Sitting in front of the screen, hitting the spin button and holding your breath until the reels stop spinning, only to see they have delivered … nothing at all. With the feeling of disappointment (and potentially frustration if that was your who-knows-which consecutive miss), you invest x amount of money to hit it once again and hope for the best. Sounds familiar? Anyone who has ever played a slot machine, be it online or in a brick-and-mortar casino, has experienced the same. That’s why it’s nice that some slots will generously give you a spin without asking you to pay the price. Respin Feature is more and more frequently seen extra delivered in a zillion different ways – completely randomly, triggered by win, a certain symbol or a combination, and sometimes, yes, at a small cost. Let’s take a look at some Respin executions out there and check how they work.
The most common and widely used re-spin mechanism is what you’ll know as cascading reels. The way it works is that, each time you score a win, winning symbols get removed from the reels in one manner or another, and new ones take their place. You basically end up with a different set of symbols which potentially manage to form a winning combination and pay once again. Normally, as long as you keep collecting, the feature continues to “spin” certain positions without asking for any additional cash to be invested. You’ll see this feature in Yggdrasil’s Incinerator, Gemix from Play ‘n Go, Invaders From The Planet Moolah by WMS, and many, many more.
BetSoft knows re-spin following a non-winning spin is highly appreciated. That’s why, while playing their Pinocchio slot, you’ll get a visit by the Fairy Companion in a no-win situation when one of the first 3 reels have prevented you from scoring a 5x combo. She’ll magically re-spin the problematic reel to offer you a second chance to collect.
Sometimes you’ll get a free re-spin for no reason at all, except that the game provider has decided to incorporate such occasional treats into their slot. Playtech has done this creatively in Monty Python’s Life of Brian via Wild Spaceship Respins which can activate after any losing spin and send Brian falling through the reels. He’ll land in an alien spaceship and turn one stack of symbols Wild while granting a re-spin. Re-spins with randomly added Wild icons will keep coming until you manage to form a winning combination.
Another example is QuickSpin’s Fairy Gate and its Fairy Wild Respins feature which can be activated for no reason on any of your spins and add 2 extra reels. Every Orb symbol which lands on these additional reels will award random Wilds and a re-spin. Among numerous features offered in NetEnt’s Guns ‘n’ Roses, you’ll find randomly activated Legend Spins which will add 1 stacked Wild for the first spin, followed by 2 re-spins with 2 Wild reels. Another one of their slots, Aloha! Cluster Pays, uses different mechanics. In this game any cluster win can randomly activate the Sticky Win Re-Spins feature which holds the winning symbols in place while all others re-spin.
In some slots re-spins are initiated by a certain symbol, usually Wild icon. NetEnt’s Divine Fortune, for example, features Falling Wilds Re-Spins played when the substitute appears on the reels. Wild shifts 1 position down and awards a spin on the house, continuing to the same until it disappears from the reels. In Greedy Goblins by BetSoft, Wild symbol will expand to cover the entire reel and award up to three re-spins while it itself remains fixed. Wild Brew by RTG makes reels re-spin up to 10 times when 3 or more identical Wild symbols appear on the 3 middle reels. Sam on the Beach from Elk Studios takes the whole family on vacation, and once all four manage to gather on the same row, a player is rewarded by a re-spin with Sticky Wilds replacing all family members.
The benefit of the re-spins is that they will give you one more chance to score for free, but some slots will ask you to pay a little something extra in order to benefit from this feature. Merlin’s Magic Respins slot by NextGen comes with SuperBet option – an additional wager which allows you to activate Wild Respins feature. It will ask for 50 to 300 additional coins on top of your regular bet per round, to unlock between 1 and 5 re-spins. Whenever Wild Merlin lands fully stacked, his reels will be held while others spin once again and, more likely than not, land you an additional win on the same bet.
Wild Orient from Microgaming allows you to re-spin any of the reels as many times as you want, if you’re willing to pay the price. Moving your mouse over the reels will show you how much a re-spin will cost for each, so that depending on the symbols they contain and potential payouts of a winning combo, you may decide whether the additional investment is worth the risk.
Some developers have packed re-spins into more elaborate packages which make it difficult to group them as one of the above. Quickspin’s Phoenix Sun, a game which starts playing on a 3×5 grid, has the potential to expand to be as big as 6×5 through the Phoenix Rising feature. Any Phoenix Wild which lands on the reels triggers a re-spin, and each removes 3 random tiles from the cover above the original grid. This in effect means you’ll get your re-spin to play on an extended layout, and what’s more, these no-cost spins will continue on an ever-enlarging game area as long as new Wilds keep gracing the reels.
Alice & The Mad Tea Party from WMS comes with Super Mad Respin feature triggered by 3 game logo symbols appearing on reel 1. You’re then prompted to pick a teapot to reveal one of 4 possible outcomes, one of which is a re-spin of reels 2 to 5 with locked Logo icons, and another a simple re-spin of the same four reels.