Crazy 7

Published: 07/01/2013

When the very first slot machine was invented in the late 19th century, it consisted of three spinning reels and a single horizontal payline. This format remained the standard for decades, until multiple paylines were introduced and computerisation enabled the addition of more reels. Today, 3-reel, single payline slots are considered “classics,” which makes Playtech’s rather new version, “Crazy 7,” all the more of a rarity.

The Crazy 7 format could not be more basic. Apart from having just three reels and one payline, it also features only three symbols on its reels—Blue 7, Green 7 and Red 7. On each reel, these symbols are separated by blanks, making it quite difficult to line up a winning combination of three symbols on the single payline, just like in “the old days.”

Available coin denominations start at €0.01 per line and go up to €5.00. The value can be adjust using the +/- toggles adjacent to the bet indicator at the lower left of the screen. It is possible to bet up to three credits on the one and only payline. The amount can be adjusted by using the “Bet One” button on the control panel below the reels. Clicking on Bet Max will apply a wager of 3 credits to the payline, but it does not change the denomination of each credit. The maximum total wager is €15 per spin.

At the top right side of the display window is the game’s Paytable. There are just four possible winning combinations to look for. With one credit played on the payline, catching a random mix of any three 7s on the payline pays 5 times the line bet. Three Blue 7s will pay 25 credits, three Green 7s will pay 50 credits and three Red 7s will pay 100 credits. Betting two credits on the payline will double the amounts paid out, and wagering three credits will triple them.

However, there is one exception. At maximum bet, a winning combination of three Red 7s on the payline is worth 400 credits, not the expected 300. For this reason, the odds of winning are slightly better at the “Bet Max” limit as opposed to wagering just one or two credits. This is true no matter what denomination is selected for the bets.

For those prefer using the Autoplay option to let the game to spin by itself, Crazy 7 has a several special features. First, the toggle to activate Autoplay is hidden in the pull-down “Tools” menu at the very top right corner of the screen. Clicking on it will reveal the Autoplay control in the lower right corner. Also, although the +/- toggles flanking the spins indicator can be used to adjust the number of auto spins desired, it is possible to type the number directly into the counter for up to 9,999 spins maximum.

More Autoplay options can be uncovered by clicking the expanded menu arrows on the very left of the Autoplay display. For example, it is possible to establish “stop loss” and “overall win” limits. There are also +/- toggles for adjusting the length of the delay between spins, all of which give the player even more control over the game’s pace.

Also available via the “Tools” pull-down menu are various “Options” such as “Game Settings,” “Audio Settings” and “General Settings.” This is where the player can disable the game sounds, background sounds or dealer voices. It is also possible to adjust the game speed for normal play or fast play.

Published on: 07/01/2013

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