Bollywood Story Slot from NetEnt
Bollywood is the popular name given to the film industry based in Mumbai, one of the biggest film industries in the world. Most of the films are musicals, containing catchy music and epic song and dance routines. This NetEnt slot does a good job of recreating a Bollywood theme, with the catchy music playing alongside the slot, while you’ll find a storyline featuring young male and female characters who clearly have eyes for each other, as well as two disapproving parents. The game is distinct due to the floating wilds which appear first at the base game and then become even more numerous when the bonus feature comes around.
How to Win on Bollywood Story
The purple-backed title symbol is the highest paying, worth 1,000 coins for the maximum five in a row. The beautiful female lead character pays 750 coins, while her handsome young love is worth 500 coins. The disapproving parents come next on the pay table. You never actually find out which parents belong to who, but it’s a good guess that they are both of the girl’s parents, who are not too happy about her choice of love interest. The father pays 400 coins, while the mother is worth 300 coins.
The standard symbols are completed by the playing cards 10, J, Q, K and A. These are the lowest paying symbols ranging from 30 coins for five 10’s in a row up to 100 coins for five A’s in a row.
Bollywood Story Floating Wilds and Free Spins
The main feature which takes place throughout the game is the floating wilds. During each spin you’ll find a garland of flowers surrounding between 2 and 4 symbols. These garland surrounded symbols will now act as wilds, ensuring that the best possible win will come your way. In addition, the symbol underneath will turn into a wild if a larger win is possible. The majority of spins will see just two wilds appear, but occasionally you’ll find 3 or 4 wilds and these can be the most profitable during the base game. Wilds are nothing new, though this system ensures you’ll have at least two wilds at EVERY spin, which certainly gives the game a boost.
A sapphire acts as the scatter symbol and you’ll need to land 3 or more to activate the free spins round. The minimum 3 scatter sees you awarded 10 free spins, while each additional scatter will add an additional 10 free spins to your total. Each of the free spins has a huge added bonus in the fact that instead of the 2 to 4 floating wilds found in the base game, this is increased to between 3 and 6 floating wilds, giving you the potential for some very large payouts.
Caricature Design and Setup
Bollywood Story has a cartoon design, adding a fun air to the much famed film industry. Each of the four characters is designed in the style of a caricature, although the game would have been a little better if there was some animation that brings the characters to life. However when you land a big win you will see a screen full of Bollywood dancers, which does improve the overall visuals. The accompanying soundtrack is perfect throughout, really bringing the Bollywood theme to the fore as you play.
The Bollywood story is a five reel slot, each of the reels three rows high when the reels come to a stop. The game has a total of just 9 win lines, which is much lower than your average 5 reel slot, although you can change the bet level to any number between 1 and 10, meaning a spin can cost anywhere between 9 and 90 credits. The coin value ranges from between just 1c all the way through to a dollar. Options include a mute button (not that you’ll want to use it) and an auto play button where you can set the slot running without interruption for between 10 and 1,000 spins.
Bollywood Story is an entertaining slot, although whether it really hits the heights of rival slots is open to question. You might consider the floating wilds an original idea, although in essence they act in exactly the same way as standard wilds. However, the fact that these wilds are guaranteed does give the game a boost, while the addition of extra wilds in the free spins feature adds excitement.
The Bollywood Story
The first film was made in India in 1913, a silent feature film named “Raja Harishchandra” and the next two decades saw the beginning of an industry, with over 200 films made a year in the 1930’s. It was in the early part of this decade that the first film with sound appeared, “Alam Ara” in 1931, while the first color film was produced in 1937 (“Kisan Kanya”).
This would lead on to a golden age for Hindi cinema, starting in the 1940’s and moving through to the 1960’s. Directors such as Guru Dutt would produce series of films which would focus on social themes based upon the working-class urban life in India. Epic films such as ‘Mother India’ by Mehboob Khan were also produced in this golden age, the movie receiving an Oscar nomination for best foreign language film.
While the commercial cinema was thriving, the 1950’s saw a parallel movement mainly led by the Bengalis, which would gain prominence in Hindi cinemas. These films would be produced to great critical acclaim and the film makes would gain an international hold. During this era, many Hindi films were in competition for the prestigious Palme D’Or award at the Cannes Film Festival.
The mid 1970’s saw a move to more gritty violent films, although by the late 1980’s and early 1990’s the move was made back to the romantic musicals. It was in the 2000’s that Bollywood would grow across the world, which would lead to higher levels of cinematography and the rise of popular actors and actresses such as Hrithik Roshan, Saif Ali Khan, Ranu Mukerji and Preity Zinta. Stars such as these continue their successful careers today, while a new wave of actors and actresses such as Ranbir Kapoor, Imran Khan, Vidya Balan and Katrina Kaif will ensure that the Bollywood movie scene will continue to thrive.