Slingo Reel King Review
Slingo have been teaming up with popular slot titles to create new games recently. Fluffy Favourites arrived a couple of months ago and we're eagerly awaiting the launch of Slingo Starburst. However Gaming Realms have snuck out another new title in between and this time have combined Novomatic's popular Reel King slot with their bingo meets slots game. The result is Slingo Reel King and it's currently exclusive at Gala Spins.
Slingo Reel King looks like a typical Slingo game. The 5x5 grid and pay table are bathed in royal blue whilst a lighter blue with fleur de lis symbols are in the background. To the right is a globe of red balls representing the various spins a player has for the base game. The big difference in this version of Slingo is the Reel King stages that are shown at the top of the screen. Like a bonus feature on a old school pub fruit machine there are four empty steps and then five bonus rounds ranging from Reel King through to Ultra King. Land on one of these sections and you activate the bonus round.
How To Play Slingo Reel King
The main aim of Slingo Reel King is to get lines - horizontal, vertical or diagonal - of five numbers. The more lines you complete the higher the prize you can win. You can win by getting just one line. The lowest prize is x0.1 your initial wager but this increases to x500 if you complete a full house. Wagering on this version of Slingo starts at 20p. This can be increased up to a maximum of £25 (Gala Spins). The minimum and maximum wager may vary from site to site.
Once you start the game the spins are automatic so you don't need to keep hitting the spin button. Each spin generates five numbers below the 5x5 grid. If any numbers match then these are marked off. When you complete a row of five numbers then you move up the prize board. If on a spin no numbers match then you lose a life - this can be regained if the next turn matches a number. The process continues until you lose both lives. During game play you may pick up free spins, jokers (wilds) and devils. The latter prevent you from marking off a number.
With Slingo Reel King you have 11 initial spins. Like other versions of Slingo you may be invited to spin on after the base game concludes and any free spins used. You can then decide to pay the amount shown on screen for an additional spin or end the game. However there is an extra element to this game and that's courtesy of Reel King. On each turn the numbers on the reel may be yellow and ding. These dings move you along the feature path. Get enough dings and the Reel King bonus round activates. This is in the form of slots that will keep spinning until they generate a losing turn. Any bonus awarded is in addition to any wins from the Slingo lines.
We played Slingo Reel King for quite a while and very much enjoyed the experience. Success in the base game does seem to be dependent on playing on - and taking a bit of a risk - plus relying heavily on wilds and super wilds. It actually felt like we did have a chance of winning when playing this version of the game. Other Slingo versions have left us wondering whether they're really worth the investment. The bonus Reel King feature is a nice addition but elusive. We saw it once during our trial and rarely does the 'hold' element assist you. One thing to note is that on mobile the base game plays very well but the bonus round - when it turns up - is tiny on the screen!