Sunset Reels

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The line-up of hyper-realistic looking “Real 2 Reel” games developed by Realistic Games Ltd. was joined by yet another classic-style slot in 2011—“Sunset Reels.” Like Sunrise Reels, Double Bubble and other games in the series, this 3-reel, 5-payline slot can be played in either of two viewing modes: “Full Cabinet View,” surrounded by other slot machines just like on a real casino floor, or “Close-up View” with only the reels appearing on the screen.

The Sunset Reels game console is like something right out of the early 20th century, when slot machines were still mechanical and 5-reel versions had not yet been introduced. Controls are found on a ledge-like panel below the reels, a “sunset over the badlands” motif frames the console and a tombstone-shaped marquee appears at the top, showing the game’s payout table. A sky full of stars at the very top indicates that evening is setting in. The reels display a variety of traditional slot symbols, including fruit, bars and sevens.

The game begins with the player selecting how much to wager. This is accomplished by using the up/down arrows next to the “Bet” indicator on the left side of the control panel. Available wagers range from €0.25 to €200.00. There is no need to choose what paylines to play, however, because all five lines are always in play—three horizontal and two diagonal. Also, the payouts for winning lines are multiples of the entire stake, not just the line bet, which makes Sunset Reels quite different from true classic slots.

The lowest ranking symbols on the reels are the Cherries, Lemons, Oranges and Plums, each of which pays out a multiplier of 8X whenever three of them match up on a winning payline. That multiplier, however, is not for the line bet—it is for the entire stake. For example, at a stake of €1.00, the normal reward for catching three Plums in a row would be €1.60, but Sunset Reels pays a full €8.00. Should all nine positions of the reels fill with one of these fruits, the payout is doubled. That means catching Plums in all nine reel positions would pay 8X on all five lines times 2X for a total of €80.

Higher ranking symbols include Watermelons and Bars winning 40X, and the Red Sevens worth 160X. When a winning line is obtained, the winning symbols are highlighted and begin to flash. The win line is highlighted, too. The total amount won displays in the “Win” and “Paid” displays beneath the first two reels. When multiple wins are obtained, the wins display in sequence from payline 1 to payline 5. Note, however, that the maximum payout per spin on Sunset Reels is 160 times the bet value, per game, regardless of how many lines are winners.

Apart from simple audio and graphics, Sunset Reels features a highly practical Auto Play option. The access button marked “Auto” is on the right side of the control panel next to the “Start” button. Clicking on it opens an Auto Play screen with several options, including settings for the number of automatic spins from 1 to 500 and a variable stop amount for wins above a player-selected limit.

Once the Auto Play settings have been selected, the game can be initiated by clicking on the “Begin” button. The automatic spins can be cancelled at any time by clicking on “Stop.” While Auto Play is running, all of the other control buttons turn dark and cannot be used.

In keeping with the ultra-simple format, there is no animation for winning symbols, and the sound effects are limited to electronic tones without a specific melody. The only other control function is a high/low resolution toggle located on the “Options” menu on the left above the reels frame. Displays for “Balance” and “Bet” can be seen at the upper right, along with an on/off switch for audio.

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