Blankety Blank Slots

Blankety-BlankBlankety Blank’s theme is based on a TV game show from Great Britain, with the same name. One of the older game shows, Blankety Blank has not been on air in the last decade or so, being cancelled for the third time in 2002. I’m not sure how big of an audience this show had, if IGT decided to create a slot machine based on it, but it tries to be special hard enough, so let’s see how it works.

IGT placed on the 5 reels of Blankety Blank a total of 25 bet lines. Your reward for placing bets in it can reach a $37,500 value, while the list of features is big enough to satisfy most players, including scatters, free games, bonus features, multipliers and wilds.

Features of Blankety Blank

It’s a feature rich environment, with a bonus game revolving around the game show action, plus multipliers and free spins, wilds and scatter symbols, all in one place.

The Blankety Blank Logo, with a purple and sparkly background, will be the substitute in this case, the symbol capable of taking over for others, when their presence is enough to get a new combination going, or to improve an existing one. It’s always fun to see the wild in action, especially since there are some prizes that come with each combo it helps form. Those prizes get even bigger than normal, as the wild brings along its own 3x multiplier, to triple their value. The ones that the wild can’t substitute for are the BLANK letters, five scatters. With the Logo appearing on the same active payline, you will find that there are payouts of up to 10,000 coins available, which would also be the maximum jackpot offered.

The scatter symbols are the letters of the word BLANK. There are five letters total, and the same number of scatter symbols may appear on the five reels and form the work BLANK when they do. They need to show up starting from the left to do that and to give away their prizes. The only time they offer a prize is when all five of them are present, in which case you get 5x the bet, plus the bonus feature.


Bonus Game

All five letters (B, L, A, N and K) need to be scattered on the reels, during the same spin, to get the bonus feature started. On the next screen, you will see six panelists, together with the question card and the five possible answers. You pick the answer you think is right, and the panelists reveal their own words. With each word you matched, you receive 5 free spins. A maximum of 30 free spins are played next, and once they’re done you move on to Supermatch Game.

Supermatch Game shows you a new window, with three multipliers, at 2x, 3x and 5x. You pick one of the panelists and he will show you his answer. Depending on the multiplier that is shown, the winnings you’ve had during the free spins will be multiplied either by 2x, 3x or 5x. Unfortunately, this isn’t a feature you should expect to retrigger.

Betting options and jackpots

The betting range is a bit weird, not the usual clean and rounded up number that you usually see. The line bet gets up to $3.75, with the start being at $0.01. Since there are 25 lines on which you can place a bet of that value, the maximum wager is worth $93.75.

The top jackpot looks a bit more normal, with the 10,000 coins being valued at up to $37,500. There is no other jackpot here, so that’s the only big prize you can dream of getting.

Design and symbols

The stage where the game show takes place is the backdrop for the reels, with graphics looking like they were taken from the 70’s version, which is not a compliment. A few classic symbols have been placed inside, one example being the use of symbols with Sevens of different colors, another being the Bar symbols. I don’t see how this could be considered an attractive game, not unless you actually enjoyed the game show and you want to see the real deal.

Symbols: Game Logo (wild, 10,000x), BLANK letters (scatter, 5x the bet), Trophy with pen (1,000x), Circle and Triangle (200x), Gift Basket (200x), Blue 7 (150x), Red 7 (150x), Orange 7 (150x), Three Bar (100x), Double Bar (100x) and One Bar (100x).


Is It Worth Playing?

The true fans of this game, or anyone that remembers it fondly, will have fun with the slot that is based on the TV show, but everyone else will find plenty of other opportunities to win prizes and enjoy even better features (though this one doesn’t do that bad in this area).

Blankety Blank, the Game Show

Blankety Blank is not a recent game show, being originally on air between 1979 and 1990, and it’s not even the first one with this name, another one being shown in Australia starting from 1977. The British version was revived on two occasions, the first time from 1997 to 1999, while the second time it ran between 2001 and 2002. It was a comedy panel game, with presenters being Terry Wogan, then Les Dawson and finally, Lily Savage. A total of 17 series were on, with 265 episodes along the way.

BBC 1 was host for the first two, with the third one (2001 to 2002) being shown on ITV. In this game show, either a woman vs woman, or man vs woman competed. There were statements where you had to fill in the blank, and the objective was to match what the celebrity panelists would write on their cards. The more answers you matched, the better you did.

Blankety Blank can be found at any IGT casino, where you get a chance to play it for real money or in free mode.