Old Fellow: Slot Overview
The peculiarly named slot Old Fellow results from a collaboration between Stakelogic and associate studio Hurricane Games. Going strictly off the title makes it tricky to figure out what Old Fellow is all about. Load it up, though, and it becomes apparent immediately. Old Fellow uses the trusty old mining theme, a regular go-to when designing slots. Hurricane hasn't done a whole lot with it, nor are the features overly innovative either. What comes out the other side is a game that's nice but forgettable when all is said and done.
Old Fellow is split into two locations; one is for the base game, which is played above ground, the other is free spins when the action moves under the earth to the mining pit itself. Up top, players get a canyon view of somewhere sunny, while a big lizard soaks up the rays on the right and cartloads of gems rumble away on the left. The banjo-y, slide guitar soundtrack is quite good, plinking away quietly, leaving no doubt as to what subject Stakelogic and Hurricane Games landed on for designing Old Fellow.
Played on a 5-reel, 4-row game panel, players score wins when matching symbols hit left to right over one of the 20 fixed paylines. Old Fellow may offer players the chance to buy its bonus game, though there is no mention of whether this affects the return value, which has a default theoretical figure of 95.60%. Offering bets from between 20 c/p to €/£20 per spin, Old Fellow might intrigue if you like a highly volatile math model/high payout combo, as the win cap is massive.
Regular paying symbols used in Old Fellow are about as plain as they come. Coloured stone 10-A royals start the table off, followed by gems in blue, turquoise, yellow, purple, and a big red one. Premium gems symbols are worth payouts of 20 to 37.5x the bet when five of a kind land across a payline. Taking inspiration from Dead or Alive 2, there are individually styled wilds for each reel, but despite displaying different characters on them, they all do the same thing. Usually, that means substituting for all symbols except scatters, though if they create wild combinations, they are the most valuable in the game. Hit five wilds on a payline, and the reward is 1,500x the bet.
Old Fellow: Slot Features
Old Fellow has two ways of potentially maximising returns. One is its free spins bonus game, triggered when enough scatter symbols hit or when bought; the other is an optional gamble feature.
Free Spins Bonus Game
If 2, 3, 4, or 5 scatter symbols land in view, the reward is 2x, 5x, 25x, or 500x the bet, respectively, plus 12 free spins. Scatter symbols only appear in the base game, by the way, so retriggers are not possible. In the bonus game, whenever a wild symbol hits, it turns sticky and remains in place for the rest of the round. Wilds also receive win multipliers, depending on how many wild symbols are on the specific reel, ranging from x1 to x4. For example, if there is a wild on reel 2 and another wild lands in the same reel, both wilds are given x2 multipliers. If wilds land on every reel, then +5 additional free spins are awarded – this can only happen once.
After any win in the base game or at the conclusion of free spins, players are able to gamble their winnings should they so choose. To gamble, players choose the colour of a face-down card for double or nothing or guess the suit to quadruple or nothing their winnings. This feature can be switched off completely if you aren't up for it.
If this feature is available, players can pay 100x the total stake to buy free spins. Once bought, at least 3 scatter symbols land on the next spin, triggering the feature and the respective scatter prize.
Old Fellow: Slot Verdict
Having cloned Money Train 2 with their Bandits Thunder Links release, Stakelogic has now made sure to cover all bases by also copying Dead or Alive 2 in Old Fellow. It's not an exact clone, obviously, as it's played using a different setup, but most of it is recognizable.
Old Fellow is a strange mix of critters, gems, and mining that left us ambivalent when the testing had drawn to a close. It has one of those quiet personalities that doesn't make much of a mark, either positive or negative. The theme is as common as it gets, though the inclusion of so many animals on the wild symbols provides a small spark of individuality. The only thing going on here is the intriguing 50,000x win cap, which might cause some players to pause and consider taking Old Fellow for a spin. Without it, there is little else making Old Fellow stand out in a sea of slots, many of which are far more appealing.
The only other main attraction is free spins with those sticky wild multipliers. Yes, they can be effective when wilds are locked in the right positions. Occasionally a few would land on the first few reels to fire off a bunch of repeat wins. Other times, bonus rounds could pass by with just one or two sticky wilds on latter reels doing jack all except display a grizzled miner and his wide-eyed friend. Since the base game had nothing special going on, we tended to bash the bonus buy button a lot where the variation in winnings was vast, ranging from around 5x to 500x the reference bet. So, brace for what can be highly capricious results.
Technically, Old Fellow might be capable of extraordinary things, yet it doesn't immediately impress and provides nothing besides a big win cap to make it stand out. There's nothing terrible about Old Fellow as such, though the theme is unoriginal, the base game can drag, and everything is in danger of coming across as a bit corny. Old Fellow can perform, but there's no real hook outside the win cap, and it relies on features forged elsewhere.
It may be a half-baked imitation of Dead or Alive 2, but it’s one that can be hard to walk away from.