Slot Fundamentals: Split Symbols

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Slot Fundamentals is a column we run occasionally to help our players better understand how our games work. This edition deals with Split Symbols, a popular feature that can be found in many of our games.

In a three by five reel slot game, one would assume that there can be no larger than a five-symbol win on the reels at any given time. One might also take far too long to figure out the basic math involved in the preceding sentence, but that is neither here nor there. High 5 Games, never content to simply churn out run-of-the-mill content, disproves that assumption with its innovative feature Split Symbols. But how exactly do Split Symbols work?

Split Symbols give players the chance to get up to 10 symbols (as opposed to five) on any given line, because any one spot can contain two symbols. This means that you can hit it twice as big in a Split Symbols game as in a regular game! Look for Split Symbols in High 5 Casino games like Desert Rose, Gypsy, and Shadow of the Panther and Shake the Sky games like Cirque Chinois, Fortune Cat Fever, and Split Dragon.

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Slot Fundamentals: Mystery Bucks

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Slot Fundamentals is a column we run occasionally to help our players better understand how our games work. This edition deals with Mystery Bucks, a popular feature that can be found in some of our newer games.

When Tumbling Reels debuted, High 5 Games knew it had an innovative and soon-to-be popular feature on its hands. But the company was not content to simply churn out games with the same feature, and resolved to improve upon Tumbling Reels, a goal it achieved when Mystery Bucks premiered. How exactly do Mystery Bucks work?

Mystery Bucks are activated by paying an additional side bet when playing all lines. When Mystery Bucks are active, each symbol that explodes as part of the Tumbling Reels feature has a chance to reveal an additional credit value, the sum of which is put directly into players’ pockets! This makes for extremely exciting gameplay, because players have two features working in tandem that can lead to multiple hits per spin. Look for Mystery Bucks in High 5 Casino game Foxy Dynamite, and Shake the Sky Casino game Tall, Rich and Handsome.

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Slot Fundamentals: Scatter Bucks

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Slot Fundamentals is a column we run occasionally to help our players better understand how our games work. This edition deals with Scatter Bucks, a popular feature that can be found in many of our games.

On a typical slot game, as the reels stop spinning and the symbols settle you can usually tell if you’ve scored a win via paylines or ways. If the symbols don’t match up properly, you’re basically out of luck. High 5 Games is not content to just make typical slots, though, which is why the company invented Scatter Bucks, a feature that can lead to big wins even on spins when the reels don’t align. But how exactly do Scatter Bucks work?

Scatter Bucks are activated by placing a side bet in addition to betting on paylines. With Scatter Bucks, some wild symbols will also display random credit values – anywhere from 10x to 5,000x the bet multiplier! Land these symbols and the winnings will automatically be awarded to you. It’s that simple. Look for Scatter Bucks in High 5 Casino games like The Amulet and the Charm and Golden Knight, and Shake the Sky Casino games like Golden Peony.

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Slot Fundamentals: Super Stacks

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Slot Fundamentals is a column we’ll be running occasionally to help our players better understand how our games work. This edition deals with Super Stacks, a popular feature that can be found in many of our games.

One of the best parts of playing slot games is the time between when a player spins and when the symbols finally settle on the reels. As the various colors and shapes whiz by, the suspense builds and anything seems possible. That fleeting feeling of anticipation and possibility is one of the reasons playing slots is so much fun. Super Stacks make the time between the spin and the payout even more exciting, and potentially lead to big and beautiful wins as well. But how exactly do Super Stacks work?

Essentially, Super Stacks increase the frequency that a full stack of the same symbol will land in a reel. In a Super Stacks game you’re likely to see long rows of matching symbols in each of the vertical columns, instead of random groupings of various symbols. This feature leads to compelling gameplay, because long rows of matching symbols humming by create even more suspense than usual. More importantly, it increases the potential for huge blowout wins, complete with stunning animated graphics. Look for Super Stacks in High 5 Casino games like Dangerous Beauty, Jaguar Princess, MISS UNIVERSE Crowning Moment, Purrfect, and She-Wolf and Shake the Sky games like Bollywood Bride, Cirque Chinois, and Silk & Steel.

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Slot Fundamentals: Enduring Bonuses

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Slot Fundamentals is a column we’ll be running occasionally to help our players better understand how our games work. This edition deals with Enduring Bonuses, which are types of bonus rounds found in some of our games.

The allure of a high-paying bonus round is one of the biggest reasons slots are so much fun. Slot players never know if their next spin is going to be the one that leads to a bunch of free chances to hit a huge jackpot. High 5 Games is dedicated to creating the most innovative titles on the market, which is why the company created Enduring Bonuses, which are twists on the traditional bonus round. But how exactly do Enduring Bonuses work?

There are two types of Enduring Bonuses, and they can both be best understood by defining them in contrast to typical bonus rounds. In a typical bonus round, players are awarded a certain number of free spins, after which the round ends. By contrast, Enduring Bonuses end when some other condition is met. In the Enduring Bonus in Dream Beauty, bonus rounds don’t end until players have scored a certain number of wins. When players land a win with the main character, their win counter goes up, not down (i.e. from 2 to 3 instead of 2 to 1). In Pasión y Fuego’s Enduring Bonus, the free games last until either three or four wilds lock into place in the middle reels, depending on how the bonus round was triggered. Enduring Bonuses tend to lead to higher-paying, longer-lasting bonus rounds, and they guarantee that players receive at least a few wins. Look for Enduring Bonuses in High 5 Casino games Dream Beauty and Pasión y Fuego and Shake the Sky games Golden Horse and Enchanted Beauty, which is coming later this week!

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Slot Fundamentals: Clusterbucks

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Slot Fundamentals is a column we’ll be running occasionally to help our players better understand how our games work. This edition deals with Clusterbucks, which are an alternative to paylines and ways that determine wins in some of our games.

If you’re reading High 5 Blog, you’re probably familiar with paylines and ways, but you might not have heard of Clusterbucks, one of the latest gameplay innovations from High 5 Games. In a Clusterbucks slot, groups of matching symbols lead to big wins, even if they don’t start on the left-most reel. But how exactly do Clusterbucks work?

A Clusterbucks win occurs whenever four or more like symbols are found adjacent to one another on the 4 x 4 grid – even if they don’t begin on the leftmost row – with larger clusters of symbols naturally corresponding to larger wins. Some players find Clusterbucks to be a more aesthetically pleasing and intuitive way to reveal the outcome of each spin, because they can immediately look for and identify symbol groupings, rather than searching through numerous paylines or the scattered consecutive symbols that constitute wins in ways games. Look for Clusterbucks in High 5 Casino game Pasión y Fuego and Shake the Sky game Golden Horse!

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Slot Fundamentals: Tumbling Reels

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Slot Fundamentals is a column we’ll be running occasionally to help our players better understand how our games work. This edition deals with Tumbling Reels, a feature that can be found in many of our most popular games.

To a slot player, there’s nothing better than landing a long string of matching symbols on one of your favorite games. At least, there used to be nothing better, until High 5 Games unveiled its innovative gameplay feature Tumbling Reels. In a Tumbling Reels game, players can get jackpot after jackpot, all for the price of one spin. But how exactly does this feature work?

It’s pretty simple, actually. In a Tumbling Reels game, symbols on winning paylines disappear after being recorded, which causes symbols from higher up on the reels to fall down into their place. This creates brand new possibilities for big wins without risking any additional credits, and goes on until no winning payline is created by the new combination of symbols. Look for Tumbling Reels in High 5 Casino and Shake the Sky games like Double Da Vinci Diamonds, Crystal Kingdom, Foxy Dynamite, The Lovely Outlaws, Secrets of the Forest, Tall, Rich and Handsome, and Valkyrie Queen!

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Slot Fundamentals: Super Symbols

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Slot Fundamentals is a column we’ll be running occasionally to help our players better understand how our games work. This edition deals with Super Symbols, a feature that can be found in many of our newer games.

The rush a slot player feels when long rows of matching symbols start to line up is one of the main reasons they continue returning to one particular game over another. High 5 Games tried to make that rush even more exciting with Super Symbols, a new feature that leads to bigger and more beautiful wins. How exactly do they work? Jeremy, an H5G software engineer, was kind enough to provide an explanation of Super Symbols:

“Super Symbols is an exciting new feature in several recent High 5 games. In a Super Symbols game, the reel strips have large, oversized versions of some of that game’s highest-paying symbols. If they land, they contribute to your win as if they were made of a grid of normal-sized symbols – there are 2 x 2, 3 x 3, even massive 4 x 4 Super Symbols in some games! That leads to huge wins, and they pay even if they don’t fully land on the screen, just so long as they form part of a winning combination. Look for Super Symbols on some of High 5 Casino and Shake the Sky’s newer games, including Ocean’s Glory, Stella Drive and the Orb of Chance, Zen Panda, Flying Warriors, and The Palladium.”

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Slot Fundamentals: Ways to Win

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Slot Fundamentals is a column we’ll be running occasionally to help our players better understand how our games work. This edition deals with ‘ways,’ which are an alternative to paylines that determine wins in some of our games.

High 5 Games is known for creating slots with innovative gameplay, and one of the ways we built that reputation was by providing players with more than one type of basic game experience. For example, in addition to paylines (which we explained in the inaugural edition of Slot Fundamentals), H5G also makes games that determine wins through something called ways. But how exactly do they work? Jeremy, an H5G software engineer, was kind enough to provide an explanation of ways:

“Ways is another form of evaluation for slot machines besides paylines. In a ways game, you don’t need to worry about lining up symbols along any specific line – their vertical positions don’t matter. Just as long as there is some path of matching symbols across the reels, you get paid. Pretty easy, huh? As an added bonus, you get paid separately for every different ‘way’ you can draw that path. For example, see the below screenshot from High 5 Casino fan favorite Gypsy, a ways game. Notice how I managed to get a three-of-a-kind win on the title character’s symbol. There are four different ways to draw a path, left-to-right, across the winning reels – try it if you don’t believe me. As a result, my pay was multiplied by four! Look for ways on many of High 5 Games’ classics, including Thundering Buffalo, Lady of Hope, and Dream Beauty.”

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Slot Fundamentals: Paylines

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Slot Fundamentals is a column we’ll be running occasionally to help our players better understand how our games work. The inaugural edition deals with paylines, which determine wins and can be found in many of our games.

Paylines form the backbone of most of the slots at High 5 Casino and Shake the Sky. Put simply, they’re the guiding force behind your big wins. But how exactly do they work? Jeremy, an H5G software engineer, was kind enough to provide a history lesson and an explanation of paylines:

“Many of the very first slot machines, sometimes referred to as ‘fruit machines,’ traditionally had only three reels, each showing one symbol at a time. The object of these old-fashioned slots was to line up three of the same symbol in a row, making a line across the reels. As technology advanced and companies like High 5 Games sought to innovate on these primitive slots, slot machine games began to show larger grids of symbols at once. To keep these games aligned with the tradition of slot machines past, the concept of paylines arose, in which players are able to bet on one or more different ways of drawing ‘lines’ between symbols from left to right across the grid of symbols. Some are horizontal, and some zig-zag up and down, and players have the chance of winning big money by lining up symbols on each one! To see these paylines in action on High 5 Casino and Shake The Sky, try hitting the left and right arrows above the box marked ‘LINES;’ as you do so, you’ll see each payline which you’re betting on overlaid in a different color.”

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