The X-Men slot is a 5-reel, 25 pay line online slot game from IGT. The game is based on the movie version of X-Men – the original trilogy released between 2000 and 2006, directed by Bryan Singer and in turn based on the comic created by comic legend Stan Lee in 1963.
To start the game you select your coin size from $0.01 to $25, and the number of lines you want in play, from 1 to 25. All lines are selectable. The symbols are X-Men from both the good and bad factions: Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), Magneto (Ian McKellen), Professor X (Patrick Stewart), Cyclops (James Marsden), Deathstroke (Kelly Hu), Juggernaut (Vinnie Jones), Mystique (Rebecca Romijn), Nightcrawler (Alan Cumming) and Storm (Halle Berry). To win, you need to land at least three identical symbols in sequence on a selected pay line from the left-hand reel.
Payout & bonus rounds
Payouts range from your stake for two X-Men scatter symbols to the jackpot of five wild symbols. There's the progressive jackpot as well, which is won by via the Marvel Jackpot game which occurs randomly while you are playing.
The scatter symbol can appear on any reel, and at least three gain you entry into the Heroes or Villains Bonus game. The central reel will feature Professor X (Hero) or Magneto (Villain), determining which game you play. In the Heroes game, you receive unlimited free spins until Magento appears on the central reel and sends you into the Villains game. In this version, you only have eight free spins, although should Professor X appear on the central reel, you move back into the Heroes game.
The wild symbol substitutes for any symbol aside from the scatter symbol. There is also the X-Feature. If you land five Hero symbols (Professor X, Wolverine, Storm, Nightcrawler or Cyclops) in a 'X' pattern on the central three reels, you win five times your total bet.
Finally, there is the Marvel Jackpot Game. This is triggered randomly, and you have to select from 20 squares that hide jackpot symbols. If you uncover three identical symbols, you win one of the four possible progressive jackpots available.
Despite having such a strong media tie-in, The X-Men slot is not the most X-citing slot you could hope to find, although it does have the lure of four possible progressive jackpots you can win. Thankfully, it does have an autoplay feature that dials right up to 99 spins, so you keep the game motoring while you do something else, waiting for either the bonus game or the progressive jackpot feature to appear. You can't, however, but feel that an X-cellent opportunity has been missed.