If you’re at all aware of new slot releases you’ve probably heard of the Danger High Voltage slot game which came out earlier this year. Big Time Gaming, the makers of this slot, specialise in creating super volatile slots for maximum excitement and this isn’t just for players but also for the audience who enjoy viewing the videos of big wins posted online.
Last week, Big Time Gaming’s follow up to Danger High Voltage went live across the network (it had previously received a launch at one casino only) with their amazing new “Feature DropTM” system. The slot is called White Rabbit and basically, the new system solves a long standing problem – that of getting bored waiting for the bonus round. When you play White Rabbit, there are three ways for the bonus round to be triggered:
- In the usual way, by spinning three scatters (these only appear on reels 2,3, and 4 so three is the maximum).
- By (slowly) collecting BTG coins from the reels over the course of a session of play.
- The third way in which the bonus round can be triggered is the absolute killer – the player can choose to pay to go to the bonus round instantly by pressing the Buy button !
The cost starts at 100x stake but reduces as BTG coins are collected (if it gets to zero, the bonus round starts immediately).
The bonus round itself has been cleverly designed to build up to a crescendo; the gimmick, Expanding Reels, involves the special Cupcake symbol which increases the height of the reel it appears on by one symbol and therefore increases the possible number of ways to win. If a reel reaches its maximum of 12 symbols in height during the 15 free spins it changes to the Queen’s Reel (which includes extra high scoring symbols and wilds) and extra free spins are awarded. The bonus round can pay out some very large sums if multiple reels reach maximum height adding extra wilds and high scoring symbols to an array with a very large number of ways to win (60480 in the picture, more than quarter of a million if all reels are at full height).
White Rabbit has a theoretical RTP of 97.39% and the bonus round buy-in cost reflects this. The slot has very high volatility with much of the RTP tied up in the bonus round, and the bonus round itself also has high volatility.
High volatility slots are all about excitement and Feature Drop allows players to skip straight to the most exciting part. 100x stake seems like quite a lot to pay but the player does get 15 spins for that, not just one. In terms of entertainment value, £10 to trigger the bonus round at a 10p stake compares well with 20 x regular 50p spins – so we would not be surprised to see this feature catch on in a big way and many future slot releases to offer it or something similar.