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The Makeover Of Highway Kings

By: Joe Valentino, Saturday March 2nd 2013
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Playtech is continuing with its process of makeover of online slot games. The older titles are losing traffic because of limitations in graphics and gaming features. By reintroducing them with high quality visuals and additional features Playtech keeps alive the brand equity of the earlier slots and gives them a new lease of life. This strategy has been very successful in the case of Captain’s Treasure and Desert Treasure, the new avatars of which are now drawing high traffic.

The latest Playtech slot machine to undergo a facelift is Highway Kings. As the name suggests, the theme is about trucks. It is a 9 paylines video slot that has been visually formatted as an old fashioned console slot machine. The lower paying symbols are the components of a truck like steering wheel, piston, spark plug, battery, tire and gas can. The higher paying symbols are trucks of different colors. The red truck offers a jackpot payout of 10,000 coins and starts paying when it appears singly. Some symbols start paying when two appear aligned and the rest when three appear aligned. One of the highlights of Highway Kings is that alignments pay both ways. A larger red truck is the wild symbol, but does not offer line payouts. The silencer is the scatter symbol. The graphics are 2D sketches, which are very ordinary compared to contemporary standards. There are no win animations. The only gaming feature in Highway Kings is the Playtech Dollar Ball game and it is this side bet progressive jackpot that really sustains this slot game.

The new avatar of Highway Kings is Highway Kings Pro. It is also a 9 paylines slot game and carries most of the symbols from the earlier version. An introductory clip has been added that shows a truck zooming down a highway. Some of the symbols are highlighted as are the main features of the game. The console is removed and therefore the reels are bigger. The symbols are in 3D as has been the practice with the Playtech makeovers. There have been some notable changes in the symbols and the payouts. The gas can has been converted to a gas station. The red truck still offers the jackpot payout of 10,000 coins but the payouts start with an alignment of two symbols. The paylines continue to pay in both directions. The wild symbol is the truck driver and the scatter symbol is the pin-up girl in his cabin. A checkered flag symbol announces the bonus game. Some classy animations have been introduced. The trucks zoom down the highways, the gas station meter starts running, the truck driver raises his hand in acknowledgement and even the pin-up girl becomes alive.

The Dollar Ball game is removed, which is something that Playtech has been doing in all its makeovers. It has been replaced by a bonus feature that is triggered when the checkered flag appears simultaneously on reels 1 and 5. Players choose from the three trucks and are allotted a number of free spins. Then the trucks take part in a race and a multiplier is awarded based on the position of the chosen truck. The free spins are then played out. The free spins can be retriggered infinitely. The retrigger awards 20 free spins at the existing multiplier. Highway Kings Pro is live at select Playtech online casinos like Casino Tropez.

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