Jet Strike Slots from Aristocrat
This is a 2016 release from Aristocrat and will be finding its way into casinos in Vegas and around the world over the course of the year. While there have been many historic themed slots which have taken the air combat of World War 1 and 2, this is the first to tackle the F16 type planes. There are some interesting features, though this is essentially a solid live casino slot game rather than an elaborate or complex one. Wins trigger respins, where they can improve to bigger windfalls. There is also a free spins feature which has instant wins – and a progressive jackpot too. Since this slot has not yet found its way into many casinos, this preview is based on the promotional video provided by the software house that created it – Aristocrat.
How to Land Wins on the Jet Strike Slot
Unusually for a 5 reel video slot, there are only 5 win-lines in play for this game. You can lower this further if you wish. What this does is increase the size of individual wins (since there are less lines to hit them on, the amounts need to be larger). The unique symbols are military in nature, and include a cap with Air Force type logo, a golden logo, a golden fighter plane, speed dial from a plane and the face of a pilot in a full high tech helmet. The standard Aristocrat playing card symbols – complete with crowns – are also included to make up the smaller wins.
When you hit a win, you will get an instant free respin. What happens is that your win is locked in place, and the remaining symbols all spin again (including the other symbols on the same reel as the win). This gives you the chance to increase your win by adding 1 or 2 more symbols – or even hitting another win entirely on a different line. If your win does improve then you will get another respin to try and improve once again.
Target the Jet Strike Slot Bonus Features
The bonus feature is centered around free spins, though it does have its own complexity. Things kick off when you have a pilot involved in a win. These symbols are wild, and will substitute for all of the regular symbols. Each pilot wins you 5 free spins, each of which will include the extra free respin for any win you manage to hit.
You will also see a number under the words ‘repeat win’ in the center green graphic which shows the free games. This is triggered when you hit a war plane symbol during the free spins. When this happens missiles fire from the left and right corners of the screen and explode the plane symbols, each of which reveals your prize in coins. As you retrigger the free spins game by collecting more pilots the repeat win amount increases.
Jet Strike Progressive Jackpot
You can also trigger a progressive jackpot during the free spins part of the game. This is a single game jackpot, rather than one of the giant linked ones. There are special symbols, which show a woman in silhouette against a sunset, that trigger this. First you will see a ‘jackpot’ symbol on reel 1 and then you will see a symbol showing you which one you win (a big, medium or small one) in reel 5.
Design and Setup
This slot is housed in the ‘Helix’ cabinet from Aristocrat, which has two separate screens – one at an angle and one flat above this. The control buttons are housed separately closest to where you sit. While the game is quite colorful in general, green is the most common color. This is used for the jackpot amounts shown above the reels, the logo and also for the messages which announce free spins and your win amounts during play.
Graphics are nicely done, and the animations – especially the missiles which fly in when you hit one of the repeat wins in the feature round – are also nicely produced. You will even get a flyby of some jets if you hit a big win (together with the fountain of coins and slightly cheesy electronic music which all Aristocrat slots share). There are also sound effects with sharp drums, which contribute to the overall military feel.
I am looking forward to having a chance to play this one. From the preview video it looks like a solid game with some interesting variations of the popular features. The unusual aspect is the 5 win-lines, along with the instant wins (complete with missiles) as an addition during the free spins game. I’m sure this will turn out to be a popular game – check it out for yourself soon!