The Countdown slot game from Paddy Power is a spin-off of one of the longest running game shows in the world, having aired over 5,000 episodes since first being broadcast on Channel 4 in 1982. The game show is made up of three rounds, the Letters round, the Numbers round and the Conundrum, and the same format makes up the three Bonus rounds in the slot game.
If you get three or more Letters Bonus Scatter symbols you trigger the Letters Bonus, three or more Numbers Bonus Scatters triggers the Numbers Bonus, and three or more Conundrum Bonus Scatters triggers the Conundrum Bonus. Other symbols on the reels of Countdown include letters, a trophy, and the countdown clock. You can place a bet from 0.01p to £25 per line, of which there are twenty.
The Letters bonus feature is where you have to see if your word is longer than your opponents. You choose nine random letters and press the reveal word button to see your word which is then compared to your opponents. If your word has the same amount or more letters then the prize level is awarded. The Letters Bonus prize is multiplied by the total triggering bet.
The Numbers bonus feature sees the player being presented with twenty-eight numbered cards of which you have to choose six. The outcomes are then arranged to display free games and multipliers for these games.
The Conundrum bonus feature has the player collect and rearrange letters to complete the Conundrum, just like on the game show.
The word ‘Countdown’ is presented, but is obviously incomplete, with only the letters O, N, O and N displayed. A wheel is spun five times and only letters that can be added to the Conundrum word are counted. When a counted letter is spun up, the award increases to the next level.
Countdown, from Paddy Power, is a fun slot and a really good play for those who love the game show. We particularly like that the formula of the game show is followed for the slot – a lot of slots only use the name of a particular show/programme/film but don’t then utilise the actual theme or plot for interesting features.