Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Cassiopeia by Konami

Slot machine name:  Cassiopeia

Manufacturer: Konami

Slot Type: Video

Lines: 40 lines

Reel dimensions: 5 reels in a 4-5-4-5-4 configuration (22 symbols total)

Bonuses: Free spin bonus with mirror reels feature.

Rebranded: Part of Konami's Konxion mirror reels series

Progressive:  No progressive

Author's Rating: 8 / 10.

Konami's Cassiopeia is part of of the Konxion series, which introduces a reel configuration of 4-5-4-5-4. A nice feature of this configuration for the player is that the lines are not confusing. A line is any two symbols which connect left-to-right. Lines don't scatter top to bottom or in any other configuration. If the symbols touch then it is a playable line.  As a result of this, there is no choice to the player for number of lines to play - only bet per line.

Cassiopeia features stacked symbols, including stacked wilds, both during the bonus rounds and during normal play. The fact that all symbols are stacked, not just wilds, as well as the game's relatively low number of symbols contributes to Cassiopia's low to medium volatility.

The bonus is triggered by getting three or more scattered column symbols.
  • 3 symbols: 10 free spins
  • 4 symbols: 15 free spins
  • 5 symbols: 25 free spins
During the free spins, Cassiopeia's mirror reels feature kicks in.  This feature causes the 1st and 5th reel, and the 2nd and 4th reels to be duplicates.  Therefore, if you line up symbols on the first three reels, you will automatically have the final two symbols to complete a 5-of-a-kind. When combined with the stacked symbols that are fairly common, it's not unusual to see larger pays during the game's bonus round.

The video below features a re-triggered bonus round with a single pay involving stacked symbols.

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