Reel Splitter is basically a fruit machine. We get lemons, plums, melons and cherries. There’s a wild that simply says “Wild” and a high-value symbol that displays the game’s logo. The bonus symbol says “Free Spins” and we also get the playing card symbols from 10 to A.
All this is clad in neon colours that aren’t overly bright. Truth be told, the theme is quite boring. There’s nothing outstanding about it and JFTW could have been a lot more inventive here.
The Reel Splitter symbol is the highest value symbol and pays out 12x your bet for 5 of a kind. In the normal base game, where you can only get 4-of-a-kind wins, it pays out 5x your bet for such a win.
The fruits pay out between 1.5x and 3x your bet for 4 on a payline and 3x to 8x your bet for a win of 5 of a kind.
You can play this game from 0.10 to 100.00.
The main highlight in the base game is the feature that gives the slot its name: the splitting of reels. Well, one reel will split randomly on a winning spin, so you now have 5 reels instead of the usual 4.
With the 4 reels you ordinarily get, you will also have 81 ways to win. Once you get a 5th reel, you all of a sudden have 243 ways to win. And with a little luck, matching symbols line up to create further winning combinations on a free re-spin.
On the middle reel, a stacked wild may appear, enhancing your chances at a win.
With 3 or 4 free spin scatters you will receive 8 or 16 free spins. Now you have 5 reels throughout the feature and not only that. You also get a stacked wild on the middle reel, which remains there and to make things even better, the slot pays from left to right and from right to left during the free spins.
So, yeah, this game is all about hitting the bonus feature, which makes up for a boring and unimaginative theme. The base game isn’t exactly boring either, mind you, but the free spins is where the action can be found. It’s the one thing that makes this game worthwhile.
The theoretical RTP (Return to Player) of Reel Splitter is just 96.02%. That’s only average and on top of that is the game quite volatile. So, wins won’t be frequent and big wins will only hit once in a while.
Mostly, you’ll be hoping to see those free spins, where you can win on almost every spin. And that can be a lot of fun, regardless of the boring theme. In fact, this game has the exact same mechanics as Shogun of Time, also from JFTW, which has the much more interesting theme. So, if you like the mechanics, you might want to try out the predecessor. Because, let’s face it, Reel Splitter won’t hold your attention for very long.
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