At the Movies Slot Machines
At the Movies slot machines are available for play at online casinos licensed to run Betsoft’s casino software package. Betsoft is known among slot game fans for their design of a large collection of feature rich games with cinematic-quality 3D graphics.
At the Movies is not part of their three-dimensional game series – it’s a five reel title that allows wagers on up to twenty-five pay lines. At the Movies is a video bonus game with animated video clips to start the game off and to transition between standard play and the bonus round. Other game features are also animated, like the scatter and wild symbols. Small animated visuals indicate a bonus win or a payout based on the scatter symbols.
The theme of the game is obvious from the name – the player is surrounded by images inspired by a trip to the cinema. While this game is not based on a licensed film or any existing entertainment, the animations and symbols are all well-designed and fit the theme of seeing a movie on the big screen at your local drive-in theater. Drive-ins aren’t all that common anymore, so experiencing the bright lights of Hollywood on Betsoft’s drive-in themed game may be the closest you can get to the actual experience.
How to Play
Slots designed by Betsoft almost all allow wagers of between one and five credits, and this game is no different. Since the game has twenty-five available lines to bet on, the minimum bet is a single credit and the maximum one is 150. Credit sizes vary between $0.02 and $0.50, so the wager range per spin is between $0.02 and $75 each time the reels are spun. After the game’s video intro (it isn’t long but you have the option of skipping it) the player is asked to choose their wager options, first choosing their preferred number of lines. You do this by clicking a button on the drive-in’s animated snack bar counter shaped like a cup of soda.
Once you choose the number of pay lines you want to gamble on, you’re asked to pick how many coins you want to wager per line. Switch over to the popcorn button, which allows you to set how many coins per line you want to bet. Take note – the default is five credits per line, so if you don’t change the option you’ll be betting as many as 150 credits per spin. The number of coins bet per line can be any number between one and five.
The final choice in terms of your wager per spin is to pick the size of each credit. The default here is $0.10 per line, but the game allows per-credit bets of $0.02, $0.05, $0.10, $0.25, and $0.50.
This title offers everything fans expect from a Betsoft game, including symbols that match the theme perfectly. It’s fun to look at all the symbols on the reels and identify their source; some are designed to look like famous films (for example a giant shark, an actor that looks suspiciously like Brad Pitt, and a big spaceship attacking the Earth), others are traditional slot game images like playing card symbols, still others are things you’d find at a drive-in, like buckets of popcorn.
The most important symbols in At the Movies are the symbol that triggers the slot’s free spins bonus round and the one that acts as the game’s scatter symbols. The scatter symbol looks like an old pair of film reels. When you spin two movie reel symbols on any line, active or not, all of your jackpots are temporarily doubled.
The more reels that appear the larger the multiplier amount won. Landing as many as five symbols leads to a big multiplier, so that five symbols across the reels will multiply your wins by five. Landing at least three of these symbols also leads to the bonus game, as described below.
The wild symbol on Betsoft’s At the Movies game is the double image of classical tragedy and comedy masks, long associated with live performances in the theater and with the cinematic arts. The comedy and tragedy mask symbols substitute for all other symbols, except for the movie reel which acts as the scatter symbol. The wilds also multiply any winnings they lead to by two.
The bonus round in this game doesn’t require any input or interaction from the player, but it can lead to a big number of free spins. This game is triggered by the appearance of three or more movie reel symbols – if you manage to land one or two symbols you won’t win access to the game.
No need to push buttons or hope for the best – once the bonus round is triggered the slot simply awards you with a fixed number of automatic free spins, as described below.
The number of movie reel symbols that appear is directly tied to the number of free spins won, like so:
- 3 movie reel symbols win 8 free spins
- 4 movie reel symbols win 12 free spins
- 5 movie reel symbols win 20 free spins
Though At the Movies doesn’t include a progressive jackpot, the largest possible jackpot (won for lining up five Ace card symbols on an active reel) pays out 5,000 credits. The bonus round may be a bit on the simple side, but with tons of options in terms of the accepted wager size and a well-developed theme and plenty of animations to keep things interesting, fans of film and of more traditional slot play will enjoy Betsoft’s take on the drive-in movie while they spin the reels for a shot at bringing home a top prize worth as much as $2,500.