Twisted Pays Slot Game
This Novomatic slot makes a big effort to be a little on the crazy side. The theme is sci-fi, or perhaps b-movie would be closer, as there are green aliens and classic 1950’s rocket ships on the reels. The graphics reminded me a little of The Jetsons. This game has 40 lines, stacked symbols and some features worth seeing. The 15 free spins bonus is standard enough, what you’ll get are changing symbols via a special ‘Twist’ feature.
How to Win on Twisted Pays
You’ll often find several wins triggering at the same time with this slot, where stacked symbols and wilds combine reasonably frequently. While some of the wins appear on the smaller side, keep in mind that you will often be winning several of these at the same time. The prizes below are for the minimum 1 coin per line (40c per spin).
The best paying symbol is the logo, which looks like an old TV set with a twisted magnet making the ‘s’ in the word twisted. This will get you 500 coins for 5 on a line, 150 coins for 4 and 40 coins for 3. In addition, it will create wins with all of the regular symbols, with the notable exclusions of the magnet and the bonus symbol.
An upside-down green alien in a bubble helmet comes next, clocking in at 250 coins for 5 of a kind. This is followed by what looks like a robot frog (200), a side-profile of a space ship (225) a crazy looing gun (150) and what could well be a meteor (125). Playing card symbols, which have been given a sci-fi make over to fit nicely with the theme, are the remaining symbols. Unusually, there are no scatter symbols for this slot.
Free Spins and Twist Feature
Free spins are awarded when you hit 3 of the bonus symbols on reels 1, 3 and 5 – you get 15 spins as a default (though these can be retriggered with more bonus symbols during play). The symbols and setup of the game is the same during your free spins – with one major exception. This is the magnet symbol which will appear on reel 5, triggering the alien monster to fly by for the respin feature.
There is an entertaining graphic sequence when the magnet lands. First of all, you’ll see some rays coming from the magnet, then suddenly a giant green space craft will fly across the reels from left to right. This changes all of the reels as it goes over them, with new random symbols replacing whatever you hit on the triggering spin. You will often find new wins coming your way (this is the equivalent of a free respin). You will also get the magnet to appear in the 5th reel several times in a row on some occasions, giving you multiple respins.
Cartoon Space Design and Entertaining Animations
Overall the design is nicely done, managing to be slightly crazy in a cartoon sort of a way. The background shows a purple and blue star-scape above the reels, with planets and space rocks above a giant bright blue planet at the bottom of the screen. The background to the reels is black, which helps the bold and contrasting colors of the symbols stand out. There are some very good drawings for the symbols, with the green alien and the mechanical frog standing out. I like the animation of the robot frog too, and there are plenty of smaller animations when you hit winning combinations.
The must-see animation sequence for me was the twister feature, where the big spaceship piloted by a monster flies across the reels. Novomatic have forgone using their most common sounds (bleeps, whirrs and so on) and instead used computerized sci-fi bleeps instead. The familiar ticking when you are offered the gamble-after win is still in place.
I recommend that you stick to the default 40 lines for this game – as this takes maximum advantage of the stacked symbols (including the wilds). You can bet from just 1c per line and up, and also use the standard auto-play option if you wish.
The danger with trying to make a slot ‘crazy’ is that it can feel like a software house tried just a little too hard. Twisted Pays does not fall into this trap, thanks to the solid Novomatic gaming. The new concept with this game is the ‘Twister’ feature, which is entertaining – I can see this being used in other games in the future.