It’s Time - An overview
It’s Time is Relax Gaming’s first branded UFC-themed slot based on the legendary sports announcer, Bruce Buffer. This is one of two branded games developed by Relax that is based on the Buffer brothers. The sibling game to It’s Time is named after Michael Buffer’s legendary catchphrase Let’s get ready to rumble.
It’s Time comes with 40 fixed paylines and a 6x4 reel formation. The game is set atop a background featuring the infamous octagon that has become synonymous with the UFC.
Relax Gaming have gone for a distinctive 90s arcade/comic aesthetic with this slot. They’ve even added an adrenaline pumping soundtrack to keep you fighting.
On the technical side, It’s Time has a very respectable RTP of 96.74%, slightly higher than that of the sibling slot. This may be indicative of the sport itself as UFC is seen to be more ‘volatile’ than its sibling contact sport, boxing.
It’s Time caters to all budgets too. With a minimum stake size of €0.10 players don’t need to break the bank to enjoy this highly entertaining game. However, if you‘ve got a bigger budget, go ahead and stake up to €100 per spin.
As with most bitcoin slots, the higher your stake, the higher the chance of triggering the bonus round. Trigger the ultimate showdown bonus round with Bruce himself and you could walk away with the equivalent of the Championship belt - up to 2,500x your stake.
Symbols to look out for
In addition to the low value letter symbols that come wrapped in bandages (A, J, Q, K, 10), there are four fictional, fighter symbol characters to be aware of. Below we take a look at who they are, their key stats and the value they can bring you.
Firstly we have Billy “The Patriot” Ray Hogg, a large gorilla-like texan fighter. Pays 10x for six on a payline.
Next up is Tyrone “Mr Tea” Jones, as the name suggests he’s a fan of tea and UFC alike. Pays 7.5x for six on a payline.
Then we have Fernando “Handsome” Gonzalez, a Mexican who has dedicated his life to winning MMA titles. Pays 6x for six on a payline.
Finally, Hugo “Viking” Slotsson who claims to be a descendant of famous Viking Erik the Red but is more famous for his glass jaw. Pays 5x for six on a payline.
As expected, Mr Bruce Buffer is the highest paying symbol with 12.5x for six on a payline. The wilds in this game are the fighter symbols that have been embellished in golden detail and will pay 25x for six on a payline.
Relax Gaming have packed It’s Time full of fun features that will keep players entertained throughout. These features include the Hot Spot, Fighter Bonus and Buffer Bonus which we’ll explain in more detail below.
The Hot Spot bonus feature is the most common you will find in the game. It is activated randomly and appears as an electrified grid somewhere on the reels. If four of the fighter symbols land within the ‘hot spot’ they will turn into wilds and trigger re-spins.
The Fighter bonus is activated when two different fully stacked fighter symbols land on reels 1 and 6. This will award players five re-spins where only the triggering fighter symbols will continue to show on the reels. This begins a battle between the two fighters as each symbol that appears will become sticky until either is beaten.
To aid the battle there are four action symbols that appear during the feature, so your Street Fighter skills will come into play here. These include directional punches (left, right, diagonal) and an upgrade which increases the multiplier.
The winner of this feature is the fighter with the most positions on the reels at the end of the round. The maximum payout during the fighter bonus round is a massive 2,000x - provided Billy “The Patriot” Ray Hogg takes home the title.
The Bruce Buffer feature can be triggered by landing a full stack of Bruce Buffer symbols on reels 1 and 6. This will award 3 re-spins where, like the fighter bonus round, any new Bruce Buffer symbols will become sticky. Players will also benefit from the action symbols which will help to land more Bruce symbols on the reels and maximise those wins!
It’s Time - The Verdict
If you are a fan of sports-themed games that are feature-heavy then this is the one for you. Relax Gaming has taken no shortcuts in creating enough bonus rounds to keep even the shortest attention span engaged.
This isn't a small-time game in terms of max mins either. With multipliers reaching 2,500x, you could walk away with an impressive €250,000 on a single spin if a max bet was in play. If you enjoy It’s Time, don’t forget to check out Bruce’s older (and arguably more famous) sibling’s boxing-themed slot Let’s Get Ready to Rumble.
Have you got the fighting spirit to get in the octagon with Bruce Buffer? Try It’s Time today!