Pinball Deluxe

Published: 22/04/2013

Realistic Games Ltd. has married two popular games, Roulette and Bagatelle, to come up with a challenging new online attraction called “Pinball Deluxe.” The game features 25 numbers to bet on, including a single zero, and incorporates several aspects of French Roulette along with a unique method of determining winners.

The display is divided into two separate playing areas, with the Bagatelle section on the left, consisting of dozens of pins for a ball to fall through, and the betting layout on the right. Across the bottom of the screen are various controls, such as green buttons for Start and Repeat, red buttons for Undo Bet and Clear Bets, and six different denominations of chips to choose from: €0.25, €1, €5, €10, €25 and €50.

Additionally, there are indicators for History, Stake and Payout appearing at the lower left of the screen. Certain minimums and maximums are set for each type of bet, and the table that describes them can be seen by clicking on the “Bet Limits” button in the upper right corner of the screen.

A game of Pinball Deluxe begins by placing wagers directly on the betting layout. The primary betting area is a 4 x 6 matrix of the numbers from 1 to 24, half of which are Red and half are Black. There is also a single Zero in Green at the top of the matrix. Bets may be made on single numbers paying 24-to-1, pairs worth 12-to1, groups of three valued at 8-to-1 or blocks of four worth 5-to-1. Around the outside of the matrix, there are also wagering areas for rows of four numbers paying 5-to-1, sets of six numbers worth 2-to-1 and columns of six numbers, also valued at 2-to-1.

At the bottom of the matrix are the “even money” betting areas. They include Red or Black, Odd or Even, and Left or Right. The latter pair of wagers refers to the positions of the numbers on the Bagatelle board, to the left or to the right of the centre number, Zero. It should be noted that “outside” even-money are treated as “La Partage.” Should a Zero come up, the stake is reduced by half and returned to the player.

One other type of wager called “Neighbours” may be made on the Bagatelle board by positioning the cursor over any group of five adjacent numbers. The numbers will be highlighted and clicking on them will automatically position bets on all five corresponding positions on the betting layout.

Once the wagers are in place, clicking on the green Play button will start the game. A silver ball is fired by a plunger from the lower right of the Bagatelle board and launched above the rows of pins. It drops down, cascading through the pins, until it comes to rest in one of the numbered slots at the bottom of the board. The winning number and all combinations containing it will then light up on the betting layout.

Payouts are made automatically and displayed in a pop-up box over the Bagatelle board. Clicking on “Okay” will clear the betting layout and remove the pop-up. The player may then make new bets or else use the Repeat button to make the same wager(s) once again. The Undo Bet button can be used to erase the last bet placed, while the Clear Bets button will remove all chips from the betting layout.

Regarding the betting limits, should the player attempt to make a wager on a bet position with a chip value that is greater than the maximum stake allowed, the bet will be placed up to the maximum allowed for that bet on the betting layout. However, if a Neighbours bet is attempted at above the maximum allowed, an error message will appear, advising that the size of the bet be reduced.

Published on: 22/04/2013

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