Turn Your Fortune Introduction
Having seen NetEnt's official promo video of Turn Your Fortune, we can't say we got super excited, yet there was something beguiling about it that kept us awake that night. Ok, not really but that big golden cylindrical barrel definitely caught our attention. Visually, it undeniably looks a bit outdated which makes us think NetEnt might have decided to make use of an old game that failed to pass quality control back in the days. Who knows. Just speculating. Whatever the case, it's hard not to think of Mythic Maiden, another old school classic NetEnt slot, when you see this one.
Turn Your Fortune is a 5-reel, 4-row slot with 40 paylines that accepts bets between 0.20 and 200. Central to this slot is the Fortune Spins feature that comes into play in both the base game and the free spins feature. The big barrel positioned to the left of the reel set is of significant importance as well. In terms of volatility it appears to be fairly high up on the scale with much of the RTP allocated to the base game re-spin feature.
Visually, it's a massive flop we have to say, unfortunately. It looks tired and old which comes as a surprise knowing the evidently talented artists working at NetEnt. The backdrop is your standard wallpaper, which needs more jpg by the way, and the whole thing honestly looks like you just walked into a Chinese 1-dollar store. Gold and bling-bling everywhere. Although hard to image, it's always possible that it was made to look retro on purpose as a sort of homage that failed to make a point here.
But dated visuals is not necessarily a deal breaker when it comes to slots as you know if you enjoy playing Nvomatics or WMS for example. After all, not even Dreamworks themselves could save a slot with a crummy mathematical model. Time to explore Turn Your Fortune on a deeper level.
Turn Your Fortune Symbols & Paytable
The game comes with a set of 4 low-win symbols and 5 medium-win symbols. The low-value symbols are represented by J to A royals while the higher ones come in the form of emerald coated shells, fish, turtles, owls and lion of which the latter is the top symbol, giving you 10 times the stake for 5 of a kind. All symbols appear fully stacked on the reels which means, in theory at least, it is possible to land a full-screen lions and thus the base game jackpot of 400 times the stake.
Turn Your Fortune also includes a Key symbol and a +10 symbol, both which are only available during the free spins feature and which we will explain in the relevant section below. The wild symbol can appear anywhere on the reels in both the main game and the bonus. It substitutes for all symbols bar the scatter, key symbols and +10 symbols.
Turn Your Fortune Fortune Re-spins & Free Spins
Turn Your Fortune is all about the free spin feature which is the only part of the game where you can land decent wins as the main game is hopelessly weak. But before we talk about the bonus, we're going to explain the Re-spin feature which is the baby brother of the free spin feature.
In the base game, 2 scatter symbols appearing anywhere on reels 1, 3 or 5 activate the Fortune Re-spins. It's here that the golden barrel comes into play. It displays 5 levels of coin wins and to move up you need to fill the Fortune Wins meter which is achieved by landing the collectable symbol that was decided by the winning symbol when triggering the feature. 5 of them will move you up one level up to a maximum of 5 levels. Look out for the Key symbol - when it lands on reel 5 the coin win values are increased on the golden barrel.
The feature ends when no collectable symbols land on the reels or when the maximum of 20 (full screen) symbols are collected. The coin price (200x max win) is then awarded together with the money won from the regular spins.
The Free spin feature may appear similar to the Re-spin feature at first but is a different game altogether. Landing 3 scatter symbols takes you to a 3-tier free spins wheel where the number of free spins won, the collectable symbol and the starting Fortune Wins level is randomly decided. Players can win between 7 to 13 free spins and a boost directly up to level 4 if lucky.
In the free spin feature, the meter has to be filled up by 20 spaces to move up the Fortune Wins, but to compensate for the more challenging meter, a +10 collectable symbol on reel 2 has been included. Landing one of those fills the meter by 10. During free spins, each scatter landing on the reels awards one additional free spin which can you keep you going for quite some time. Level up to the top, and you can win as much as 2000 times the stake.
Turn Your Fortune Conclusion
What NetEnt might have failed with here is to immediately make it obvious for players where the potential is and exactly how it's achieved. This, we believe, is extra harmful to a volatile slot with low payouts in the base game as players might fail to stay motivated. As you could likely tell from reading the review, it's a bit complicated, although it should be pointed out that it makes more sense when actually playing it.
While the bonus is capable of throwing a punch, it is nowhere near what we have come to expect from good slots these days. Moreover, the limited paylines on the 4-row reel set gives a lot of dead spins and low payouts, making the base game slow and monotonous without much dynamism. The Re-spin feature triggers frequently, but becomes a bit repetitive after a while, especially considering the low potential.
Turn Your Fortune is best described as mediocre.