Fortune 36

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Putting a new wrinkle on a classic table game is never easy, but one software developer who does so with consistency is Parlay Entertainment. In 2011, they released “Fortune 36,” a new fixed odds arcade game for online casinos such as Bet365, Euro Grand, Omni, Ladbrokes and Royal Vegas. At first glance, the display looks so modern and new, one might be tempted to think it is something entirely unfamiliar, but lo and behold Fortune 36 is really a fresh version of a old favourite—Single-Zero Roulette.

What hides this not-so-obvious relationship to the past is the layout of the game board. First, there’s no wheel. Instead, Fortune 36 offers a racetrack type arrangement of 36 numbered yellow hexagons; they appear in a clockwise sequence with the number zero inserted between 18 and 19. Then, nowhere to be seen are the expected red, black and green rectangular betting areas. They’ve been replaced by a honeycomb design of yellow hexagons in the middle of the screen, again numbered consecutively from 1 through 36 with the zero separating 18 and 19.

On the right side of the Fortune 36 display are the controls used for wagering. In the very middle is the green “Go” button that initiates play, and next to it on the right are the chips used for wagering in denominations from £0.25 to £1, £10 and £25. Click on a denomination to select it and then position the cursor over the betting area to reveal the payout odds associated with each type of wager.

For example, betting on a single number straight up pays 36X, while covering two numbers is worth 18X. Because the betting areas are hexagonal, it is possible to select three adjoining numbers for a payout of 12X, too. Although the hexagons eliminate he possibility of wagering on a column of numbers, players are able to bet on rows of 4, 5, 6 or 7 numbers with odds of 9X, 7X, 6X or 5X, respectively. There are also two types of diagonals for making bets—left to right and right to left—and the payouts are the same as for the rows.

A special section for making “outside” bets is provided in the upper left portion of the display. Bets made on Odds or Evens pay 2X when successful, as do wagers on the “Outer” ring of hexagons. A payout of 3X is awarded for correctly betting on the “Middle” ring of hexagons, and 5X is paid for a successful forecast on the numbers of the “Inner” ring. To help make betting even easier, there are buttons below the chips for “Rebet,” “Double” and “Clear All.” A red “X” symbol can be used to remove any individual bets, too.

Once all of the selected wagers have been made, clicking on Go will launch the game and cause the numbers on the racetrack to light up sequentially in a clockwise rotation. The light will gradually slow down until it comes to rest upon one hexagon that remains lit. All betting areas associated with the winning number will pay out. The amount of the Total Stake can be seen in the right corner of the screen with the amount won, if any, directly below it.

The audio that accompanies Fortune 36 is a combination of futuristic musical sounds. There is a toggle to turn the sound on or off in the pull-down menu under the “Options” tab on the tool bar.

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