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Gears of Gold

Scientific Games

Gears of Gold

This new Bally title uses the Bally Pro Wheel cabinet to create a neat Industrial Revolution-style mechanical machinery theme. A large bonus wheel dominates the tall top box over a base five-reel, 40-line video slot in a striking visual display.

The game also is a wide-area progressive on the Bally Cash Connection link, with a top award resetting at $400,000.

There are several special features in both the primary and bonus games. Before each base-game spin, each reel has mystery symbol positions that are randomly replaced with the same symbol, creating greater chances for five-of-a-kind wins. On any base game spin, “Directional Wild” symbols may appear. These are wilds marked by arrows which point in any of eight directions. Any symbols in the path pointed out by the arrow become wild. This is a very frequent feature, occurring every four spins on average.

Also, when a Directional Wild symbol appears, it is randomly accompanied by a multiplier feature in which spaces on the main wheel transform to multipliers ranging from 2X to 10X. The player is granted one spin on the big wheel applied to any wins resulting from the Directional Wild.

Bonus events center around the Gears of Gold Wheel Bonus. Three scattered Gear Bonus symbols on the middle reels award one spin of the main wheel, this time including slices marked with credit awards from 1,000 to 3,000 credits, two Free Games slices and one Jackpot slice. If the wheel stops on Jackpot with the maximum 300 credits wagered, it triggers the wide-area progressive jackpot. If it stops on one of the Free Games slices, the player is awarded twice the bet, and a potentially unlimited free-game round begins.

A “Multiplier Gauge” at the start of each free game randomly selects a multiplier from 1X to 5X that applies to that free spin. The free spins continue as long as a multiplier gauge appears at the start. The free-spin feature occurs every 273 spins on average, for an average payout of 44 times the total bet.

Manufacturer: Scientific Games
Platform: Alpha 2
Format: Five-reel, 40-line video slot
Denomination: .01
Max Bet: 300
Top Award: Progressive; $400,000 reset
Hit Frequency: 32.07%
Theoretical Hold: 11.54%-14.96%

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