Spy Rise is a futuristic-looking espionage-themed video slot from Playtech. It’s a 5 reel, 40 payline game that allows you to up your stakes and upgrade the value of the 4 highest paying symbols. There’s also a free spins round with win both ways payouts and a chance to land a progressive jackpot prize. Play on your PC, tablet or mobile from between 20p and £300 per spin.
With neon lit skyscrapers in the background, you’ll see 5 lower value currency symbols alongside 4 higher value symbols relating to the secret agent theme. In order of value are the watch, sports car, female and male agents. The male spy is the most rewarding. Land 3, 4 or 5 in combination for a payout of 3.75, 7.5 or 50 times your bet.
There’s also a wild that can hit on all 5 reels. This too delivers payouts of 3.75, 7.5 or 50 times your stake. One of the main elements of Spy Rise is the ability to upgrade the value of the 4 top paying symbols via the Feature Bet Mode feature.
If playing at stakes of £1 per spin, you’d have to pay £1.50 to upgrade the watch. Upgrading the watch and car costs £2 per spin with the watch, car and female agent booster costing £2.50. For the full 4-symbol upgrade including the male spy costs £3.
In return for the higher stakes, the prizes on offer increase. As we’ve already stated, a combination made up of 5 male agents delivers a payouts of 50 times your bet. With the feature bet level 4 in play, that prizes rises to 83.33 times your bet.
The other main extra on offer here is the Free Games feature which is triggered by landing the scatter on reels 1, 3 and 5 on the same spin – on offer are 10 free spins. These take place on a win both ways machine so winning combinations can start from reel 5 as well as reel 1. If you have upgraded symbols in play on the triggering spin, then they’re carried through to the free spins.
Spy Rise also offers a shot at landing 1 of 3 prizes in the Progressive Jackpot feature. Land 3 red reels and you’ll get a prize of 3 times your total stake. Land 4 red reels and the payout is 25 times your total stake. Land 5 red reels to trigger the progressive jackpot prize.
There’s a futuristic feel to the comic book design which is decent enough without being from the top drawer. That’s true of the gameplay too. It’s all pretty solid but lacks a little of the wow factor. If you enjoy the secret agent theme, then Spy Rise is certainly worth a look. If not, there’s probably not enough here to win you round. Playtech offers much better video slots with Wonder Woman and Age of the Gods: Mighty Midas recommended.