Review of Spider-Man Revelations Slots
I absolutely loved the old Spider-Man cartoons from the 1960s, and one of the local tv stations used to play them every morning when I was growing up in the ’80s. Although the show didn’t really stand the test of time, it still turned me into the Spider-Man fan that I am today.
As comic book readers get older our tastes change and mature, and what you liked as a kid you might not like as an adult, but it will always have a place in your heart when you look back on it through child’s eyes. This is where I’m at with most things involving Spider-Man – he was my favorite growing up, but somehow we grew apart along the way.
This review of Spider-Man Revelations Slots will probably not be as harsh as it should be due to my nostalgic ways, so just keep that in mind as we go. It’s difficult to be hard on your heroes!
Because Revelations was one of the first Spider-Man Slots ever made for online casinos, the graphics and images are definitely starting to look dated. This doesn’t really bother me that much because I think it adds to the overall “camp” that most of us associate with the web-slinger anyway.
Doctor Otto Octavius wasn’t always a power-thirsty maniac with extra robotic limbs. He began as a highly respected nuclear physicist at the top of his field, who just happened to invent a set of super strong mechanical arms that were controlled by his brain to help him work more efficiently.
Unfortunately for Otto, there was a huge radioactive explosion in his lab one day that resulted in the robotic limbs becoming fused to his back. He also lost the ability to properly control them, as well as the ability to control his thoughts and temper – his transformation to evil criminal mastermind was complete.
This game follows the story of Doc Ock terrorizing the citizens of New York City and threatening to destroy everything around him, leading to Spider-Man rescuing panicked hostages on a speeding train.
As I mentioned, this slot game is getting a little long in the tooth, and the symbols certainly reflect that. There’s nothing worse than seeing a “9” symbol used, and I’m actually confused as to why some of the other symbols are there. Did we need a subway car symbol simply because the bonus round occurs on the roof of a subway car? I think that the game’s designers could have done a little better than that.
- J (Jack)
- Q (Queen)
- K (King)
- A (Ace)
- Subway Car
- An Open Safe with Cash
- Spider in a Web
- Doctor Octopus
- The Amazing Spider-Man Revelations Logo (Scatter)
- Spider-Man (Wild)
The Spider-Man Wild is the highest paying in the game, giving you 5,000x your wager amount for 5 of a Kind. Next we have Doc Ock paying 1,000 coins, followed by the Subway symbol with 500 for five in a spin.
Since Spider-Man Revelations is an older title, it’s not linked to the Marvel Mystery Jackpot like every other modern Marvel Slot game. Instead it has the “Hero Jackpot” and the “Super Hero Jackpot” that most of the older games from the Marvel Universe have.
The Hero Jackpot is considerably smaller than the Mystery Jackpot, so this is just another reason why it’s understandable that most players ignore Revelations in favor of Attack of the Green Goblin Slots and try to cash in on the prize.
Players looking for an action-packed game will be disappointed to learn that there isn’t a proper bonus round in Spider-Man Revelations. At the time when this slot was originally released, game designers weren’t putting too much effort into creating unique features because it was all about spicing up the Free Spins Mode in those days. Of course slots players are always demanding more, so casino software companies have been stepping up their games in recent years and making games much more interesting and complex.
To be fair, the free games feature in Revelations is almost like a “mini bonus round” since there’s some action that does not include spinning reels, and I of course explain this in detail in the section below.
The bonus area in Revelations is called the “Doctor Octopus Feature” and it’s kind of a mixture of a Free Spins Mode and a traditional bonus round. This is because it consists of you meeting Doc Ock face to face on top of a speeding subway train in a “bonus feature type of scenario” that sets up the details for your free games.
Doc Ock throws passengers at you, with each one attached to a different number of free games and a different multiplier amount. With each hostage you have the option to save them and accept the prize, or save them and receive a different prize. But the catch is that the next prize amount might be lower than the one that you just won, so consider your decision carefully – sometimes it doesn’t pay to be greedy.
Once you have finished rescuing hostages you’re sent to the free games mode where you will enjoy how many ever free spins you won on top of the train, with all bonus wins being multiplied by the final number that you received.
The Doctor Octopus bonus feature is triggered by 3 or more Scatter symbols anywhere on the reels during the regular game.
Given the amount of issues I’ve already cited with this title it’s no surprise what I have to say about its graphics. Yes this game is getting up there in years, but the look and feel of it are not aging well at all. Things like the animation on the Wild symbols is pretty bad and it looks like an old flip-book cartoon from the 1950s. Most of the other visuals look like they’re straight from a Sega Genesis video game in 1992 – and not in a cool way.
The bonus round on the train car still looks pretty decent and the overall game symbols are passable, but those of you who like cutting-edge graphics in your slots are going to want to pass on this title in favor of another game.
Audio & Soundtrack
Lets just say that the audios in this game aren’t going to win any awards, and that I would imagine that most people play this game with the sound turned down. Attentive players will notice that Revelations has the same “horse galloping” spinning sound as all of the other comic-book themed slots that Cryptologic released during this time.
The game does get a few points for adding a sound effect of a handle being pulled at the beginning of every spin – it makes you feel like you’re playing an old school one-armed bandit. Also, during the bonus round there is very serious song that plays, which is made even more dramatic with the sounds of the hostages screaming as Doc Ock throws them.
Although this isn’t the best Spider-Man slot game that’s ever been released, diehard fans will find that it’s still fun to go back and play it sometimes…if only to enjoy the ridiculous bonus feature and have Doctor Octopus throw screaming commuters at you.
Ultimately, most of you will want to save your bankroll for newer Spider-Man games and other cutting-edge Marvel titles, and no one is going to fault you for that. With a low jackpot and no proper bonus round to enjoy, thrill-seeking slots players are sure to be disappointed.
However, if you’re like me and have loved the web-slinger since childhood, you’ll definitely want to give this game at least a few spins to enjoy the vintage vibe. It’s always fun spending some time with your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – if only for a few minutes.
Bonus Video of Spider-Man
There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that the beginning of this theme song has one of the best bass lines ever recorded in the history of music. So feel free to sing along to the sassy beat… “In the chill of night, at the scene of a crime”….