Reel King is a game that originally came out in cabinet form in the UK. It was originally an AWP machine (Amusements with Prizes) which are also sometimes known as a fruit machines, and was one of the first ever games to really win over British punters to the slot game format.
Reel King Slot Features
- Great adaptation of the Astra AWP game that featured at UK land based casinos
- Strong online casino favourite for many years now
- High paying win structure in the basic reel game
- No scatters or bonus symbols to clutter the reels
- Incremental notes on reel stops give notice of bonus game activation
- Big paying feature can give up to five money spinning mini slots on the reels
Back then it was part of a portfolio owned by Astra Gaming, which was subsequently taken over by Austrian gaming giant Novomatic. Reel King was then recreated as an online slot, where it’s been one of the top games now for many years.
The Reel King base-game uses a five reel, fifteen stop space format with twenty pay-lines. This is the classic slot set up and will be more than familiar to anyone who’s spent five minutes or more at an online casino. There’s only one special symbol in Reel King – the basic wild, which can help you greatly by substituting for symbols in combination.
Graphically, Reel King takes you back to the classic. You’re looking at a slot machine that uses fruit and poker symbols on the reels to make up the game elements, together with a special jackpot symbol that can really help payout the money, as you’d no doubt expect. All of this is set in a background that’s vaguely reminiscent of the French courts pre-revolution days – a time when casinos and gambling was rife in France. We do feel that in a way Reel King does pay a slight nod in that direction.
The sound on Reel King is very important as you’ll find out when we talk about the bonus game. This is definitely one game you won’t want to play on silent. Most of the time you’ve just got some spin and win noises, but when the bonus does kick in you’re played a kind of baroque court music that fits so well with the theme of this machine. Hats off to the developers here as they’ve done a really damn good job.
So what do you get in the Reel King bonus game? Well, first up this feature has what we believe to be quite a unique activation methodology. As you stop in the reels, if you hear five incremental tones (this is why you’ll definitely need the volume up) then you’ll be in for some super cash pay-outs from the bonus feature. Here the between one and five reels are replaced with Reel King mini slot machines that have the power to pay-out big prizes. They’ll keep on cranking until you hit a non-winning spin on their reels and then they’ll disappear.
Slot Professor Says
I love everything about Reel King. It's got all the classic elements of fruit machine play that I really love together with a big paying bonus game. Don't be deceived by the simplicity of this title – it's full of action and is a lot of fun to play. One thing that's really stand out about this game is the pay-table.
As with many of the Novomatic slots you've got tons of winning potential in the reels, and when you actually look at the pay-table you'll see that you really do get some great rewards too, with kings and aces paying big-time for a simple three symbol combination. Some people out there have criticised Reel King for not having a clear bonus indicator on the reels in the form of a symbol. I say what a load of rubbish.
The truth of the matter is that because Reel King has stayed away from the traditional three scatters and you're in bonus game formula what you actually get is loads more space for wins on the reels. There's nothing stopping you hitting a really massive combination win here and getting a bonus where you get a bunch of Reel Kings – top work. How could Reel King be improved?
Well there was a previous iteration to the one you can find on the internet right now that used to have a gamble game. I'm sure you know the sort – you get to flip a card whilst trying to guess what colour or symbol it might be. I'm sure that Reel King isn't in any way deficient now this feature seems to have fallen by the wayside. Thus I'd go as far as saying that what you've got here is a pretty perfect slot. It may not be all bells and whistles, but it is a perfectly balanced player friendly game that just works so damn well.