This is the latest game in Aruze’s “Innovator With Radiant Reels” series. The name refers to the reels themselves, which are bright and pulsate with various colors (there’s even a brightness control to adjust the visuals).
Also, the reels are oversized—at 18.1 inches across, with each reel strip measuring 3.54 inches, they are the largest strips for a five-reel format in the business. Along with the lighting effects, the reels spin at variable speeds according to what’s happening in the game.
Catch the Money is a five-reel, five-line stepper game with scatter-pays and a bonus feature called “Money Bag Chance.” There is a wild symbol that applies to all symbols in the base game except for bonus triggers. The player is awarded the scatter pay when any of the “Coins” or “Money Bag Chance” symbols appear on the reels. The Money Bag Chance symbol appears only on the middle reel.
The Money Bag Chance feature is triggered when the bonus symbol appears on the third reel. A new set of bonus reels appears, and the player spins a wheel in the top box to determine a number of free spins.
The wheel—it can be spun by physically touching the wheel on the top screen, or by pressing a spin button—awards six, eight, 12 or 15 free games on the bonus reels. The feature ends when any “7” win appears, or the displayed number of free games has been played. Five 7s on the bonus reels return the game’s progressive jackpot, which resets at $200. (The feature cannot be triggered again during the feature.)
Credits bet and lines played during the feature are the same as the game that triggered the feature.
Manufacturer: Aruze Gaming
Platform: Innovator With Radiant Reels
Format: Five-reel, five-line stepper slot
Max Bet: 150, 300, 450, 600
Top Award: Progressive; $200 reset
Hit Frequency: Approximately 50%
Theoretical Hold: 2.1%—13%