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Bally Technologies’ game development Vice President, Mike Mitchell, described U-Spin as a “hammer” following the increasing popularity of the manufacturer's latest slot game. “Hammer” doesn’t come close to describe the gaga created by the game as players literally queue up to try their luck at these slot machines in casinos. In every casino that features U-Spin, you are sure to find crowds of three or more people hanging around by the slot machine, waiting eagerly to pounce as soon as it becomes available.

Bally has been successful in achieving its objective of attaining a good audience participation. U-Spin runs on the V32 Cabinet designed by Bally. It has a large vertical and rectangular monitor, offering players high levels of excitement. In addition, players can now put their hands out and touch the screen before physically spinning the huge virtual wheel. The wheel has built-in sensors that detect the force with which each spin has been made, so if players use maximum force and wail the wheel, it spins in similar fashion as a propeller! A small nudge, on the other hand, will see it move slowly and lazily before halting at its destination.

Gesture Control for an Enhanced Experience

Mitchell says that players can now not only start the wheel, but can also control how it spins. Depending upon the pressure applied on the spin, and how slow or fast their hands move, players can control the speed at which the wheel spins. He added that it’s a fun game due to the interaction between players and the slot machine. U-Spin has the potential to reward a large number of credits, many free spins as well as the chance to win a progressive jackpot.

Before designing U-Spin, Bally introduced iReels in an effort to enhance its games and attract more players. The new interactive reel technology fared pretty well in the online gambling industry, but it was when Bally decided to incorporate U-Spin that it started to turn heads with its innovative slot machines. According to Mitchell, U-Spin is a technology that facilitates gesture control, and in combination with iReels, the level of interactivity has increased tremendously.

U-Spin was put together in a relatively short period of time. The company’s product management director, Greg Colella, said that the concept was developed at a rapid pace before being approved in a very short time. As a result, there are now many games for players to enjoy. He also said that the hardware design was a new one, as was the play mechanic. Although there was a significant convergence of elements during development, it came out just like how the company had expected, and Bally is reaping the rewards of hard work as players take to the slot machines every so often to engage in U-Spin.

Bally Games Using U-Spin Technology

Cash Spin

Cash Spin was the first Bally game to run with the U-Spin feature. It is a fairly simple game with twenty five paylines and three reels. The pay schedule is fairly traditional and players can bet almost five credits on each line. The maximum bet is 200 credits, but all features in the game can be activated if all the lines are covered, plus a fifteen-credit bet is made.

Players have received the base game very well and find it to be interesting as it has a 1-in-3 hit frequency. There is also the potential to bag good wins, but Mitchell says that the game is actually performing so well in the market because of the combination of its features with Bally’s innovative genius. When playing the iReels features, symbols of money bags can be seen on your reels along with the more conventional reel icons. Players can activate the transparent video screen by scattering three money bag icons anywhere on the reels. Once the screen is activated, each reel becomes a video monitor and displays money bags. The credit value you win will depend upon which one of the three you pick. Your winning may range between three and fifty credits multiplied by the overall bets placed on all your paylines. The median payout in this event occurs once every seventy spins, approximately, and pays almost ten times the overall bet.

Potential Outcomes of the U-Spin Feature

The distinctive virtual wheels can lead to three other potential outcomes. The most interesting feature of this game kicks in when reel number three gets a U-Spin icon. Players can then touch the screen with their hands and spin the massive wheel. There are 22 spots (slices) on the virtual wheel, and among them are credit prizes ranging between 200 and 5000, two progressives – a Minor resetting at $100 while the Major resets at $5000, and free games.

If you land on the Free Games slice, you will be rewarded with twelve fee games and all payouts except the maximum jackpot will be doubled. This bonus round has additional cool features that allow you to claim either a U-Spin bonus or a Money Bag round when playing the free spins. Should you bag the U-Spin when playing free games, you can win additional free games and stand a chance to win a progressive. In total, this feature can help you claim sixty free games, making it one of the favorite free-spin features of players across the world.

The design of the game is such that players will be able to win big if they bet big. The U-Spin feature is present in most land-based casinos thanks to its increasing popularity. When you enter a casino with the intention of playing a game with the feature, make sure that the “U-Spin Bonus Active” – a large button to the screen’s right is hit to activate it. Doing so will ensure that the fifteen-credit bet is included. If you wish to wager two credits on each line, a thirty-credit bet will be automatically added. Simply put, the more you bet, the more you can win. Although you can win big with small wagers, betting around five credits on each line will give you the best opportunity to win significantly large winnings from the U-Spin wheel.      

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