high enough, plus as you play you will get wild symbols, scatters, free games where heroes and villains go against each other, plus an X-Feature.
With 25 lines in play, and with maximum bets that can reach a value of $500, you can guess how the bets are going to work. You will spend at most $20 per active line, where the bets have up to 10 coins and denominations which go up to $2. You can change the coin value, the minimum denomination being $0.01. You also have control over the number of coins or active lines.
Though the game doesn’t look entirely life like, you can certainly tell that the movie was the inspiration for it, since you can recognize actors that played in it among the heroes or the villains. They’re not entirely life like, more like computer made or modified versions of them, but they’re certainly recognizable. The comic book hasn’t been the basis for this particular slot machine. The mutants from both sides are used as symbols, and the game doesn’t have a single image that doesn’t belong on the screen. You get no poker cards in this case, which is something that I’m happy about. The design quality is enjoyable, and appropriate in most cases. Some characters look more life like than others, and in some cases you can swear that they did the image from scratch as a cartoon, instead of using a photo, but they work well together in the end. The paytable is split into two sides, with the heroes using half of the positions, the villains being used for the other half. There are only two symbols which don’t belong to a faction, the wild and the scatter.
One major symbol to look forward to is the Wild. It’s a very simple logo with a blue background, so it’s not as impressive looking as its payouts can be. You can get a jackpot of 10,000x by having five Wild Logos occupying all positions on an active win line. Of course, you can also use a wild to replace any other symbol, as long as it doesn’t have a scatter role. A feature that has been introduced here, called the X-Feature, will pay you a decent amount, 5x total bet, when you land five hero symbols in an X shape, on the middle three reels. You can have any mix of hero symbols in those positions, when you trigger the prize. The most exciting part of the game, or at least the most complex, is the round of free games. You can get an unlimited number of free games while you’re in Heroes Mode, but only 8 rounds in Villains Mode. The key is to stay in Heroes mode for as long as possible, but that’s obviously something that you have to take up with your own luck. Having the Magneto symbol on reel 3 will trigger Villains Mode, while with a Doctor Xavier icon on reel 3, you’re being taken back to Heroes mode. The two modes use mostly symbols associated with the Heroes or the Villain factions, so it seems that wins are a lot easier to come by.
The biggest prize is won through the wild and it has a maximum value of $200,000, provided that the line bet was at $20 for the round. It’s a 10,000x prize, which is very good for a slot machine. You also get a chance at triggering the progressive jackpot feature, which Marvel uses in all slot machines that are based on their comic books. There are four jackpots inside, the biggest one being called Ultimate Power. The RTP of 95%, which X-Men has, is OK for a modern slot machine, but you have a lot others that do even better. Still, if you’re a big fan of the X-Men series, the game is playable even with its current RTP.
X-Men covers its theme well, has adequate graphics and a feature list that can be a lot of fun. I loved the idea of the unlimited free spins, where you go on for as long as your luck holds out.