Super Massive Infinity Reels: Slot Overview
Powered by Relax Gaming, Super Massive Infinity Reels is the third release from software provider Hot Rise Games. It's the studio's first game that doesn't use their Hot 1 mechanic, relying instead on the popular Infinity Reels system on license from ReelPlay. Well, it's popular amongst certain developers who can't seem to get enough of the Infinity Reels concept. Now it's burgeoning studio Hot Rise Games' turn to show us if their fresh take can squeeze something interesting out of it.
Before we hit the reels, here's a little back story to tee everything up. Super Massive is based on 'the most powerful celestial object in the universe, where not even light can escape.' There is no specific mention of black holes, but this is presumably what they mean? Anyway, Super Massive is supposedly a place where 'the rules of space and time are beyond mankind's understanding.' It sounds pretty intriguing; the problem is the rest of the game doesn't come anywhere close to matching the story. Visually, Super Massive has a sort of Tron look, with a glowing, pulsing wireframe background, like a simplistic representation of the Hadron Collider or the inside of an atom? After the big back story build-up, the visuals are a little disappointing.
At the start of each paid spin, the game starts in a 3x3 sized grid, which pays out when at least four matching symbols land on the first two reels or three matching symbols land on all three reels. More fusion than fission, Super Massive is governed by a medium volatile math model while generating a theoretical return value of 95.86%. The alleged super massiveness is available on any device, offering bets of 30 p/c to $/€90 per spin.
There's something of a mismatch going on with the symbols in Super Massive, too, as it's hard to associate fruit and horseshoes with the most powerful objects in the universe. Never mind, from low to high, we get a random bunch of items such as J, Q, K, A, musical notes, apples, horseshoes, lightning bolts, egg timers, and diamonds. Landing on any reel except the first one is a star wild symbol, which substitutes for any normal pay symbols. Naturally landing wilds create a copy of themselves which is placed 2 or 3 reels to the right and is used when extra reels are added to reach them. When they are included, these duplicate wilds do not create new duplicates of their own.
Super Massive Infinity Reels: Slot Features
Infinity Reels is the main feature here, and how it works is when a win hits that uses all three reels, a new reel is added to the right-hand side. If this new reel adds to the win, another reel is added, and so on until the win is no longer improved. When scatter symbols land, another reel will also be added, even if there is no winning combination.
At the start of each game round, the symbol multiplier starts at x1. Each time a new reel is added, the symbol multiplier increases by +1, with no upper limit.
Landing 6 scatter symbols anywhere triggers 10 free spins. Triggering scatter symbols have a number imprinted on them, and these values are combined to form the Repeating Prize. From then on, scatters do not have values during free spins, but landing at least 5 of them awards +5 extra free spins. Moreover, when wild symbols duplicate themselves in free spins, the new copy has the Repeating Prize value on it. If reels are added to reach these duplicate wilds, the Repeating Prize is awarded. Should a newly added reel land a wild on top of a duplicated wild position, its Repeating Prize value is doubled. These doubled up wilds also double the symbol count of any symbol win they are part of.
Players can opt to buy free spins for the cost of 100x the total bet. When bought, a spin is played that produces 6-10 scatter symbols.
Super Massive Infinity Reels: Slot Verdict
Reading the game sheet was quite inspiring, what with all the blarney about celestial objects, space, time, and so on. However, the reality was far less impressive, and Super Massive started on a back foot and never really budged from there. Hypernova Infinity Reels connotations didn't help things, nor did the basic graphics. Okay, Hot Rise made an effort with the curved game grid in an attempt to merge it with the background and the revolving nature of Infinity Reels, but there is a reason why the market has moved away from curved televisions.
Most of the time, Super Massive's gameplay is standard Infinity Reels stuff. Hit a win, add a reel, repeat. Stringing along a lengthy sequence of Infinity Reel-ness is enjoyable at times; a shame there's no Infinity Bonus, though. Digging deeper, the duplicating wild feature is okay, though it doesn't fully come into its own until free spins have been activated. There, in free spins, picking up Repeating Prizes from the duplicated wilds can be amusing. However, Super Massive's ultimate destination is a little sad. Despite throwing around words like massive and infinity, the most a lucky space cadet can wring out of Super Massive is 1,042x the bet.
Super Massive felt like a pressed for time engineer had strapped a blown old HEMI engine to a rocket ship and expected it to reach the moon. In the time that passed between Super Massive being cooked up by the ideas people and its execution, something's gone missing. Or maybe it didn't, and Hot Rise is yet to really develop its design chops. Whatever the explanation might be, Super Massive, with its overly optimistic and highly subjective title, failed to fire.
Its story might aim for the stars, but in practice, Super Massive Infinity Reels struggles to lift off the ground.