Reversal of Fortune

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Irish broadcaster and journalist Eamonn Holmes hosts this online version of “Reversal of Fortune,” a general knowledge quiz show developed for Internet casinos by JPM Interactive. It challenges a player not only to answer various trivia questions correctly but also to read the answers backwards. The looking glass format should allow mirror writers to excel, while more linear thinkers may find that it drives them quite mad.

The opening screen shows the Reversal of Fortune logo and the stake selector starting at £1 and running up to £3. Clicking on the Play button opens the primary game window and launches a video clip of Holmes, who welcomes the player to the “brain twisting and backward thinking quiz that could earn you big money.”

On the right side of the display is the game’s “Prize Trail,” showing the amounts to be won and the number of points required to earn them. On the left side is the Timer, the Live Jackpot counter and four potential aids to getting the correct answers: Reveal Answer, Try Again, Mirror and Pass. Initially, the player has one of each aid.

A 5 x 5 grid of red squares replaces Holmes in the middle of the screen. Upon the initial grid display, the items to be hidden within the grid are shown briefly, then they are randomly scattered and the squares turn down to hide them. Most of the square hide questions, which must be answered within 10 seconds to earn points, but some hide additional aids, while others conceal skill features, each of which requires an ability to see things in reverse.

The Reflections skill feature shows geometric patterns made up of squares that must be matched to their counterparts in reverse. The Picture Puzzle must be rearranged to show its proper image. And Pair ‘Em Up requires matching hidden words that appear backwards when clicked upon.

Points are earned each time a question or a feature is completed correctly within the give time limit, as shown in the Timer. As long as at least one “Try Again” aid is available, incorrect answers to questions do not count against the player, but as soon as a wrong answer is given without a Try Again, the game ends. The game also ends if time runs out before a correct response is made.

Using the Pass aid allows the player to skip a difficult question and choose another square from the grid. Using Mirror will reverse the answers below any question so that they read easily in the right direction or it can reverse feature elements to make solving a puzzle easier. And the Reveal Answer is the most powerful bonus, which will automatically provide the correct response to any question.

Hidden in the grid are Clover icons, too. If the player is able to collect four such icons, the Live Jackpot is won. This amount is the player’s to keep regardless of the outcome of any subsequent questions asked or answers given. Should the player manage to completely clear the grid, a number of points is awarded in the form of a “grid clearance bonus” and added to the current points value. Then, a new grid is shown before continuing with the game.

Upon collecting enough points to warrant a cash reward, the player is presented with the option to “Collect” or “Continue.” Selecting Collect increases the player fund balance by the prize amount and ends the game. Pressing Continue allows the player to play on, with the possibility of winning a larger prize or the Live Jackpot. However, if the player then fails to earn the next prize level, the original cash prize is forfeited.

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