This new stepper slot series from Multimedia Games features the innovation of stacked wild symbols in a reel-spinner. The Power Stacks series, recently launched with three individual titles, employs an age-old gimmick of reel-spinners to achieve the stacked wilds—the “nudge” feature.
The wild symbols in these five-reel stepper slots each are tall enough to cover all four symbol spots in a reel. (It is a four-by-five matrix—four reel spots on each of five reels.) Of course, when they land just right, that entire reel is wild. However, with great frequency, just the top or the bottom of one of the wild symbols will touch an active payline. When that happens, the entire symbol “nudges” into place—again, making the entire reel wild.
The twist Multimedia adds to this feature is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. When one wild reel lands, any wins resulting from the initial spin are paid, and the wild reel then locks into place. All non-wild reels then re-spin, and the player is paid again for any wins. If a wild symbol touches an active line on the re-spin, that reel locks into place for another re-spin with two wild reels. This can go on until all five reels become wild.
The three initial games, available in both Class II and Class III versions, are called “Koi Pond,” “Super Rubies” and “Wild Tornado.” All three are five-reel, 50-line video slots with a top line jackpot of 250,000 credits at max-coin.
All of the games in the series have the Power Stacks re-spin feature. The main difference between the games is the aesthetics of the themes. Koi Pond has a soft, aquatic color scheme with koi fish and flowers as the main jackpot symbols. Super Rubies is just what it sounds like—different-colored gems join the traditional poker symbols on the reels, and the reds and greens of those gems dominate the visuals. Wild Tornado is dominated by the green image of a whirling tornado.
All three are on Multimedia’s new wide-body cabinet, with full-sized reels that appear extra-wide in a five-reel format.
Manufacturer: Multimedia Games
Platform: Multimedia OS
Format: Five-reel, 50-line stepper slot
Denomination: All denominations available
Max Bet: 500
Top Award: 250,000 credits
Hit Frequency: Approximately 33 percent
Theoretical Hold: 2%—15%