Time Bender

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1 Reels 5
2. Paylines 40
3. Progressive Yes
4. Maximum coins 40
5. Jackpot 4800
6. Maximum jackpot in coins 800
7. Multiplier No
8. Scatter symbol Yes
9. Free Spins Yes
10. Betting range from $0.8 up to $240
11. Coin Bet Range from $0.01 up to $6
12. Coins per line 1
13. Bonus Game Yes
14. Wild symbol Yes
15. Payout percent 95.96-97.11

If you're familiar with the television series Doctor Who, then the Time Bender slot by Arrow's Edge will seem somewhat familiar. They've used several elements of that particular series in this game without making it look like a blatant copy of the concept, but it's pretty obvious where the idea comes from. In this game, you'll be sitting in a time machine as you travel through the fourth dimension and try to run up some big wins on the reels.

Format and Layout

At first glance, you'll see that there are five reels and four rows. There are also 40 paylines, but something that really adds to the experience here is that these paylines pay in both directions, so you'll have a much higher hit-rate than usual for a title with this type of layout. The 40 paylines are locked into place, and your betting options run from $0.80 to $240 per spin along these lines. We would have liked to see an option at the $0.40 level, but they've decided that a $0.02 bet size per spin is going to be the minimum here.

Colossal Respin Feature

This game is driven by a number of features, and the first we're going to look at is the Colossal Respin feature. The middle three reels will get random highlights after your spins, and if you get this highlight on all three of those reels at the same time, then you get a free respin with a twist. During this respin, the first and last reels will spin normally, but the middle three will have colossal symbols, which are stacked symbols four symbols high and three rows across. This means you can get all 12 of the center symbols as the same, which means some serious opportunities for big, multi-line payouts.

The Nudge Wild Feature

A stacked wild shows up on the reels, and it's subject to a special nudge feature. The way this works is that if the stacked wild is only one symbol away from covering the entire reel, as it's normally four symbols high, then it will get "kicked" either one spot up or down to make sure it covers all four spots. This is very useful since having that one extra wild symbol could be the difference between making certain payouts or not in the Time Bender slot.

Rings of Time Bonus Feature

If you get a colossal respin that includes the whirling bonus symbol fully displayed, then you get a bonus round called the Rings of Time Bonus. A big set of concentric rings will appear, and you'll be able to select rings starting from the outside and working your way inward. Each segment you choose gives you a payout, and having it turn green gives you another opportunity to choose a segment. However, if it turns red, the feature ends, and your winnings are paid out.

Progressive Jackpots

At the top of the reels, you'll notice two different progressive jackpot tickers. One is for the Cash Grab jackpot, and the other is for the Super Slots jackpot. The Cash Grab usually runs at around 10 percent or so of the size of the Super Slots one, but both are won randomly after a spin. They add some pretty significant prizes to the pay table, which is something we'll always be in favor of.

Key Payouts and Wins

With only seven regular-paying symbols, this game makes it fairly easy to line up winning combinations, especially with lines that pay in both directions. The man walking into the light in the blue rectangle gets you 800x for five of a kind as the top regular payout in the game. The blue time machine traveling through space pays 150x for five, and the hand going into the swirl gets you 100x with five on a payline. You can also pick up 35x for five of the A or K symbol, and the Q and J symbols pay 20x for five each. While these pays might not seem all that strong, remember that this game is all about getting paid often with a high hit-rate and a low volatility.

Our Thoughts

Time Bender suffers from a lot of the same problems that other titles from Arrow's Edge have to deal with. The graphics could be stronger, the card rank symbols were done in a fairly lazy way, and while the game is clearly inspired by a popular television show, there's not much done to tie together the theme. The bonus features are nice, but they seem arbitrary and forced without really tying into the central concept of the game, which makes it difficult to create an immersive experience. This slot is adequate, but it's definitely not outstanding.

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