Catchphrase is a British Game Show (originally based on a US game show). If longevity is anything to go by when measuring popularity, then Catchphrase has officially obtained cult status, as the show has been on air since 1986. Game shows and popular spin-off brand themes draw their own audience to a particular variation on a theme. Catchphrase online slots are a good example of these phenomena.
Catchphrase can be played for fun for free, or for real money.
The online slot features 5 reels and 20 paylines, as well as 3 different bonus games. The bonus games are loosely based on the games played in the television game show.
The game show’s host, blue and red question mark symbols and Catchphrase game show quiz cards appear on the reels. At 500 credits for 5 in a row, the host symbol is the highest paying symbol, followed by the question mark symbols and the quiz cards. Playing cards also feature as symbols. The playing cards pay out lower values.
If you’re lucky enough to land a combination of 5 in a row of the Catchphrase Logo wild symbol, the game will add 5 000 credits to your bankroll. Besides the possibility of a lucrative payout, the wild symbol will also assist in completing winning combinations, as it will substitute for all standard symbols.
Ready Money Bonus Game
The Ready Money Bonus Game is activated by landing 3 or more of the Ready Money bonus scatter symbol anywhere on the reels.
A buzzer is used to reveal the number of free spins hiding behind a grid on the screen, together with a multiplier value. The multiplier value is applicable to all wins gathered during the free spins.
Catch Phrase Bonus Game
Three Catch Phrase Bonus scatter symbols activate the Catch Phrase Bonus Game. Interaction is required from the player, but the outcome depends solely on luck. During the television game show, a contestant is required to provide the catch phrase answers to 5 animated clips, and to do so quicker than a nominated opposing contestant. The online slot has adapted this idea, but simply by spinning a wheel that must be stopped at will be pressing the buzzer. The game will then reveal whether the player guessed correctly, or not. A bonus prize is awarded for every correct guess.
The Super Catch Phrase Bonus Game
As is the case with the Ready Money Bonus Game, the prerequisite is again to land three scatter symbols on the reels – this time the Super Catch Phrase Bonus scatter symbol.
The Catch Phrase Board appears on screen, and the aim is to spin the reels and fill the board with letter symbols. Five spins are reserved for this, and the reward is a bonus prize.
Graphics and Sound Effects
The graphics create a retro feel, and strongly reminds of the appearance of the game show during the 1980’s.
The background music and sound effects are typically similar to those used on conventional televised game shows.