Martian Miner Infinity Reels: Slot Overview
Up and comer BB Games has licensed ReelPlay’s Infinity Reels mechanic to power their third release, Martian Miner Infinity Reels. Until now, BB Games has stuck with using rather common themes, which makes Martian Miner Infinity Reels even more of a turnaround. However, if you dig a little deeper into how BB designs their games, you'll find things like double grids, so they do like to do things differently over there. This is certainly the case when it comes to Martian Miner Infinity Reels. There is quite an extensive crowd of Infinity Reels slots brewing now, but none are quite like this one.
At a glance, you could be forgiven for thinking you've launched a PG Soft Infinity Reels game. This is because the default 3-reel, 4-row grid has been crammed into a tiny area in the centre of the screen, within a futuristic drilling device. The rest of the view depicts a base camp on Mars, where a distant sun lights the reddish rocks and several bubble-shaped tents off in the distance. Though visually a tad underwhelming, it's quite an interesting view nonetheless, and certainly not one you see in slots much, if ever.
Getting involved in the dig involves setting a stake from 20 p/c to £/€100 per spin. Volatility weighs in at a medium-high level, while the return value is dependent on whether you play normally or activate the bonus buy. Triggering free spins naturally comes with a figure of 96.06%, rising to 96.18% when forking out for the 20 free spins bonus buy option.
To collect winnings in Martian Miner, you'll need at least 5 matching symbols landing top to bottom from the upper reel. If the 4th reel improves the win in any way, a new reel is added, and the same rule applies. New reels continue to be added until the win cannot be improved on, then the grid resets for the next spin. Despite the name; reels are not infinite but max out at 76.
Just like the overabundance of reels, there are no less than 15 pay symbols crowding the board, 5 of which are 10-A royals, while the remaining 10 include gems or metals such as iron, bronze, silver, gold, platinum, emeralds, rubies, sapphires, diamonds, and marsonite. Payouts are calculated by multiplying the number of participating symbols by the paytable value. As an example, 5 of the marsonite symbols have a value of 15 times the total bet. Keep in mind; gems do not appear in the base game – they are added to the reels for bonus rounds. Finally, the spaceman tile is the wild symbol which substitutes any of the pay symbols only. After the first 5 consecutive infinity wins, extra wilds are added to the base game's reels.
Martian Miner Infinity Reels: Slot Features
A round of free spins is the main feature in Martian Miner and is accompanied by a Teleport Reel Modifier plus a buy bonus. The Teleport Reel Modifier occurs randomly in the base game only. When triggered, players are teleported to a random depth to complete the spin. During the spin, the high-paying gem symbols come into play to replace metal symbols.
Access to free spins is granted when 10 or more reels are added. Fuel cell symbols land during this process and the number collected equates to the number of free spins for the bonus round. When the digger reaches certain depths in free spins (every 10 added reels), high pay symbols are unlocked and replace lower paying symbols. Also, 3 new symbols appear in free spins:
- Treasure chests award instant cash prizes.
- Fossils award additional free spins.
- Ankhs increase a win multiplier.
Instead of waiting for free spins, you may be able to buy them if the option is available. There are three choices – 12, 16, or 20 free spins costing 50, 75x, or 100x the total bet, respectively.
Martian Miner Infinity Reels: Slot Verdict
Well, it's different, and some players might love the experimental off-world adventure. In an industry rife with copying or rehashing the same old format, themes, and features over again, originality is to be recognised. In saying so, Martian Miner could be so far ahead of the curve it's hard to relate to. One concern is players used to reels spinning up and down might need time to get accustomed to the sideways action. The up-down action makes sense since it mimics the direction a mining device would go when delving into the dirt. However, it's an acquired taste that will thrill or induce motion sickness.
It's nice BB is trying new things, yet a few aspects of Martian Miner fall flat. For one, the grid feels squished. A lot of room is taken up by a static wallpaper-like background image, which sets the scene, then it just sits there doing nothing except use space. As well as the general strangeness, some of the smaller details don't quite fit either, such as the bonus game icons. What do Ankhs have to do with Mars? Is BB suggesting ancient Egyptians travelled the stars, leaving evidence of their mysterious journeys in their wake? Who knows, perhaps the team just liked the graphic.
Moving onto gameplay, Martian Miner suffers the usual pros and cons inherent in most Infinity Reels games without doing anything to change haters’ minds or put the mechanic off for supporters. In some ways, the Infinity Reels concept has been put to good use for the bonus game, emphasising the mining theme as the machine burrows under the Martian surface. If you can trigger multipliers via Ankh symbols, they can make all the difference between a lousy round and a good one.
Martian Miner Infinity Reels is one of those games so unusual, a demo is needed to form a concrete opinion about it. Who knows, it could be the game you never knew you needed in your life? Or, an annoying oddity that should be blasted to the red planet aboard the next probe and left there to ice over.
BB Games breaks the mould by designing an Infinity Reels game so unusual it’s bound to be a love or hate relationship.