Slots Reviews Weekly: July

Slots Reviews Weekly reports slot versions for you to explore on your next land-based casino adventure. Each week, Gambling Teachers will publish 4 slot versions. These weekly reports are archived by month.
For each version, Slots Reviews Weekly presents the slot name,  description, theme and bonus features/event including scatter pays.

Report for July 29
1) Bamboo Forest:

Enter the magical forest where you will meet Yin Yang, Stone Paw and Lucky Cat scatter pays. The orchid symbol is wild and 3, 4, or 5 Lucky Cat symbols start the Lucky Cat Bonus.
If you selected the option Two Ways that pays right to left and left to right, you can select free games or Spin as long as you Win.
With the free spin selection, all jackpots are doubled during the round while SALAUWIN selection will spin away as long as one winning combo is displayed.
Also, a losing combo can transform to a winner with the appearance of the joker.
Line up 3 or more Ying Yang symbols, select one and add to your credits.
Line up 3 Stone Paw symbols for the Marble Paw Bonus where your choices are Take Offer, Offers Left and Try Again.
With a multitude of choices and winning combos, this game is truly magical.

2) Moon Festival:
The moon symbol is wild while 3 scatter lantern symbols gets you 10 free games. Should a moon symbol appear during freebie play, it remains in place during the round to increase bonus credits. Additionally, the free spins can be re-triggered for 5 more spins and the wild symbols remain.
Two versions of this Asian themed, 50-line slot are offered. One that activates each line and another that when you bet a penny, two lines are activated.
With multiplying credits, this game is definitely ‘over the moon’ excitement.

3) Neptune’s Exploration Inc:

This 5 reel, 20-line penny slot offers a top jackpot of $1000. when you line up five wild symbols on the center payline. A nice payday for 100,000 pennies.
When you line up three or more matching symbols on the first three reels, you are sent to the top box bonus screen to select from two bonus events.
One event involves a single die among bonus credit amounts, question marks, and a second event that displays 3 starfish and collect symbols.
When the bonus begins, you go to the bonus with the die in the middle to roll for a number of spaces to determine your award of from 10 to 75 credits or a question mark.
For the question mark, the game moves to the top bonus event of either starfish or collect symbols. If the flashing stops on three starfish symbols before landing on collect, the player wins 1000 credits. I suggest you ‘explore’ this slot for the higher than normal payout possibilities.

4) Wild Panda:
You have 100 paylines and a free spin feature to keep you very busy at this slot.
When the symbols spell out PANDA across the five reels, you receive 5 free spins and those PANDA symbols are now Wild Panda symbols.
3, 4 or 5 Wild Pandas during free spin mode awards 1,000, 2000 or 4000 credits respectively multiplied by the line bet. If you love these cuddly creatures, you are bound to see a lot of them during this fast-paced game.

Report for July 22
1) Tiki Tango: 
The Tiki Girl symbol is wild with this Polynesian themed slot. Three or more Flaming Bowl symbols found on the first, third and fifth reel starts the 10 free spin round.
Get 10 more freebie spins, up to a maximum of 100 free games, if the Flaming Bowl symbol lines up again as above. An additional feature is a random progressive jackpot win for Mystery Magic that can be hit at any time during play. Now that’s a win worthy of a ‘dance around the slot’.

2) Golden Trophy:
Combine a second screen bonus and free spin round and you are in for excitement with this racing themed game. The Race Day Bonus starts with 3 or more Golden Trophy symbols and then moves to a video screen displaying four horses.
Once your selection is made, the race is on and at the same time, a second screen free spin round is ongoing. Each horse symbol awards credits from the free spin round until the race is complete.
Your bonus credits are totaled to include the horse you chose. And, it’s off to the races…

3) African Diamond:
To begin, the diamond symbol is wild on all but the first reel and scatter pay is an image of the African continent where 3 or more activate the free spin round and payouts are doubled.
Thus 3 images=10 spins, 4=15 freebies and 25 spins for 5 scatter pay images.
The betting for this slot varies from 5 to 50 credits/line, therefore the 30-line version requires a max bet of 1500 credits/spin. As your credits mount, this slot can ‘sparkle’.

4) Diamond Quest:
The main bonus round occurs when 3 or more scatter pay diamonds appear and the player is taken to a scene of 14 treasure chests.
Your choice will determine the number of free spins from 10 to 1000. At that time, all jackpots are doubled and should a diamond appear during the free spins, the treasure chests option is again activated for additional freebie spins. While you are spinning away, enjoy the rich graphics that include a princess, mystical forest, unicorns and the most amusing talking tree.

Report for July 15
1) Crimson Fire:
Fifty paylines is becoming the norm in the slot playground, however, this game offers the betting choices of a max bet of 500 or maxing the bet to 1000.
The 10 free spins round is triggered by 3 chest symbols displayed on the three reels, while two results in a scatter pay reward.
During the initial free spin round, which can be re-spun 5 more times with an additional 3 chest symbols, the wild moon symbols are displayed on 2, 3, 4 and 5 reels to increase your bonus credits.
A suggested strategy is to activate all 50 paylines, then ‘turn up the heat’ after a good payday to either 500 or 1000 coin bet.

2) Good Fortune:
This Chinese-themed 50-line slot has colorful lucky symbols.
With the penny version, you are triggering 2 lines for each coin and the coin symbol is wild. Additionally, when the red packet symbols appear scattered on the first three paylines, the free spin round is activated. At that time, five symbols—a phoenix, lion, fish, turtle and butterfly—change to gold. Thus, one wild symbol in the first free spin increases to five by the last spin.
The free round can be respun with the right combination. May Good Fortune come your way during this slot adventure.

3) The Game of Life:
This popular slot offers 3 symbols that will move you toward the five progressive jackpot levels. They are Life Tiles, a payday tile or a stop sign. These symbols allow the player to move around the LIFE game board displayed on the video screen.
A random letter bonus round is the common denominator for all Life games where the player selects from the letters L-I-F-E.
At that time, your credit reward is revealed and you move upward to the Game of Life Bonus. With frequent payouts, you put excitement into The Game of Life.

4) The House of the Dead:
Even though this slot is a basic 3 reeler, the combinations of matching and wild symbols translates into multiplying rewards.
The basic combination is to match the spooky characters on all 3 reels from left to right and then build from there.
Even though the hit frequency at about every 4 spins may leave you waiting for a prize, this game can increase your credits while awaiting the top jackpot of 250,000 coins. Doesn’t make it so ‘scary’, right?

Report for July 8
1) Mystic Lamp:
Players can look for bonus features on the primary reels and top box for this ‘mystical’ game. The scatter pay lamp symbols payout for 3 lamps at 2X or a nice payday of 200X for 9 lamps. Additionally, the Bonus Lamp on the third reel qualifies you for one of 3 bonus rounds.
Treasure Chest Bonus: your pick of 3 treasure chests will garner a reward or the top prize of the Sultan’s Treasure.
Spinning Scimitar Bonus: spin the scimitar (Asian sword) for one of 7 pays from 50 to 100X the original bet. Harem Bonus: select one of 3 harem girls for a 9 to 170X payout.
With the wealth of possible rewards, it is no mystery why the Mystic Lamp should be on your ‘to play’ list.

2) Brazilian Beauty:
There’s a la-la-latin theme going on here accompanied by maracas, conga drums and multiplying wild symbols.
The bonus round has two parts, a free spin and re-spin. When three or four Sun God symbols are scattered on the reels, the Sun Gods are held while the remaining reels re-spin. Afterwards, the total of Sun God symbols determines the number of free spins. Therefore, 3, 4 or 5 Sun Gods allow 10, 15 or 20 free spins respectively.
Should one or more Brazilian Beauty symbol appear, bonus credits are awarded while 20 of these ‘Beauty’ symbols collected will grant the player 30X the original bet. As with most bonus rounds with these two ‘spin’ features, additional free spins are often won while you are in the ‘spin’ moment.

3) Grizzly:
You are on a fishing trip with a twist—using a grizzly bear character to obtain mounting credits.
Set in the wilderness with the usual outstanding graphics and audio that is an Aristocrat standard, you search for three bear paw icons to move to the bonus round.
At that time, you move the bear to capture fish moving upstream. Your final bonus reward is based on color and number of fish captured.
There’s more…12 free games at which time, re-triggering can occur for added free games. Making a ‘great catch’ can result in a 50X generous award.

4) Lady Orleans:
There are four versions of this slot and for this review, we focus on Michelle who holds the key to the top jackpot and is the reigning wild symbol doubling all jackpots.
Five ‘Michelles’ translates into the ‘big strike’ for 260,000 credits at the 21 line version.
The mask symbol, when gathered in threes, starts a 15 free game event where all jackpots are tripled. As usual, these days, re-spins can occur with this free game event.
Also, this slot offers a Mystery Jackpot progressive that hits at random for as much as a whopping $1million. The Sinatra tune comes to mind: “Luck Be a Lady Tonight”.

Report for July 1
1) DaVinci Diamonds:
As expected, Mona Lisa appears along with the ‘dazzling’ DaVinci Diamonds. Gather 3 or more of these dazzlers and you have set off a free spin bonus round.
This game incorporates two features, Tumbling Reels and Cashfall Feature. With a winning combination on the grid, the triggering reel symbols vanish and new symbols drop down from the top of the screen until all the empty space is filled.
If another paying combination occurs, you again see the tumbling reels continuing until no combos remain. The Cashfall feature is triggered during the free spin round resulting in bonus credits.

2) Double Dragon Deluxe:
This game doubles the features with a free spin mode and second screen bonus.
When the fire Dragon, Yin Yang and Water Dragon symbols appear on reels 2, 3 and 4 within one position of the center payline, the Double Dragon Bonus Game is activated.
You then select a Fire Dragon or Water Dragon and are rewarded with three free spins. When your dragon is displayed on or within one position of the payline, the credits increase.
 A Yin Yang symbol on a free spin awards the total bet to each side, but if your selection has more corresponding spins, you win 40 X your bet. If both dragons are equal, the reward is 10X the total bet. Fire and Water don’t usually mix, but this game is both hot and cool!

3) Mega Bankroll:
This top box bonus game is designed utilizing the familiar 5-reel Double Diamond feature that doubles the jackpot when wilds appear.
Listen for the familiar song, ‘Money, That’s What I Want’ to begin the bonus round where the Big Roller Press of the US Mint starts up printing strips of bills at the top box. 
Every dollar represents 4 credits along with multiplier units and when the bills stops, your credit amount and multiplier is displayed.
Final calculation award=credits X multiplier X credits bet on the winning payline.
Money in the form of a ‘wad’ of bills is surely ‘what you want’ with this exciting game.

4) Gold Maker:
First, you have the scale to weigh all the gold collected.
Line up 3, 4 or 5 of these scatter pay scales and your reward is 12, 15, or 20 free games where all wins are doubled.
Add the unique Gold Maker character as a wild symbol. When this ‘golden’ character appears on the free spin reel, all remaining reels spin again for bonus credits.
Lastly, if three or more scale symbols land during a free spin round, the spinning begins again upon the completion of the first bonus round.
The Gold Maker may look like a mad scientist, but he’s welcome at my slot. And don’t forget to bring the gold.

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