The first “Superman” slot released by Aristocrat was based on the 1978 film starring Christopher Reeve. This second slot carrying the Man of Steel theme is based on the classic comic-book version of Superman, according to the latest updates to the super-hero in DC Comics.
Superman, The Comic Series features all the familiar images of the comic-book Man of Steel and his enemies (mainly the famously diabolical Lex Luthor), and a stable of bonus events evoking the legendary comic series.
One special feature relates to the design of the cabinet containing the slot. Called the “Vervehd” cabinet, it features an extra wide, extra-long video display in a vertical top-box monitor. This results in bonus events like a “Random Reel Increase,” in which Superman flies onto the screen and expands the reels from four symbols to as many as eight symbols, and pays for any additional winning combinations.
Other features can occur in the base game, even with the extra-long reels in play. In “Clark Kent Symbol Change,” all Clark Kent symbols will randomly change into Superman symbols. With “Wild Drill Down,” wild symbols will randomly change symbols directly below them into wild symbols.
There also is a free games feature, in which eight, 10 or 15 free games are awarded. During the free games, any reels that randomly stretch to eight symbols high lock in at that height for the remainder of the free spins. A winning combination of “kryptonite” symbols awards two extra free games.
Finally, the larger bets on this game transform it into a higher-level game with a different theme and different reel configuration. When the player bets 50-250 credits per spin, the game is themed around Superman, in the “Reel Power 4×5” format—no paylines, but wins on adjacent reels, with four symbols on each of the five reels. The Superman theme carries a progressive jackpot resetting at $250,000. Betting more than $5 a spin—from 500 credits to 2,500 credits—changes the theme to Lex Luthor, and changes the top jackpot to $2.5 million.
The top jackpot is won when five gold shield symbols land in a row. The player touches the shields to reveal credit prizes or “$” symbols. Five $ symbols return the grand jackpot.
Manufacturer: Aristocrat Technologies
Format: Five-reel, “Reel Power 4X5” video slot
Max Bet: 2,500
Top Award: Progressive; resets of $250,000 and $2.5 million
Hit Frequency: Approximately 50%
Theoretical Hold: 9.49%—12.37%