Stakelogic teamed up with subsidiary firm Hurricane Games to create the oddly titled slot Old Fellow. If you only look at the title, it might be difficult to understand what Old Fellow is about. Put some weight on it, though, and you’ll see what I mean. Old Fellow employs the time-honored standard of slot machine design—the mining industry. Neither Hurricane’s use of it nor its characteristics are particularly ground-breaking. After going through this process, a lovely but ultimately forgettable game emerges.
Old Fellow has two distinct settings: the surface level, where the main game takes place, and the mine shaft, where the free spins round takes place. Atop the canyon, gamers may take in a sunny scene complete with a large lizard sunning itself and rolling gem carts. There’s no mistaking the theme Stakelogic and Hurricane Games settled on when creating Old Fellow thanks to the excellent banjo-y, slide guitar music, which plinks away gently in the background.
Matching symbols from left to right across any of the 20 fixed paylines will earn players a payout on the 5-reel, 4-row gaming panel. Players of Old Fellow may be given the option to purchase an extra game, however it is unclear how this would impact the estimated 95.60% return rate. Old Fellow has a huge win cap and accepts wagers between 20 cents and twenty euros or pounds each spin, thus it may be appealing to those who enjoy games with extremely unpredictable mathematical models and large payouts.
The standard payment icons in Old Fellow are as straightforward as they come. The table begins with a set of royals made of 10-A colored stones and continues with blue, turquoise, yellow, purple, and a large red gem. There is a range of rewards from 20 to 37 for the premium jewels symbols.If you get five of a type on a payline, you’ll win five times your wager. Wild symbols on each reel are designed after various characters from Dead or Alive 2, although they all perform the same function. Wilds may be used to complete winning combinations by standing in for any other symbol, with the exception of the scatter. The maximum payout for five wilds on a payline is 1,500 times the initial wager.
Features of Slot Machines
The Old Man may maximize his profits in two different ways. Two of these are a free-spins bonus round (which may be bought) and a risk-and-reward gamble element.
Extra Spins Bonus Round
You can win 2x, 5x, 25x, or 500x your wager and 12 free games if 2, 3, 4, or 5 scatter symbols appear anywhere in view. By the way, scatter symbols never occur outside of the main game and cannot be used to initiate further bonus rounds. In the bonus game, if a wild symbol appears, it will become sticky and stay in place for the remainder of the round. Depending on the number of wilds present on a given reel, wins are multiplied by anywhere from x1 to x4. In the case if two wilds appear on the same reel, both of them will have a multiplier of x2. Only once during the bonus round will you receive an additional 5 free spins if wilds appear on all reels.
Game of Chance
Players have the option to risk their gains after any base game victory or after free spins have concluded. Players may wager their gains by either guessing the color of a hidden card to double their money or the suit to treble it. You can disable this function entirely if you don’t feel like using it.
Spend Money on a Bonus
If this option is in play, players can purchase 100 more spins for a 100x multiplier on their original wager. Once a purchase is made, the feature and associated scatter reward are activated when at least three scatter symbols appear during the subsequent spin.
Judgment: Old Timer in the Slot
Stakelogic released Bandits Thunder Links, which was essentially a clone of Money Train 2, and now they’ve released Old Fellow, which is essentially a clone of Dead or Alive 2. There are some differences due to the differing instrumentation, but overall, it’s not too far off.
Old Fellow is an unusual combination of animals, minerals, and mining that had us on the fence by the time the beta was over. It has a mild demeanor, leaving little of an impression in any direction. The subject is quite generic, but the abundance of animals depicted on the wild symbols adds a touch of originality. One item that could make some gamers pause and give Old Fellow a try is the fascinating 50,000x win maximum. Without it, Old Fellow would just be another slot machine among many that are far more intriguing.
The free games include sticky wild multipliers, which are the only other major draw. When wilds are secured in optimal locations, they may be quite useful. Once in a while, a cluster of them would fall on the first few reels, setting off a cascade of consecutive payouts. On other occasions, bonus rounds may conclude with only one or two sticky wilds on the subsequent reels doing nothing at all save from showing a jaded miner and his wide-eyed pal. Given the lack of excitement in the main game, we frequently hit the bonus purchase button, where our earnings may fluctuate widely (from about 5x to 500x the reference stake). Prepare yourself for outcomes that may be exceedingly unpredictable.
While Old Fellow’s technical capabilities are certainly impressive, the card itself offers little to stand out outside its large victory cap. While Old Fellow isn’t horrible per se, it does suffer from an uninspired topic, a slow beginning, and an overall risk of coming off as trite. Old Fellow has the ability to perform, but it relies on elements developed elsewhere and has no significant hook outside of the victory cap.