Transformers: Battle for Cybertron
Transformers: Battle for Cybertron Features
- Game play based on the epic Transformers hand drawn Marvel comic strips
- Pay for pay-lines plus an extra spin premium to access features
- Free Fall system lets you win and win again off the same single spin
- Five randomly awarded different reel features add to the action
- Random reel features can add extra wilds into the game grid
- Scatter activated free spin round has the potential to pay big prizes
- Choose your spins and multiplier in the free spin round to suit your style
Transformers: Battle for Cybertron is not a film tie-in title for those of you out there who are not too down on the Hollywood antics of these gigantic metamorphosising robots, but instead play to the popular Marvel comics that came out in the late 1980s to accompany the toy range. The game only features a few symbols on the reels, meaning you get loads of chances to hit winners on its large structure.
When it comes to the visuals, Transformers: Battle for Cybertron is a good looking slot machine that uses high quality backgrounds and reel art to really make its point. You’ve got some great animations too, which accompany the Free Fall feature in excellent fashion.
There’s nothing too song and dance-like about it either – no annoying sprites and definitely no over-done dynamic backgrounds allowing you to keep your eyes on the reels. Everything here is designed with that total future-blow look, creating an immersive and impressive gaming environment.
Musically Transformers: Battle for Cybertron has a lot going for it. You’re greeted by sharp electrical tones on every spin that sound a little like they come from the latest Dubstep or Urban beats. These gives the reel action a kind of eerie, edge, high tech feel that does well not to fall into the trap of the 1980s.
You get a sense of impeding doom on a far off technological planet. When you compare this machine to the games that IGT were producing only a few years ago then you can really see how they’ve come on in leaps and bounds.
The reel game in Transformers: Battle for Cybertron gives you forty lines plus the feature for a 60 coin bet, continuing the new tradition for extra cash for features started by Elvis the King. You’ve got four stop spaces per reel – giving you quite a large grid in which all those winning symbols can align.
In addition to this you get the chance to win big off the reels with what IGT are now calling the ‘Free-Fall’ feature – which used to be called the Tumbling Reels. Regular IGT gamers will recognise this as the system of reel cascades, where winning combinations disappear off the reels, leaving spaces into which the symbols above can drop forming new winners.
Your basic reel game in Transformers: Battle for Cybertron is complemented by a wild symbol and a one sized fits all bonus scatter, which takes you through to the free spin round. However, the game is complemented by the five Transformers based reel effects that can be activated after every spin.
The effects of these bonuses depends on the character that gets show – Optimus Prime blows away all the Decepticon symbols on the grid, Megatron shoots down all the Autobot symbols, Grimlock burns away a random pattern of symbols and Shockwave destroys a similarly random pattern.
When these guys have done their damage a load of new symbols drop into the grid – and on some of the reels these will all be wilds, greatly adding to your winning chances. The final Transformer is Ratchet – who can aid you out by adding an extra bonus symbol to the reels when there are already two in view.
In classic slot machine tradition, the free spin round in Transformers: Battle for Cybertron is triggered when you hit three bonus symbols anywhere in view. This gives you a choice of four different free spin rounds – here you’re given a choice of multipliers and free spins in a manner that’s not too dissimilar from the one featured in IGT’s champion Multi-Way Xtra game, Garden Party.
The more spins you take, the lower the multiplier and vice versa here.
Slot Professor Says
What do I like about Transformers: Battle for Cybertron? Well, there’s loads of wins in the reels and the features come thick and fast to help you get those wins off the reels. It’s great when you hit one of these randomly activated awards as it can really make your cash dreams come true. Obviously there’s no way of telling when they’ll come, but you know when you hit you’re usually in for a good time.
However, there are some problems with Transformers: Battle for Cybertron – even though I love the Marvel style cartoon graphics, the animations on the free fall system are simply too slow. This is a machine that takes an eternity to cycle through the system, which slows the game, and therefore the action, to a snail’s pace. This is the only fault I can find with the whole machine however, which is a sterling production.
Strategy-wise, is this a slot where you have to eek out your money to get into the bonus game? Most definitely not - often the free spins do not pay you as well as the reel features, especially if you go for a high risk low spin slash high multiplier strategy, which can see you rolling in five non winning spins in a row. This is one machine where you can feel comfortable pushing it all into some very big punts.