A match made in heaven? The online slot that has its own pinball bonus game

  • Texas Tea Pinball will give players the chance to flip a pinball machine in skill-based element
  • Classic game can lead to healthy payouts
  • Skill based games seen as part of the future of online casino, but will they succeed?

It’s finally here. The game that combines a standard online slot with a pinball machine.

In one of more original titles of the year, the Texas Tea Pinball slot is ready to launch. Based on the 2015 Texas Tea slot, this new title is set to be so much more than a simple sequel, with an original skill-based pinball-style gaming feature incorporated into the slot’s design.

Will it be a groundbreaking change, or will it simply roll into the gutter?

It is being launched in May by IGT, one of the leading developers in both the land-based and online casino world.

Texas Tea Pinball was officially unveiled at ICE 2017 – one of the leading casino gaming conventions in the world – and the game is set to bring back all the likeable features of the original Texas Tea slot as well as nifty new features.

Pinball bonus game makes it stand out

Designed for mobile use as well as online, players can trigger a unique pinball bonus round in this game, which will allow them to put their paddle flipping skills to the test, in a bid to land rich rewards. Expect plenty of Texas-style symbols, including the title character, Texas Ted, as well as the Texas bull, Cadillacs, and jet planes, horseshoes, and a sheriff’s hat.

This new IGT slot is rumoured to feature 40 paylines spread over its five reels, but in true IGT fashion, players are unlikely to be able to alter any of those lines.

Don’t expect flexible wagers in this new slot, with stakes costing at least 0.40 coins a pop, and likely to rise as high as 400.00 coins – although it is not yet confirmed just how high the wagering range will go.

Players will want to keep their eyes peeled on the Texas Tea logo during slot machine gameplay in the new title. It is a wild, and it only takes a single wild symbol to begin a wild rampage in which many other symbols turn wild themselves.

A bountiful choice in bonuses

It's the pinball bonus round that really sets this slot out from the crowd. It is another sign of the incoming 'skill-based' casino games that are predicted to become an industry norm.
It’s the pinball bonus round that really sets this slot out from the crowd. It is another sign of the incoming ‘skill-based’ casino games that are predicted to become an industry norm.

Once the bonus has been triggered in the new game, players are going to be able to choose their own feature. On the one hand, a free games feature can be selected. Before they get to their spins, players can select an oil rig to pocket a few free spins. An oil derrick offers a multiplier for any wins you acquire with those spins, whilst a pump can offer additional multipliers, too. The free spins and multipliers are then played out accordingly.

Alternatively, players may wish to play the Pinball Bonus. Should they choose to test their mettle in the Pinball Bonus, players are going to be able to work their way up through various levels, by bouncing, tilting, and flipping balls across the funky, fun-filled pinball structure of the bonus to pocket instant cash prizes.

IGT is expected to unveil Texas Tea Pinball this month at online and mobile casinos offering IGT software. Some of the big casinos carrying IGT games include William Hill Vegas, Bet 365 and Casumo.

OUR VERDICT

Pinball is one of those classic games that just seems to be begging to be incorporated into a slot game.

The much-reported ‘millennial problem‘, if it truly exists, suggests that the younger generation less attracted to classic casino games.

With video games ingrained in the psyche of many of today’s ‘Generation Y’, an element of skill based casino gaming is seen as a way for online casinos to appeal to this new market.

This is a light-touch approach to introducing that concept, which should add an exciting element for those that want it, without alienating classic slot players. It will be interesting to see what games will follow suit.

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