Last update: 16th April 2018
Our slot of the month for January 2018 is Twin Spin Deluxe by Net Ent. Like the original Twin Spin and like Starburst, this is one of Net Ent’s simple but super exciting slots.
Twin Spin Deluxe replicates the simple yet compelling gimmick from the original Twin Spin game – the paired reels. On each spin, two of the reels are locked together, displaying the same symbols and spinning together, and occasionally it spreads to other reels locking together 3, 4, 5 or even all 6 reels.
The original Twin Spin has a 5 x 3 reels array and at first glance the Deluxe version, with its much larger 6 x 5 reels array looks like the original on steroids – but in fact, the pay mechanic is quite different to the original (neither have any paylines as such). Twin Spin is a classic 243 way slot whereas Twin Spin Deluxe has the Cluster Pays mechanic first seen in Aloha! Cluster Pays but without any of the extras such as substitution symbols.
To win with the Cluster Pays mechanic, you need a group of at least 9 contiguous matching symbols. Unless you are very lucky with your paired reels and have them stop on a full stack yielding an instant 10 cluster, this requires matching symbols on adjacent reels as well so unlike in the original Twin Spin where the best chance of a win is to be had when the two leftmost reels are paired, in Twin Spin Deluxe the best chance of a win comes when the paired reels do not include either 1 or 6.
Perhaps surprisingly, despite the larger array of reels the maximum possible win in Twin Spin Deluxe is slightly lower than that in the original game and this is because Cluster Pays is linear – an entire screen of the same symbol pays out once in Twin Spin Deluxe but would pay out all 243 ways in the original game. Indeed, the only reason the maximum payout in Twin Spin Deluxe is even in the same ballpark as that of the original game is that it is possible to get an entire screen of the top paying diamond symbol in the new game (for 1000 x stake) but not in the older one; as the original game does not have stacks of the diamond on reel 1 and 2 the top win comes from having it appear once each on 1 and 2 and stacked on the other three reels (for 1080 x stake).
As with many Net Ent games both coin and bet level are adjustable allowing players a range of spin values from 10p (10 coins @ 1p) right up to £100 (100 coins @£1), whereas the minimum spin value in the original game was 25p. The maximum win on Twin Spin Deluxe is shown as 100,000 coins but this is for a Level 10 bet of 100 coins – for a 10p spin the maximum win is 10,000 coins (£100).
The look and feel of Twin Spin Deluxe – like the original Twin Spin – is very much of a retro fruit machine, with diamonds, cherries, bells, bars and lucky sevens featuring alongside the usual AKQJ symbols and music to match.
Because the paired reels activate, and can spread, on every single spin, Twin Spin Deluxe provides excitement even when played in short bursts – handy if you want a spot of entertainment but don’t have time to wait for the bonus round.
Will it become more popular than the original though? We aren’t so sure about that; the Cluster Pays mechanic is not everyone’s cup of tea and many players may prefer the classic 243 way system of the original game – and despite the upgraded graphics of the new game, arguably the original, with its smaller reels array, plays better on a phone screen.
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