Even though we’ve come so far and can enjoy all our favourite reel spinning games at a mobile casino, the original slot machines created at the start of the 20th century remain iconic to this day. First seen in the bars of San Francisco and Brooklyn, slot machines introduced players to the exciting world of spinning reels. By the time they made it to Las Vegas in the 1960s, the games were a smash hit that were set to stand the test of time.
Classic online slots pay tribute to those first one-armed bandits and many of them are truly great. However, none of them do the genre justice as well as Lock-A-Luck. This new online slot game is due to drop on 12 November 2019, and Gaming Club is here to tell you all about what you can expect!
All41Studios’ Latest Release
By now, you probably know about Microgaming’s exciting mentorship project. The industry giant collaborates with independent developers. They offer their expertise and resources, while the smaller businesses bring fresh ideas and talent. Both companies benefit and, most importantly, so do players. Lock-A-Luck is the latest new online slot game to be released by Microgaming in partnership with All41Studios. Their past collaborations include Le Kaffee Bar and Magic of Sahara, and Lock-A-Luck promises to be just as impressive.
A Fresh Take on Classic Design
Lock-A-Luck will work just as well on desktop and mobile casino platforms, so you can enjoy it in whatever way you want. The 5 reels and 3 rows are mounted against a simple blue background, with icons inspired by old-style slot machines and a jazzy background soundtrack.
Higher-value symbols are represented by 4-leaf clovers, horseshoes, 7s, diamonds and cherries and the usual lower-value 9, 10, J, Q, K and A complete the line-up. Crisply defined graphics and a slightly retro feel to the symbols reflect the game’s blend of old and new online slot game styles.
The diamond pays out the most, with $120 for 5, followed by the 7s, horseshoes, clovers and cherries. For 5 of these, respectively, you’ll get $48, $36, $14.40 and $14.40. Each playing card pays out either $3.60 or $2.40 when you land 5 of them.
243 Ways to Win
Classic games might have inspired the look of Lock-A-Luck, but its gaming and payouts are thoroughly modern! The betting range starts at 0.2 and goes up to 60 coins per spin, easily accommodating all players’ budgets. The medium-volatility new online slot game has jackpot of C$80,000, a 27.74% hit rate, and an impressive Return to Player Percentage of 96.37%. Best of all, it features Microgaming’s groundbreaking 243 Ways to Win pay structure.
Many developers use the Ways to Win structure now, but it was first pioneered by Microgaming. Instead of conventional paylines, a win is triggered every time certain symbols land in pre-set spots. There are several of these spots on each reel. The more symbols that land in the right positions at the same time, the more you are paid out! In total, there are an incredible 243 Ways to Win with every spin of the reels.
Win With The Wild Symbol
In keeping with its retro theme there is no Scatter Symbol in this new online slot game. However, because this is a Microgaming/All41Studios release, you know there are going to be a few extra features to boost your payouts.
Firstly, the Wild Symbol is the word “Wild”, in a jaunty font. Able to substitute for all other icons, the Wild helps to create a lot more paying combinations than would be possible without it. You’re almost sure to trigger a win whenever it lands on Reels 2, 3 or 4.
Lock-A-Luck is named for its most exciting feature, which is called Locked Reels. Every single time you spin, 2 random reels will lock and their symbols will be identical – the reels will mirror each other. The mirrored reels can increase to cover 3, 4 or even 5 columns at the same time.
The mirrored reels light up with bright stripes when they are activated, and animations also make the wins feel really exciting. With 5 mirrored reels, the entire screen will be filled with the same icon and you’ll land some major payouts.
Get Ready to Lock Your Luck!
You can choose to switch on the AutoPlay feature on Lock-A-Luck, which is great news considering how rewarding it can be. You won’t want to miss a single winning opportunity, and with AutoPlay you won’t have to.
Of course, it won’t be nearly as much fun as spinning the reels of the new online slot game yourself. We know you must be itching to try it out that you’ve read our review, and you’ll be able to do just that very soon. Make sure you’ve registered your Gaming Club account by the 12th of November, and enjoy Lock-A-Luck as soon as it launches.