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Classic slots are generally considered to be inferior to video slots by the current generation of players, but it really depends on what kind of player you are and what you're looking for from your experience. If you want a ton of features, flashy graphics and so on, then you'll probably prefer five-reel games. However, if you care more about substance and having a simplified game experience, then classic slots like Rival Gaming's Five Times Wins game will probably appeal to you quite a bit.
The layout of this game is pretty old, even for classic slots. It uses three reels with three rows and three paylines. Most of the more recent releases in this genre have five (or even eight) paylines, but that's not the case here because of the way the main gameplay works. Like most classic slots, you should always play with three coins to get the best RTP possible, and you can pick coin sizes from the $0.01 level to the $5 level. This gives Five Times Wins a betting range of $0.03 to $15 per spin, which is plenty enough for most players.
The Wild Multiplier Game Mechanic
The main game mechanic in this slot is the wild symbol. It shows up on all three reels, and it is shaped like a giant coin with 5x listed on it. This isn't just because of the name of the game. Instead, it's because it applies a 5x multiplier to any winning combination it's a part of. This leads to some pretty big payouts, not to mention that the top jackpot in the game is three wilds on the same payline.
This is also the reason why you need to play with all three coins in the game. With one coin, the top jackpot is 1,500x, and with two, it's 3,000x. However, for three, it's 5,000x, which is more than three times the jackpot for just one coin, and that gives you an added bit of value that you wouldn't receive otherwise.
Other Top Payouts
For the rest of this review, we're going to assume that you're playing with three coins. With that having been said, the three different seven symbols are the top regular symbols in the game. There are red, green and blue ones, and they pay out differently. You can line up three of the red sevens for a 150x win. However, that becomes 750x if you include a wild multiplier in the mix.
Along similar lines, the 120x win for three of the green sevens pays 600x if a wild is included. Finally, we have the blue seven, which pays 90x for three of a kind. That gets kicked up to the 450x level with a wild, and those wins show a big part of the overall gameplay: You get much better wins with the multiplier.
Lower Wins and Mismatched Symbols
Three bar symbols are also located on the reels. The triple bar is red, and double bar is green, and the single bar is blue. Three of the red triple bar gets a 60x win (300x with a wild). You can also get 45x for three of the green double bar (225x with a wild). The single blue bar pays out 30x for three, and that increases to the 150x level with a wild included. To understand the importance of this wild, consider that this is the same as the top non-jackpot payout of 150x for three of the red seven.
The cherry symbol shows up on the reel as well. It pays a solid 15x win for three of a kind, and because it shows up on the reels so often, you'll win with it quite frequently.
The lower wins in the game are due to mismatched sets of bars and sevens. Three of any mismatched sevens will give you 15x, which jumps to 45x with a wild. You can also earn 3x for three of the bars, which show up a lot on the reels, which turns to 15x when you have the wild symbol included. These are some reasonable bottom pays for a classic slot.
In today's online slots environment, it's difficult to make a classic slot really stand out like it needs to to make a huge impact unless you really take major liberties with the definition of "classic slot." One way to do that is to have a 3x3 grid of symbols that all spin independently and that offer eight paylines with three horizontal, three vertical and two diagonal. With that having been said, that doesn't really stay true to the classic slot genre, something that Rival Gaming does more than just about anyone.
Along these lines, you have a game like Five Times Wins that is great for what it is: a classic slot with a big wild multiplier. While the gameplay is simple and minimalist in nature, it's not going to sit well with players who are accustomed to playing video slots. And this speaks to Rival's strategy for new games as much as it does this one title in particular.
Overall, this game is solid, but it won't hold the interests of players very long at all. Rival Gaming should focus more on providing higher quality games, particularly video slots, instead of using classic slots with limited features and plain graphics as a crutch as they have with Five Times Wins.