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Airplane! from WMSAirplane (WMS Gaming) is based on the 1980s satirical comedy film, "Airplane!"

The game features symbols of the stars (Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty and Leslie Nielsen), Otto the automatic pilot as an expanding wild feature, the bony remains of a seafood airline meal and other icons from the motion picture.

The first time I played this slot I had terrible luck. The regular line wins pay is very skimpy, and it’s hard to get a pay that even gives your money back. At least that’s what happened first time I tried. Seeing other people playing, getting into the bonus and winning made me want to try again.

You have to get the Otto expanding wilds or into the passenger bonus to make this game pay. After that first failed attempt at the game, that’s what started to happen. When Otto the automatic pilot appears, he expands to fill the whole reel. Otto is wild with everything except the bonus symbol.

The Otto seems to pop up quite often and when more than one appears, the game really pays. It only takes three symbols to get into the bonus round, but with two you get to pick one for a credit amount or change to start the Passenger Bonus.

The Passenger bonus takes place inside the airplane cabin. Players get to pick passenger seats to reveal credits until the collect is revealed. The seats can also reveal one of several different features.

During the Snack Cart bonus, the screen becomes the snack cart and the drawers open. You can pick a snack -- everything from peanuts to broccoli.

Pick the First Class ticket and the curtains open to offer a chance to choose a passenger seat and multiplier.

The Tray bonus allows you to choose from two flipped down trays. Picking a steak entree leads to higher credits amounts till you get a credit win.

You get to enter the cockpit during the Cockpit Bonus, where you pick one of three dials which then spins madly chalking up credits.

If you are lucky enough to pick the Otto bonus, he appears and runs around the cabin picking seats for you.

When you finally get a collect, you still get a second chance by picking an auto pilot disquised as a passenger. Pick the right passenger and you fly again; if not, the bonus is over and you collect your credits.

Airplane has 40 pay lines and you can play up to 5x max ($2). I played one credit per line at 40 cents. My budget went down to $13.60, and I thought was going to walk away a loser this week.

When the screen went black, I thought the machine went down for some reason. Then this little figure of the captain appeared in the lower right hand corner of the screen and told me I had been awarded the Passenger bonus. Wow!

I wound up winning $8.40 during the bonus, still having three more spins to finish my original $20. During those spins, Otto appeared twice, and I ended up cashing out $23.85.

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