Full House

Published: 12/03/2013

JPM Interactive likes to describe its software “Full House” as a feature-filled slot game. In fact, the 4-reel online game with a single centre payline is modeled after JPM’s own popular fruit machines developed for land-based pubs and casinos, and the array of bonuses is certainly quite special, from a bonus ladder with bingo-inspired features to a Full House Jackpot.

Just like a real pub fruit machine, Full House has a full-sized console, with the reels in the lower section and the bonus features displayed up on top. A round blue toggle marked “Switch View” adjacent to the fourth reel allows the full console to be seen on the screen or to switch back to the standard view of the reels.

Below the reels and also to the right are the payout tables showing the amounts that can be won for catching symbols on the centre payline. Cherries pay odds of 2X, 4X, 16X or 250X for 1, 2, 3 or 4 symbols anywhere on the payline. All other symbols require at least three matches left to right or left to right. Three Oranges or Lemons are worth 4X, three Apples, Pears or Plums are worth 8X, and Grapes, Bells, Single Bars or Double Bars are worth 16X. Three Watermelons or Triple Bars will pay 32X. The biggest prizes, of course are for catching four matching symbols on the centre line, from 16X for Lemons or Oranges to 1000X for four Triple Bars.

To begin a game, the player makes a wager of no less than £0.25 and no more than £10 before pressing the “Start” button. The reels will spin and come to rest, sometimes allowing reels to be “held” in place for a re-spin. When that is possible, the “Hold” buttons below each reel will light up and automatically hold the best two or three reels. The player can, however, cancel the hold and start a new game or change the reels held.

Any winning combination will trigger the game’s “Gamble” bonus. The screen will display the game board with four multiplier squares and an alternating “Win-Lose” display. Clicking on “Collect” will cancel the Gamble, collect the accumulated winnings and return to the original start screen. Clicking on the “Start” button allows a portion of the winnings to be claimed and the remainder to be used on Gamble. And clicking on Gamble will stop the “Win-Lose” display from flashing and yield one of the two outcomes.

In case the result is “Lose,” all of the winnings staked are lost and the original start screen is displayed. But if the outcome is “Win,” the winnings are increased by whatever multiplier appears: 1.5X, 2X or 3X. Again, the player has the choice to Collect, Start to claim a portion, or Gamble. This process continues until the player chooses not to Gamble anymore or the stake is lost.

Some of the reel symbols are overprinted with numbers in red: 1, 2 or 3. These are equivalent to steps on the Full House Bonus Trail, represented on the display by the letters F-U-L-L-H-O-U-S-E. It takes a total of nine steps to complete the trail and obtain one of three Bonus Features. From time to time the “Feature Held” light will flash on, meaning the current steps on the trail are held and added to on the next spin. Otherwise, the steps collected are lost after each spin.

When the Full House Trail has been filled, clicking on Start will activate one of three random features: Pick a Win, Super Cards or Reel Bingo. In “Pick a Win,” a number of reel wins are offered; simply press “Collect” to take a win. If no win has been collected, a win will be collected automatically. The win may then be gambled or collected.

For the “Super Cards” feature, four bingo cards appear—Blue, Green, Red and Yellow—each featuring a 2x2 array of numbers that correspond to Bingo Balls overprinted on some of the reel symbols. Clicking the “Step Up” or “Step Down” buttons will spin the reels in the desired direction. Any balls shown on the win line as the reels are spun are counted into the Super Cards. Any win achieved from the Super Cards feature is then available to gamble.

In the “Reel Bingo” feature, there is a single bingo card with a 4x4 matrix. The Step Up or Step Down buttons are used to move the reels in the desired direction. Again, Bingo Balls appearing on the win line as the reels step are counted into the Reel Bingo feature. Each row or column of numbers that lights up is worth a cash prizes, as is a pattern of all four corners.

Reel Bingo has a supplementary bonus called the “Plus Snowball Chance.” When activated, it spins four Bingo Balls at random onto the slot’s payline. If those four numbers form a winning combination on the Bingo card, the “Full House Jackpot” is won.

At the end of each Reel Bingo or Super Cards game, an extra option called “Scramble Gamble” may be offered. It allows the balls to be scrambled, which may or may not result in a win. A win can be collected at any time, or a further Scramble Gamble may be taken. If no further Scramble Gamble is available, the feature is over.

Other options on Full House include a “Turbo Spin” switch for faster play, “Autoplay” mode for up to 100 effortless spins, Sound and Music on/off toggles, and manual override to “Cancel” any holds set automatically during play.

Published on: 12/03/2013

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