The Vanishing Act Slot by High 5 Games
The Vanishing Act is a slot which centers on the exploits of a famed Escapologist. The most famous escapologist ever was Harry Houdini and the central character of this slot is attempting to follow in his footsteps, escaping from a tank of water, freeing himself from a straightjacket and releasing himself from locked handcuffs.
This online slot game, which has slightly oversized reels, enjoys the Super Stacks format, where one particular symbol can dominate the reels – making for some potentially hugely profitable spins, while a free spins bonus really raises the excitement levels.
The Vanishing Act Slot Gameplay
This High 5 Games designed slot has a slightly unusual 5×4 configuration, the reels one higher than you’ll find on most slots. There are a total of 40 (adjustable) pay lines. The stake for each of the pay lines range from just 1c, all the way up to $10, meaning that the total stake for each spin ranges from just 1c, up to an eye popping $400.
Fortunately you won’t have to escape from a straightjacket whilst underwater to land a win at the Vanishing Act slot. Wins will come along when hitting three or more consecutive symbols from left to right on one of the chosen pay lines. The wild is the most sought after symbol, as it will substitute for any other symbol on the reels apart from the ‘free games’ one. This is also by far the highest paying symbol, worth a very impressive 1,000 coins for the maximum five in a row. The escapologist pays 50, 40 and 30 coins for his escaping act from the handcuffs, the straightjacket and the water tank respectively. The two glamorous assistants both pay 25 coins for the maximum five in a row, while the standard symbols are completed by the playing card letters and numbers from 10 to Ace.
This magic themed slot uses the Super Stacks format, meaning wins will come thick and fast. Before each spin, one of the symbols will be selected at random as the Super Stacked one and this will be stacked highly on all of the reels (will appear multiple times in a row). This symbol will regularly fill entire visible reels, making for spins where a large proportion or even all of the pay lines will give you a win. The best case scenario is when the ‘wild’ is selected as the Super Stacked one, promising even more wins.
The slot is set against the backdrop of a large brown steel lock, with chains hanging down. The escapologist is the most prominent character, as he appears in three different symbols, the most eye catching of these being where he is hanging upside down escaping from the straightjacket. The brunette assistant points in the direction of the action, while the blonde assistant looks a little worried that the escapologist may not actually fulfill his task. Each of the character symbols has added animation when you win, which adds some nice depth to the game.
Like all of the High 5 Games range, you’ll find a number of handy option, including autoplay. You’ll also find a mute button to toggle the sound on and off, as well as an info button which displays all of the game rules and the pay table. Finally you’ll find a ‘replay’ option where you can watch any spin again.
The Vanishing Act Slot Bonus Feature
The free games symbol activates the slot feature when it fills reels 2, 3 and 4 completely, this only possible when this is selected as the super stacked symbol. You’ll receive 7 free games and these are played on a different reel set, as the free games symbol no longer appears. This makes for more profitable than usual spins, as the reels are filled completely with paying symbols, the super stacks remaining in place throughout the feature too.
The Vanishing Act Slot Conclusion
Trying to wrestle yourself out of a number of tricky situations makes the job of an escapologist certainly more interesting than usual, although sadly the same cannot be said about this online slot. The super stacks feature is a nice one which gives the game some originality, but the game never really moves out of first gear – the feature being far too similar to the base game. Nevertheless, this game will appeal to players who like something of a low variance slot where wins come along on a regular basis.