Black Widow Slots Machine
This slot by IGT is all about four characters. The first three of these are suited middle aged men, who on the surface all look pretty content with themselves, but they shouldn’t be too confident because the other character on the reel has them in her sights. This is the black widow herself, a beautiful, smouldering dark haired lady, who clearly has an eye for the finer things in life – fur covering her shoulders, while expensive jewellery is draped around her neck. She holds a glass bottle filled with green liquid – poison perhaps?
A close look at the background to the slot gives some clues to the sinister aspect of the game. The damask patterned wallpaper looks somewhat innocuous until you notice the skulls imprinted on the design, spider webs growing in both of the top corners of the screen. The reels are set within an ornate brass picture frame, with each symbol being housed in a perfect square. You’ll notice that the three male characters are all stood in front of a spider’s web too – looks like they have already been trapped! The game is accompanied by a perfect sounding percussion style track that really adds tension to the game.
Playing the Black Widow Slot
Like many other online slots, you’ll find five reels, each reel showing three symbols. There are 40 win lines, this number set in stone, so you’ll not be able to customize and play fewer. You’ll choose your line bet size and be ready to go.
You’ll notice immediately that each spin sees one particular symbol dominating the reels. This is due to the ‘Super Stacks’ feature, where there are a stack of symbols which will transform into one random symbol each time – interestingly these can be both the wild and the bonus symbols.
Wins come when you land three or more consecutive symbols on a win line from left to right. The highest payingsymbol of all is the ‘black widow’ title symbol, which pays 1,000 coins when landing five in a row. However, this symbol is just as valuable as the wild, where it will substitute for any other at the slot apart from the bonus symbol. You’ll also gain a win when landing just two wilds in a row and the same applies for the lady Black Widow character symbol. You’ll win 50 coins for landing her five times in a row, with 25 coin wins for landing five of the male symbols in a row. These wins may seem on the small side, but when you consider these or the wild symbols will be stacked on the reels, there will be many occasions when the wins will come in large clusters.
Aside from the Super Stacks feature, perhaps the most interesting part of the game is the bonus feature. This is activated in a slightly unusual way, as you’ll need to land the ‘poison bottle’ bonus symbol nine times on the reels – this only possible when this symbol is picked as the random super stacked symbol, harder still seeing as it only appears on reels 2, 3 and 4.
Having activated the feature you’ll find a meter showing the three male characters with a credit amount under each one. The symbol in the centre of the slot has a frame around it and every time one of the male characters appears in it and is consequently captured, you’ll win the amount showing on the meter, causing a new, higher amount to appear. Best of all, should you land the lady Black Widow character in this spot, you’ll win all of the meter prizes. This round starts with 7 free spins, but these can be re-triggered (up to a maximum of 98).
Summary of Black Widow
With so many free slot games out there, it would be fair to say that many play in virtually the same way, but this is an accusation that certainly couldn’t be levelled at this IGT slot. This game is original, involving, tension filled and it looks great too. The only small criticism is that the feature round can take some time to land, but it is certainly worth waiting for. Start playing at your peril though – once you begin you may never escape from the Black Widow’s web.