Initially, Reel Splitter looks like a classic retro-fruity type video slot, although one with a lustrous, futuristic look. Dig a little deeper though, and players will find this slot from Microgaming is potentially much more enjoyable.
The four-reel game engine can expand to deliver the fifth reel with a re-spin. Players should watch out for the free spins feature that will boost their winnings because it expands to 243 ways to win complete with a stacked wild on the middle reel.
Playing Reel Splitter
The design here is clean and crisp, with the dark blue reels featuring Ace, King, Queen, Jack to Ten royal values plus the kiwi fruit, cherries, lemons and plums.
The Reel Splitter logo is the top of the standard icons, awarding players either an x1.5, x5 or x12 their bet stake if they land three, four or five on adjacent reels. Within Reel Splitter there is a wild that substitutes all other icons in the game.
There are only two, yet highly entertaining features in Reel Splitter.
Reel Splitter Re-spin round - most of the gameplay action here takes place on a four-reel, 81 ways to win game engine platform. Players who land four of a kind winner though and they will activate this round. A fifth reel is then added between the second and fourth reels.
The four reels from the activating spin are locked in place, and the fifth reel spins, taking the number of ways a player can win up to 243 and form even more winning combinations.
Free Spins round - the second feature is triggered by landing three or four of the Free Spins icon on the same original game spin. Players will then receive either eight or sixteen free spins. These free spins all take place on the expanded fifth reel, with now 243 ways to win engine platform.
Players will observe they can win on both ways payouts, so here they can start forming winning combinations from the fifth reel plus the first reel.
Furthermore, boosting players winning chances here is a stacked wild that remains locked in the third reel throughout the entire round.
The gameplay in Reel Splitter is reasonably straightforward. The re-spins and free spins features can deliver some robust action though thanks to the unique extras attached.
Microgaming's variation on the classic fruit machine is nicely done. The design is crisp, and the features offer something a little different. If players love playing a classic fruity with a twist or two thrown in, then Reel Splitter is a decent enough place for them to begin.
Words: David Bailey-Lauring