Based not on the 1997 film, but rather inspired by a black hole’s perimeter, Event Horizon is a graphics-heavy online slot game, designed by Betsoft, that is beautiful to behold, but a frustration to play for those looking for an advanced experience. Though the slot has a sync reel feature and a wild symbol, it’s without a bonus game, free spins or even a scatter. The high-definition design operates on the familiar five-reel three-row slot structure, and is available for paid and free gaming on mobile and desktop platforms.
Modern slot designers utilize three different methods to turn a very simple game into a more alluring experience. Some add interactive characters that react to spins and wins. Examples of this are Betsoft’s Frankenslot’s Monster and At the Copa. Others use high-quality animation to spice up feature games, as in Betsoft’s Great 88. Then there are those who keep the gameplay basic and just give the slot some fancy attire. Event Horizon falls into this last category.
The background glows and shimmers, while the symbols gleam with a metallic sheen. The spin and sync reel animation is stellar, pardon the pun, while the soundtrack will appeal to Brian Eno fans everywhere. The clinks and beeps of the sound effects are crisp as they adhere to the space theme. Meanwhile, gameplay is familiar to anyone who has clicked “Spin” once on a slot.
Event Horizon doesn’t mention paylines for its wins. Instead, three or more matching symbols must align from left to right on adjacent reels, starting with the leftmost reel. The game states this results in 243 possible ways to pay. Despite all that, the bet seems locked at 25 lines.
Bets can be adjusted on two clearly-marked fields. The first is the coin selection, which can be set between 0.02 and 0.25. One can also set the “bet per line” from one to five. This raises the total bet, but also increases potential payouts.
The Spin button activates individual plays, while the Auto Play button lets the player select between five and 100 automatic spins. Players can choose to stop a spin for quicker results with the Stop button. The game’s options also allow for a Turbo Mode which speeds up each spin.
The slot’s lowest paying symbols are playing card values, 10 through Ace. The remaining and higher-paying symbols are all classic slot icons: cherries; one-, two- and three-bars; bells and sevens. The seven symbol is the rarest and most lucrative.
Though the game is devoid of scatter symbols, it does have a wild symbol that’s a collapsed star on the verge of supernova. It appears on reels two, three, four and five, substituting for all other symbols.
Because the slot has no bonus games nor free spins, its lone feature is the sync reels. Two reels on every spin are electrified and produce identical symbols. One’s hope is this results more, or larger, wins. At random times during the game the synced reels expand, from two to three, or even four and five. The more synced reels, the bigger the wins, especially if they start with the leftmost reel. Four synced reels can still result in no wins if the first non-synced reel produces different symbols.
Aside from the sync reels, this is just an average slot game when it comes to actual gameplay. In fact, it might be less than average since most new slots offer free spins and bonus games, or even the occasional scatter symbol. With all of Event Horizon’s beautiful graphics, it’s a shame the producers forwent any feature games.
Event Horizon may appeal to players looking for short term casual gaming, and certainly heightens the experience with its excellent design. But those players looking for more contemporary gameplay, lucrative wins or an occasional bonus spin will want to play elsewhere.