Leftfield developing house Gamevy have mashed up the notion of what it is to be a slot here with Gears of Fortune. As soon as you get near the game you’ll realise that it’s format is unique, there are no reels, only a large cog wheel with a series of questions and icons on which to land. It’s groundbreaking in this field, but is it just the product of a stagnant industry, and therefore is it actually any good?
The cog wheel hosts a range of symbols, each pertaining to a different value and indeed what happens next. Spin the cog to start what is more like a journey than a series of traditional spins, as each landed icon has its specific effect on that journey.
The nuts, bolts and cogs of the game
Before you get into the quirky mechanics of the game you’ll need to select your betting range, which spans from approximately 1 EUR to 50 EUR or the equivalents. Hit the big green start button to spin and watch the cog begin to turn.
The arrow that sits on the edge of the cog determines the chosen symbol, and here is what each one you might land on will do for you:
Collect these to land a large cash prize. Based on the initial stake, it can take your overall win up to 8x the wager should you get four of the blue ones before dropping out of a run.
Landing on the key takes you to a general knowledge question, so depending on whether you guess right or wrong and in how long a time you will be awarded a bronze, silver, gold or platinum ‘jackpot gear’. Three matching jackpot gears in a row will see you getting awarded up to 1000x your initial stake, so this is starting to get pretty serious right here!
Be unlucky enough to inadvertently collect five of these will end you game abruptly.
With all of these symbols you’ll see that once ‘collected’ it disappears before the next spin, reducing the likelihood of getting this icon again - a nice touch for those stats geeks who like to work out the probability of their games. Wins end the game, resetting the interface back the start position.
For us who see the same style of slots day in, day out, Gears of Fortune has been pretty nice breath of fresh air. Although painfully basic in reality, it appears complex at first glance by just being different. Graphics and sounds are fine, nice and fluid and well defined, but the real pull comes from those potentially huge wins and the fact you feel you have at least some input into the outcome, and that even with a low RTP of 84%, is worth a lot.
Words: David Bailey-Lauring