This week’s Slot of the Week is a respin on Hasbro’s renowned board game, as the toy manufacturer and Scientific Games collaborated to release Cluedo Cash Mystery.
This 5×3, 20-payline video slot by SG Digital includes 180 Free Spin combinations within the game along with numerous symbol modifiers inspired by characters from the game.
Talking to CasinoBeats in its upcoming in-depth feature on the title, Rob Procter, content specialist director of digital at Scientific Games, spoke of why the company decided to tackle the hugely popular board game. He noted: “We felt there was a gap in the market for this particular type of game and wanted to explore how we could add something different to one of the world’s most popular board games.
“For Cluedo Cash Mystery, the slot mechanics actually came before the theme as we knew we wanted to create a game that had more than one bonus round. It’s an area of our content catalogue that has previously been lacking and some of our competitors are doing well within, so this is the first step to bring more feature-rich titles to our offering.
“When it came to brainstorming themes, Cluedo was brought up and its format was identified as a natural fit for how we can assign the characters, rooms and implements to different aspects of the bonus round features.”
Within SG Digital’s new title contains 17 Scatter symbols of three different types. Scatters appear on reels one, three and five during the base game. If the player lands three different types of Scatters it awards Free Spins.
Once activated, the feature revolves around hitting a combination of weapon, room and character cards. Each card offers a different modifier for Free Spins. Weapons decide the multiplier value, the room dictates the amount of Free Spins awarded and the Characters decide the modifier:
Colonel Mustard offers the Expanding Wilds. Any Wild that lands on the reel it will expand to fill the entire reel. Miss Scarlett is the Persistent Wild. If a Wild lands on the reel, it will stay there for the duration of the feature.
Mrs Peacock offers the Infinite Retriggers modifier. When a Scatter lands during this mode, it increases the total Free Spins count by one.
Dr Orchid provides the modifier which allows pays in both directions. Professor Plum is the Multiplier Wilds. Every Wild that lands has a multiplier tied to it which will multiply any winline that passes through it.
Finally, Reverend Green has the Growing Symbols modifier. With this, a symbol will be picked before the round starts. The chosen symbol will grow to fill the reels if there are enough of them to pay out according to the paytable.
After growing, win lines consist of only grown symbols, ignoring reels that have no grown symbols on them.
Speaking on Hasbro’s collaboration with Scientific Games Mark Blecher, SVP corporate strategy and business affairs at Hasbro, commented: “For more than 90 years, Hasbro has been dedicated to delivering gaming entertainment with exceptional quality.
“Creating products that our customers can trust is of the utmost importance to us, and with Scientific Games, we know that our brands are in the safest of hands. After the success of Monopoly, it’s a pleasure to see even more of our iconic games spark great innovation in the gaming industry and enable more players to enjoy our brands across the globe.”
Echoing Blecher’s comments, Procter lauded SG’s partnership with Hasbro claiming it has gone from ‘strength to strength’ since originally linking up in 1998.
Procter concluded: “The Monopoly brand has been a staple of our portfolio and one of the most popular branded games on the market. As another timeless game with global popularity, Cluedo Cash Mystery will no doubt be an equally strong performer as we have already seen from the launch of the game with Flutter last week and we look forward to the network-wide launch.
“Our design team has done a tremendous job in bringing the qualities of the classic board game to life in this action-packed slot, which includes a multitude of combinations for the bonus round that ensures players will receive a different experience each time.”
To play a demo version of Cluedo Cash Mystery, click here.