Dr. Watts Up Slots
Mad scientists provide a rich theme for slot makers – and MicroGaming has done an excellent job with Dr. Watts Up based on exactly this idea. Little touches like the crazed laugh when wilds are included in wins and entertaining animations on the reels combine with some bigger ideas for the bonuses. There is a special break-out game where you get to help the doctor with his crazy experiments – and also a free spins round where one reel is completely wild. Under the hood, this is a 5 reel video slot, which uses the 243 wining combinations system, rather than traditional win lines.
Your first impression of the graphics might be that this game is a crazy mixture of colours and symbols. You’d be right, though they do fit in with the mad scientist theme quite well. There is a brain in a glass dome, monkey scientist, robot, pink liquid in a jar, atom, Dr. Watts Up himself – and even a glamourous assistant. When each of these symbols is involved in a win, you’ll get an animated sequence which is short but detailed. These include dancing (money and scientist), smoking pink liquid or a pulsating brain. There are plenty of sound effects too, along with a fast-paced plodding tune in the background.
The visual effects take on a new level for the break out bonus game, where you’ll pick tubes to help the doctor with his experiments.
Playing Dr. Watts Up
There are no win-lines to select from before you play this game. The 243 ways system instead awards wins for consecutive symbols from the left in any position. As long as you get 3 or more without a gap of a reel, then you get a prize. There are some configuration options for your bet size, which can range from 30c and up. Auto play is the standard from MicroGaming. This allows you to select up to 100 spins without needing to hit start.
With 243 ways games, the wins are frequent – which means the prizes are individually smaller. Of the regular symbols, the scientist pays the most at 25x your total bet, with 16.5x for the assistant, 8.5x for the monkey and robot and smaller amounts for the scientific equipment and brain.
The logo is the wild symbol; this will substitute for everything except the 2 bonus / scatter symbols. 5 wilds in a row will get you 85x your bet. The atom pays from 3+ anywhere on the reels, with 50x your bet for all 3. This will also trigger the free spins bonus game, with 10, 15 or 20 free spins for 3, 4 or 5 respectively.
Bonus Games for Dr. Watts Up
There are two bonus games to cover, the pick-em ‘experiment’ game and the free spins round.
Getting 3 of the rat in a jar symbols takes you to a break out game. You’ll see the scientist and assistant to the left, a glass tube containing the rat in the middle and coloured tubes with flashing colours in them on the right. You choose 2 of the coloured tubes, which go up to the top of the screen. The scientist then turns to start things off, and smoke appears in the giant glass tube in the middle. When this smoke clears, the rat has changed into something else (can be a woman (one fat, one not), a bat, a green monster, a giant rat and so on). You are then offered an amount of money, and choose whether to accept this – which ends the bonus – or decline and try again. You can try up to 3 times, with the 3rd prize being automatically awarded.
Free spins is a more standard bonus game. You’ll get 10, 15 or 20 spins – with one extra twist that can make this game very profitable. Every spin sees an entire reel turn wild at random. This creates more of the crazed laughs (wins with wilds trigger this effect) and more winning opportunities too.
I enjoyed this slot game and can see myself coming back again in the future for another spin. The craziness factor is very entertaining, though it does wear off after a bit. I enjoyed the bonus game for a few times. Mixing up what appears from the smoke keeps this part of the game fresh. Free spins with the wild reels is worth waiting for – and can add a lot of wins on occasion. Overall an excellent slot – check this one out for yourself soon!