Free Deal or no Deal Double Action slot
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Deal or no Deal Double Action slot by Blueprint Gaming is their second attempt at mixing a modern slot with the pub fruits-style cabinet games found in the UK. They first tried it with Ted Pub Fruit, based on their Ted-themed 20-liner, which was actually quite well received amongst slotters so we have a similar type of set up here. There have been a few DOND slots in the past such as Endemol's Banker's Riches and despite the host the show was very popular in the UK. There is little of the TV show here though with an illuminated background only as the main focus is the pub slot game board but you do get get some similar music pounding along as you play. So will double action mean a good deal for your bankroll here?
You get a standard 5x3 slot grid under the game board on Deal or no Deal Double Action slot which has 5 fixed pay lines that will pay both ways. The focus is obviously the feature but you can get some turnaround with basic stacked symbols on the reels, some of which are overlaid with numbers. The 5-of-a-kind pays are 50x Logo, 25x 7's, 20x Bell or Melon, 10x Grape or Plum and 5x for Cherry, Orange or Lemon. No Wilds or scatters are needed here as we trigger the board game by collecting numbers.
You have a trail where you need to get past 8 segments to land on the cash ladder on the right at the lowest level of 1x bet. The trail randomly holds and you progress via overlaid numbers on the game symbols. If you land on the fourth segment there are various things you can get to assist you, such as number boosts, yes/no segment shots and stoppa hits. Once you are on the board you have a cash ladder on the left and feature ladder on the right.
You will see a number reel which spins and you travel around the lower board where you can pick up adds to the two ladders, hearts towards an extra life, telephones towards the top DOND feature above or question marks which may or may not kill your game, as can the cash-out square. You may also hit an arrow up to the higher stage trail above which is far more favourable and you can't be killed on it, but you probably will be when you go back down again! You may also gamble the number on the Hi-Lo reel, best if you get a 12 or 1, which adds another award the same as you got when it stopped on the trail for example add to the cash ladder or feature ladder.
There are numerous opportunities during the bonus to cash out or collect a whole list of features, of which the top one Big Money could pay a maximum of 500x bet. If you play pub slots, you'll know the strategy needed.
Deal or no Deal Double Action slot will appeal to a certain kind of player and if that player has played these slots at the appalling RTP in pubs which can be as low as 70%, then the 96.57% RTP on offer here will no doubt be tempting. I'm not sure the old player tricks will work here which they feel offer them an advantage on the cabinet games, but it's fun trying nonetheless. The looks and feel of a pub slot have been well executed here as Blueprint did with the first Ted version so no negatives in that respect. You won't empty this or win huge amounts of profit but I promise you you'll get a good run for your money and have a bit of fun getting used to all the different features offered...