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

The Top Reels game console resembles the slots of the pre-electronics early 20th century. Back then, slot machines were still mechanical, using levers and springs, and 5-reel versions had not yet been introduced. This game’s controls are located on a ledge-like panel below the reels, a sleek and stylish neon motif frames the console, and a tombstone-shaped marquee appears at the top, showing the game’s payout table. The reel symbols are a variety of traditional slot icons, including fruit and bells.

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. The player need not choose what paylines to play, because all five lines are always active—three horizontal and two diagonal. Also, the payouts for winning lines are multiples of the total stake, not just the line bet, which makes Top Reels somewhat different from true classic slots.

The lowest ranking symbols on the reels are the Lemons, Oranges and Plums, each of which pays out a multiplier of 5X whenever three of them match up on a winning payline. As noted, that multiplier 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 €1.20, but Top Reels pays a full €5.00. Because the symbols are stacked on the reels, it is possible for all nine positions of the reels to fill for five line wins at 5X each.

Higher ranking symbols include Grapes and Strawberries paying 10X, and the Watermelons are worth 25X. The highest ranking symbol on the reels is the Bell, which wins 250X when three in a row appear. Any time 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.

Whenever multiple wins are obtained, the wins display in sequence from payline 1 to payline 5. It should be noted, however, that Top Reels has a maximum payout of 250 times the bet value, per game. Any payouts above this amount are ignored.

Apart from brutally simple audio and graphics, Top Reels features a useful 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, a “Fast Bank” toggle to speed up play and a variable stop selector for winning amounts 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 conformity 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/medium/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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