Min bet $0.20
Max bet $100
Max Win bet x 8100
Game provider NetEnt
Release Date 8/2018
Game Technology HTML5
Min bet $0.20
Max bet $100
Max Win bet x 8100
Gamble Feature Bonus game or special game, Multiplier wilds, Sticky wilds, Sticky re-spins, Re-spins
Devices Support all devices
Configurable Winlines No
Progressive Jackpot No
Take a retro-themed slot, put it inside a retro American diner, and voila! you have a nice little game that can trigger instant bonus cash prizes and payouts of up to 1,620,000 coins.
First off, that figure above is something that can occur as a statistical possibility and the odds at that full payout are extremely rare. But this isn’t to say that Swipe and Roll can’t turn up some appetizing wins. The game has two wild symbols of which one comes with a 3x win multiplier and one of the extra features can canvas the better share of the reel set in multiplier wilds.
Thus far, it’s a promising set of features for a game of three rows, five reels and 20 fixed paylines, but I like it a lot that it doesn’t stop there. NetEnt has thrown a couple of more surprises in the form of the randomly-triggered Coin Wheel feature and a bonus feature that gives the game its name.
I would love to say that the game comes with a perfect array of features, but there is a paytable whose payout structure underwhelms, for the most part. A low to medium variance doesn’t quite cut it for those who pursue bigger thrills from a slot game, but I wouldn’t get hung up on that.
Swipe and Roll has its place under the sun amidst scores of retro and fruit slots whose gameplay features and graphics fail to impress, so I hope that some players will at least try it and get to see what the up and down arrows can do in the bonus feature.
Design and Features
I am not sure whether the reel set is meant to represent a jukebox but it surely has that semblance. You can feel the 1960s Americana all over the game, but I think NetEnt could have found an actual photo of the inside of a classic American diner, to serve as a background.
But that’s less important than the fact that Swipe and Roll can be so much fun. Even though the reels are filled with the kind of symbols I’ve seen across dozens of games, NetEnt have polished them just enough so that they appear more original and less recycled.
You aren’t going to see much animation in the game, although the symbols that comprise the winning outcomes are given a particular radiance, with the payline flashing rapidly until you spin the drum again. The music is quite alright, much to my pleasant surprise, as it’s a full rockabilly song. It’s quite possible that it was performed live just for our playing pleasure.
I’ll start with the wilds simply because I wouldn’t have dared touch this game were it not for these symbols. The regular wild substitutes for all except for the scatter, and the multiplier wild does the same, plus factors-in a 3x booster to the winning outcomes. Both symbols can be quite useful, but the multiplier is definitely more valuable for the obvious reason.
In simple terms, getting a combination of either of the wilds to land anywhere on the reels triggers a wild respin. The wilds remain in their respective position so that they can interact with any of the symbols that come on with the respin. If it’s more wilds, players get improved odds at landing a bigger win.
In a random turn of events the reel set assumes a pinball machine-like display of dotted patterns and a reel in the middle, which can lead to a coin win, a scatter symbol or the up or down-pointing arrow. The coin amount is multiplied by the payline stake, the arrows can expand the winnings, while the scatter symbol starts the main bonus feature.
Come to think of it, this feature definitely makes a jukebox out of the reel set. You can turn the knob (the spin button) below to set each reel spinning or you can literally swipe to cause the reels to roll. The outcomes are coin prizes or the arrows in one of their three instances.
Coin wins range between 40 and 1000, however, the arrows can cause the respective reel to include another row on the reel into the winning outcome. The more arrows you land on the respective reels, the bigger the total payout, which is an element of surprise that I find appealing about this game.
Also, it may be just me, but I’ve had the feature trigger a few times within a relatively short number of spins, and you do get to see the scatter stop on the reels often. It’s best that you don’t take my word for it and play the minimum bet of 20p instead just to check out Swipe and Roll for its features.
OK, I get it why NetEnt wanted to cap the high-symbol payouts at 300 coins – the multiplied wild landing in multiple positions for a respin could crush the house. But that’s a rare thing to see, so the player is left with the best outcome of a decent 15x your bet for five watermelons. Move down a couple of notches on the payout structure and you get 1x for three of the same symbol.
To be honest, I did expect more, at least from the set of high-paying symbols because the set of royal cards just ain’t cutting it by paying between 0.15x and 0.25x for three of a kind. Thankfully, Swipe and Roll can offer two favourable circumstances: few extra features and 20 paylines that can capture multiple payline wins from the same spin. Also, the theoretical RTP is 96.35% which is at least above the average.
I’ve played my share of retro slots and most have one or no extra features. Swipe and Roll has a few and that’s the factor that can invite any slots player to give the game a try. Like I said, symbol payouts on their own are surprisingly low, but NetEnt is giving players a fighting chance with the help of the wind multipliers and the possibility of landing a big instant win from the bonus game. My impression with Swipe and Roll is positive, but it isn’t a game that I’d go back to any time soon.
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