Published: 19/05/2013

Fixed odds arcade games reward players who find just the right mix of luck, skill and betting savvy. They are often much more interactive than table games, allowing the player to influence the outcome by making some key decisions. That is certainly the case with the game called “Multiplier,” which can be found at online casinos such as Bet365.

The Multiplier game screen has a safecracking motif. In the right corner is a burglary and fire proof safe with a rotating combination lock and a lever-type handle. There are two exterior hinges on the right side of the safe’s security door and red and blue wires can be seen coming out of the left side of the safe—perhaps leading to an alarm system.

Above the safe are two indicators. The upper one is a counter for the Stake. Using the up/down arrows to the right will allow the player to choose an amount to wager. Available denominations are £0.50, £1, £2, £5, £10, £20 or £25. It is also possible to adjust the amount of the wager by using the “Bet” up and down toggles beneath the safe next to the yellow “Play” button.

The second indicator above the safe is the “Payout” counter. It shows how much a win will be worth, and this amount can be adjusted by using the up/down arrows immediately to the right.

A little more than half of the window is taken up by the round Multiplier wheel, which resembles the safe’s combination lock. It is metallic grey in colour and divided into ten sections of ten increments each. Located somewhere among these increments is a triangular blue pointer that can rotate in circles around the face of the wheel.

A portion of the Multiplier increments are coloured in orange. This is the game’s “payout zone.” One end of the zone is fixed at the “zero position” (i.e., 12 o’clock). The other end is marked by a triangular red pointer. In the very centre of the Multiplier wheel is an eight-pointed orange star upon which the word “Spin” has been over-printed.

The object of the game is to set the blue pointer in motion so that it eventually comes to rest on an increment somewhere within the orange payout zone. In that case, the full amount of the Payout is won, regardless of the pointer’s final location. However, if the blue pointer stops on an increment within the grey portion of the wheel, the entire stake is lost.

To play the game, first select a stake to wager. Then, decide how big a payout to play for by using the up/down arrows. As the payout becomes larger, the orange payout zone becomes smaller. Conversely, as the payout becomes smaller, the orange area becomes larger. It is also possible to adjust the size of the orange zone and payout manually by clicking on the red pointer and dragging it to a desired increment around the Multiplier wheel.

It is possible to place the red pointer as close as three increments away from the zero position on the left to cover virtually the entire wheel in orange. In that case, the profit on a successful wager of £25 would be just £0.01. At the other extreme, the red pointer can be moved to within one increment of the zero position on the right, leaving almost the entire wheel in grey. In that case, a successful spin would be worth 349.2X times the wager. Covering exactly half of the increments yields a Payout multiplier of 1.94X.

Wins on Multiplier are accompanied by flashing lights in the centre of the wheel and siren sounds in the background. It is possible to adjust the audio effects of the game by using the “Sound” and “Music” toggles found in the pull-down menu under the “Options” tab at the top of the screen. Note that there is no Autoplay option, nor is there a Turbo mode to speedup play.

Published on: 19/05/2013

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