Matching Symbols in Slots Bonus GamesBy: Ryan Alders, Tuesday September 14th 2010
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Bonus games on the second screen are fast becoming an essential feature in online slots. Online slots with such games are preferred because they add variety to the gaming. Most of these bonus games involve selecting an object or a number of objects. Whereas this does create a difference, selecting objects is not exciting. Therefore some online slot games incorporate somewhat more complex games.
One type of bonus game involves matching symbols in a way very similar to that of scratch cards. A bonus game of this type is available in the Microgaming online slot game Kings of Cash. When the game is triggered, 12 cards lie face down in a 4 x 3 grid formation. Outside this main grid in the four corners are the four Kings from a deck of cards. Each has a credit value displayed below it. The player clicks one card at a time to turn it face up. The player can click cards randomly or follow any sequence he chooses to do so. Once three Kings of the same suit are displayed the bonus game is over and the player wins the number of credits displayed below the King of that suit. To make the game visually appealing the image of a King outside the grid gets animated once two corresponding cards are revealed in the grid.
Another Microgaming online slot uses a different mechanism for matching symbols and adds an interesting but risqué twist. This is Sneak A Peek Doctor Doctor. In the bonus game one of the female medics is portrayed next to a 3 x 5 grid. Twelve of the squares conceal items of the medic’s clothing. There are three numbers each of four items of clothing. The remaining three squares are designated Booby. Players can reveal a maximum of twelve squares by clicking on them. Each time three items of the same clothing are revealed the player is awarded a multiplier. At the same time that item of clothing disappears from the medic’s displayed image. Nothing happens if the Booby is revealed. The multipliers earned are totaled up and multiplied by the total bet of the spin to determine the payout. Despite the risqué nature of the bonus game the limits of decency are not crossed and the modesty of the medic is preserved. And the lady players at Microgaming can have sweet revenge by wagering on Sneak A Peak Hunky Heroes which places men in the same precarious position.
Playtech has used this matching the symbols concept in deciding the payout for progressive jackpots in their latest branded Marvel Movie super hero slot games like Elektra and Daredevil. All the games belonging to this genre are networked to the same progressive jackpot. This is a multi level jackpot, consisting in ascending order of Power, Extra Power, Super Power and Ultimate Power. The jackpot game is triggered randomly and guarantees a win of one of the four jackpots. The game reveals a 4 x 5 grid with each square hiding the logo of one of the four jackpot levels. The players keep on revealing squares one after another and the jackpot level first to have three squares revealed is hit. The amount then standing against that jackpot level is won by the player. The game has a timer. If the player is unable to get matching symbols within that time a random award is made.
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