Sat, Aug 3, 12:51am by Charlotte Lee
Last Updated Sat, Oct 5, 4:15am
Bollywood is India’s film industry. Known for extravagant productions featuring romance, family strife and singing / dancing sequences – Bollywood is second only to Hollywood worldwide. The Bollywood Story pokies from NetEnt are produced in a cartoon drawing format. Leading characters from a typical movie are on the slot reels. These include the beautiful lady and handsome guy, along with their disapproving parents. While you spin, some Indian style music will have you dancing along.
Garlands of flowers play a key role in the game play for Bollywood Story. These move around the reels, giving you extra wild symbols. In the main bonus game, the number of these garlands increases. Here are the parts of Bollywood Story good enough to make the trailer:
Every time you hit the spin button; two garlands will appear in random positions somewhere on the reels. These can be next to each other, or on opposite corners. Where no wins are possible, they simple fade out and return on each spin. Where a win is possible, these garlands become wild.
As wilds they will substitute for everything except for the scatter (bonus) symbols. There are no other wilds on the reels. What you’ll find is that the regular symbols often come in stacks – with the same image completely covering one or more reels. A well-placed garland wild can connect these stacks. This potentially gives you wins over several win-lines.
Bonus symbols on NetEnt’s Bollywood story are a sapphire jewel. You can win up to 30 free spins with all 5, though 20 or 10 free spins are more common (for 4 and 3 respectively).
When the free spins start, the music gets much livelier. Singing is now included on top of a different Indian dance tune from the base game – this uses traditional instruments and melodies.
The extra garlands of flowers will certainly put you in the party spirit. Instead of 2 random wilds per spin, you now get 4. These can appear anywhere on the 5×3 grid. You could get 4 in a row horizontally, giving you a 5 of a kind win – or a wild reel, plus an extra wild elsewhere.
With the sapphires still in place, you can retrigger this free spins bonus at any time.
Most NetEnt pokies have a bigger 5×4 grid. Bollywood story has a 5×3 grid, with just 9 win-lines crossing it. This means your coin sizes can be larger than on many pokies – something to keep in mind when you look at the big prizes available in the pay table.
Topping the list of winning symbols is a logo, which could be for a film as well as the pokie. This is worth 1000 coins for 5 of a kind. Next some the main characters. There is a beautiful lady, wearing a traditional headdress, plus a guy who is trying to win her heart. The remaining unique symbols are a classic disapproving parents. Playing cards have been given a curved design, and make up the smaller, more frequent wins.
Behind the reels of Bollywood Story are the curved pillars of a rich person’s house. You can catch glimpses of trees and shrubs outside and an opulent run on the floor. On the reels, detailed art has been exchanged for entertaining cartoons. The characters are drawn in caricature designs, with oversized eyes and exaggerated expressions.
While your eyes will be drawn to the young couple at the centre of the story, the ‘parents’ are brilliantly designed. The thick pointed moustache of the guy matches the stern expression of the lady!
Traditional music completes the atmosphere for Bollywood Story. If you hit a big win, the reels turn into dancing silhouettes. This comes at the perfect time, just as you are celebrating a big win.
Compared to most pokies, Bollywood Story from NetEnt has an all-singing all-dancing theme. If you are a fan of the Indian movie industry, it will be difficult not to love this pokie. Garlands of flowers creating wilds in different spots on the reels every spin makes for a fresh game. Two are just enough to give you the occasional big hit. When you get the free spins with 4 garlands, it is hard to miss winning combinations.