Before we dive into our comparative analysis, we’ll go through some basic bullet points about the two games. We’ll then discuss these points further down in the article, one by one.
- Both games use similar money wheels. However, Funky Time’s wheel is considerably larger with 64 segments compared to Crazy Time’s 45.
- The older Crazy Time offers betting options more typical for the money wheel genre, with four standard Numbers bets. Funky Time technically has more betting options, but few of them work like the classic numbers bet.
- Both titles have four bonus bets and four types of bonus rounds. However, they’re vastly different from each other and represent the most noticeable difference between the two games
- Both games use a combination of a physical wheel and RNG. Most bonuses depend entirely on RNG.
- Both of these Evolution-made games are entirely dependent on luck. Players don’t have the opportunity to influence the outcome in any way.
- The optimal RTP of Crazy Time is 96.08%, while Funky Time is slightly worse off at 95.99%. However, different bets have different RTP rates in both titles.
- Broadly speaking, Crazy Time is somewhat more volatile.
Now that we have a broad idea of how different Crazy Time and Funky Time are, it’s time to start comparing.
Core Gameplay & Main Bets
At first glance, the basic gameplay loop of these two games looks almost identical. You bet on a segment, the wheel spins, and you win if the pointer lands on your chosen segment. Simple, right?
It is – which is one of the main advantages of both titles. In terms of this core concept, the biggest difference here is that Funky Time enjoys a bigger wheel with 64 segments.
However, there are also important differences in how the main bets work.
Crazy Time uses a simple model based on Evolution’s Dream Catcher. Every non-bonus bet is a number that also represents its own payout. The Number 5 bet pays 5:1, the Number 10 bet pays 10:1, and so on. Every number appears a different number of times, which fundamentally affects the game’s statistics. Each of the four main bets is different in terms of the payout, probability of winning, and RTP.
On the flip side, there are technically only two types of main bet in Funky Time – The Number 1 and the Letters. The former is identical to Crazy Time, so no surprises there. The letters, on the other hand, are all technically separate wagers. However, every letter bet is identical to others of its kind. All of them appear twice on the wheel, pay 25:1, and offer 95.99% RTP. It’s also worth mentioning that this means Funky Time has 13 non-bonus bets available.
Theme, Graphics, and Presentation
The incredible graphics and presentation of Crazy Time helped the game stand out back when it was released. Although high-concept live casino game shows are relatively common these days, it’s important to remember that most of them were inspired by Evolution’s success. This whole idea of intricate studios and bonus rounds bolstered by CGI was essentially popularized by this one, single game. Although Evo’s Monopoly Live was released earlier, it wasn’t nearly as massive of a success as Crazy Time.
In short, the graphics are good enough to change a whole industry, and the studio is design is something only Evolution could pull off. However, the theme itself is a bit vague compared to many competing titles. Everything is bright, shiny, colorful, and – dare we say it – crazy. That’s pretty much the only real description we can offer, though.
On the other hand, Funky Time Live is firmly committed to a 70’s disco theme. Although things are just as bright and colorful as with its spiritual predecessor, the colors are more purposeful. It’s supposed to leave an impression of a discotheque, and it does so quite successfully. We would also say that the CGI is a bit more present in the bonus rounds compared to Crazy Time, but that’s neither here nor there.
Ultimately, both games are true game shows, through and through. A lot of importance is placed on keeping audiences engaged and entertained. This is achieved through a combination of graphics, top-notch presenters, and a fun atmosphere.
The special features and bonus rounds are essential to both Funky and Crazy Time. Most people who play these games are there for the bonuses. If you want proof of that, just consider the fact that not nearly as many players choose Dream Catcher, the money wheel game with no bonus rounds.
All of the bonus rounds in both games are quite unique. If you’re looking to find more info on how they work, check out the reviews and guides we mentioned above.
Here, we’re just going to compare Funky Time and Crazy Time bonuses through some figures.
Both games have four bonus rounds in total. Most of these include separate screens and mini-games in one form or another. Some of them are also interactive, allowing players to make decisions that determine their winnings based on luck. Three bonus rounds in Crazy Time require player interaction, while only two do in Funky Time.
In Crazy Time, two bonus rounds appear twice on the wheel – Pachinko and Cash Hunt. The titular Crazy Time bonus round appears once, while the Coin Flip appears four times.
In Funky Time, the Bar bonus round appears on 6 segments of the wheel. Stayin’ Alive appears twice, Disco appears three times, while the special VIP disco covers only one segment.
However, it’s also worth noting that there are more wheel segments in Funky Time. As such, Crazy Time bonus rounds have a 1.85% of triggering per segment they appear on. Conversely, Funky Time bonus rounds have a 1.56% chance of triggering per segment.