This new game in Multimedia’s “High Rise” series, based on the legendary Herman Melville novel Moby-Dick, combines several different styles of bonus features in an artfully done game carrying five different possible progressive jackpots.
The special features begin in the base game, a five-reel 50-line video slot. On any given spin, random mystery wild symbols can be added to the screen to enhance the win. Stacked symbols also land frequently for large credit wins—the main Captain Ahab symbol itself covers two spaces, for instance.
The progressives are won through the base game, whenever six or more doubloon symbols land scattered anywhere on the four-by-five reel set. The five progressives begin with six doubloons scattered on the reels, for a progressive resetting at $10. Seven doubloons land the prize resetting at $24; eight, the $60 reset; nine, the prize resetting at $200. If 10 doubloons scatter across the reels, the top progressive is awarded, resetting at $1,000.
There are two main bonus events. Three scattered bonus symbols on the middle reels trigger a picking bonus. Players are prompted to select tiles until matching four of a kind, for a bonus award that can rise to 160 times the total bet. When Free Spin symbols land on reels 1, 3 and 5, a special set of bonus reels appears for 10 free spins. The “White Whale” symbol is wild for the free spins. The free spins frequently re-trigger during the free games, for a maximum possible 110 free spins.
The artwork is a big selling point or the game. The dual video screens are used to great effect, with the ship sailing across the top box, and the whale swimming down from the top screen to the bottom screen to turn symbols wild. In a particularly dramatic effect, the water in the sea turns red in the top box and behind the reels during the bonus free spins.
Manufacturer: Multimedia Games
Platform: Multimedia Operating System
Format: Five-reel, 50-line video slot
Max Bet: 250
Top Award: Progressive; $1,000 reset
Hit Frequency: Approximately 30%
Theoretical Hold: 2.05%—14.98%