September 27, 2006

The Winning Bid

Winning Bid

Slot machines have come a long way since the days when all you did was pull the lever and hear the clicking of the reels. Today's machines can be all electronic, with rich colors, vibrant themes, and catchy sounds and music. Perhaps the best part of these new machines are the great mini games that occur while you play.

While the outcome of your spin is usually pre-determined anyway, the "illusion" that you are helping to make the game pay out more can be very powerful and a ton of fun. While we visited Connecticut recently, we spent some time at Mohegan Sun, and we found one video slot we just fell in love with: WMS Gaming's "Winning Bid". Read on more to find out what we liked about this machine.

To begin with we should explain our state of mind at this portion of our visit to Mohegan Sun. We had just finished a whilrwind tour of the facilities, and we were looking for some cheap fun to sit back, relax, and just chill out. We setteld upon a set of penny slots that we found in the casino of the earth, and tried to see how long we could play with twenty bucks.

While there were a few machines that we enjoyed in that set of slots, the Winning Bid machine by WMS Gaming was one that kept our attention most, and really sparked up the fun.

Like most slots these days you can bet on a number of "lines" and on a wager per line. We went for the shotgun approach, and consistently bet on all 15 lines, at only 1 cent per line. This meant that we were playing all the possible lines to win, but taking our time doing it. At only a total of 15 cents per pull, our twenty bucks was sure to last for a good long while.

We played for about 10 -15 minutes, taking our time, and hoping that the cocktail watresses didn't avoid the penny slot area, and through several losses and small wins, we were being whiddled down to about eleven dollars. Up until this point, the machine was like many other, with your matching sets of pictures leading to low or moderate payouts.

There was one combination we coveted above all others however, and that was the triple gavel. One of the pictures that spins by was a gavel, and if you hit three in a row from left to right, you would enter the auction mini-game. And that was all we wanted to see.

One of the real fun (or perhaps tortuous) parts of this game is that whenever a gavel hits as the wheels stop spinning, you hear that perfect "gavel bang" sound. And since the wheels are stopping in quick succession, you are hoping to hear that "bang bang bang" of three in a row. As we played through our first nine bucks, we were taunted time and again with "bang" or "bang bang" as we would line up one.. or even two gavels. But those three remained elusive.

Choose your Fate!

Then... at eleven dollars and 15 cents. we got the magic. "BANG BANG BANG"! We entered the long sought after mini-game! This game basically consisted of the auctioneer asking you to decide what item you wanted to sell. You saw a "yard sale" screen with a selection of items ranging from a pearl necklace, to an old mounted fish. Now, surely the outcome of our whole bonus game is pre-decided, but the illusion here is powerful, and you are hoping to pick the item that you think will make you the most money at auction.

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Once you choose an item, you enter the acution room where a cadre of silly characters are ready to bid on your prized possesion. There are such characters as the "rich lady with dog", the "rock star", the "cowboy", and the "old guy with hot nurse". The fun really hits here, as you watch an auction take place to determine how many credits you will win. Each bidder does some funny animation to indicate they want to take a bid, and you watch as your winnings crawl in. First its 50, 55... do I hear 60. 60 Yes, now 75, 85, ok going once .. going twice... 100 ok now, 125, 150, 155... (you get the picture). This is very fun to watch as you see your money grow and grow, and in our case we saw it go up to 450 credits! There were a couple of dramatic pauses of "going once".."going twice" along the way, so we cheered each time another bidder stepped back into the fray.

When it was finally over, we played a few more pulls and walked away from the machine with twenty one dollars. And for about 20 minutes of fun, we made a dollar. Not bad.

Pros:
Easy to use Interface
The sound of the gavel is very exciting
The minigame is a total hoot.

Cons:
Like many video slots, besides the main bonus icons, the other icons are pretty meaningless, even with the pay tables.
Waiting for the cocktail waitress at the penny slots is like waiting for grass to grow.
Those gavels can taunt you!


Overall, its a fun machine, and well worth some time in your next fullisade of slot fun.


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Posted by Russell Miner at September 27, 2006 9:55 AM
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