Free Turn Your Fortune slot
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Turn Your Fortune slot is at least an attempt by Netent to come up with a new mechanic and to that end the game works. The theme is quite simple and nondescript, featuring jewelled animals over a rather plain background and some kind of contraption to the left of the grid, as you see in their Steam Tower slot. It appears to be a Codex like you see in Leander's slot of the same name (Codex) and the keyholes in it give us a clue as to how we can unlock the prizes within. Let's hope Turn Your Fortune doesn't keep our bankroll behind lock and key too.
We have 5 reels of 4 rows each offering us 40 paying lines. The symbols appear stacked aside from the Butterfly Wilds appearing singly on all 5 reels and we pay 20 coins to play. The 5-of-a-kind pays are best for the Golden Jewels of which the Lion is best at 10x bet, Owl 6x, Turtle 5x, Fish 4x and Shell 3x with 4 card values awarding 2 down to 1x bet for a full line. You don't see any random in-play goings-on here but there are Peacock scatters on reels 1, 3 and 5 and these can offer 2 different bonuses.
Right, if you see any 2 of the scatters in view at the same time as any win occurs, then you get respins with the symbols that counted in the win frozen. The reels respin only with blanks and the symbol on them, and every time one or more appears you get them frozen and another respin. Each symbol is counted on the Codex and will help you climb a level when it's complete. It starts at Level 1 with 5x bet at the bottom with 150 on the top. You will also move up one step of the fortune wins meter each time 20 spaces are collected, which is the most you can collect in a respin.
If you see all 3 scatters then you are awarded 7 to 13 free spins on a special Wheel, plus a possible Key or two to start at higher levels. There are 5 levels on the Fortune Codex or meter and we have seen the lowest one above, the 5th. level is the highest and this pays from 50x bet at the bottom to 2000x bet at the top. You will always start free spins on Level 2, 3 or 4 and the collectable symbol will always be a low or medium-value one. If you don't get a level-up Key on the free spins wheel at the start, you will begin on level 2.
The enhancements are the fact there are Keys on reel 5 now and each one will raise you up a level if it lands. You can also see a +10 symbol which is effectively half a level as 20 symbols raise one level as said earlier. Any scatters appearing will award one extra game each. This is quite an entertaining feature, but hard to trigger! You can easily win a 100+ times your stake and as mentioned the maximum for reaching to top of level 5 is 2000x bet.
Turn Your Fortune slot is slightly better than your average Netent game of late, although Vikings was very good to be fair. You have an entertaining bonus round with some decent potential plus a good 96.24% RTP and the appearance of just 2 scatters can get you a less lucrative respins bonus. The issue is a quite tedious base game with a low win frequency as the whole model is built around the bonuses. This takes the edge off it a bit and the graphics and sounds aren't the most imaginative either. Nevertheless, it shows some imagination even if it won't necessarily turn anyone's fortunes around...