Sunrise Reels

Published: 12/03/2013

In 2011, Realistic Games Ltd. added a classic-style slot to its line-up of hyper-realistic looking “Real 2 Reel” games—“Sunrise Reels.” Like Pentagram, Double Bubble and other games in this series, this 3-reel, 5-payline slot can be accessed in either “Full Cabinet View” mode, surrounded by other slot machines just like on a real casino floor, or in “Close-up” mode so that only the view of the reels appears on the screen.

The Sunrise Reels game console is as retro as retro can be. Controls are found on a ledge-like panel below the reels, a “sunrise over the ocean” motif frames the console and a tombstone-shaped marquee appears at the top, showing the game’s payout table. A sky full of stars at the very top indicates that the daylight hours (and the winnings) have only just begun. The reels display a variety of traditional slot symbols, including fruit, bells, bars and sevens.

The game starts with the player choosing an amount to wager. This is accomplished by using the up/down arrows next to the “Bet” indicator on the left side of the control panel. Available wagers range from €0.25 to €200.00. There is no need to select which paylines to play, however, because all five of them are always in play—three horizontal and two diagonal—and this is where Sunrise Reels makes a major departure from true classic slots. The payouts when a line wins are multiples of the entire stake, not the line bet.

Take for example the lowest ranking symbols, Cherries, which payout at 8X each time three appear on a winning payline. At a wager of €1.00, the normal reward for catching three in a row would be €1.60, but Sunrise Reels pays a full €8.00. The same is true of Lemons, Oranges and Plums worth 8X. Should all nine positions of the reels fill with one of these fruits, all five lines would win, paying a total of €40.

Higher ranking symbols include Bells and Grapes paying 20X, Watermelons and Bars winning 40X, and the Blue Sevens worth 60X. When a winning line is obtained, the winning symbols are highlighted and begin to flash. The win line is highlighted, too. The total amount won displays in the “Win” and “Paid” displays beneath the first two reels. When multiple wins are obtained, the wins display in sequence from payline 1 to payline 5. Note, however, that Sunrise Reels has a maximum payout of 60 times the bet value, per game, regardless of how many lines are winners.

Apart from simple audio and graphics, Sunrise Reels features a very useful Auto Play option. The access button marked “Auto” is on the right side of the control panel next to the “Start” button. Clicking on it opens an Auto Play screen with several options, including settings for the number of automatic spins from 1 to 500 and a variable stop amount for wins above a player-selected limit.

Once the settings have been selected, Auto Play can be put into action by clicking on the “Begin” button. The automatic spins can be cancelled at any time by clicking on “Stop.” While Auto Play is functioning, all other control buttons turn dark and cannot be used.

There is no animation for winning symbols, and the sound effects are limited to electronic tones without a specific melody. The only other control function is a high/low resolution toggle located on the “Options” menu on the left above the reels frame. Displays for “Balance” and “Bet” can be seen at the upper right, along with an on/off switch for audio.

Published on: 12/03/2013

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