Codex of Fortune: Slot Overview
Fans of all things cylindrical will be chuffed to know developer NetEnt has cast their eyes back to an older slot titled Turn Your Fortune and given it a major overhaul. Well, we say major, but most of the time it is hard to tell the difference between the new one, Codex of Fortune, and its precursor. However, a few tweaks to the math model, an extra feature, and a loosening of its max win capabilities has transformed a mediocre game into something that might now appeal to a more demanding crowd of gamblers.
Codex of Fortune is played over a game grid made up of 5 reels, 4 rows, and 40 fixed paylines. Visually, it is a slight improvement over Turn Your Fortune; the graphics are slightly crisper, though the main difference is a simple background colour change. Where Turn Your Fortune bathed itself in burgundy, Codex of Fortune slips into midnight blue. Essentially, there are no real aesthetic differences; both have a vaguely French Art Nouveau style, apparent in the font and influencing the symbols.
While the looks might have remained more or less the same, the same cannot be said for what lies under the hood. NetEnt has traded the medium volatility for something with more grunt, boosting several other figures in the process. Potential is the headliner, but RTP is pretty eye-catching as well. Since there is a smidgen of strategy involved with one of the features, the return value can alter. Picking the average strategy generates an RTP value of 96%, while tinkering your approach can alter the return anywhere from 90.2% to a whopping 98%.
Playable from 20 p/c to £/€100 per spin, regular wins hit at a rate of roughly 1 in 4 spins (25.4%), occurring when three or more matching symbols line up across a payline. Symbols have remained the same, so we get J-A royals for the low pays, followed by shells, fish, turtles, owls, and lions as the premiums. Land a five of a kind combo consisting of high-value symbols to fire off coins worth 3 to 10 times your stake. It is possible for any symbol type to land stacked on the reels, meaning full grid wins are on the cards. The Faberge inspired butterfly tile is the wild. It lands on any reel to substitute regular pay symbols to complete winning combinations.
Codex of Fortune: Slot Features
From here, Codex of Fortune starts to diverge from its predecessor by adding a new Save the Keys feature to go along with Fortune Wins, Fortune Respins, and free spins. Fortune Wins is the name given to the device located on the left of the reels. This gadget has 5 horizontal levels, each containing 5 segments, raising in value the higher up you go. During Respins, prizes from the Fortune Wins max out at 200x the bet, while in free spins they are bumped up considerably to 10,000x the bet.
Fortune Respins trigger when 2 scatter symbols land on the reels. For the respin, all non-winning symbols are removed from the grid, while one winning combination is locked in place, becoming the collectable symbol. Only blanks, symbols, or keys land on respins. If more of these symbols land on a respin, they are collected, and another respin is awarded. Every 5 symbols moves the cylinder up one horizontal level. When keys hit, they move the cylinder one position horizontally. Respins end when no new symbols land or if 20 have been collected.
When respins conclude, a Save the Keys feature triggers. Here you can use the keys to collect a win from the Fortune Wins or save them to improve the prize values during free spins. Max RTP is achieved by saving keys whenever possible.
To launch free spins, scatters need to land on reels 1, 3, and 5. Before this bonus round starts, a bonus reel spins to award 7-13 free spins, pick a special collectable symbol, and possibly a key symbol as well. Any previously saved keys can be used to start higher on the Fortune Wins. Moreover, in free spins, all collectable symbols landing on the reels are collected in the Fortune Wins meter. Each time the meter is filled with 20 spaces, players move one level up. Keys move the device horizontally as before. Prizes from the Fortune Wins are tallied up at the end of the round.
Codex of Fortune: Slot Verdict
It might sound a tad convoluted on paper, but in action, it's all pretty straightforward. Basically, Codex of Fortune is a case of landing scatters to trigger respins or free spins, with the aim of racking up keys and collectable symbols to improve payouts from the Fortune Wins device. If you've played Turn Your Fortune, you'll certainly know the drill. The difference now is partly down to the Save the Keys feature – do you take the win or bank keys for possibly greater glory in free spins? They say a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush and all that, but way bigger prizes are possible in free spins, plus you get a better theoretical return by hanging on to the keys.
Potential is one startling area where the two games differ. Turn Your Fortune was capable of the so-so total of 2,000x the bet - not bad, yet nothing wow magic either. Codex of Fortune, on the other hand, jacks that total to 10,000 times the stake – a figure far more likely to turn heads.
At the end of the day, Codex of Fortune is no doubt a bigger temptation for gamblers who turned their noses up at Turn Your Fortune. However, aside from the much larger max win, it's business as usual for the rest of the game. So, if you weren't keen on graphics which were meh two years ago, or low-level paylines setup, even 10,000x might not be enough to persuade you to have a crack.
At the end of the day, Codex of Fortune is no doubt a bigger temptation for gamblers who turned their noses up at Turn Your Fortune.