Reel talent is needed these days on all sides of the slotting community. First, providers have to produce an exciting game that players will love to spin the reels on, and then it is down to the players to show off their reel talent as to who can score the biggest wins.
So what reel talent have we found this week? After weeding through 30+ new releases or announcements for new slots, we have narrowed it down to four from Just For The Win, Leander Games, iSoftbet and Yggdrasil Gaming.
Reel Talent | Just For The Win
Four artists try to impress the audience with their performance on Reel Talent. There is a rabbit doing magic tricks with a set of cards, a dog as a guitar virtuoso, a flame-throwing crocodile and a singing lion showing off their talents in a contest to score the biggest wins on five reels and 20 fixed pay lines. Entrance to the show starts at just 0.10 credits and tops out at 100 credits.
A new pay mechanic on Reel Talent provides extra excitement and potential for big wins of up to 605x the initial stake. The Symbol Storage feature is triggered after a winning spin. The winning symbols are stored at the left of the game window and a respin is awarded. Collecting three winning symbols in a single spin sequence will then lead to the main attraction on this slot.
The Superspin has three different levels with only the collected symbols on the reels. Three different symbol types will award the Showtime Superspin level, while having two different symbols will give you access to the Big Stage Superspin level. If the storage has only one symbol type, you will go to the Solo Performance Superspin level, which is the most desirable. It will lead to a full screen of the symbol since only that symbol will be on the reels.
Bandida | Leander Games
Get to know the modern day bandida on the latest slot from Leander Games and see her advancing her criminal career from rookie to a “most wanted” female outlaw. The futuristic but cute-looking bandida trawls the five reels and 20 fixed pay lines to escape the constant pursuit of the grim sheriff. The action is aided by the Bandida’s Way, Criminal Record and Jail Break free spins features. All will lead to the climax when the localized progressive jackpot will trigger.
The bandida starts off her Criminal Record journey as a rookie and climbs a record ladder to become the most wanted outlaw. A counter on the top of the game window indicates progress, which increases by one every time a most wanted symbol lands on the reels. On reaching 34 symbols, the bandida will be upgraded to pickpocket and the Bandida Way feature awarded. It will need 102 symbols to advance to robber, at which point the same feature is awarded but with an x2 multiplier. Finally, after collecting 260 symbols the bandida will become the “most wanted”. Once this level is reached, both the Bandida Way and the Jailbreak free spins features are awarded and the counter resets to zero. The progress bar is set individually for each bet level.
The Bandida Way feature is triggered when three bandida symbols land stacked on reel one. All coin, gold bar and red gem symbols transform into bandida symbols, which is the top-paying symbol on the slot. The Jailbreak free spins are triggered when the Bandida feature triggers a full stack of sheriff symbols land on reel five. The bandida is locked behind bars on reel one and 10 free spins awarded. Her sentence is nine years and will decrease by one year after each spin, setting her free on the last spin. Random bail symbols are collected, leading to an early release of the bandida when 10 are accumulated. After her release, the Bandida Way feature will be active for the remaining spins.
3,888 Ways of the Dragon | iSoftbet
Lucky numbers are an important part of Asian culture and naturally superstition. Number eight is the prevailing lucky number while four is usually associated with death and bad luck. Dragons in itself are considered majestic and sacred creatures in Asian culture, symbolizing auspicious powers and good luck. iSoftbet has taken up the challenge to create a slot with 3,888 ways to win. Note, not a trace of a four, not even in the pay table, but a very enticing maximum win on a single spin peaking at a massive 12,960x the stake.
As expected, the slot features rich, bold colors with a mountainous scene in the background and intricate pay symbols on the reels. Playing with the dragon will cost from 0.30 to 30 credits. A random Dragon Spin and a free spins round with eight or 18 free spins will provide the main entertainment on this slot.
A Dragon Spin is randomly triggered, seeing a golden dragon swipe through the screen and adding three to eight wilds symbols on random reel positions. Three or four bonus symbols will award eight and 18 free spins, respectively. During the bonus round the Dragon Spin feature is triggered at a higher frequency to provide more potential for big wins.
Baron Samedi | Yggdrasil Gaming
Baron who? Most of us mere mortals have probably never heard of Baron Samedi. In Haitian voodoo, he is known as the head of the Guédé family of Loa; in plain English, the spirits that embody death and fertility in the syncretic religion. He is usually depicted with a top hat, black tailcoat, dark glasses and cotton plugs in his nostrils, very typical of how the deceased were prepared for burials in the Haitian style. Yggdrasil took on the challenge to create a video slot to bring that atmosphere of cult and spirits to a set of five slot reels with 25 fixed pay lines.
As usual, Yggdrasil slots are not your normal fare and even seasoned slotting folks will need some time to comprehend how the slot actually works. At the centre is a set of 36 voodoo feature cards that contain a variety of reel modifiers, reel enhancers, wild symbol transformations and win multipliers of up to x10. Three cards are dealt when a Voodoo Spin is triggered and the unveiled modifiers applied to the spin. All dealt cards are collected in a separate holder and once sufficient of one type is accumulated, three extra free spins are awarded with the activating card and two additional random cards being applied on each spin.
Minimum three free spins symbols will trigger the bonus round where the Voodoo Spin feature is triggered on every free spin. Three cards are dealt for each spin and the modifiers applied, providing extra winning potential. The maximum win on a single spin exceeds 1,500x the stake.