Developer Just For The Win, alongside Microgaming, has taken the classic fruit machine format and given it a bit of shake up to create the rather unusual Reel Splitter. The base game takes place on a 4 reel, 81 ways to win machine. A 4-in-a-row winner awards a re-spin with the introduction of a fifth reel between reels 2 and 3. There’s also a feature round that awards up to 16 free spins on a 5 reel, 243 ways to win, pay both ways machine. A stacked wild is in play throughout the feature too. Play on your PC, tablet or mobile from between 10p and £100 per spin.
The theme here might be as old as the proverbial hills but there’s a sleek, modern look to the design in Reel Splitter. The deep blue reels include a selection of shiny looking fruity imagery. Joining the lower value royals are cherries, kiwi fruit, plums and lemons. Top of the payers is the Reel Splitter logo which awards 1.5, 5 or 12 times your total bet for a 3, 4 or 5 symbol combination. Helping to create those winning chances is the wild that can appear on all 5 reels. If that all sounds very familiar, then things can liven up courtesy of the pair of extras on offer here.
Reel Splitter Re-spin feature – this is triggered if you land 4 matching symbols in combination. A new reel appears between reels 2 and 3 to increase the number of ways to win to 243 from 81. Reels 1, 2, 4 and 5 are held and the middle reel spins again to hopefully create a new and improved winning combination and a payout to match. After the re-spin, the reels go back to their normal 4 reel, 81 ways to win configuration.
Free Spins feature – yu can look forward to an allocation of 8 or 16 free spins if you’re lucky enough to land 3 or 4 scatters on the same spin. These play out on a 5 reel, 243 ways to win machine. The action here is win both ways so you can start a winner from reel 5 as well as from the more usual reel 1. Ever present throughout the free spins is a stacked wild on reel 3.
Trying to breathe new life into such an old school theme can be a tricky task but Just For The Win has given it a pretty good go here. The design is fresh and up to date and though Reel Splitter has its roots in a veteran format the features stack up pretty well. As for variance, it’s in the medium range. If you enjoy classic fruit machines with a twist, then that’s just what you’ll find in Reel Splitter – by the way, it’s identical to Shogun of Time (also by Just For The Win/Microgaming).