Bollywood Story Basic Information:
What exactly is the story of Bollywood? Many of us in the west are more than a little ignorant as to the stories and characters which populate this massively popular industry. From what most of us put together it will start and end with dancing, and some of the most overwhelming colour we have ever seen. Is this Bollywood Story one worth listening to, or is this more similar to the type of story told by uncle Jim after a dozen beers? Keep reading our review to find out…
This game operates under the use of the NetEnt gambling software system. The talented programmers and designers from NetEnt are well known for going the extra mile in their creations, and Bollywood Story is no exception. This game was released on the 23rd of December, 2015.
The NetEnt system is compatible with a great many devices which are capable of running Flash. This means most PCs, Apple computers and tablets, along with a variety of other mobile devices. Check if your device supports flash, if it does you should be able to run games from NetEnt.
Bollywood Story comes with a total of 9paylines over 5 reels in a 3×5 layout.
- The minimum coins bet sits at 9
- The maximum coins bet sits at 90
- Minimum coin size sits a 0.01
- Maximum coins size sits at 1.00
- The return to player offered by this game is 96.1%, which is around average
By clicking on the spanner icon towards the lower left of the game screen the player can access the options menu. This brings up a menu with three different sections. These are as follows:
Enabling this option speeds up the spinning of the reels. This means that these is less time spent waiting around between the time you click spin and when the reels come to rest, speeding up the entire experience.
- Intro Screen
This option disables the intro screen from appearing the next time the player starts the game.
- Spacebar to spin
This option simply adds the spacebar to the list of ways in which the reels can be spun.
Additional options can be accessed by clicking on the autoplay button. The basic options here allow the play to select from 10, 25, 50, 75, 100, 250, 500, 750 or 1000 autospins.
The player can also click on the advanced settings button to further customise when their autoplay will end. There are five different stopping scenarios to choose from here:
- On any win
- If Free Spins are won
- When a single win exceeds an entered amount
- If cash increases by an entered amount
- If cash decreases by an entered amount
Other Helpful Additions
Bollywood Story also comes with question-mark and ‘i' help icons. Both of these detail much the same thing, basic game and winning information, but the ‘i' button does this within the game and the question-mark opens a secondary text page. The page accessed by the ‘i' button also lists all payout information, paylines and bonus info.
The game can also be muted by simply toggling the sound button located on the lower left of the game main screen.
Confused as to exactly what Bollywood is? Don't be, it's actually quite simple. The term Bollywood simply refers to India's Hindi language based film industry. While the term is often used by outsiders to refer to the entirety of Indian cinema it should be noted that this is incorrect, as Bollywood is only a portion (a large one, granted).
The origins of Bollywood can be traced back to the early ages of international cinema. Once it became evident that musicals and colour films were becoming incredibly popular the Indian market jumped on the idea, and has been going strong ever since.
Combining elements of ancient Indian epics, Sanskrit drama, traditional folk theatre, Parsi theatre and Hollywood, Bollywood has grown into an incredible media force which now reaches every part of the world. Every part of the world, that is, with film showing technology.
Other Features and Bonuses
The floating wild symbol in Bollywood Story comes in the form of wild text against a colourful flower background. This can appear in both regular play and the free spins modes. These appear and can land on top of regular symbols, turning them into wilds. In the main game between 2 and 4 floating wilds will appear randomly in every spin. This can substitute for any symbol except the scatter symbol.
The scatter symbols in Bollywood Story appears as a blue gem. Gaining three of more of these in a single spin activates the free spins bonus game. These generate free spins in the following ways:
- 3 scatter symbols give 10 free spins when gathered
- 4 scatter symbols give 20 free spins when gathered
- 5 scatter symbols give 30 free spins when gathered
Additional free spins can be won from within the free spins game.
The free spins bonus game in Bollywood Story is won when the player manages to gain three or more scatter symbols in a single spin. Additional free spins can be retriggered from within this game. While in this mode the player will gain between 3 to 6 floating wilds on every spin.
How to Play:
Basic play for Bollywood Story is as simple as a player selecting a coin value and level and clicking spin. Alternatively the player can maximise their possible bet by simply clicking on the Max Bet button to the right of the spin icon.
Clicking the autoplay button allows the player to go through a selection of different amounts of autospins. From here the user can also click on the advanced settings button in order to manually select different stopping scenarios. These include on any win, when free spins are won, if a single win exceeds an entered amount, or if cash increased or decreases by an entered amount.
Overall Design and Usability:
As a foreigner who is largely ignorant of Bollywood and Hindi culture I cannot vouch for the accuracy of Bollywood Story. What I can vouch for, however, is the general quality of this game's design. Everything contained within this game looks fantastic. From the symbols to the animations and the background, all of these designs work together to create an extremely atmospheric environment. This even extends to the sound effects and music, which loop a perfectly chosen theme. Usually music tracks from pokies get on our nerves quickly, in this Bollywood Story is a clear exception.
When it comes to usability, Bollywood Story also does well. The game is reliable and responsive, with no issues arising in our tests. There is a little bit of a letdown in that the game includes no graphics options. As these help so many players on older or less powerful hardware get in on the action we can't help but feel a little disappointed at their omission. At least this is the only real complaint we have the usability of this pokie.
Where to find it:
NetEnt games stand with Microgaming as some of the most popular available. If you already have a favourite gambling website then check out if they offer NetEnt games, if they do then you might be able to find Bollywood Story there. If it is not available, or if you want a more direct list then check out the links below.
A game with a great look, feel and atmosphere. The problems with this game come with the lack of paylines, with the game only having 9. This means that even with the generous wilds the player can have trouble creating a decent combination. Given how excellent the rest of the game is we can't help but feel this is a little bit of a letdown. Even so, if you are a fan of Bollywood, or pretty games in general, or if you are just after something new, then we can absolutely recommend checking out Bollywood Story. Just don't expect it to hold your attention forever.
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