Transformers: Battle of Cybertron Slots Machine
The Transformers first appeared in the 1980’s, a range of action figure toys that would appear to be a vehicle such as a car or truck but have the ability to transform into a robot – either a heroic Autobot or an evil Decepticon. New lines of the toy range appeared throughout the eighties and nineties, with an animated film hitting the box office in 1986, however it was in 2007 when the Transformers really took off due to the first of the film series appearing, being directed by Michael Bay. This slot, by IGT is based on the film series, featuring the most popular transformers on the reels in Megatron, Optimus Prime, Shockwave and BumbleeBee. The game makes use of the freefall feature, where winning symbols will disappear to be replaced by new ones, and you’ll also find a free spins round where you decide exactly how you want to play it.
This slot takes place against the backdrop of a dark futuristic world, where Transformers traverse the night sky – giving the game a gothic feel. The reels are framed in thick metal wires, giving the background scene behind a dark blue tint through the reels. All of the symbols look very impressive and this is only added to by the impressive animation, especially when these symbols disappear due to the free fall feature. The accompanying sound is excellent too – the ominous sound of metal on metal meeting each spin, with added sound effects and rock/metal tracks throughout.
Playing Transformers Battle of Cybertron
There are five reels on the Transformers slot, with each of these reels hosting four symbols (as opposed to the three found at the majority of online slots). There are forty win lines in play and this number is set, however you’ll also pay another 20 credits for the added feature (once again this is not optional). You’ll choose your coin value, which you’ll multiply by 60 for your total stake for each spin.
The free fall system means that any winning combination of symbols will disappear from the reels and the symbols from above will now drop into their place – any gaps at the top of the reels will see whole new symbols appear. Should you gain another win after a ‘free fall’, these symbols will now disappear and be replaced, and this will continue on until you stop winning. All of these wins will come at the cost of just one spin.
To achieve a win you’ll need to land at least 3 consecutive symbols on a win line from left to right, with the highest wins coming when you land 5 in a row. The title symbol is the highest paying one at the game, giving a win of 4,000 coins for a full house of 5. Optimus Prime and Megatron both pay 800 coins, while Shockwave and BumbleBee both pay 300 coins for 5. The only other two standard symbols on the reels are the Autobot and Decepticon symbols.
A floating purple cube is the wild symbol of the slot which will substitute for any other symbol apart from the bonus one.
During standard gameplay you’ll find a number of randomly awarded features which can happen after any spin or free fall. Optimus Prime, Megatron, Grimlock, Shockwave or Ratchet will appear and make changes to the reels. For example, Optimus Prime will destroy all the Decepticon symbols on the reels, causing another free fall, or Grimlock will burn away a random selection of symbols. This only adds to the amount of wins you’ll have when playing.
The final symbol on the reels is the bonus one which is a spinning dark planet. This is a scatter symbol and should you land three or more on the reels you’ll enter the free spins feature. You’ll now be presented by the four Transformers again, each with the following options:
Megatron – 5 spins with an 8-10x multiplier
Optimus Prime – 8 spins with a 4-10x multiplier
Shockwave – 12 spins with a 3-5x multiplier
Bumblebee – 15 spins with a 2-4x multiplier
Having made your choice, the free spins will begin, each randomly assigned multiplier showing at the beginning of each spin. This is one of the better free spins found online, as it offers some involvement, but with the random element that offers added excitement.
Transformers Battle of Cybertron Conclusion
This is an excellent slot by IGT, one that grabs you from the start and keeps you interested throughout. The free fall feature is a nice start as it adds some originality to the slot – the chance of gaining win after win for the cost of just one spin always being a good thing. However the randomly awarded features only enhance the online game and the feature round itself is both involving and exciting. If you add the excellent graphics and sound into the mix, it all makes for one of the best slots found online.
The idea for the first Transformers movie came about in 2003 when producer Don Murphy was planning a movie about G. I. Joe, but due to the invasion of Iraq by the US military, Hasbro asked if they would consider a Transformers-based movie instead. Steven Spielberg was bought in as an executive producer in 2004 and the rest is history!
There have been four Transformers movies so far. ‘Transformers’ appeared in 2007, ‘Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen’ in 2009, ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ in 2011 and ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ in 2014. Another movie in the franchise is planned for 2017 with a possible crossover film with G. I. Joe being considered.
The series of films have received a mixed critical reception but this has had no impact when it comes to the box office sales. Transformers is the 8th highest grossing film series of all time and only behind Harry Potter, Lord of the Ringsand Pirates of the Caribbean based on the gross earnings per film. The film series have also made an impact in the awards seasons, with multiple Oscar nominations in visual effects and sound editing.