NetEnt has always been a pioneer in video slot development and many innovative games have been developed ever since the establishment of NetEnt in 1996. Think of video slots like Guns ‘N Roses™, Planet of the Apes™, Jumanji™, and Finn and the Swirly Spin™ while I still see Gonzo’s Quest™ as their most innovative video slot ever! As a game supplier, innovation can’t be avoided if you want to rule the iGaming world, but sometimes it’s nice to let go and take another direction. So did NetEnt during the development of the Swipe and Roll™ slot which isn’t enriched with the latest slot features and cutting-edge images, but is offering a typical classic slot game with a modern touch. Swipe and Roll™ is taking you back in time, bringing a 5-reel video slot in vintage style in which the old-fashioned fruit symbols can’t be missed.
Old school slot machines
The first slot machine was invented by Charles Fey in San Francisco California (US) in 1887 better known as the Liberty Bell. The machine consisted of three spinning reels containing Horseshoes, diamonds, spades, hearts and the Liberty Bell. The Liberty Bell slot machine was a huge success and the start of a thriving industry. The slot machines were banned in the US after a few years, but by then the game already crossed the borders. However, around 1908, many slot machines were installed in cigar stores, saloons, bowling establishments, brothels, and barber shops.
In 1891, Sitman and Pitt of Brooklyn, New York (US) developed a similar gambling machine, based on the poker game. The machine contained five drums holding a total of 50 card faces and again proved to be extremely popular. Not long after its development, many bars in the city had one or more of the machines. With no direct payment mechanism available, a certain combination of cards provided the player with a free beer, a cigar or any other drink.
Over the years, many tried to ban gambling machines, but eventually, it grew to be a billion dollar industry. The old-school gambling machine, though, never really disappeared and until today, these classic slot machines can still be found in many casinos, hotels, bars, and restaurants while NetEnt never hesitates to present a tribute to the good old one-armed bandits! That’s how the Swedish software developer created the classic slots machines Mega Joker™, Super Nudge 6000, and Jackpot 6000 and it was in August 2018 that the Swipe and Roll™ slot was launched which partly deserves a place in this list and partly in the list of modern video slots.
Since the Swipe and Roll™ slot doesn’t fit the modern-styled video slots with their cutting-edge animations and innovative slot features, I think a classic-modern slot would be the right name for the Swipe and Roll™ slot. In this category, we can also add NetEnt slots like Joker Pro™, King of Chicago™, Twin Spin™, and Twin Spin Deluxe™. From this list, though, the Swipe and Roll™ slot does come closest to the classic slot machines.
Swipe and Roll™ slot goes classic
It’s a fact that the majority of the old school slot machines offer nothing more than a 3×3 layout and some very basic slot features. The Swipe and Roll™ slot, however, has been enriched with a modern layout consisting of 5×3 reels and the slot features definitely show more innovation than the very simple classic slot features.
The Swipe and Roll™ is bringing an exciting classic video slot to the NetEnt Casinos, combining a modern video slot with a classic slot machine. To add to the classic atmosphere, NetEnt placed its new slot game in an arcade 50’s dinner with music coming from the never-forgotten jukebox.
A classic slot machine often brings you either three or nine bet lines, but Swipe and Roll™ consists of 20 bet lines which will categorise this game as a modern video slot. The old school part of this game can be found mainly in the design including the old-fashioned fruit symbols, the liberty bell as Scatter and the diamond symbol as Wild.
The design, the sounds, the winning effects, everything has been done to provide you with an old-school slot machine experience, but don’t expect the same from the video slot features. With a Wild, an x3 Wild, a Wild Re-spin, the Coin Wheel feature and a bonus game in which you swipe 3 wheels in any order up or down, one at a time.
While many classic slots can be played with a very low minimum bet, the lowest bet available in the Swipe and Roll™ slot is 0.20. It’s pretty average for a modern slot which again shows we’re dealing with a modern classic slot here. Pretty average as well are the 10 different bet levels and the 6 different coin values. This results in a maximum bet of 100.00 which is lower than average but can still result in great winnings.
Swipe and Roll™ slot features
With classic and modern mixed together in just one slot game, it’s interesting to know what you can you expect from the video slot features in the Swipe and Roll™ slot. I would classify them as classic/modern as well. The Wild symbol might be linked to modern slots, but it got a pretty classic look. So again, NetEnt managed to mix two styles into one. The x3 Wild and a Wild Re-spin definitely belong to a modern video slot.
What about the two bonus features available in Swipe and Roll™? Classic slot machines hardly ever provide a bonus game, so NetEnt went all modern here, but still tried to do everything to make them fit a classic slot machine. That’s how they are kept very simple with just the three reels being included.
With two different Wild features, you wouldn’t classify the Swipe and Roll™ slot a classic slot game. Besides the regular Wild, an x3 Wild is available as well. Both Wild symbols can appear during the main game and Wild Re-Spins. The x3 Wild symbol, however, can appear on reels 2, 3, and 4 only. They will both be substituting any other symbol except the Scatter and winnings from a combination that involves an x3 Wild will be multiplied by 3 with a maximum of x27 available when certain combinations appear on the reels.
Modern as can be, NetEnt implemented a Wild Re-spin feature which will be activated when 3 or more Wild symbols, no matter if regular or the x3 Wild, appear on the reels during the main game. When activated, Wild symbols remain on the reels for one Wild Re-Spin.
Modern, but classic-themed, you can also look forward to the Coin Wheel Feature which will be activated completely random just after a spin takes off. During the Coin Wheel feature, you can win a Coin win, a Scatter symbol, and Arrow symbols. A Coin win will award the coins visible on the Coin Wheel. The Arrow symbol expands the winning area 1 step up and/or down depending on where the arrow points. All areas that lit up will be awarded and of a Scatter is visible, the bonus game will be activated. If the win from the Coin Wheel feature is less than x5 the total bet, the wheel will spin again which can result in multiple spins.
Three Scatters anywhere on the reels 2, 3, and 4 in the main game and during Wild Re-Spins, will activate the Bonus game. You will now have a chance to swipe 3 reels in any order up or down, one at a time. You can also click Spin to spin the reels one at a time from left to right. Coin wins and Arrow symbols will be responsible for the winnings with the arrow expanding the area. If the expanded win area shows another Arrow symbol, the winning area will be expanded again, a process that keeps on going until no further Arrow symbols are added.
No matter if you’re looking for a modern video slot experience or a classic one, the Swipe and Roll™ is bringing you the best of both game types!