Based on the hit ITV gameshow, Tipping Point is a 5 reel, 20 payline slot from Core Gaming. It comes with a 2-stage bonus round where you pick to win a selection of cash, free spins and multipliers. You’ll also have a chance to win 1 of 3 progressive jackpots. Play from between 20p and £100 per spin.
Design wise, Tipping Point is pretty simple – the reels include brightly coloured A to 10 playing cards as well as black and white counters and the game board. The most rewarding of the standard symbols is the Tipping Point logo – land 2, 3, 4 or 5 of these on a single payline and you’ll receive a payout equal to 0.5, 2.5, 10 or 25 times your total stake.
Land 3 or more question mark bonus symbols and you’ll trigger the Bonus Spins feature – once activated, you’ll first be taken to a pick’em style wall and presented with 24 silver and black counters. Pick from these to build your bonus which will include free spins, cash awards, multipliers and the transformation of 1 of the lower value playing card symbols into a wild. Keep on picking until you land the Start Bonus Spins token. The free spins then play out with your collection of added goodies.
Tipping Point also comes with a progressive jackpot element – every time a star symbol lands in the top or bottom positions on reel 5, it will be added to the Jackpot Bonus Trail to the right of the reels. If the star lands within a square, you’ll collect between 3 and 10 tokens. Once this meter is full, you’ll progress to the Jackpot Bonus feature.
This is a 6-stage pick me round that’s based on the TV show. Send tokens down the chute and try and flip over a jackpot counter below. Even if you miss out on either the bronze, silver or gold jackpots, you can also win cash prizes and random multipliers.
We’re still slightly baffled at how a seaside arcade favourite has become the basis for a hit TV show. It has though and the slot version is a pretty faithful interpretation (minus Ben Shephard). It’s not the flashiest thing you’ll see as far as design goes but then neither is the TV show. The gameplay is similarly basic.
The free spins round is solid enough thanks to the multipliers on offer. Likewise, the jackpot potential. Just like the real-life arcade games on which it’s based, we found Tipping Point a bit frustrating. We got close to a big win but left a few too many coins dangling on the ledge.
If you enjoy the TV show (or the cascade style games at the arcade), then you’ll probably like the Tipping Point slot. We’ve never really seen the attraction and the slot, entertaining enough as it is, didn’t quite win us over. I prefer other Core Gaming titles like Carry On Camping.