There are a lot of aspects of this slot which remind me of the Quick Hit Slots from Amaya. The sound effects, types of symbols and graphics used and picks game which precedes the free spins are all similar. Bars and Bells has some unique factors of its own. There is a ‘Shake and Win’ feature, which delivers prizes at random. There is also a counter which goes up every time a spin does not win. After the 5th losing spin, you get a random ‘Streak Breaker’ prize. This does lead to an odd situation after 4 spins where you are hoping that none of the symbols line up!
Before you spin, you can decide whether to pay an additional 5 coins to enable the ‘Streak Breaker’ feature. There is a large button for this next to the green spin button. Other options are how many coins (the 20 win lines are fixed), and how many credits to play per line. There is an auto-spin option too.
This slot has 5 reels and 3 rows of symbols. The best paying symbol is the golden bell. This is also the wild symbol, and will substitute for everything except for the logo scatter to create more wins. If you line up 5 of the bells, this is worth a generous 5000 coins.
The other symbols are all traditional. There is a red 7 (worth 750 coins for 5), bar symbols in the 3, 2 and 1 format (500, 350 and 250 for 5), and fruits to make up the smaller wins. You’ll find melons, plums, lemons and cherries on the reels. There are no prizes for mixed bars on this slot.
To the right of the reels you’ll see a meter with 5 holes. Each time you spin and do not win any prize, a gold coin comes up from below, along with a sound effect. If you win on the next spin, all coins disappear and you start from zero again. If you get all 5 coins, then you have a ‘streak breaker’ win. This is random, and can be on the larger side at times. It is interesting to see how difficult it is to get 5 losing spins in a row. This is an optional feature, which you will pay 5 coins for via a button to the left of the spin button.
This feature is completely at random. What happens is that the bell which is in the middle of the logo above the reels comes to life. This shakes, and you’ll see a win amount awarded. There is no tie between how the symbols land on the reels and this bonus.
This part reminded me of the famous Quick Hit slots. The reason is a picks game which occurs before you start the free spins. You’ll see 2 grids of tiles. In the middle are 5 meters, each with 3 slots. As you pick the tiles, you’ll start filling these. The first time you get 3 of a kind, that is your free spins and multiplier. These range from 5 free spins with a 2x multiplier at the bottom, to 20 free spins with a 3x multiplier at the top.
During the free spins, the streak breaker feature does not run. You can retrigger the free spins with 3 scatter symbols.
While the symbols are traditional, the design has a clean and crisp feel to it. There is not much in the way of decoration around the reels, only a blue background with faint symbols on it. The background to the reels is white.
The symbols stand out with a lot of detail in the shading and light reflections. The cherries look great, though you’ll immediately realize these are the traditional symbols. Animations include gold coins moving onto the streak breaker, plus the swinging wild bell (when it makes a win). The graphics for the picks game look smart too.
Sounds include beeps, whirrs and other electronic noises. These did remind me of the Quick Hit slots series once again – with the addition of the occasional clanging bell sound.
This is a solid slot, which competes with many other modern takes on the traditional slot symbols very well. Overall, the look is smart rather than spectacular. The free spins bonus game is the highlight in terms of big win potential. If you get 3x and 20 spins, you could do very well from this. The streak breaker, and shake n pays features do add some nice variation to the base game.