A trend in the online slots market has seen developers equipping their games with not one but two (or three or four) sets of reels. These types of games multiply your odds of winning by allowing you to play on several games at once. Click here to read more.
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Double (or Quadruple) The Fun!
When one set of reels just isn’t enough – slots developers have come up with a way for players to wager on several slots on the same screen at the same time. While the multiple sets of reels must sometimes be triggered during the bonus round, some games offer them from the outset.
How Slots With Multiple Reels Work
There are some instances (although they are pretty rare), where you start off the game with additional reel sets. All sets of reels are played independently, so your chances of winning are multiplied by the number of games in play.
In games like the Chilli Hunter slot, the extra reels are unlocked in the bonus round. So, you only have access to the additional sets of reels when you’ve managed to trigger free spins. These types of games sometimes require you to collect specific symbols in order to activate the extra reels. For example, in Chilli Hunter, you have to collect 9 chilli symbols to unlock the third set of reels, 14 to unlock the fourth and 30 to unluck the fifth.
Special Features in Multi-Reel Slots
While having access to more than one set of reels is a perk in itself, some game makers want to take things one step further by creating features that work within the multi-reel format. Butterfly Staxx 2 from NetEnt is a perfect example of this, as wilds that you land on one set of reels will move into the same positions on the extra games to help you land some pretty impressive wins.
Consider the Bet Size
When the multiple sets of reels are available from the outset, it’s important to consider the impact that they have on your bet size. In some games where you have multiple sets of reels in the base game, your wager is multiplied by the number of games. So, for example, in Blueprint’s Gorilla Gold Megaways, a 1-coin wager is actually 4 coins. So, keep an eye on your bet size when adjusting your wager.