Cascading reels – a different take on slots
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Cascading reels – a different take on slots

Cascading reels or falling symbols has become very popular and is a fun and exciting new way to play slots. Instead of regular slots where the symbols are rolling on wheels, the symbols are falling from the sky and falling into place. It is really a differrent way of presenting the symbols and a new way of playing. When you manage to land a winning line the symbols explode and new symbols falls down. So in theory you can keep going forever until you don’t make a winning line. That is what makes the Cascading reels so popular because you never know how far you can go with a single spin. This type of slots usually have a free spins function as well and you can trigger this feature with every falling symbol. A famous slot that uses this function is Gonzo’s Quest from Netent. Gonzo’s Quest has become the face of Cascading reels.

History

Cascading reels or falling symbols has been around for a while now but it’s really a new way of thinking when it comes to evolve the world of slots. Since there is so many game providers out in the world the game providers are always coming up with new ideas to break some ground and get customers to use their products. We welcome the idea to revolutionize the industry and competition is always good.

How does Cascading reels work?

We can use Gonzo’s Quest from Netent as an example. The slot uses three rows, 5 “wheels” and 20 winning lines. When you press the spin button it will drop 15 symbols som the top of the game screen and land in their positions. If you manage to land 3 or more symbols on a winning line those symbols will explore and disappear. If you get a winning line on the symbols at the bottom the symbols laying on top of your winning line will drop down to your original winning line and new symbols will fall on top. Gonzo’s Quest also uses a multiplier effect for every winning line you land in a single spin, it give you more incentive to try get the maximum value from every spin.

The evolution

Cascading reels is just another example of something that become popular. And as it is with everything that becomes popular the other game providers wants to get a piece of the action and comes up with a new and cool twist to the original idea. Some example of this is Finn and the Swirly Spin from Netent, they’ve added a new dimension with their snake shaped game screen. The idea here is to get winning lines and move the key to the middle where it’s a lock. When you manage to do that you will open the bonus feature. Other slots uses a multiplier with every winning line you get and in Big Bad Wolf from Yggdrasil you will unlock extra wilds when you win. We are looking forward to see where they will take this fun idea and see how it progresses in the future.

Slots with cascading reels

Jungle Jim from QuickFire

Gonzos Quest from NetEnt

Big Bad Wolf from Yggdrasil