This is the first game from AGS featuring what the manufacturer calls the “Uni-Reel” play mechanism. Instead of five spinning reels, the screen’s paylines or ways-to-win configurations are built around a single reel that snakes around the screen, similar to what one would see in an arcade game.
Players see symbols enter at the top left-hand corner and travel through the play field, stopping to form winning combinations on a five-column, four-row grid highlighted on the screen, in which the pays are evaluated. It’s a visual designed to relieve the player of humdrum reel-spinning.
Birds of Orion features a beautiful graphical display of neon colored birds on a black, celestial background. Wild symbols and multiplying wild symbols increase base-game pays. Animation and sound effects entertain as bird characters randomly transform reel symbols into wilds and multipliers.
Three bonus events include the Soaring Symbol Upgrade, the Birds of Orion Bonus and the Orion Color feature.
The Soaring Symbol Upgrade is a mystery event in which a bird flies onto the screen to transform all symbols with feathers into wilds or win multipliers. The Birds of Orion Bonus is a free-spin event featuring multipliers applied to the wins.
In the Orion Color feature, a multi-colored Phoenix symbol doubles all pays and six color groups of flowers and birds are selected to convert into wild symbols.
Platform: Colossal/Crazy Tooth
Format: Uni-Reel, five columns by four rows
Denomination: .01, .02, .05
Max Bet: 250
Top Award: 18,000
Hit Frequency: 38.09%
Theoretical Hold: 7.82%-14.82%