Family Feud

American Gaming Systems

This is the third game in the AGS “It Pays To Know” series, the family of video slots offering bonus rounds for which knowledge gives the chance at the highest award.

This game mines the legendary Family Feud game show, which pits families against each other in general-knowledge quizzes, and measures their answers against a national survey of the same questions. The show’s producers made all the survey information available to AGS game designers, so the questions in the game actually mimic the questions contestants receive on the show.

The game is on the extra-tall AGS Skytower cabinet, with game features played out on a 42-inch vertical top-box LCD monitor. The base game is a five-reel (four spaces per reel) “Ways to Win” game, with wins triggered by adjacent symbols on the screen rather than paylines. In this case, the four-by-five configuration results in 1,024 possible winning combinations on every spin. There is a minimum bet of 50 credits.

There is a five-level progressive jackpot, triggered by four to eight jackpot symbols, respectively, scattered on the reels. The top jackpot resets at $5,000.

Four or more game title symbols scattered on the reels trigger the bonus, which can be one of three events. The player is prompted to touch one of the symbols to reveal either the “Fast Money,” “Survey Says” or “For the Win” bonus event.

In Fast Money, five questions are provided, each displaying six possible answers. The player selects an answer, aiming for the most popular. Credit awards are associated with each answer that was included in the audience survey.

Survey Says is more close to the TV quiz, in that there are several answers among the choices that were not included in the survey—which, as on the show, triggers a red “X.” Here, the goal is to answer all the questions correctly before revealing three “X” symbols, which ends the bonus.

For the Win is a free-spin event, with spins taking place on a bonus set of reels in the top box.

After each bonus is complete, a bonus multiplier is applied to the credits, based on how many triggering symbols enacted the bonus.

Manufacturer: American Gaming Systems
Platform: Roadrunner
Format: Five-reel, Ways to Win video slot
Denomination: .01, .02, .05
Max Bet: 250, 400
Top Award: Progressive; $5,000 reset
Hit Frequency: Approximately 50%
Theoretical Hold: 4.42%—14.76%