Bowled Over Slot from Rival Gaming
If I asked you to guess what the break out bonus game of a slot based on 10 pin bowling would be, you’d guess that there was a bowling game, right?
With Rival Gaming’s ‘Bowled Over’ you would not be disappointed – 3 balls anywhere on the reels take you to a game where you get to bowl for more coins.
There is plenty more action on this nicely constructed 5 reel video slot. Features include an expanding wild symbol and a free spins bonus round which gives you the chance of hitting some wins with handy multipliers.
Winning on the Bowled Over Slot
While the features give you plenty of chances to win, there are some decent opportunities during the regular play too. The best prize comes from hitting 5 of the guy with the bowling ball on one of the 20 win lines. This will get you 3000 coins, with 1500 coins for 4, 150 for 3 and 4 coins for just 2.
This win is a lot bigger than for the next best regular symbols, which are the bowling shoes (500 for 5) and burger, fries and beer combination (375). The other wins are made up by playing cards. Aces and Kings have some good wins (350 and 250 for 5) – so these are more than just the ‘filler’ symbols that you will find on other games.
Pins are a special wild symbol which only appears on the first 2 reels. When you hit these the graphic expands to become a bowling alley, and a ball goes up to smash the pins. The entire reel then becomes wild, which can create several more wins. It is possible to get both reels 1 and 2 wild at the same time.
The female with the bowling ball is a scatter symbol. Hitting 3+ anywhere in view triggers the free spins bonus game. The final symbol is the bowling ball, which triggers the break out bonus game that I mentioned in the opening paragraph.
Bowled Over by the Bonus Games!
Free spins are worth hitting, since they come with a handy multiplier on all of your wins. 3 of the female bowler icons will get you 10 free spins with a 2x multiplier. 3 will get you 20 spins at 3x, and 5 gets a very generous 40 free spins each with a 4x multiplier. Keep in mind that the 4x puts the biggest prize up to 12000 coins for 5 of the guy in the blue shirt.
When you go bowling by hitting 3+ of the balls, you’ll first get to decide whether the male or female character represent you. You then see an alley (well, one of several in a row) and have to click to decide on the strength and spin of your ball. You get 2 tries unless you strike out the first time, in which case you have already won the maximum prize. After your score is totaled you’ll see a screen showing how many coins you have won.
How the Bowled Over Slot Works
Like all Rival Gaming slots, the stakes and setup is flexible. For a start you’ll be able to choose your coin size from 1c through to 25c, and then select up to 10c per line. You can also choose how many of the 20 win-lines to play. My view is that the expanding wilds are a great reason to play the maximum 20 lines, and then adjust your coin size from there to suit your bankroll.
Reels are made to look like the wooden floor of the bowling alley, and the playing card symbols also have this decoration – giving a very distinctive look overall. The graphics in general are like a TV cartoon (another distinctive feature of Rival Gaming titles), smart and colorful though not particularly outstanding. There are some nice small touches like the spin button being a red bowling ball and even the markers for the 20 lines being balls.
There is an upbeat funky track on loop while you play. This is easy enough on the ears, with a bass and guitar driving the tune. There are also bowling related sound effects – for example the smash of the pins going down is very common.
Overall Experience with Bowled Over
I enjoyed this slot, though I am not exactly sure that I was ‘bowled over’ by it. It does the basics well and has a playable enough base game. Whether the break out bowling game and free spins will be enough to keep players coming back again and again I am not sure.