From the late 80s to the late 90s, the television program Baywatch was arguably the most popular TV series on the box. Starring David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson viewers were attracted to the series owing to its incredible bunch of eye candy actors as well as its suspense-filled plot. The show ran for some 11 seasons with more than 240 episodes produced.
Recognizing the popularity of the series, IGT sought rights to design a branded Baywatch slot. The result was the creation of a highly captivating and enthralling 5-reel and 15-payline Baywatch slot machine that can be played online for free or real money.
The stunning Malibu beach where the Baywatch TV series was shot provides the background graphics of this game. The game’s reel grid is transparent thereby enabling players to appreciate the stunning Malibu beach in the background at all times.
SYMBOLS TO KNOW
When playing Baywatch, the reel symbols that players aim at matching include two male characters, two female characters, a quad bike, a rescue team SUV, a surfing board, pair of binoculars and a boat.
In line with most IGT powered slots which feature bonus rounds, Baywatch comes with two paytables. On the base game paytable, the series characters fetch the highest payouts.
David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson pay 100 coins for five of a kind combination while the other two male and female stars Yasmine Bleeth and David Chokachi fetch 75 coins for five of a kind combinations. The quad bike, surfing board and pair of binoculars fetch the lowest payouts.
The free spins bonus paytable offers more lucrative payout values in comparison to the base game paytable. The highest paying symbols that is, the series characters fetch 250 coins for five of a kind combination.
BAYWATCH SLOT BONUSES
Wild: The ocean waves which come with the WILD inscription act as the game’s substituting symbol.
Scatter: The icon coming with the BONUS inscription represents the scatter symbol.
Symbol Replacement Feature: The game during base gameplay randomly chooses lifeguard symbols from regular (series characters) symbols.
Teamwork Feature: The lifeguard symbols which are chosen during the symbol replacement feature transform into a combined team during the randomly triggered teamwork feature. When this happens, the player’s chances of landing lucrative wins are enhanced. Players ought to note that though this feature triggers at random during the base game, it is always active during the free spins’ bonus.
Tidal Wilds Feature: When the wild symbol lands on the reels, it expands to cover all reel positions. After the expansion, the wild reel may further expand horizontally in the process turning one or two more reels into wild reels. Only the middle reels transform into wild reels.
Free Spins Bonus: Three scatters landing at once help players activate this feature. Upon triggering the feature, players choose one male and one female character who act as the lifeguards. After choosing the lifeguards team, the game reveals the number of free spins awarded to the player. Players stand a chance of winning up to 12 free spins and more stacked reels.
SUMMING IT UP
Baywatch comes with many great attributes chief among them the enthralling game theme, exciting plot and lucrative bonus features. However, the major shortcoming of the game is its low return to player percentage standing at just 92.54%. In light of this the Baywatch slot receives an average seven-point rating from 10.