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Reel Rush by NetEnt released on 01.07.2013 is a 5-reel & 3-row online slot with 3 125 ways to win and a 97.00% RTP. This is a fruit-themed game offering players a max win of up to 3840x their stake. Reel Rush can be played on all devices from €0.5 to €125 per spin and is considered a medium volatility game.
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Design & Symbols
Reel Rush has a quirky, colourful design which would appear to take a fair chunk of inspiration from certain Nintendo games with its overgrown mushrooms sprouting from oblong hillsides, whilst blocks of cloud float past the lollipop-shaped treetops in the blue skies above. Even the sound effects are very ‘Mario-esque’ for want of a better word. The gameboard has transparent blue reels with space for 5 symbols on each reel. However, when play begins only a diamond-shaped cluster of symbol spaces are active in a 1-3-5-3-1 configuration. The remaining spaces are taken up by blue blocks. How these boxes are replaced by symbols will be explained in the next section. Needless to say, as and when the blocks are replaced with symbols, the ways to win increase exponentially.
Low-value symbols are purple, green, yellow, orange, and red bonbons. High-value symbols are plums, grapes, melons, lemons, pineapples, and strawberries. Strawberries are the highest value symbols with 5 on adjacent rows from left to right worth 20x the bet size. The wild, which only appears on reels 2, 3, 4, and 5 is a golden block containing the word ‘WILD’.
Respin Wins & Free Spins
Reel Rush’s unique win and respin feature enables you to achieve multiple wins from a single spin. This feature also can also ultimately lead to the free spins bonus round.
Landing a winning combination awards a free of charge respin. Not only that but every consecutive winning combination unlocks 2 of the blue blocks to reveal regular symbols. With each unlocked block the ways-to-win increase exponentially. A winning spin followed by 5 winning respins removes all blue blocks to leave the 5x5 grid filled with symbols and with 3,125 ways to win. This, in turn, activates 8 free spins. The ways to win increase after each winning spin as follows;
- Winning Spin – 135 ways to win
- 1st respin – 405 ways to win
- 2nd respin – 675 ways to win
- 3rd respin – 1,125 ways to win
- 4th respin – 1,875 ways to win
- 5th respin – 3,125 ways to win
Free spins all take place on the fully active 5x5 grid with 3,125 ways to win on each spin. There is no facility to retrigger or add any further free spins. Once the 8 spins are completed the total prize money for the initial winning spin, respins, and free spins are added to the balance and the gameboard is reset to the original configuration.
Our Thoughts on Reel Rush
NetEnt created a classic with Reel Rush. It is fairly simple all things considered but is highly engaging, fast-paced, and offers superb potential with almost 4,000x the bet size up for grabs. It has a fun and quirky design and will appeal to anyone who enjoyed the look and feel of those classic 90’s video games. I found the thrill of the chase kept me returning for more and more spins, and I found myself playing for far longer than was necessary for me to review this slot. NetEnt are the masters of turning a simple concept into a thoroughly immersive game