It kind of feels like someone who works in the mobile gaming department at Novomatic was digging through the archives and noticed this month that players really do resonate with the Reel King. The original game has been a part of their mobile range for ages now, probably because he is right up there alongside the unnamed explorer in Book of Ra Deluxe in terms of iconic Novomatic characters. We would dare guess that Reel King is probably in the top five most-played Novomatic mobile slots too, if not top three, and when you have a whole host of spin-offs just waiting to be unleashd, you might as well!
As it goes, our last review here at MobileCasino.net was of Reel King – Free Spin Frenzy, a game that led us to the conclusion that we would never need to fire up the first Reel King slot ever again as it was the same, but better. Also building on the core concept is 4 Reel Kings, a game that has been around for much longer overall but also builds on the original idea, just in a different way.
What to Expect
Basically, any self-respecting Novomatic fan will have played Reel King at some point and the basis of this game is virtually identical. The symbols are the same and there are twenty win lines on each of the boards, but therein lies the difference. Reel King followed the same concept as the vast majority of slot games that came before or since, with just a single board of action to contend with. In line with the name of this game, however, there are basically four different boards on display at the same time.
4 Reel Kings was quite possibly the first game to cram four games onto one screen, but it definitely wasn’t the last. Since then, various developers have borrowed the idea and one of the ways in which they avoid accusations of completely ripping off the Novomatic offering is by linking the boards in some way. You might need a scatter on each board at the same time for free spins, for example. Here, however, the boards are completely independent. Essentially, playing 4 Reel Kings is like going to four different Novomatic mobile casinos on four different phones at the same time and loading Reel King up on each of them.
Essentially, the main benefit to playing this one is saving time, as you can cover the same number of spins as on the original game in a quarter of the time. It costs four times as much, but players will be picking up the wins four times faster as well, and this can be perfect for players that crack out their phone or tablet for a quick, non-committal gaming session.
In line with this game being the same as it ever was on each board, the jester’s hat makes a return as the wild card on the board, filling in for any other symbol given the lack of scatters. As always, the main feature triggers at random and players may find a miniature slot game appearing on one or more reels for no reason other than to boost the winnings. The mini slot will spin and hopefully win, and as long as the wins continue to pile up, the slot will keep on spinning, only disappearing from view if a combination cannot be found.
The MobileCasino.net Verdict
We loved Reel King and have already noted how we found this month’s other new mobile Novomatic release to be a real improvement. The same can be said for 4 Reel Kings, albeit in a slightly different context. The most realistic way to look at this game in comparison is purely as a time saver, getting four times the action in the same amount of time. It all comes down to how good that sounds to you, while also considering that four boards can look a little squashed on all but the biggest mobile screens, so this could well be a game that is reserved for tablets instead. Either way, it is solid, quality, and perfect for Novomatic fans that prefer to play on the go.