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The player is situated in a darkened movie theatre with dark blue walls, plush red velvet seats and curtains to match tied back with gold brocade. On the screen are the reels; five of them set out with three rows. Along the sides are the numbers of the paylines, of which there are up to 25 for this pokie outing. Easy to set by clicking on the numbers either side of the screen, these will also highlight across the reels when a winning combination is made. Playing in the background is light gentle music in preparation for the big picture about to begin.
The regular symbols play for three, four or five matches along the paylines. In true classic style, the playing card values of Jack, Queen, King and Ace make an appearance on symbols lit by giant spotlights like a 20th Century Fox Studio opening sequence. A colourful roll of technicolour film, box of popcorn, 3 D glasses and a Hollywood star like the ones seen on the walk of fame outside Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. As the reels spin, a variety of different sounds play to mark different genres of film. The wolf man of an old horror classic, a chimpanzee that could easily be Cheeta from a classic Tarzan movie, and the sound of horses from a classic western are just some that can be heard.
The Big Feature
The Cinema Projector is a scatter symbol and to get the film rolling, three or more will reward the player with free spins of up to 60. As they fall to trigger, the Big Feature begins as the brightness of the screen shines out to show a packed house all engrossed with the events on screen. The music gets very light and bouncy for this feel good feature.
When filming a movie, the clapper board marks the beginning of a scene as ‘takes’ so it can correctly synchronise the sound with the moving image. In this pokie it also doubles as the wild symbol. This can substitute to help secure winning combinations for punters, but it also has a hefty payout on its own terms when five of them are matched along a win line.
While Classic Cinema can feel a little subdued for some gamblers looking to play with a little real cash in hand, other movie themed slots can offer more entertainment by way of bright lights and exciting times. At the Movies by BetSoft has great sights and sounds to get the cinema goers coming back for more. It also has 25 paylines like the MultiSlot Classic Cinema, but this time the betting is different with 1 at the low limit and 125 for the maximum stake. Slot symbols are seen filled with film styles from horror to sci fi, items like popcorn, ticket stubs and a film award, and there’s even a celebrity magazine ‘The Hollygood Digest’ with a caricature of Brad Pitt on the cover.
When wins are scored there are nice animations screened to compliment the payout. There’s no bonus features but free spins keep the audience entertained with wins being doubled in the free rounds which helps to keep the balance healthy. More of a 1950s to present day feel to this pokie, but none the less it is very much set in the glamorous world of cinema entertainment and is mobile optimised to enjoy the experience anywhere.
Captured on Screen
To compare Classic Cinema to some of the other movie themed slots around, punters can see that it isn’t full of razzle dazzle and on first look can even come across as being a bit boring. Mainly because it seems to miss out on a few missed opportunities, like not having a meaty bonus game for players to sink their teeth into, maybe one in true classic vampire horror style would fit nicely. In addition, while it’s available from many online casinos, it’s not playable on mobile and misses the opportunity to reach a wider audience. Nonetheless, we don’t want to sound dismissive of this game.
Some of the art work is beautifully produced and it lovingly recreates some of the golden age of Hollywood onto the screen with its iconography and movie genre sounds. Movies capture special moments on screen and can create timeless classics. This game is full of golden age cinema nostalgia and we really think it is worth sitting back and letting the reels spin a while and enjoy it for what it is.