Amongst all the comic Marvel heroes, I love X-Men the most, and amongst the X-Men, Wolverine the most. Almost indestructible, super-quick self-healing body and those awesome incredible claws in his hands. Makes The Fantastic Four look like heroes for kids! Hehehe. The powers of the X-Men are just super marvellous, not withstanding in the very least, the powers of their leader too, The Professor - the mind reader and the mind controller. As a team, the X-Men is nothing short of being the best savior of mankind and vigilantes against insane power-crazy villains who are intent on capturing and controlling the entire world. Needless to say, these villains themselves possessed just as extraordinary super-human powers and abilities, making their encounters with the X-Men simply out of this world! Having said that, a player's task is even more daunting...we have to take on BOTH the good guys and the bad guys at the same time...and hope for a win! Whoops, better make that hope for w-i-n-s...many many wins! Hahaha.
Playtech fans get to choose to play X-Men in either 25-paylines or 50-paylines mode. For quicker results, for both wins and losses, go for the 50-paylines, otherwise, just follow me, stick with the 25 paylines! Hehehe. X-Men is yet another beautifully rendered slot game from the Marvel Heroes stable, and follows contemporary design of using movie clips for the hero and villain symbols. The wild symbol is represented by the word WILD, which pays a beautiful 10,000x the line bet for 5-of-its-kind. Beautiful because it retains the maximum payout of 10,000x the line bet, unlike in some Marvel games that only pays 5000x. The scatter symbol is represented by the word X-MEN, which pays 200x the total bet, which isn't too bad at all. Getting 3 or more scatter symbols anywhere on the reels trigger a Heroes VS Villains feature game, whereby 8 free spins are awarded, starting in the Heroes Mode.
In this feature game, 2 Extra Wild symbols come into play - Professor X is the Extra Wild symbol for the Heroes mode, whilst Magneto is the Extra Wild symbol for the Villains Mode. However, this feature game plays like no usual feature game that we are used to. The first spin always start in the Heroes Mode, and whenever Magneto appears anywhere on reel 3, the Heroes free spins are suspended and the game switches over to the Villains mode. Vice versa, whenever Professor -X appear anywhere on reel 3, the Villains mode switches back to the Heroes mode to continue play with the remainder of the free spins left. The free spins play would simply go on and on, switching from Heroes mode to Villains mode with each appearance of the Extra Wild symbol, for as long as the original 8 free spins have not been used up. Although it is stated that the free spins can be played infinitely, this is just not true. In actual play, there would be switching over of modes, from Heroes to Villains, then back to Heroes again, but the total free spins I have attained have hardly been more than 20 spins. Payouts too tend to be on the low to average side most of the time, even though I did get a handsome payout from the free spins just once, a miserable one time! Wish more good payouts could come more often, but they don't!
Besides the free spins feature game, there is also a special X-feature award in the main game, whereby whenever the five X-Men symbols clump together in a X-formation on reels 2, 3 and 4, a 5x total bet cash prize is awarded. Not a lot but something to keep you going on for just a few more spins longer. Overall, having played X-Men over several months, I must admit that the game does not meet payout expectations! There are only 2 feature games available, X-formation and the Heroes VS Villains feature game, but none of them could deliver any regular good payouts, much less excellent ones. I can't help but think that something went wrong or fell short in the designing of this otherwise entertaining and wonderful game. It could have been as excellent as the other Marvel Heroes games, but then again, this game might just win you that Marvel Jackpot you've been dreaming of...then what a marvelous game X-Men would be to you! Hehehe.