The fabulous four finally makes a debut on Playtech screens some years ago, joining the other Marvel group of games, and featuring of course, the ever-popular Marvel Jackpots. But unlike the likes of the Iron Man series, The Avengers, Thor and such, Fantastic Four comes on screen as as animated cartoon version, with simpler graphics and much less megabytes-guzzling scenes. Having played Fantastic Four over some time, I got the feeling that this game came from the same hands that designed the game Daredevil, or perhaps it came from the same group of game developers. What were lacking in the game Daredevil has been repeated to a certain extent in Fantastic Four too, which to me, brings down this game's level of entertainment and game play. Nonetheless, players should be able to enjoy playing Fantastic Four despite missing out on some of the better perks.
As usual, it is a 20-paylines 5-reels slot game themed on the Marvel cartoon heroes The Fantastic Four. Each member of the team has a symbol of themselves on the higher end of the paytable, The Thing ranking the lowest, followed by Human Torch, Invisible Woman and on top of the list, the elastic man Mr Fantastic himself. 5-of-a-kind for each starts at 750x line bet, 1000x line bet, 1500x line bet and 2000x line bet. The wild symbol is represented by Fantastic Four's Insignia (a circled 4), which substitutes all other symbols, except the Earth Globe, wherever possible to give wins. 5 of these wilds on any payline pays 10,000x the line bet. Thankfully, this maximum payout remains the same here, unlike in the game Daredevil. The scatter symbol is an Earth Globe, paying out the usual 5x the total bet for 3 scatters, and up to 200x the total bet for 5-of-a-kind. 2 scatters, sadly enough, do not pay anything whilst the 200x total bet for 5 wilds is on the low side. This is a pity because 2 globes can appear quite frequently in the main game as well as in the free spins game, but players do not get anything out of them like they should and usually do in other similar games.
3 or more scatters anywhere on the reels trigger the Fantastic Four Feature game, whereby 12 free spins are awarded but WITHOUT any win multiplier (geeees!), but a special extra 4 free spins for each member of the team can be triggered within the free spins game itself. This extra feature is without doubt the saving grace for this Fantastic Four game, without which it would have suffered the same fate as Daredevil. During the free spins, everytime a Fantastic Four member appears fully stacked on reel 3 (covering the entire reel), its corresponding extra 4 free spins game is triggered. Each member's extra 4 spins play and pay differently. The Thing becomes a frozen wild, Human Torch becomes expanded on the 1st reel, Invisible Woman increases the win multiplier with every appearance, whilst Mr Fantastic becomes expanded wild at every appearance, substituting symbols for wins, except for the wild and scatter symbols. All extra features disappears after each of the 4 extra spins have been used, reverting back to the normal free spins feature. Without going into too much elaboration, these extra 4 spins feature games are interesting in their own rights, but all payouts lack any punch without having any win multiplier, except for the Invisible Woman's 4 free spins, resulting in not-so-great wins generally.
To me, Fantastic Four is a rather disappointing game, especially in its payouts, which should and could have so much more punches within the four of them. Considering everything that this game is lacking, as mentioned, I would even rate the game Blade as being much better than Fantastic Four. Nonetheless, it is a nice attempt by yet another Marvel Heroes group, but just couldn't meet all expectations from it. Better luck next time Fantastic Four, if a sequel is coming at all.