Wheel on a roll!

Oct 18, 2004 11:16 PM

By GT STAFF

It’s hardly enough to say that Wheel of Fortune is the most successful slot machine of all time. It’s more like the Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb and Hank Aaron of slot machines rolled into one.

Given the brand’s reputation, it’s no wonder that Wheel of Fortune Special Edition is creating a stir. With a MegaJackpots award that starts at $1.5 million, this 5-reel, 15-line nickel game is built on IGT’s new AVP, or Advanced Video Platform. Its juiced-up technology delivers advanced visual effects, animation and sound that rate a "wow" from even the most experienced video slot player.

As did its earlier, spinning reel slot cousins, Wheel of Fortune Special Edition features the popular wheel, but in a jazzed-up, three-pointer, triple-color version.This version, however, draws much more fun from the syndicated TV show, incorporating the word puzzle into the bonus rounds and showcasing Pat and Vanna.

When the Triple Action bonus is triggered, the screen displays three of the TV show’s word puzzles, each associated with one of the different-colored pointers. You select from tiles at the bottom of the screen and as the tiles reveal letters, the game finds the letter in at least one of the three puzzles. Each time you find a letter, the bonus value associated with each puzzle increases.

When you uncover a tile to reveal a pointer icon, Pat and Vanna appear onscreen and prompt you to push the "Spin" button to send the bonus wheel turning. With the familiar audience chant and the wheel sound effects as background, the wheel spins; when it stops, the puzzle is "solved" and the bonus value is revealed. The bonus value is then multiplied by an amount ranging from 15 to 500 times, depending on the value that lands under the corresponding wheel pointer.

As much fun as the Triple Action bonus is, few things can compare with watching five Wheel of Fortune symbols line up on the first payline with max coins wagered. For that, you win a MegaJackpots award with a base amount of $1.5 million.

Cleopatra Slots

The new Cleopatra slot is the spinning reel version of the already-popular Cleopatra video slot machine. On this 5-reel, 9-line game, the Cleopatra reel symbol is a "wild" symbol and substitutes for any other symbol except the Sphinx scatter pay symbol. One or more of the symbol. One or more of the Cleopatra symbols in a winning combination doubles your payout, except in conjunction with Sphinx scatter pays and all Cleopatra pays, Still with me? If you line up five Cleopatra symbols on a payline, you rake in the top award.

The Cleopatra bonus game begins when you land three or more Sphinx symbols on or within the center payline. The game pays the normal scatter bonus, then awards you 15 free spins. All your pays are tripled during the 15 bonus spins, except when five Cleo symbols line up on a payline. You can also win additional bonus spins during the initial free spins.

The Sphinx symbols function as scatter pay symbols. If you land two Sphinx symbols on or within one position of the center payline, you win two times the total number of credits you bet. Three Sphinx symbols pay five times the total number of credits played; four Sphinx symbols pay 20 times the total number; and five Sphinxes pay 100 times the total number of credits played.

If mystery and the secrets of the Nile are your cup of tea, Cleopatra slots is your game.