The title of this game is a play on words. It relates back to school days, when the bell would mark the end of lessons. While you might be ‘saved by the bell’ at that time – you’ll be even happier to see bells on this 25-line video slot from 888 Games. Bells are wild symbols, and will double any wins which they are involved in.
Bells are not the only familiar symbols you’ll find on the reels. There are bar symbols, sevens and cherries. Unusually, the cherries come in 3 types (a single, double and triple). The highlight for this game is the free spins bonus round. You can trigger up to 50 free spins at a time. There is also a randomly awarded progressive jackpot.
888 have used the same 25-line, 5 by 3 grid of reels as is in use for most of their slots. Your choices are limited to the bet size (and whether to use the auto play option). You can bet from as little as 25c per spin for this game.
Logo symbols, which are oval and read ‘Saved by the Bells’ are the highest paying of the regular symbols. 5 of these on a win-line will get you 2500 coins, 4 are worth 1000 coins, 3 get you 200 coins and you get 20 coins for just 2. The bar symbols (a triple and a double) also pay from 2 of a kind. These are worth 1500 and 1000 for 5 of a kind respectively.
Next in the pay table come the three different types of cherry. The triples are worth 250 coins for 5, the doubles 200 and the singles 150. Playing card symbols aces down to jacks are the low paying ‘filler’ symbols in this game.
Bells do not have wins of their own, instead these are wild symbols which help you to create wins with the other regular symbols. Each time you hit a win that includes a bell, the prize on the pay table is doubled. This means that the top line prize is 5000 coins, for a combination of logo symbols and bells.
There is only a single type of 7 symbol, which is created with pink and purple shading. You need 3 or more of these anywhere in view to trigger the free spins bonus game. In addition to the free spins, you’ll get a scatter prize based on the total 7’s in view. This is 3x your total bet for 3, 10x your bet for 4 and 50x your bet for 5 of kind.
You will get 15, 25 or 50 free spins in addition. These spins have the same reels and bet amounts as the base game. The only difference is the changed jazzy soundtrack and the different background colors (which now feature the symbols, instead of the stars from the base game). You can retrigger for more spins, though the randomly assigned progressive jackpot does not trigger during this bonus game.
Overall, this slot feels very smooth to play and looks sharp. At the same time, most of the artwork for the symbols is a clear use of some of the classic slot designs. The double cherry looks very familiar, along with the bar symbols and the bells.
Around the outside of the reels is an abstract pattern which uses blue tones as has what looks like stars shining through. This contrasts with the bright colors used for the symbols.
In the base game, there is a tune when the reels spin, and tinkling type sound effects when they come to a stop. Animations are short, and involve shaking cherries, shrinking playing card symbols and three clanging bells. When you hit the free spins bonus, the music is constant – and the background changes color too.
The production for this game is excellent. It is bound to appeal to those who enjoy the more traditional games too. I like the base game, with the bells coming in to add to the wins regularly. With up to 50 free spins possible, you’ll have a shot at a bigger win too. This is not the type of slot that will appeal to those who enjoy fancy games with multiple bonus rounds. If you like your video slots traditional, Saved by the Bells from 888 Game is hard to beat.