Vacation Station

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Almost everyone likes to travel, and with so many modes of transportation available, getting to a destination can be just as enjoyable as reaching it. That’s the theme selected for Playtech’s “Vacation Station” slot game launched in 2011. It features the same great 9-reel, 8-payline format made popular by “Chinese Kitchen” and the progressive favourite known as “Gold Rally.”

The grid of reels appears on the left of the display window, the basic controls are at the bottom and a scene depicting a male tourist arriving at Vacation Station is seen on the right. The tourist has sunglasses perched upon his brow and sports a big smile as he carries his bags forward. A flower lei and a camera are draped around his neck, and he wears a flower-patterned short, looking very much ready for some relaxation.

Integrated into the graphics, indicators for Win, Bet and Line Bet can be seen on the surface of a suitcase in front of the tourist. The audio aspects of Vacation Station are certainly worth noting, too. Each time the reels are set in motion, typical slot machine sounds are heard, but whenever a big payout is won. Someone can be heard whistling and a voice calls out “Taxi!” A car horn sounds, a door slams shut, an engine revs and tires screech as a vehicle roars off into the distance.

Players can select which paylines to wager on by clicking on the indicators numbered 1 through 8 around the perimeter of the grid of reels. The winning patterns offered are three horizontal lines, the two diagonals and three vertical lines. When a payline is selected, a thin coloured line will display across the active reels. Alternatively, it is also possible to select paylines by clicking on “All Lines” beneath the reel grid.

Credit denomination choices range from €0.01 to €5.00 and selections are made by using the +/- toggles adjacent to the wager display at the lower left corner of the screen. The number of credits bet per line can vary from 1 to 3 and it is adjusted by using the “Bet One” button on the control panel. Clicking on “Bet Max” will place a wager of 3 credits on all lines selected, but it does not change the number of lines chosen or the denomination of each credit. The maximum total wager is €120 per spin.

Clicking on the Paytable button will bring up a screen showing the payouts for all winning combinations. There are ten different symbols on the reels, each depicting a different aspect of travel. Catching three Buses on an active payline pays 25 times the line bet. Three Trains is worth 40X, Motorcycles are 60X, Convertibles 80X, Submarines 100X and Hot Air Balloons 250X. Three Sailboats fetch 500X, Ocean Liners 750X and Airplanes 1000X.

The tenth symbol is the Suitcase scatter. It pays a multiplier of the entire wager from 2X to 1000X whenever 4 or more appear anywhere on the reels. All other winning combinations pay double for two credits wagered or triple for three credits. The exception is three Airplanes, which are worth 4000X not 3000X winning betting the maximum no matter what credit denomination is played.

Vacation Station does not have a button for Autoplay on the main screen, but the control can be accessed through the pull-down “Tools” menu at the very top of the screen. Using the +/- toggles next to the spins indicator that appears in the lower right corner of the screen will set the number of auto spins. It is also possible to type directly into the counter window and set the number of spins up to 9,999 maximum.

Additional Autoplay options can be found by clicking the expanded menu arrows on the very left of the Autoplay display. Use these to set “stop loss” and “overall win” limits. There are also +/- toggles for adjusting the length of the delay between spins, too.

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