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There are already dozens of underwater themed slots out there, so any new releases that come along had better be something special if they expect to pick up an audience. Fortunately, Novoline specialises in creating something special and that’s exactly what they’ve managed with Orca, which looks great, plays great and has plenty of different winning opportunities built in. It’s far from being the simplest slot out there and there is certainly value in taking a look at what the game has to offer aside from the standard betting options, and we’ve covered all of that alongside the great features in our full guide below.
The first thing that will strike any player about Orca, aside from the sumptuous graphics, is the fact that the reel board is a little larger than what you may conventionally be used to. The standard five reels remain, but they have been extended by a further row in order to allow for the use of fifty different win lines on every single spin. The exact number of lines is flexible and optional as always, although you’ll almost certainly want to make use of all of them for the maximum number of different winning combinations at once. Then, it is simply a case of modifying the bet per line to your liking and that number multiplied by the number of win lines in play will make for your total bet per spin and determines what each of the great looking symbols are worth. Among the highest paying symbols on the board are the penguins, sea lions and fish, with the orca itself rounding things off in this regard by being the highest paying symbol of all. An unusual addition to these particular reels is the mask symbol which doesn’t really fit the theme, but more than makes up for it by fitting into any combination as a wild card. The only symbol that it can’t replace is the orca tail against a sunset, which acts as this slot’s scatter.
Scatters always mean good things for the player on Novoline slots and the orca tail is absolutely no different. They only appear on the first three reels and you’ll need them to appear on all three to be of any use, but when that combination occurs your reward is ten completely free spins. A further wild card is added to the third, fourth and fifth reels for the duration of the feature, making wins even more likely, particularly if you’re playing with the full number of win lines. The feature can be triggered again within the round itself too, as three additional orca tails during the bonus game will top up the remaining spins total by five, although this can only occur once.
The gamble feature is also present and correct within Orca, allowing players to turn even the modest wins that occur from the playing card icons into healthy bankroll boosters. Any time you land a winning spin, simply hit the gamble button that is placed alongside the start button and you’ll be taken to a card draw game. The aim of this mini-game is to guess the colour of the next card drawn and a correct guess will award double the gambled amount, together with the opportunity to gamble once again.