Hells Bells

Published: 19/05/2013

The origin of the expression “Hell’s bells” is a bit of a mystery. No particular mythology can be found that refers to infernal bells. It has been rumoured that perhaps the bells of Hades toll whenever a wicked soul arrives, but there is no specific legend or reference to confirm it. Phrases such as “Hell’s bells and cockleshells” provide no insights, either. It seems to be a simple combining of rhyming words.

As for the meaning of the expression, most sources agree that it is an exclamation of anger or surprise. It may express confusion or dissatisfaction with something that has been said. Additional connotations include contempt, outrage, disgust, boredom and frustration. The phrase may be considered mildly blasphemous in some circles, and in the 19th century it was apparently part of a colorful curse often uttered at sea, “Hell’s bells and buckets of blood!”

When Boss Media set out to develop a jackpot slot named “Hells Bells” for Internet casinos, they had little to go on for establishing a motif, so they added an evil laugh at the start of the game and wild symbol of “Blazing Bells” that substitute for all symbols except the “Mystery Dice.” The other symbols appearing on the game’s three reels are traditional icons found on classic slots.

What makes Hells Bells different from other three-reel versions are its 27 paylines. No matter where three matched symbols show up on the three reels, they must form a winning combination. This makes Hells Bells considerably more dynamic than the standard 1-, 3- or 5-payline formats so common among jackpot slots.

The payout values on Hells Bells are 4X per winning line for catching three Cherries or Lemons, 6X for Oranges and 8X for Plums. Three matched Single Bars pay 20X, three Red Sevens are worth 30X and three Blazing Bells fetch a whopping 500X. A random prize of from 5X to 500X is paid for three Mystery Dice on the reels.

Although the wild Blazing Bells do not substitute for the Mystery Dice, they are used in all winning combinations that come up on each spin, not simply the highest win only. That means multiple opportunities to win on every spin, plus very high payouts whenever two or three Blazing Bells appear.

The Hells Bells display features counters for “Bet” and “Win” in the lower left corner. In the lower right corner are the controls. Clicking on the Plus Sign (+) in the corner of the “Credits/Spin” indicator allows the amount of the total stake to be set from 1 to 50 credits. The reels can be set in motion by clicking on either the orange “Spin” button or the green “Bet Max” button. Alternatively, using the orange “Autoplay” button allows the number of automated spins to be set from 5 to 100.

An extra Bonus Feature on Hells Bells is its “Double Up” option. After each winning spin, two rectangular orange buttons replace the Spin button with the opportunity to “Double” or “Collect.” If Collect is chosen the winnings are added to the players fun Balance at the top right corner of the screen. Clicking on Double activates the game’s Double Up bonus screen, where the player has the option to guess a card, red or black, to double up the winnings.

Choosing correctly allows gambling again and again up to a maximum of five times. Otherwise, the Collect button can used to collect the payout and return to the slot game mode. To make card selection a bit easier, a history of the past cards drawn provides some useful information. During Autoplay mode, the Double Up option is also available, but it must be taken within 10 seconds, else the automatic spins resume.

Published on: 19/05/2013

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