When the film Basic Instinct was released in 1992, it generated much controversy. The film about the relationship between Nick Curran (Michael Douglas) and Catherine Tremell (Sharon Stone) featured a graphic combination of sex and violence and would be the most talked about movie of the era. Basic Instinct is perhaps best known for the infamous leg crossing scene, where Stone would reveal much more than expected to her interrogators.
This slot is set against the backdrop of the famous club scene in the movie, with the movie poster image of Sharon Stone staring out to the left of the slot. Images of San Francisco also frame the slot, with the symbols themselves having a dark blue background. The symbols include a pistol, a police badge, an ice pick, handcuffs and a black Lotus Esprit, as well as the playing card symbols from 10 to Ace, these in metallic grey with skyline images imprinted upon them. Alongside these symbols you’ll find three stacked full length symbols of Sharon Stone, each one applying to a different feature of the game.
The soundtrack to the slot has a very nineties feel, with electronic sounds playing throughout – although the sound becomes more movie relevant during the features and when looking at the pay-table.
This slot has a standard five reels, and features 243 ways to win. This means that as long as a symbol appears on three or more consecutive reels from left to right starting with the leftmost reel, you are guaranteed a win wherever they sit on that reel. The top paying symbol is the ice pick which will win you 1,500 coins for five in a row, while the police badge will see a 500 coin win for the same thing. Each of those symbols will also pay out for two in a row, as well as three or four. All of the other symbols in the game will pay out between 450 and 100 coins for landing five in a row.
As opposed to having scatter symbols or standard wilds, all of the features at the game are activated by the three Sharon Stone oversized stacked symbols (I guess Michael Douglas might be feeling a little left out, as he doesn’t appear once at the slot).
The first of the symbols is the bonus wild which sees Stone dressed in the famous white outfit for the interrogation scene. If this symbol appears completely on the reel (that is three symbols tall), the bonus feature will be activated. If the symbol is only partly visible, these symbols will now turn wild.
The second symbol sees Sharon Stone looking out above the black Lotus Esprit and this is the free spins symbol. Once again, if it takes up an entire reel you’ll enter the free spins round; otherwise the symbols will turn wild. The number of free spins awarded is random – the largest number I’ve seen is 40.
The final symbol sees Sharon Stone in a sparkling backless dress, this symbol activating the wild drop feature if appearing fully on a reel. The wild drop symbol will now drop one position down the reel as the other reels re-spin. Once again, should the symbol not fully encompass a whole reel, these will now turn wild.
The bonus game at the slot takes you to that scene, with Sharon Stone dressed in white sitting upon the chair. At the bottom of the screen are twelve boxes, each with a question mark. Click on one at a time and you’ll either win a cash prize or you’ll come to the end of the round if clicking on the box with the handcuffs. However, should you find the gun, you’ll win the progressive Jackpot which clicks ever upwards at the top of the screen. Every time you choose, a different video clip from the scene plays in the background, making for a great looking feature.
This slot by iSoftbet is an interesting and a slightly different one. The use of the oversize Sharon Stone symbols makes for a unique game - where all of the features are activated in essentially the same way. These features can be hard to come by, but when they do come, they are worth waiting for – the highlight of which is the bonus round itself. Of course, any slot with an added progressive Jackpot will also excite. This is a recommended slot for all – even better if you’re a fan of Sharon Stone.