Split Symbols Feature in The Dream Slot
High 5 Games offers Split Symbols as a branded enhancement to several of their online slots, and this innovation is one of the attractions of the H5G title The Dream, a five-reeler displaying four symbols per reel. Any of the major symbols can appear singly or doubled up in the reel windows, meaning players can create combinations containing up to ten matches on a pay line.
Because the Split Symbols in The Dream give such a wide variety of prize-winning combos, lower-value prizes start quite small and the prizes for top combos are less impressive than one might expect. However, the 40 pay lines and the Wild’s ability to create double duplicates when substituting for major symbols in combos, help to boost the potential rewards.
Borrowing The Dream from Shakespeare
H5G has used ethereal artwork and a brilliant palette of pastel colours in creating the world of The Dream, based on the comical passion between Titania, Queen of the Fairies, and Bottom, the human oaf transformed into an ass in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The reels are framed in delicate gold filigree, set against the golden gateway to the queen’s bower, wrought as vines and flowers. Rich patterned wallpaper behind the transparent reels continues the opulence.
The Dream’s minor symbols are poker’s J, Q, K and A. They do not appear as Split Symbols, and all require three matches or better to win. Five As is worth 75 credits. There are five major symbols: first a dove, second, Bottom as a garlanded ass, third, Puck, the mischievous fairy who transforms Bottom and pours the love potion in Titania’s eyes at the bidding of her jealous husband, fourth, one of Titania’s fairy attendants, and fifth, Titania herself.
All five can appear as Split Symbols, so winning combos as high as ten matches are possible. During free games, single Titania or Titania’s attendant symbols count as double icons, and the prizes these two symbols win are enhanced: to as much as 200 credits for ten of a kind.
Wild Doubles Major Symbols during Bonus Rounds
The Wild is a card bearing The Dream’s game logo. It has the usual substitution power on any other symbols except the Bonus icon, and can also win prizes of up to 400 credits for its own combinations of two, three, four or five matches on a pay line.
During free spins rounds, when The Dream’s Wild substitutes for any major icon to complete a winning payline, it counts as a double symbol, increasing the prize level. The Super Stacks feature, which allows icons to arrive in stacks covering an entire reel, also helps boost The Dream’s prizes.
Super Stacks Make the Rare Bonuses Better
It isn’t easy to trigger the The Dream’s free spins bonus round. A pink tile with the words Free Games is the bonus symbol, but it must appear stacked across all four windows on Reels 2, 3 and 4 simultaneously to trigger a mere 7 free spins.
However, during these free spins, the Super Stacks feature becomes standard across all five reels. As each free spin ends, each reel ends up with one of the major or minor icons, or the Wild, stacked down the whole reel. Major icons can also appear as stacked Split Symbols, doubling the prize potential. Three or more identical stacks running consecutively from Reel 1 trigger the most significant prizes in this round.