Tumbling Reels is a bonus feature that allows players to create winning combinations as long as they win. It was introduced several years ago and can appear under different names. Actually, each software developer has their own name for this feature, so in NetEnt slots, the feature is called Avalanche, Microgaming offers slots with Rolling Reels while others call it Cascading Reels.
What this bonus feature does is removing winning symbols and allowing new symbols to fill blank positions thus providing you with a chance of creating new winning combinations. The good news is that some of the slots using this feature also offer multipliers that keep increasing as long as you create new wins.
We have compiled the list of Tumbling Reels bonus features implemented by some of the most reputable software developers that will provide you with extra chances to win along with some of their most popular games using it.
The Avalanche Feature – NetEnt
The Swedish developer NetEnt introduced the so-called Avalanche feature in 2013 with their title Gonzo’s Quest. The slot based on the conqueror set on a quest to find Eldorado, a lost city of gold, provides you with a chance of hitting multiple wins in a single spin with each consecutive win increasing a multiplier up to 5x. What’s more, if you manage to trigger the free spins feature, multipliers can go all the way up to 15x. Is comes as no surprise that this is still one of the most popular NetEnt games with players around the world.
Other NetEnt titles using the Avalanche feature include Asgardian Stones, Emoji Planet, Fruit Case, Fairytale Legends: Hansel & Gretel, Pyramid: Quest for Immortality and more. Emoji Planet may be the most innovative among them with special symbols crashed in avalanches filling the respective meters and awarding differed boosters that will destroy random symbols and award cash prizes, place a 3×3 overlay symbols on the grid, add sticky and stacked Wild and grant multipliers.
Rolling Reels – Microgaming
Microgaming is one of the most prolific software providers with a wide range of slots using the Rolling Reels feature, which is their name for Tumbling Reels. One of their most popular titles is Immortal Romance, a vampire-themed slot game, where one of the free spins features comes equipped with Rolling Reels. Because of a progressive element of the game, you have to trigger the Chamber of Spins feature 10 or more times to access the free spins round offering 20 free games with Rolling Reels and a multiplier increasing from 2x to 5x.
Thunderstruck II is another example of a slot that uses Rolling Reels with multipliers in the bonus game. Other Microgaming titles offering the feature include Break Away, Football Star and Basketball Star. While playing them, you will benefit from Rolling Reels during the base game
Cascading Reels – Betsoft
The highly acclaimed developer of 3D slot machines Betsoft is well-known for using so-called Cascading Reels in their title. The game that combines the Cluster Pays mechanics and Cascading Reels is Sugar Pop: Double Dipped where all sorts of candies create clusters and explode to let new symbols fall in their place. Winning symbols disappear in an explosion, which not only that provides you with an additional chance of winning, but also adds to the overall atmosphere of the candy-themed slot with exquisite 3D visuals.
The list of Betsoft titles using Cascading Reels is long, with Gold Diggers and More Gold Digging themed on the gold rush and offering the feature as a bonus round and in the base game respectively. One of the slots that use Cascading Reels in the most creative way is Birds! with bird symbols included in a winning combo flying away from the wire and being replaced with new ones.
Collapsing Reels – Playtech
In Playtech titles, you can benefit from Collapsing Reels. One of the slot machines offering this feature is Legacy of the Wild using the theme of sorcery. Thanks to Collapsing Reels, winning symbols explode to trigger a new wave of symbols and once you hit 5 consecutive wins, you will unlock the free spins feature. What’s more, from the second consecutive win or wave, as they call it, Wild will spread to 1 more adjacent position. If you manage to hit 5 consecutive wins, Wild will spread onto 4 adjacent positions in all directions.
Other Playtech titles using Collapsing Reels are Hot Gems and Sacred Stones, where Collapsing Reels function as in the Legacy of the Wild slot. Eliminators is another Playtech-powered video slot worth mentioning. Themed on martial arts, the game offers the Elimination feature awarding a cash prize for removing fighter symbols during a single spin and the Red Games free spins feature with consecutive wins increasing a multiplier from 2x up to 10x.
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