Meet the famous announcer Michael Buffer as he shouts into the audience “Let’s Get Ready To Rumble” on the slot from Relax Gaming. Known as the iconic “Voice of Champions”, Michael and his brother Bruce Buffer have been the face of boxing, wrestling and MMA fight evenings for more than two decades. Bruce’s catchphrase “It’s Time!!” was the first of the two branded slots coming from Relax Gaming in a licensing deal with the two brothers.
Prepare for a fast-paced and action-packed reel fight as the developer has given it three random features – Rumble Spin with up to four modifiers, Sticky Respins and Wilds Stacks – that will keep you in suspense at all time and can reward you with wins of up 2,389 your bet
Let’s Get Ready To Rumble is a branded video slot with six reels, four rows and 466 connecting win ways. The size can increase during the features up to a 6×8 format with 1,436 ways. You can enter the boxing ring on desktop or mobile from 0.10 to 100 credits per spin. The game has high volatility with an RTP of 96.14%.
The game engine is a proprietary development from Relax Gaming with a connected ways mechanic. A connected way is formed by matching symbols appearing on adjacent reels starting from the left, and one row above, one row below, or in the same row as the leftmost symbol. This leads to a maximum of 466 ways in the base game and 1,436 ways in the Rumble Spin feature.
As expected a boxing ring with the cheering crowd is in the background which together with shifting spotlights creates an authentic atmosphere. Michael, the referee and the boxers dominate the reels. The crowd noises are the main audio with Michael occasionally throwing in his catchphrase or commentary.
The pay symbols start at the low end with bandages that boxers use before putting on the gloves. They appear in blue, yellow and red colours, awarding 0.5x your bet when six land on a line. On the medium level, you will find microphones, ring bells, boxing gloves and a champion’s belt. Hitting six across the reels will pay 0.8x your stake. The premium symbols are the referee, the boxer with blue gloves, his opponent with red gloves and Michael Buffer himself. Six on a line will get you 1.4x to 4x your bet.
A hanging boxing bag in golden colours is the wild symbol, substituting for all pay symbols. There are no scatter or bonus symbols on the slot.
Relax Gaming focused on fast-paced gameplay with adrenaline-inducing moments when any of the three random features trigger. Once they do, it is time to get ready to rumble as they have the potential to lead to wins of up to 2,389 times your bet.
What’s better, one of them is coming with additional enhancers to provide more chances to score a big win. The Rumble Spin can trigger randomly at the start of any game round and can activate multiple add-on features while the reels are spinning. The win evaluation is done after the reels come to a stop.
Multiple enhancers can trigger on a single Rumple Spin. For example, you could have an Uppercut Wild followed by a Wild Hook and by another Uppercut Wild, creating to fully stacked wild reels. The most desired option is to have the Title Fight trigger first as all enhancers would apply then to the maximum reel size.
The second random feature are the Wild Stacks. The game will randomly place two to five full stacked wilds anywhere between reel two and six. However, wilds cannot be added to reel one.
Last but not least, the Sticky Spin can randomly trigger on a 1-symbol win where the winning amount is less than the bet size. The triggering symbols are locked in place and the reels blanked out before they respin. Any further winning symbol landing will turn sticky too and another respin is awarded until no new winning symbols land or the entire screen is filled with sticky symbols. The maximum win in this feature comes in at 1,864x bet for a full screen of Michael Buffer symbols.
The second Buffer brothers slot is a pacier affair with no breaks from bonus games or free spins. In my test runs, it felt more volatile than its sibling It’s Time!! but makes up for it with slightly more frequent feature triggers. Overall, Relax Gaming created two entertaining and suspenseful games featuring the Buffer brothers that should attract not only MMA, UFC and boxing fans.