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There’s no need to pay an extortionate price to gain entry to this park – the Theme Park Tickets of Fortune slot can be played from just a few cents if you prefer.
This colorful and cheerful slot cleverly evokes the theme park feel across its 5×3 reels and will have you smiling through the base game to access the seven different bonus games.
With 50 paylines, but only 25 coins in play, this does mean that half your coin value goes on each line which diminishes each payline return, but for that you get double the chance of a payline win as you would on a 25-payline slot.
Let’s take a closer look at this relatively new slot from NetEnt.
Overview: Theme Park Tickets of Fortune
Theme Park Tickets of Fortune is slightly different than most NetEnt slots, or indeed any other New Jersey online slots from other developers. Sure, it’s a 5×3 reel slot, but the way you win in this game is different, as are the various ways to trigger the bonus features.
That makes for an interesting slot and one that certainly captures your imagination when you load it up.
This is a low variance slot, but that comes with a caveat. Given that there are 50 paylines and your wager is based on multiples of 25, half your coin value is in action on each payline.
This keeps the price of spins down but does impact how much you win per payline, which results in smaller base game payouts.
Who will the Theme Park Tickets of Fortune slot appeal to?
This is a fantastic cross-over slot, by which I mean that it has enough elements to appeal to the traditional online slots player, who is used to the 5×3 slot game format and the bonus games.
But, it also has enough new features to attract players who enjoy novelty slots.
With a jackpot of 2,000 coins, it isn’t likely to attract those punters that like big money on each spin, nor will it attract too many high variance slot fans who prefer fewer but larger wins. That said, there is enough entertainment in this slot to keep almost any slot fan happy for many years to come.
Gameplay: Theme Park Tickets of Fortune
The gameplay on the Theme Park Tickets of Fortune slot is simple and enjoyable.
There’s the usual base game lows of the playing cards (this time in balloon format) with the higher symbols being a number of different rides that you’d find at a theme park, such as the Swan Ride and the Dodgems.
Key specialist symbols include the roller coaster wild, which is stacked on the reels and can help you unlock some of the bigger base game wins. You can unlock the bonus round by landing three scatter symbols on the final three reels, or the bonus game symbol on the fifth reel.
Not all bonus games may be available; it depends on how many theme park tickets you have earned so far. The more tickets you earn, the more games become available.
You can also access the Grab Claw round in the base game by landing the claw symbol on the fifth reel. This awards a random cash prize based on the toy the claw picks from the bottom of the screen at random.
This is a hugely enjoyable and fun game that offers mostly pleasing gameplay, but the continual “near miss” with the scatter symbol does tend to grate the nerves from time to time.
Special features: Theme Park Tickets of Fortune
The roller coaster train wild makes a fabulous noise as it rushes past on the reels, but you want to see it on the reels to land an entire reel wild.
Land the claw feature on the fifth wheel and you can trigger the grabber claw, which drops down and selects a prize at random. The prize is then converted into coins, offering you an additional chance of a decent-sized win.
Six theme park bonus games
Earn tickets through scatter symbols or the bonus wheel and you can pick from up to six different bonus games, based on fairground attractions like Duck Shoot, Can Tower, Punch Bag, and Skee Ball, all of which offer a novel way of winning a guaranteed cash prize.
Two ways to access theme park bonuses
Rather than simply using the three or more scatter symbols to collect theme park tickets (to play the bonus games), you can also access the features by landing the bonus wheel on the fifth reel.
This gives you an additional chance to earn a shot at one of the six bonus features.
Random claw and bonus wheel features
We’ve already mentioned the bonus wheel appearing on the fifth reel to offer you a shot at playing the six bonus games (or collecting tickets to play them the next time you trigger the feature), but the random claw feature can also appear on the fifth reel to pick a prize and award you a random win.
That’s a nice addition to the game that offers some decent payouts.
Theme park motif
As an overall theme for a slot, the theme park idea fits perfectly.
Not only does it offer developers a chance for fantastic bonus feature games (rather than simply free spins), but the presentation, sounds, and overall feel of the game is perfectly suited to an online slot.
Small base game wins
Can you really call it a win if you are still losing 50 to 75 percent of your stake on the spin?
No free spins feature
Theme Park Tickets of Fortune doesn’t have a free spins bonus feature, which will likely put some people off who enjoy these features.
That said, it does offer a number of other features in place of them, many of which you cannot play on other slots.
Relatively small jackpot
Jackpot hunters will have to wager larger amounts to win the bigger money on this game.
A 2,000-coin jackpot when played at the lower levels means a relatively small jackpot, but when played for a higher coin value does offer a better potential return.
The scores[wp-review id=”5971″]
Graphics and soundtrack: 4.5/5
Fair play to NetEnt — the company has captured the noise and tone of a theme park perfectly. The sound effects are outstanding, particularly the noise as the roller coaster wild streaks past the reels.
There’s nothing particularly ground-breaking about the sounds – they just work very well for the game.
Originality and creativity: 5/5
Good marks again here as Theme Park Tickets of Fortune takes an innovative approach to a modern slot by offering a host of different themed games disseminating from the overall theme, as well as a number of bonus features that allow you access to those games.
There’s a lot more to this slot than meets the eye.
Play value: 2.5/5
If there’s one thing that lets this slot down it’s that the regular wins are often just a fraction of your wager. That means even if you are winning regularly, you are still losing money.
Bigger wins do offer a top up, but they are no means guaranteed and you need to hit plenty of wilds.
Jackpot potential: 2/5
If you want to win big money, then you need to wager bigger sums in the base game to make the bigger cash on the Theme Park Tickets of Fortune slot.
With a base game jackpot played for $0.25 per spin of 2000 coins, that doesn’t offer a great return for the big jackpot hunters.
Repeat play: 3/5
There is so much here to make you want to come back and give the game another try. However, the fact that you can bleed money quite easily may put people off.
On the other hand, hit a decent run and you can run up quite a profit on the slot. As always, it is down to fortune as to whether you leave here clutching a profit or nursing a loss, but you will want to come back.
Total score: 17/25
This is a beautifully-presented game stuffed to the brim with features. To get the best of this, you need to invest a little time and money. That effort is ultimately worth it.
With outstanding presentation and a huge number of features to enjoy, there’s plenty to keep you coming back to Theme Park Tickets of Fortune.