Spin the reels and Lucky Bells sets off with a mechanical clunk followed by a burst of Euro pop the moment a winning combo drops onto the payline. That’s about it in terms of sound effects, save for the faint clang of bells and a bleep of approval the moment you guess right on the gamble feature. The sound effects aren’t novel, but they’re perfectly inoffensive and in keeping with the innocuous graphics.
To Gamble or Not to Gamble?
There’s a lot of fruit to look at here, and while the average player isn’t going to swoon over the oranges and lemons in this game, they’re pleasing enough to look at, while the ladybirds and expanding wilds that show up serve to brighten things up. Lucky Bells is a low volatility game, but one where activating the gamble feature and then correctly guessing a few card turns isn’t too difficult. This ensures that the positive reinforcement caused by the bleep that heralds a correct guess will spur you on to keep spinning and hopefully winning.
Down the left and right hand side of the reels, the number of active paylines is displayed. The BET button ranges from 1 to 5.
There are two ways to adjust these parameters: by clicking on the buttons below the reels or by clicking on the paylines displayed either side of the reels. Elect for the latter and a bar will open up with plus and minus symbols where you can adjust these settings. It seems like overkill to double up on these functions, but that’s what Amatic have gone for.
The other game controls comprise an autoplay button to the left below the reels, which has no additional controls: it’s either on or it’s off and that’s it.
Audio controls and paytable information can be accessed by clicking the small icons to the top left of the screen.
Ways to Win with Lucky Bells
The various fruits to be found in Lucky Bells aren’t worth much, save for the grapes or melons, 5 of which are worth 2,500. The most valuable symbol by far is the red 7, with 5 commanding 15,000. Assuming you can’t muster a quintet of 7s on the reels, your most likely means of scooping some serious cash will come courtesy of scatter or wild.
There are two scatter symbols: the ladybird and the star, and each will operate in the same way, turning regular playing symbols into winning combos. The bell from which the game gets its name is the wild symbol, which will expand to occupy 3 lines when it appears.
Lucky Bells in Conclusion
Lucky Bells is a simple fruit machine that doesn’t try to do anything fancy, but what it does it does well. The settings for the number of paylines and bet level are confusing, but in action the slot proves to be surprisingly fun. It won’t keep you entertained forever, but it’ll easily occupy an hour while you chase down expanding wilds and ladybird scatters.