The Finer Reels of Life Takes Time
The Finer Reels of Life a slot title on Microgaming’s Quickfire platform is designed with serious slots fans in mind.
There is no storyline: the design, background and symbols simply illustrate wealth and luxury, which is the dream of every dedicated slots enthusiast. The five burgundy reels spin in a fine marble frame against a backdrop of a cityscape at sunset, viewed from the opulent candle-lit pool deck of a luxury hilltop home.
The Finer Reels of Life has impressive bonus features, as will become apparent, but the best of these only kick in after fairly long sessions of play; another marker of a title designed for slots aficionados. Bets can be set as low as 30 credits per spin, so long-term play is affordable.
No Pay Lines and 14 Icons
Microgaming uses 243 Ways to Win on The Finer Reels of Life, as it does with many of its newer slots. So there are no pay lines; combinations are formed whenever matching symbols appear anywhere on adjacent reels, as long as the combo runs unbroken, left to right, from Reel 1. All combos require three, four or five matches to win prizes.
There are 14 symbols in play, including the Wild, which is The Finer Reels of Life game logo, and the Bonus icon. When substituting for ordinary symbols to create a combo, the Wild doubles any wins. For matching Wild combos of three, four or five from Reel 1, based on a 30-credit bet per spin, the prize is 100, 500 or 1,500 credits, respectively. The poker values 9 to A, wrought in fine gold characters, are the low value icons, winning up to 100 credits for five As.
Six Themed Symbols Win Higher Prizes
There are six ordinary symbols related specifically to The Finer Reels of Life’s theme: luxury chocolates, a fancy cup of coffee, wine with a cheese and fruit board, whisky and cigars, champagne, and a huge diamond.
For three of a kind, these symbols win 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 50 credits, respectively. Prizes rise to 75, 80, 100, 125, 150 and 250 credits for four matches, and five of a kind will win 200, 250, 300, 400, 500 or 750 credits.
Bonus Star Activates Free Spins Series
A big gold star, like a 5-star hotel logo, serves as The Finer Reels of Life’s Bonus icon. It pays a spot prize for two or more appearances anywhere, from 30 to 7,500 credits. Three of more Bonus icons also trigger a free spins round. The first time it is triggered, the player has only the Coffee and Chocolates bonus feature to play: 10 free spins, with a X5 multiplier.
Once the bonus has been triggered 5 times, however, the Wine and Cheese bonus is added to the options the player can choose: 15 free spins with the Wild Wine Feature, which adds random stacked Wilds to Reel 3. Triggering the bonus 10 times unlocks the option of the Whisky and Cigars feature: 20 free spins with burning Wilds adding random multipliers of up to X6 to wins.
If the bonus is triggered 15 times, the Champagne and Diamonds feature unlocks: if they want to, the player can choose 25 free spins with the rolling reels feature, which explodes any symbols after a win and re-spins those reel windows, to see if further wins result.
Another random bonus, with a champagne bottle icon, is the Wild Celebration. It is triggered at random, but allows spins with up to five reels filled with stacked Wilds.