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Slot Games Booby Trap Free Spins

By: Joan Peppin, Saturday February 5th 2011
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Bonus games on the second screen with booby traps are fairly common in online slot games. In these games players usually are asked to keep selecting from the given objects till such time they reveal an icon that has been classified as a "booby". Then the players cannot make any further selections but have to collect their awards and end the game. Different variations to this scheme can be found in online slot games. However, free spins bonus games are usually the opposite. If the specified combination of symbols appears on the reels during the free spins more free spins are awards. But on rare occasions online gaming software providers have been known to devise slot games with free spins rounds that get aborted before the allotted free spins are completed. And this is done through very innovative booby trap mechanisms, which adds excitement to the online slot game.

One recently released online slot game where free spins could be aborted was Wipeout. This game was developed by WagerWorks, which is the online gaming wing of IGT, and is live at casinos like Virgin Casino. In Wipeout the free spins bonus round is triggered when three, four or five free spins symbols appear scattered on the reels. In the normal course players can enjoy a maximum of 50 free spins. However to enjoy the full 50 free spins players have to ensure that they do not lose all their lives. Players start the free spins with 3 lives. Every time an Extra Life symbol appears on the reels a life is added to the players' tally. Unfortunately this can only be done thrice. The more critical is the Wipeout symbol, which has given the slot game its name. Wipeout refers to falling of the board while surfing. Every time a Wipeout symbol appears on the reels the players lose a life. Once all lives have been lost the free spins bonus round ends even if 50 free spins have not been completed.

Another online slots game that has a booby trap free spins round is Hockey Hero. This slot game was released in 2010 by the online gaming software provider Realtime Gaming. It also has a sports theme, but that of ice hockey. The free spins round is activated when three or more scatter Penalty Box symbols appear on the reels. 18 free spins are awarded to start with. The Peanuts symbol is removed from all the reels and an extra Clock symbol is added on to reel 1. After every three spins another symbol is completely removed from all the reels and a clock symbol is added to another reel. This process increases the probability of getting clock symbols on the reels and that is the basis of the booby trap mechanism. When two or more clock symbols appear on the reels at the same time the bonus round will prematurely end irrespective of how many free spins are left. If players are lucky they will never get two clock symbols in the same spin and will be able to enjoy all 18 free spins. Hockey Hero can be played at all Realtime Gaming online casinos like Cherry Red, Slots Oasis, Aladdin's Gold and One Club.

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