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Winning slot machines25 June 2015
But there always are at least a couple of player “wow” grabbers. This year, one of them is Twist & Win from Multimedia games.
Twist & Win can turn losing spins into winners – even big winners – by taking a segment of the screen and rotating it. Vertical columns can become horizontal rows. Currently available on a game called Sparkle & Shine, the Twist & Win feature soon will be incorporated into other Multimedia games.
Sparkle & Shine is a six-reel game, played on a grid six symbols across and four symbols deep. Symbols include gems, sparkly wilds, and A-K-Q-J-10-9.
An online demo shows a losing spin with a stack of three wilds as the bottom three symbols on the fifth reel. The word “Twist” to the left of the reels starts to shake, as do “& Win” on the right. A rectangle is drawn, four symbols across and two deep, enclosing the second and third symbols on reels two through five.
That rectangle is then rotated 180 degrees, and the two wild symbols that were on the fifth reel and now on the second, helping to form winning combinations.
The smallest possible rectangles to be rotated are two symbols across by three deep, or three across by two deep, but it’s possible for the entire grid to be rotated. Rectangles can be rotated 90 degrees in either direction, or 180 degrees.
Many of the rotations will bring small wins, but the big twist comes when you have a stack of four wilds or four big-paying gems. A 90-degree rotation could give you four of the big payers across the same payline – a nice surprise bankroll booster.
As for the game itself, Neo Contra is a five-line video slot based on Contra, Konami Digital Entertainment’s game of missiles, machine guns, helicopters and action that was introduced as an arcade game in 1987, then later found big popularity on home game systems.
In a pick’em-style bonus event, Konami has even built in the famous Konami Code, also called the Contra Code. In home video versions of Contra, if you entered up, up, down, down, left, right, BA, start, you’d get 30 additional lives.
In the slot version, when you’re running out of picks in the pick’em bonus, you’ll sometimes see an old-style video controller come on the screen. It’ll enter the Contra code and you’ll get more picks.
It’s innovative and nostalgic at the same time in a slot game loaded with extras. Neo Contra was one of my favorites at G2E, and it’s no surprise to me that the game is an award-winner, too.
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