This is the latest game in the AGS “It Pays To Know” series, which, as the name says, gives players the chance to use general trivia knowledge to achieve higher bonuses—in this case, grade-school stuff that everyone should know, but which many don’t, in the theme of the popular TV game show Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?
The base game is a five-reel scatter-pay video slot on a four-by-five field, yielding 1,024 possible winning combinations on every spin.
As with many of the premium games in the AGS lineup, this one is packed with bonus events—free-spin events, picking bonuses, mystery awards—but the central focus is the trivia quiz from the popular Fox TV series, the U.S. version of which stars comedian Jeff Foxworthy (Foxworthy did not participate in the slot theme), which made TV Guide’s list of history’s 60 greatest game shows.
The “It Pays to Know” trivia bonus is based on actual questions from the television show. Players are prompted to choose one of four “helpers”—fall-backs like eliminating one of the four possible multiple-choice answers, or stats on how an audience answered the question. The player is then given a first-grade question, and three tries to answer it correctly—the earlier the correct answer is picked, the higher the award.
Answering the question correctly within three tries advances the grade level, and the game goes on. Completing all five grade levels earns the “Gold Star Bonus,” in which the player picks from a field of five stars to reveal an advanced award.
In addition to the “helper” picked at the beginning, the player can earn any of three “cheats” by landing symbols in the primary game—“Peek” lets you look at the answer of a “classmate,” which on the TV show is a fifth grader who has been given a study guide on the show’s questions. You can then choose to “Copy” the answer for the slot game. (The classmate doesn’t always get it right.) The other cheat is “Save,” which automatically corrects your wrong answer if the classmate has the correct one.
The other bonuses are “Field Trip,” in which picks are made to reveal multipliers for a free-spin round; and two primary-game events—a mystery jackpot and “Mega Block Spins,” which expands the reel field to 10 rows of symbols with three wild reels, for one super-spin.
Manufacturer: American Gaming Systems
Format: Five-reel scatter-pay slot
Denomination: .01, .02, .05
Max Bet: 250, 400
Top Award: $5,180.25, $8,288.40
Hit Frequency: Approximately 50%
Theoretical Hold: 5.91%-14.9%