Novomatic is the master of classics, and the Reel King Slot is one of its flagship releases in the fruit-slots genre. The Reel King brand enjoyed a robust support from UK punters right from its very start as a Barcrest powered Fixed Odd Betting Terminal (FOBT). Simplicity remains a vital part of the game and its overall façade is reminiscent of the slot machines of yesteryears. Symbols are lifted straight out of the traditional slots and include fruits, numbers of card symbols. The music is also quite nostalgic with the familiar sound of spinning reels and the “ching” sound of wins.
The online version of the game was launched in 2014 by Greentube, which is helmed by Novomatic. The original classic has been in the industry for more than a decade now. Novomatic has rightfully expanded the brand by including it in its HTML5 platform. Now, punters can play the classic Reel King on their mobile screens. The game is optimized for any screen size and device type. It is supported on both Android and iOS platforms. The mobile experience is ergonomic and comes loaded with all the features of its desktop version.
The range of parameters in Reel King is quite high, and you can win anything between 2-500x of your bet amount in one round. IN the world of fruit-based video slots, not many brands offer such high jackpot returns. The bet amount is also quite flexible and you can shift from 0.02 to a maximum of 5.00 on each line. The range of possibilities is also high and you have 20 paylines to choose from. Rewards start to flow in from a minimum of 3 symbols on a payline. The paylines form interesting patterns and you can choose from a minimum of ten to a maximum of twenty paylines for a round.
Reel King has an auto spin feature, which lets you fast forward your game within a particular bet amount. The auto spin is limited to 100 spins and it can be stopped anytime.
Reel King Jackpot
The Reel King Jackpot vindicates its name by offering a massive 500x boost on your bet amount. This is triggered by the appearance of the Bag of Gold symbol in all of the 3×5 blocks of the reels. The Bag of Gold symbol also gives you standalone rewards for its appearance in each cell. You will get a neat 50x multiplier for each Bag of Gold symbols. For its high rewardability, it appears quite frequently.
Reel King has kept is classic feel alive with the inclusion of symbols like cherries, plums, 10, J, Q and K, multi-colored 7s, and the wild and jackpot symbols. Cherries offer the lowest payouts, while the bag of gold is your ticket to a jackpot trigger. Lower value symbols are plums, 10, J, Q, and K.
The Wild Symbol is a big inscription with the world Wild written in red. It has the power to transform into any symbol to make your line a
Reel King contains a bonus round where the king himself comes out with his special set of mini-reels on the cells of the slot grid. You will get a total of 5 Kings on your reels once the bonus round is triggered. The bonus round is triggered at random. Each king is a door to impressive multipliers and free spins. If lucky is on your side, you can win up to 500 bets. The average win from a bonus round is around 15-20x. Once you lose a bet, the king vanishes. The winning combinations for the multi-color 7 symbols are:
- Three 7’s different color: 2x your bet
- Three blue 7’s: 5x your bet
- Three yellow 7’s: 10x your bet
- Three red 7’s: 25x your bet
Payout, Variance, RTP, Max Win
Reel King is of medium variance and has something for every kind of players. Overall, it slowly tilts towards low-risk slots with plenty of wins reserved for its bonus rounds. The frequency of win is moderately alluring and it remains one of the most generous slots in the fixed big-win category. The game is highly flexible and it can be accessed by punters of every risk profile. The minimum you can bet is £0.20 (a minimum of £0.02 on each of a minimum 10 lines), while a maximum of £100 (a maximum of £5 on each of the max. 20 lines).
You can win a maximum of £25,000 in Reel King. The probability of triggering a bonus round in the game is around 1.5%, while the probability of hitting a winning combination (big or small) is around 18%. The game has standard payout percent and it’s RTP at 94% is just above the industry average. The 94% return is distributed roughly in the ratio of 7:3 for regular rounds and bonus rounds. This means that 30% of the rewards are doled out through the bonus round. This makes it one of the most rewarding slots when it comes to bonus rounds.
Reel King conjures up quite a lot of feelings. Wagering in this timeless classic can be a mood-lifting experience because of its overall ambience. We also loved the frequency of Wilds appearance in Reel King. At crucial points, it comes to rescue and replaces any other symbol (including jackpots) to make your payline a winning combination. The frequency of win could have been a bit better, which would have put Reel King at par with other slots like Rainbow Riches and Fruit Case Slot.
The other area of improvement could be graphics, which is still too primitive. The game comes in full HD graphics but it doesn’t quite charm us with any notable visual aesthetics. It remains the same even after four years of launch. We did like the Bonus Round Animation and the appearance of mini reels.
Even though simplicity is a prime selling point of the brand, a lot could be done to make it an evergreen brand. We would like to see Reel King in a 3D form to experience the full fun of its symbol’s variety.