WMS Gaming's Reel 'Em In's a keeper

Sep 15, 2009 5:08 PM
Slots of Luck by L. Sabin |

This week I’m reviewing the Reel ’Em In machine produced by WMS gaming. This game revolutionized the slot gaming industry. It started the video slot machine takeover, and it boosted the concept of multiple coins per pay lines.

Forget one coin per line, for players could now invest 9 coins on each of the 5 pay lines! One of the factors that chased away more refined gamblers from traditional slots was the fact that the slot machine lacked interactivity. The slot player simply entered coins and watched the wheels spin around. Video slots changed all that by creating features that required additional decisions by the slot player. These new video slots had high-resolution screens, super graphics and entertaining themes that grabbed your attention and kept it. Video slots caught on and never let go.

This may have been the first of its kind but it’s still exciting even though it is not a penny game. It has a newer penny version with 15-lines but today I’m talking about the original 5¢ 9-line version.

The most popular feature of all of the games is the fishing second screen bonus. Land three or more lures anywhere on the screen on adjacent reels and you go to the bonus. When the bonus round begins, five fisherman in their boats appear on the screen. The player selects one fisherman who then casts his line into the water to catch the bonus fish. The larger the fish caught, the larger the slot bonus payout.

During the regular fishing game, other than fish, you can find treasure chests with coins that award credits, the fishing contest and a trip to big bass lake.

If a bottle is caught during the Reel ‘Em In bonus round, you can end up playing the fishing contest, where you pick a fisherman, err, fisherperson, who then fishes against the others, where extra credits are awarded depending upon where you finish, 1st place, 2nd place, etc...

I like to play all nine lines but unlike other machines, it doesn’t matter how many lines you play you can still get into the bonus. I play 2 credits per line (90¢) but often play max ($2.25). If you get into the bonus round it pays back very quickly and the more per line you have bet the more you win.

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