Those with intimate knowledge of their options when it comes to different online video slots know that players with different experience levels often embrace different games. Every once and a while, however, a video slot comes around that is as friendly to newcomers to the industry as it is to seasoned veterans. The small casino software company Arrow’s Edge has struck one of these rare balances with their game, Around the World.
Without further ado, here is a description and review of the features and game mechanics of Around the World.
If you love to travel, you’ll probably enjoy Around the World, as it’s littered with images that are sure to send any world traveler into their memory bank and reminisce about their greatest trips, as well as lust for more in the future. Around the World, is a simple, lighthearted game with the tinkle of piano music accompanying a spin and the sounds of the various means of travel playing when a payline is struck.
As mentioned, Around the World is detailed enough to appeal to an experienced slot player, but still maintains enough clarity that a new video slot enthusiast should be able to pick up the ins and outs of Arrow’s Edge’s engaging slot fairly quick. We’ll touch more on this in future sections.
The basics of Arrow’s Edge’s travel based slot game are not altogether different from many slot games on the market. There are 5 reels with 3 spaces in each, and uses a standard scatters and wilds format (although instead of wilds the game calls them “substitutions”. The poker card symbols (9, 10, J, Q, K, A) are partnered with corresponding means of travel, (train, motorbike, car, ocean liner, hot air balloon, airplane, respectively) which is a fun stylistic addition, even if it doesn’t have an impact on the actual gaming experience.
Around the World transports players into an international paradise, with different countries’ flags lining the border of the reels on both sides. The symbols themselves, aside from the poker cards, are a penguin, the statues of Easter Island, the Pyramids of Egypt, the Eiffel Tour and the Statue of Liberty: recognizable icons from around the world, hence the name of the slot.
Each symbol is assigned a value that changes based on the initial wager and the number of symbols “of a kind” on the paylines. The Eiffel tower serves a scatter as well as the trigger for a bonus round. More on that later. The Statue of Liberty can be substituted for all other symbols but the Eiffel Tower. The game contains 25 paylines, but these are variable depending on the risk that the player intends to take on.
Players trigger a bonus round with three scatter symbols appearing on the screen. A map scene appears on-screen with a point. Travelers must choose three destinations that raise the multiple by varying degrees depending on randomized outcomes, giving the player the opportunity to win a huge sum.
The game also features the opportunity to win free spins, as most do these days. The free games feature is triggered when three or more Eiffel Towers appear on the screen.
Why do I say that Around the World is just as inviting to slot beginners as to seasoned vets of the slot market? Because it’s a sophisticated online video slot that still allows newcomers to dip their toes into the water. The bonuses rounds are fun enough to be entertaining but simple enough to be good introduction for new gamers, while the paylines are variable enough to provide customizable experiences but they also highlight when won so newbies can follow their win on the reels. This aspect of Around the World makes it a must-play for casino enthusiasts.