American Dad Basic Information:
Cartoon T.V dads are not the type of people which anyone should really want as an actual father. Sure, they might wake you up for a trip to the moon, but chances are equally good that you'll be woken up for some deadly hijinks regarding human shaped helicopters or nuclear power stations. Of all of these fathers, American Dad stands as one of the more moderate. Does this mean that this pokie is something to be trusted, or should this be left on the screen of your television? Read our review to find out…
This pokie was created by the developers at Playtech. While not the biggest name in the business, Playtech still has a strong place within the pokie community. Since 1999 Playtech have established they have the talent to deliver quality, covering a wide range of electronic casino games. This game was released on the 16th of May, 2017.
The Playtech system is compatible with a great many devices which are capable of running Flash. This means most PCs, Apple computers and tablets, along with a variety of other mobile devices. Check if your device supports flash, if it does you should be able to run games from Playtech.
American Dad comes with a total of 40 paylines over 5 reels in a 4×5 layout.
- The minimum coins bet are 0.40
- The maximum coins bet are 200.00
- Minimum coin size sits a 0.01
- Maximum coins size sits at 5.00
- The return to player offered by this game is 94.14%, which is towards the lower end of average.
By clicking on the gear icon towards the upper right of the game screen the player can access the options menu. This brings up a menu with 3 different sections. These are as follows:
- Skip Intro Video
This option toggles the opening video from playing the next time that the player enters the game.
- Don't show splash screen
This toggle turns off the simple screen when shows up when the game is initially loaded.
A simple slider which allows the user to change the overall volume level.
- Game Sounds
This option, when toggled, simply mutes or unmutes all game sound.
Additional options can be accessed by clicking on the autoplay button. The basic options here allow the play to select from 10, 25, 50 or 99 autospins, or allow the spins to continue until a feature is won.
The game also comes with a turbo button towards the lower right of the game screen. This toggles works as a simple way to enable quickspin – the speeding up of the reels spinning process.
Other Helpful Additions
American Dad also comes with an info help button. This button opens a page which details all of the symbol worth, the bonus symbols and payline information.
The game can also be muted by simply toggling the sound button located on the lower left of the game main screen.
American Dad is often thought of as the little brother to Family Guy. This is probably because the main creator of Family Guy, Seth Macfarlane, also had a hand in bringing this show to air. Despite this comparison, many people actually prefer the antics of American Dad to those of the Family Guy.
Released in 2005, American Dad follows the Smith family. Consisting of husband and wife, Stan and Francine, children Steve and Hayley, and literal alien, Roger, this middle class family attempts to make their way through life while dealing with obstacles typical of the average family. Obstacles such as attacks by a blood-crazed Santa Claus, and being trapped in stasis-goo-tanks while other members of the family watch football.
As of writing this review the series is currently in its 14th season, with little issues regarding the dropping quality as we see with other cartoons which make it into puberty.
Other Features and Bonuses
The wild symbol in American Dad appears as the above roger symbol. While the graphic for this might change, at all times it still uses Roger and his characters as a basis.
The bonuses games in American Dad are selected by the above schmooblydong wheel, a word which is somehow not picked up by the WordPress spellchecker.
This wheel can trigger either respins or free games, depending on how many of them appear on the reels in a single spin. When these do appear an activate they do not need to appear on active paylines.
When these wheels land on reel 1 they spin to determine which of the character features will play, from Stan, Francine, Haley, Steve and Roger.
On reel 3 these wheels powerup each feature in a different way.
On reel 5 the wheel spins to determine the amount of free games, if a free game is triggered.
The American Dad bonus games are won in two separate ways. The first is by having the wheels appear on reels 1 and 3 only, during a single spin. When this occurs the player will simply receive a re-spin.
When these appear on reels 1,3 and 5 in a single spin the player will gain access to one of the 5 bonus games. The first wheel determines the game which they player will enter. The second gives different bonuses on each feature. The wheel on reel 5 determines the exact number of free spins which will play out. Details on the individual games are in the following section.
- When gaining a Stan on the first wheel the Stacking Stan bonus game begins
While in this game additional Stan symbols will be added to the reels, below each existing Stan. The wheel on reel 3 determines how many Stan symbols we be added per stack.
- When gaining a Roger on the first wheel the Roger's Random Wilds game begins
In this game Roger will vomit random wilds onto the reels with each spin. The wheel on reel 3 determines exactly how many random wilds will be added.
- When Gaining a Francine on the first wheel the Francine's Holy Gail game begins
In this game the fish, Claus, will appear as patches on random reel positions. If the Francine symbol lands on one of these patches she will become and expanding wild. The wheel on reel 3 determines how many Claus patches appear on the reels.
- When gaining a Hayley on the first wheel the Hayley's Progressing Multiplier game begins
In this Haley collects signatures on every spin. Every signature which she collects increases the win multiplier. The wheel on reel 3 determines the initial win multiplier which the game starts with.
- When gaining a Steve on the first wheel the Wheel and the Legman game begins
In this game Wheels and the Legman chase across the reels, leaving a trail of wilds for each spin. The wheel on reel 3 determines how many wilds these two will leave on their path.
How to Play:
Basic play for American Dad is as simple as a player selecting a betting amount and clicking spin.
Clicking the autoplay button allows the player to go through a selection of different amounts of autospins.
Overall Design and Usability:
As is often the case when it comes to Playtech, American Dad is a licensed pokie which perfectly captures both the theme and attitude of its show. This means perfectly accurate images set on a background of Stan Smith's favourite thing ever – the American Flag. This quality extends to the animation of the reels themselves – an aspect which is often overlooked. The game even goes so far as to include a great deal of Roger's multiple characters as wild symbols, which shows some real reverence to the source material. This could have been a simple tie-in job here, so credit to Playtech for putting in the effort.
In terms of usability this is a game which performs quite well, though it does have some room for improvement. On the positive side – the game runs very well, and we saw no issues at regarding reliability showing up in our testing process. Where the game could improve is in the area of options. Graphics options are sorely missed here, and mean that players on older or less powerful hardware might suffer performance issues. Likewise the autospin function is rather average, and could use greater levels of customisability.
Where to find it:
Playtech may not be as common as the big boys in the business, but they still do very well. Check out the following links for website reviews which offer games from the Playtech framework. From here you can decide which casino works for you, and you can jump right in!
Yet another game which makes it immediately obvious why Playtech are so often the go-to choice when it comes to licensed games. American Dad is not only a great licensed game – it is a great pokie game full-stop. With a look which shows obvious respect to the source material, as well as a great bonus structure, American Dad is a pokie which can recommend for anyone – not just those who are already fans of the theme. In fact the only areas in which this game suffers are the lack of graphical options – which is a minor problem due to the simplicity of the game, and the lack of autospin stopping options, which might be a bit of a put-off for some players. If these don't bother you then jump on in, it might even make a fan of you.
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