IGT (International Game Technology) has been taking something of a breather of late, or so it would seem. Whilst Net Entertainment and WMS Gaming have been their usual busy selves, and Microgaming and Playtech have thrown out the odd new slot or two; IGT have remained relatively silent over the last few months. They have come out of their shell this week, as the previously thought hermit has unveiled a brand new video slot machine game.
Known as Black Widow, IGT’s new video slot focuses on the theme of a murderess. More specifically, a murderess who slays her husbands. Based on a real-life serial killer, the Black Widow slot is also named after the Black Widow spider, which is known to often kill and consume her mate, after mating has ended.
But, all scientific and criminal chit-chat aside; what does Black Widow have to offer? Well, for starters, it offers the same basic gameplay that you will expect to find in any regular video slot. That means that there are 5 reels, and 20 paylines of gameplay available for you. Black Widow also contains a number of other features, which aren’t exactly standard for online video slots.
One such feature is Super Stacks. Basically, the icons on the reels can appear stacked, and before a player spins the reels for the first time, an icon will appear above the reels, which acts as the Super Stack symbol. Should this symbol appear stacked across the reels, the player will win seriously large sums of cash! It is a nice little feature, and costs the gamer no extra to play with.
There is also a free spins bonus round. The free spins round is triggered by landing the usual scatter icons. It begins with just 7 free spins, although it is not impossible for the player to retrigger free spins whilst it is in session, and therefore land an incredible 98 free spins in total. During the free spins round, it is possible for players to trigger the Web Capture bonus. If a player lands a male symbol on the middle of the central reel, they will increase a metre. This metre can be increased up to 13 times. If you are then to capture a female icon in the same position on the central reel, you will could land up to 1,000x your stake in cash prizes.
The new slot machine game certainly has some endearing qualities in its gameplay structure, even if its default design is somewhat primitive. Graphically, Black Widow isn’t the most sophisticated slot ever produced, though it is good fun to play. Finally, Black Widow uses a theme which is wholly unique to the online slot world. There have been many gangster and bank-heist, criminal-themed video slots on the market before, but one that is themed after serial killers? No, that is a first.
The new Black Widow slot can be found at all top online casinos offering IGT software, from this week onwards.