The first two decades of 20th century moviemaking are revisited in IGT’s atmospheric 5-reel slot. Silent Movie faithfully captures the eccentricity and character of the films that defined the silent cinema era. Directors had to be more creative back then, finding innovative ways of advancing the story and introducing key plot elements. Hosted in an old theatre, Silent Movie is the perfect setting for the perfect slot celebrating this bygone era.
Cinematic fonts that were used at the time have been dug out, while curtains part to reveal the reels where the action unfolds. Silent Movie is grainy, lo-fi and everything that a movie of this time should be. Back then, it was a live orchestra who would set the mood for the movie, and sure enough, Silent Movie comes with a rip-roaring soundtrack attached, one that will have you chair dancing and nodding along as you put the slot through its paces.
Silent Movie features 30 lines which are always active and a bet level that ranges from 1 to 30. As a result, the most you can bet on any one spin is 900. Click on the ‘i’ icon on the bottom right of the screen to adjust the graphics quality, with 4 levels to choose from. There’s no autoplay button to be found here: just a black and white spin button which occupies centre stage.
Press it and the reels set off at a merry canter, complete with a jaunty piano soundtrack. While virtually the entire game is rendered in black and white, there are a few exceptions: the bonus symbols, including an angry looking anthropomorphic moon, are rendered in full colour.
In the base game, the most you can win for 5 in a line of any symbol is 1,000. This is for the shocked looking male actor. 5 moons, on the other hand, are worth 750. The Silent Movie logo serves as the game’s wild symbol and can appear anywhere except for reel 1. It will substitute for any of the regular playing symbols.
While there’s certainly money to be made in the base game from a combination of wilds and regular playing symbols alone, Silent Movie’s 4 bonus games are where the serious cash lies.
To trigger any of the bonus games, you’ll need to land 2 regular bonus symbols and 1 special bonus symbol anywhere in view. The regular bonus symbols resemble a pair of cinema tickets, while the special bonus symbols correspond to each of the 4 games: Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde Bonus, Muddy Romance Bonus, Trip to the Moon Bonus and Keystone Kops Bonus.
Plenty of Fun
In Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, you’ll be granted anywhere from 2 to 6 win spins, all of which are accompanied by a 3x multiplier. A Trip to the Moon is a bonus that will secure you 10 to 15 free spins plus the prospect of extra wild symbols. Next up is A Muddy Romance Bonus, which comprises between 6 and 12 free spins plus extra scatter wins.
Completing the quartet of bonus games is Keystone Kops which delivers a straight 10 free spins but accompanied by a multiplier of 2x to 5x. After the first 5 spins, the multiplier value will double. While the bonus games don’t differ greatly from one another, their very existence gives the game some variety and ensures that every time you secure 3 bonus symbols, there’ll be something fresh to look forward to. What’s more, the theme of each bonus game ties in nicely with the movie theme which is artfully delivered throughout every facet of the game.
Silent Movie is a gorgeous game that deserves some serious playing time. It’s the only way to be able to fully appreciate just how detailed and vivid this game is. It may be largely rendered in black and white, but this doesn’t dilute the atmosphere one iota.
Beautifully designed symbols and 4 entertaining bonus games convey many of the flourishes that were synonymous with the finest cinema of the teens and 20s.