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The Final Countdown

Big Time Gaming
RTP 96.56%
Play Big Time Gaming Slots
Reels 6
Paylines 4096
Min bet size 0.2 Coins
Max bet size 20 Coins
RTP 96.5
Wild symbols Yes
Free spins Yes
Bonus No
Jackpot NA

The Final Countdown Slot Review

The Final Countdown slots game can be found at casinos using Big Time Gaming software. Big Time Gaming is one of the newer software developers in the online gaming market. Alongside many of the smaller casino software providers Big Time Gaming focus exclusively on Slot Games. The company was founded by two individuals who reportedly were involved in the early days of New Tech Media that (via various sales and takeovers) ended up being part of OpenBet. Big Time Gaming publish the slots house edge information of all their games as standard. As such we can say that the House Edge of The Final Countdown is between 3.35% and 3.44%.

The Final Countdown is a 6 reel slots game with each reel 4 symbols high. The game does not use traditional paylines, instead you form wins by landing combinations of 2 or more identical symbols across the reels, starting from the leftmost reel.

Special Symbols

Wild – The Wild symbol is either the male or the female astronaut and will substitute for all other symbols.

Purple Gem – The Purple Gem is the game’s most valuable symbol. 2 or more as part of a winning combination will return half the bet; 3 will award you with 1.25 times the bet; 4 will award you with 3.75 times the bet; 5 will award you with 6 times the bet; 6 will award you with 25 times the bet.

Scatter – The gold “Final Countdown” symbol is the game’s Scatter. 3 or more of them anywhere on the reels will trigger which ever one of the two Bonus Features you decide to play. You must choose between “The Countdown” and “Heading for Venus”.

Bonus Features

Reel Clone – During each spin there is a random chance that between 2 and 4 reels will become clones of each other. This can only happen between reels 2 to 5.

Clone Wilds – There is a chance that Wild symbols will clone between reels 2 and 5, with the potential for Wild symbols filling 4 full reels for 256 times the bet.

The Countdown Free Spins – If you decide to play “The Countdown” you will be awarded with 8 Free Spins. The Countdown will begin at 10 and every time you reveal a “Final Countdown” Scatter symbol it will reduce by up to 3. If the total reaches zero then you will re-trigger your Free Spins.

Roaming Wild – The “Roaming Wild” is only available on “The Countdown” Free Spins feature. The “Roaming Wild” will move around the reels, resting in random spaces with every spin. The “Roaming Wild” begins the feature as a x4 multiplier and will increase with every spin, up to a maximum of 256 time the bet.

Heading for Venus Free Spins – If you decide to play the “Heading for Venus” Free Spins you will be awarded with 15 Free Spins. A Reel Clone will appear on every spin and 3 “Final Countdown” symbols will re-trigger the feature.

Velocity Wild – The “Velocity Wild” is only available on the “Heading for Venus” Free Spins feature. A Velocity Wild can occur on a Reel Clone, beginning 4 times the bet but with the potential to grow to 888 times the bet at random.


The Final Countdown is based around the famous 80s power rock song that, for those of a certain age, is ingrained on our consciousness. Getting to actually hear the song is not as easy as you might think. You need the 3 Scatter symbols, something that does not seem to happen every often. The game has a very similar look and feel to it as the previous Big Time Gaming release, Holy Diver, which was also based on a song from that era and also needed the Free Spins to be activated before you got to hear it. The cloned reels are a nice touch, adding something extra to most spins and the Free Spins, if you can get them to activate are good, especially as you get to choose between two different options. The house edge is very good, making this a game we would recommend.

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