Slots Reviews Weekly: April

Slots Reviews Weekly reports slot versions for you to explore on your next land-based casino adventure. Each week, Gambling Teachers will publish 4 slot versions.
For each version, Slots Reviews Weekly presents the slot name,  description, theme and bonus features/event including scatter pays.

Report for April 29 
1) Wheel of Fortune Special Edition Super Spin:
This multi-player concept slot is causing a sensation and is a hit with slot players. You can’t miss this slot as it takes up more space than any other and is set up to accommodate two people in front of each of the nine stations, each of which are linked to the wheel.
Each game station is either a 40-line, 400-coin penny version or a 10-line, 75-coin nickel version. In the bonus round, players select from tiles at the bottom of the screen and as letters are displayed, the game locates the letter in at least one of three puzzles.
Each time you find a letter, the bonus value tied to that puzzle increases. Any player can start the wheel feature and gather bonus amounts to their station pick.
To qualify, players bet on all paylines and place a 40-cent side bet.
Individual terminals who hit bonus events have an arrow light up at their station around the big wheel. The big wheel spins once for all qualifying players and it is possible for multiple players to initiate the bonus and spin the wheel at the same time. When all nine stations are in play, the wheel is in constant motion.
This Super Spin game offers super bonuses and super fun for all players.

2) African Riches/eMillions:
You receive 2 chances at the top prize of at least $1 million with this game. First, bet the max coins or get into the Jackpot Re-Spin zone, either of which may result in five ‘eMillions’ symbols and a big hit.
If three or four ‘eMillions’ are displayed on a line, the other reels will re-spin for the top prize.
This multiline game also offers free spins and multipliers to add to the excitement. If a Free Game Coin lands on the first reel, there are two free games added.
Whereas, if a Multiplier Coin appears on the fifth reel during a free spin, the multiplier value is raised by one to 3X, 4X, etc.
The butterfly symbol is wild and 3 or more golden mask scattered symbols get you a free spin for free games that double jackpots. This is more than an African adventure as there are extra hits and bonuses to explore.

3) Road Trip:

Familiar destinations like the Golden Gate Bridge, Grand Canyon and Statue of Liberty are found as you travel this road.
There are free spins and a bonus round that begins with a map whereupon you choose the destinations of New Orleans, Memphis, San Francisco,Grand Canyon or New York. Your selections reveal free games and multipliers that continue to build credits on the road as long as you avoid a flat tire or a police car. Get to your selected destination and before you collect your reward, you qualify for a free spin round with the red convertible wild. This game calls out for players ‘to take it on the road’.
4) Hot Shot Progressive:
This slot is the most innovative concept, I’ve seen for a while—5 games within a game. Reel sized symbols from the popular Bally versions of Blazing 7’s, Diamond Line 777’s, Triple 777’s Double Jackpot, Triple 777’s and Triple Blazing 7’s dot the screen.
Each miniature slot game has its own pay schedule that comes into play during the bonus round on the way to the progressive jackpot.
Five separate increasing progressive jackpot bucks are displayed at the top of the screen each labeled with the name of one of the popular slots depicted on the reels. When three or more of any of these games show up in a scatter sequence on the five reels, you get to play for all the progressives represented by the miniature slot symbols.
There are several configurations available from the manufacturer, but most likely, you will find the 20-line penny version with bets from 200-1000 coins.
Max bet is required to get to the big jackpots, therefore, $2-3/spin. For pennies, the top jackpot resets at $10,000.  There is sure to be a rush for a Shot at this Hot Slot.

Report for April 22
1) Half Cents:
This game is appropriately named in that each penny pays for 2 paylines, thus a half penny slot. At only 1 quarter to activate all paylines, it’s a small risk to increase your bet/line.
There are multiplying wild symbols that together can produce a nice reward.
For example, if you line up a combination that includes a 2X and 5X wild symbol; the reward is multiplied by 10.
There is also a Free Game feature that gives you 10 free spins at double credits and can be re-triggered up to a max of 60 free spins. Your good sense should tell you that ‘half cents’ is the way to go.
2) Life of Luxury:
The 3 games available are Far East Fortunes, Jungle Cats and Riches of Rome. Features of each of the base games include free spins and all designate a gem that displays five progress jackpots; opal, ruby, emerald, sapphire and diamond for the big strike.
The bonus screen is triggered when a gem symbol appears on a reel at which time you select from 8 gem symbols to win bonus credits or the progressive jackpot. If you play with max bet, you are instantly awarded the progressive upon a gem appearance.
Far East Fortunes offers a 2X wild symbol on the middle reels plus the free spin round will hold the wild symbol for spins following.
Jungle Cat features wild symbols while Riches of Rome sports a wild reel that pops up during the freebie round. With the many bonus opportunities, the ‘luxurious’ rewards may be in your ‘life’.
3) Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back: 
The cast of characters are all present and for each symbol, there are 10 different movie clips. MegaJackpots wild area progressive is the top prize, which resets at $5 million.
Two spectacular bonus events are Jedi Training & Cloud City Bonus.
Both events are based upon building up bonus credits. Jedi Training Bonus displays an image of Yoda, the pointy-eared creature who is Master of the Fore and trainer of the Jedi warriors.
During this bonus round, the player spins the wheel displaying credit amounts and multipliers.
If a multiplier is chosen in sequence before a credit amount, these are added together until a credit amount is chosen and your total win is determined.
The Cloud City Bonus is a free spin event with a twist. The bonus begins with a Han Solo symbol on the first reel and Princess Leia symbol on the fifth. Free spins continue until Han Solo and Boba Fett symbols land on the reels at which time, a second free spin round kicks in utilizing the top box wheel.
There’s more in that the Han Solo symbol is an expanding wild symbol meaning that the landing spot turns the entire reel into a free spin zone.
Additional Star Wars models are in the future, so ‘the force will be with us’ for a long time.
4) Cherry Bomb:
This slot is set up to bounce between a bonus tile game and top screen play.
Set up similar to a keno game wherein the player matches tiles while the more correct selections will bring on higher payouts.
To assist your credit total and matches is a spark symbol that allows extra spots by tossing out cherry bombs for possible winning combos.
The bonus round is activated by 3 or more slot machine symbols at which time you are awarded 5 free spins.
Freddy, Leena and Adam are the 3 wild cherry bomb people on the third reel. A spin with these 3 wilds allows a cherry bomb to bounce from the top screen to the Picks Remaining area on the bottom screen. Wins containing Freddy bomb=1 additional pick, Leena=2 more picks while Adam=3 more picks. This game is sure to put a ‘bounce’ of excitement in your slot play.

Report for April 15
1) White Orchid: 
Images of butterflies, tree frogs, fish, bird and topical plants are the theme of this ‘exotic’ slot. There is lots of winning combinations with this game as described.
While this is a 40-line machine, if you play max coin of 20 credits/line, you will be triggering all the reels giving you 1024 possible win combinations.
There is an option to make a side bet that activates the Bettor Chance feature allowing you to play two ways, the standard 40 lines plus a MultiWay game increasing your win frequency.
And more. During the free spin mode, if the triggering symbols appear again, the free game mode starts again. Would you not like to watch those butterflies and birds go round and round and round again?

2) Deal or No Deal – The Show:
Based on the TV Game Show, you choose either suitcases of cash; accept a deal or no deal which extends your search for the top prize.
Three Money Case scatter pays on the first three reels activates the Lucky Case Bonus event with a screen displaying 20 suitcases.
Make your choice and five of the other suitcases show the credits inside. The player is then asked to decide on a deal for the remaining suitcases—Deal or No Deal? For No Deal, you select 4 of the unopened suitcases and await the next offer until making a final deal.
This slot adds the feature Super Play by you bet to trigger from 1-20 paylines thereby paying left to right except scatter and bonus wins.
Bet all 25 paylines and you move to Super Play Mode whereby all wins are paid as scatters from left to right. The Deal or No Deal symbol is wild when displayed on the middle three reels. With the Super Play Mode feature, it's certain that this game is a Big Deal.
3) Monopoly Super Grand Hotel: 
This is an upgraded version of Monopoly Grand Hotel with an impressive top box display of a luxury hotel’s room, floors, bonus credits and centered arrows depicting the elevator.
Thus, 3 or more scattered elevator symbols will begin the Elevator Free Spin Bonus whereupon selection, you receive 6-10 free spins. Watch for the Going Up arrows during this round to move towards a bonus credit amount.
The main bonus round, Tycoon Bonus starts with 3 or more hotel symbols and continues with a display of the familiar Monopoly board. Make your railroad selection and at the same time the number of hotel guests. Also, a set of property deed cards appears face down.
Now the action begins for several bonus streams based on your choices. First, choose 5 properties to place hotels on specific squares, doubling the values if the same color is chosen.
Then, your chosen hotel guests scatter to various properties as you collect when they visit your properties. You receive additional credits for guests visiting railroads, Free Parking, Electric Co and Community Chest.
If you love the Monopoly versions as I do, then this game is surely a ‘grand’ choice.
4) World Poker Tour:
Poker pros including Doyle Brunson welcome you to the World Poker Tour that resets at $1million for the top jackpot of five Aces.
You will benefit with higher pays and bonuses if you cover all paylines and participate in the ante wager. If the result is a full house or better for any hand/spin of seven-card poker, you move on to the All-in Free Spin Bonus.
The pay window changes for this bonus round with certain pay symbols and tokens offering higher payouts. The great feature about this exciting slot is that even if you are not a poker player, you can still ‘take the tour’.

Report for April 8 

1) Treasures of Troy:
This 40-line slot features the battlefield of Troy, playing card symbols and when you choose that extra bet, you trigger the Multi Way option.
Multi Way betting allows each of  20 symbols on the grid to act as a stand-alone reel. Therefore, with over 1000 possible wins, you are paid for each combination of scatter pays along with standard wins.
Additionally, there are wild symbols and a free spin bonus round that can be re-triggered for plenty of mounting credits.
With this multi-featured game, you are certain to enter the battlefield with a winning attitude.
2) Big Red 2:

The kangaroo, Big Red is not only the star in this game, but wild also. This kanga rewards with free spins and should the tree icon appear during these spins, you win the value of the kangaroo symbol multiplied by the number of tree icons.
Free spins can also result in the progressive jackpot win when Dingo symbols land on the first and fifth reels. Look for the words, ‘Dingo Minor’ or ‘Dingo Major’.
Time to ‘hop up and down’ for the cash reward of $250 to $3000.
3) It’s Raining Cash:
Another addition to the popular Slotto series, the lottery themed game with a giant sphere features a chamber with an umbrella that, when triggered, ‘rains cash’.
The three reel version is the game Triple Stars, while the five reel version is Double Diamond.
Triple Stars includes wild symbols that triples the jackpot and multiplies the win X 9 if two land on a payline with a jackpot symbol. The five reel Double Diamond doubles the jackpot in a 9-line format.
Three 'It’s Raining Cash’ symbols activate the main bonus event where 3 umbrellas rotate displaying cascading bonus amounts.
The bonus is accompanied by the Weather Girls singing “It’s Raining Men”.
In the end, all this rain ‘drops’ a multiplied credit into your winning hands.
4) Fountain of Youth:

This slot can be lucrative because of the frequent emergence of a ‘beautiful lady’ wild symbol. Also, the appearance of the Fountain of Youth icon is a scatter pay win. Line up 3, 4 or 5 Fountains of Youth and begin a 10, 14, or 25 free spin bonus round.
Before you begin, make your choice of a favorite ‘symbol of youth’—deer, water lily, waterleaf or a water cup which will trigger additional freebie spins.
While not necessary to play max coin at all times, this game only requires you to cover all the paylines. This game is a hoot for all players ‘young at heart’.

Report for April 1
1) Multi-Game Poker:
This VP slots edition ups the ante with this slot that offers 10 video poker games. The VP versions are Jokers Wild, Bonus Aces, Double Crown Poker, Double Double Crown Poker, Triple Kicker Bonus Poker, Deuces Wild, Bonus Poker, Double Bonus Poker, Triple Bonus Poker and Double Double Bonus Poker.
As with any VP game, be sure to examine the pay schedules available to assure you are getting the optimal return for the game you are playing. Denominations range from pennies up to $100. I remember how disappointed I was when Bally’s GameMaker series disappeared, but now it’s baaaaack…stronger than ever.
2) 50 Dragons:
Watch for 3 or more wild pearl symbols to activate the free spin round of 10 games with this 50 line slots game. Pearl symbols increase your bonus credits as they're added during each free spin. Additionally, for three ingot scatter pay symbols, you receive 10 free spins. For both of these freebie rounds as described, a second round of 5 free games is activated when either the pearl or ingot appears during the original bonus round.
Multiplying spins and credits will surely ‘drag’ you to this exciting slot.
3) Indiana Jones: Raider of the Lost Ark
Slots players can relive the excitement of the popular movie with the 43 clips programmed into this version. Line up 5 Indiana Jones symbols for the top progressive jackpot at this 5-reel slots game that employs both video and mechanical wheels for bonus rounds.
Three bonus symbols activate the Raiders of the Lost Ark bonus round and movie clip. You are then asked to spin the wheel and collect the rewards from multipliers of between 25-1000X. Spin, watch and collect the rewards as Indy offers up a rousing slots adventure.
4) Top Gun:
This slot places you in the cockpit of a fighter jet treating you to the most innovative sensory immersion gaming experience ever. Top Gun is a multi site progressive penny or nickel slot boasting a top jackpot resetting at $500,000.
While playing, the base game, a random event known as the Fly by Bonus triggers when a group of jets fly across the screen. Hold onto your seat as it thunders accompanied by a shaking screen. Each time a jet flies by, a wild symbol is revealed to increase credits.
Additionally, 3 or more Top Gun bonus slots symbols start the main Top Gun Bonus. The thundering chair, the Bose sound and graphics merge to create the experience of the cockpit of an F14. This experience begins as you take off from an aircraft carrier, enter the danger zone and as the enemy approaches make the decision to avoid, climb, barrel roll, hard left or hard right. That decision will determine your credit award to include a 2-3X multiplier.
During this sequence if Engage Enemy Target appears, you are set against a squadron of enemy jets. Select one of four options to fire a missile and if you hit an enemy target, your pilot rank increases along with another missile shot. This particular bonus event ends if you receive the message ‘Return to Base’.
Should you demolish 5 enemy planes, you are indeed, the Top Gun.
The Bonus Extender symbol allows you to ignore the ‘Return to Base’ and continue receiving increased bonus points. There's no doubt the Top Gun slots experience is ‘Top of the Line’.

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