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Reel Rush 2 from NetEnt – Sequel of a classic slot
The Original Reel Rush slot was released back in 2013. It impressed players with the winning ways and mechanics that were exclusive and brand-new back then. Experienced players called it “the slot from the future,” that was a rewarding title.
This game has still been reckoned with the most popular and playable NetEnt slots. As we know, it is a rare chance for the online gambling industry, when a slot machine hits the market and becomes so popular immediately. That is why Net Entertainment launched the second part of the slot, keeping the same title “Reel Rush 2”.
As far as I can say, the new game maintains the best features of the prequel, but also offers the whole range of new exciting elements. If you have ever played the original Reel Rush version, you will be pleased with the new one. The design of the slot is almost the same, but the special features here are multifarious.
It is always a riddle, when a provider decides to re-launch and put new life into the old title. It means that even if the game succeeded in the past, a new version has to be more engaging. Will it be as good as the first one? Does it have any conceptual differences from the original title? There are plenty of other questions.
Six years have passed, and it is a long time in our fast-moving world, especially for the constantly growing gambling market. Let us find out, whether Reel Rush 2 meets the expectations and what the developers have done to bring new insight to the classic 3,125-way slot mechanics.
Symbols and Design
Those of you, who have played the original Reel Rush version, could undoubtedly recognize the layout and symbols. Reel Rush 2 get us back to our childhood when such games as Super Mario were extremely popular. Here you see blue sky, trees, hills and mountains, flowers of different colors. This world is square-shaped, like in old-school pixel-based games, but of a high quality. The reels here are blue-colored with square and round fruits symbols on them.
All not-in-play parts are blocked and look like blue blocks with a letter “R” in the center. Low-value symbols are purple, green, yellow, orange, and red pastilles. High-value symbols are plums, grapes, melons, lemons, pineapples, and strawberries. Strawberries are the highest ones: collect 5 of them on adjacent rows from left to right, and you will get 10x your stake.
The wild here is a golden ‘Wild’ block, which appears on each reel, except the first one, and substitutes for all other symbols. You will also see Hearts, Cannons and some other symbols, which appear from the tunnel under the reels.
From the left side of the game-board, there is a ‘Super Tokens’ meter, and to the right side there is a free spins meter. You have to collect all the stars to get a Free Spins bonus feature. Under the reels, you can see a tunnel. Every spin a flatbed train, formed of three parts, appears from the tunnel. The train could award you one of the eight random features.
Reel Rush 2 is a video slot with five reels in a 1-3-5-3-1 format and has 45 winning lines. The grid can expand up to a 5×5 format with 3,125 ways by scoring winning spins and respins.
- Initial win: expanding from 1-3-5-3-1 and 45 ways to 3-3-5-3-1 and 135 ways;
- 1st winning respin: expanding to 3-3-5-3-3 with 405 ways to win;
- 2nd winning respin: expanding to 3-5-5-5-3 with 675 ways to win;
- 3rd winning respin: expanding to 5-5-5-5-3 with 1,875 ways;
- 4th winning respin: expanding to 5-5-5-5-5 with 3,125 ways to win and triggering free spins.
To set your bet, you can change a bet level from 1 - 10 and coin value from 0.01 to 0.5. The game is playable across all devices and the bet range varies from 0.20 to 40 EUR per spin. The game offers medium and high volatility with RTP of 95.53% to 96.58%. Super Free Spins increases the RTP. The max win is 5,000x your bet.
- Increasing Ways to Win
- Random features
- Free Spins
- Super Spins
Increasing Ways to Win
Everybody who has played Reel Rush knows everything about this part of the game. If you have not, keep on reading.
A new spin begins with a 1-3-5-3-1 set-up of active symbols. Winning combinations destroy the blue blocks. It opens extra symbols and triggers a respin. Further winnings make the other blocks explode and more symbols become available. You can get maximum 3,125 ways to win on a full 5x5 grid. A winning combo on the fifth respin triggers the free spins automatically.
Every spin, the train with three carriages appears from the tunnel and stops under the reels. Any of the carriages can bring 1 out of 8 random features:
- Second Chance (Red Heart): the Red Heart gives you a respin and Second Chance to win;
- Block Breaker (Cannon): the Cannon takes aim and fires. Blocks explode to expand the game board;
- Random Wilds (Wild Symbol): 1 to 3 wild symbols are randomly added to the reels, with multipliers of 5x, 10x, 15x or 20x;
- Symbol Upgrade (Random Symbol): a randomly selected symbol upgrades to the better one. When a spin stops, all these symbols transform into the higher value ones;
- Extra Free Spins (Golden Heart): available during the free spins only;
- Extra Super Tokens (Gold Coin): adds 3 to 15 super tokens to the super token meter;
- Multiplier Boost (Gold Chevrons): available during free spins only and adds 1x to the progressive multiplier.
Two unlocked blocks make the free spins meter go up by one star. When all the five stars fill the meter, eight free spins trigger and give you 3,125 ways to win.
Super Spins are free spins with a progressive win multiplier. Every new winning combination adds 1x to the win multiplier. There are three options:
- Fill the Super Token meter up to 2,000 Super Tokens, and you get Super Spins. Super Tokens are determined randomly;
- When you get the free spins feature, you can gamble the number of your Super Tokens;
- or launch the standard Free Spins.
There are also some interesting options: if you quit the game, the number of your Tokens remains the same. If you decide to increase your bet, the number of tokens reduces.
To be honest, I am worried about all these additional features in Reel Rush 2, I could not realize how the developers combined them. However, when I started playing the slot, I had no questions.
The Super Spins feature is a great improvement to the slot. NetEnt uses one of the most popular features - progressive win multipliers. Also, the ‘Buy a Bonus’ function is new for the provider. If we compare it with the original, the new slot offers more ways to win 5,000x (Reel Rush offers 3,800x).
Reel Rush 2 is a dynamic game with many amazing features that could pay out a lot!
Better than original slot (more features and ways to win);
All the features work well (do not slow the game down);
Graphics and sounds are of a good quality;
Playable across all devices
Seems a bit complicated;
Tokens are collected very slowly.