Tumbling Reels


These slots all have the same mechanic; after a win all winning symbols vanish and new symbols fall down to replace them with the potential of winning again. IGT calls it tumbling reels, Microgaming calls it rolling reels, and there are several other names for it.



Cosmic Fortune

Cosmic Fortune is a 15 line Net Entertainment slot  themed on a Space Invaders style pinball game.  It has 5 jackpots – 3 progressive and 2 fixed – and the Avalanche (tumbling reels) feature from Gonzo’s Quest (but without the multiplier). The free spins bonus round, which is called Free Falls, is triggered by getting […]

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Cool Jewels

Cool Jewels by Williams Interactive uses the new Exploding Pays game engine. This game looks a lot more like Candy Crush or Bejeweled than like a regular slot. The 6 x 6 array has no paylines as such and instead you must collect groups of 4 or more symbols. Winning symbols explode to make room […]

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Birds On A Wire

This very quirky 17 line slot by Thunderkick has a bunch of cute birds landing on some power lines, and then electrocutes them and blows them up if they form part of a winning line, with new birds flying down to take their place.  Each successive win increments the multiplier meter, which runs x1 -x2-x3-x5 […]

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Candy Cash

Candy Cash is an innovative new slot that is exclusive to Pocket Fruity and does not have any paylines as such, but is played on a 9×9 grid full of candies.  Win by getting 3 or more in a row, horizontally or vertically, anywhere on the grid.  Winning candies explode and more drop down from […]

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Sweet Party

Sweet Party by Playtech is themed around a bubblegum vending machine full of sweets, and looks much more like Candy Crush or Betsoft’s Sugar Pop game than a traditional slot machine.  There are no paylines as such and instead you must make horizontal and/or vertical combinations of sweets.  Sweet Party also has a tumbling reels […]

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Fizz Factory

Probability’s new mobile slot is unofficially themed on Candy Crush Saga; there’s a Drop button instead of a Spin button and the symbols are all different types of sweets.   There is quite a bit more to this slot than the usual Probability slot as there are two bonus features in addition to the usual […]

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Esqueleto Explosivo

This slot from the Swedish company Thunderkick is themed on the Mexican Day of the Dead and features a skeletal mariachi band.  It is a tumbling reels slot with 17 paylines and a multiplier meter and the symbols are all sugar coated skulls.  The Explosivo Wild symbol is a special gold skull that explodes taking […]

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Cool Wolf

Cool Wolf is a 243 way Rolling Reels slot from Microgaming themed around a guitar-playing, sunglasses-wearing teenage werewolf.  This game is only being released for Flash and download at the moment so you won’t find it everywhere.  As usual with a Microgaming product the animations are very cool, with scratchmarks appearing across the winning symbols […]

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Football Star

Football Star Free Play Football Star is a 243 way slot from Microgaming released in May 2014 to tie in with all that FIFA World Cup fever. It is the second of their games to get a cross-platform release so you can play it anywhere, and has the usual top quality Microgaming animations – the players […]

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Pixies of the Forest

Pixies of the Forest Free Play Pixies of the Forest is a Tumbling Reels slots by IGT with the bet fixed at 33 coins for 99 lines.  Winning symbols disappear in a puff of pixie dust and more fall down to replace them. The free spins bonus round is triggered by getting 3 Bonus symbols […]

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Gonzo’s Quest

Gonzo’s Quest Free Play Gonzo’s Quest has been around for a while now but remains extremely popular.   It is themed around a conquistador in search of Eldorado and uses a mechanic which has appeared in many other slots since – the combination of tumbling reels (here called Avalanche) with a multiplier.  The symbols are […]

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Nouveau Riche

Nouveau Riche is an IGT slot with 20 fixed paylines.  The symbols are Art Nouveau style illustrations of jewels and fine ladies that could be from a 1920s/1930s fashion plate.  It has freefall symbols (i.e. tumbling reels) and the occasional stacked wild in the base game. To trigger the free spins bonus round it is […]

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Hot Gems

Hot Gems is a Playtech slot with Collapsing Reels (which is Playtech’s version of tumbling/cascading/rolling reels). The bonus round is triggered by getting the Free Games scatter, which only appears on reels 1,3, and 5, anywhere on all 3 reels.  It consists of 15 free spins, which can’t be retriggered.  During the free spins, the […]

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Crystal Forest HD

Crystal Forest HD is a new improved version of the classic Crystal Forest slot by Williams.   It has beautiful high resolution graphics of fairies and unicorns. The main feature of Crystal Forest HD is Cascading Reels which is similar to the tumbling reels feature you’ll find in IGT slots such as Pixies of the […]

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Fun in the Sun

This British seaside postcard themed slot is exclusive to the Sun newspaper and is currently only available to play on the Sun bingo site.  Bet size is fixed at 25 lines. Fun in the Sun does not have a bonus round – it’s all about the cascading reels.  Repeat cascades fill up the multiplier meter, […]

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Transformers Battle For Cybertron

Transformers Battle For Cybertron Free Play This 40 payline slot from IGT has a fixed bet size of 60 coins and a freefall symbols feature (which is similar to tumbling reels). Transformers Battle For Cybertron has a free spins bonus round triggered in the usual way by 3 or more scatters. In addition, there are […]

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The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises Free Play The Dark Knight Rises is the sequel to Microgaming’s original Dark Knight slot but unlike its predecessor, it does not have a progressive jackpot. The free spins bonus round in The Dark Knight Rises is triggered in the usual way by a scatter.  You start with 10 free spins […]

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Dungeons and Dragons Crystal Caverns

Dungeons and Dragons Crystal Caverns Free Play This fantasy themed tumbling reels slot features shimmering crystals and drawings of D&D characters. It has a Tumbling Treasures bonus which is triggered in the usual way by getting three bonus symbols on a played line. You start with 6 free spins and this can be retriggered, and […]

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Da Vinci Diamonds Dual Play

Da Vinci Diamonds Dual Free Play If one dose of Da Vinci Diamonds wasn’t enough, how about a double dose?  This souped up version of IGT’s classic tumbling reels slots Da Vinci Diamonds has two play areas, one above the other and when the reels tumble, the symbols can drop from the upper area down […]

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Da Vinci Diamonds

Da Vinci Diamonds Free Play This great example of a tumbling reels slot from IGT features gemstones and the artworks of Leonardo Da Vinci. Whenever you win, the winning symbols disappear in a puff of bling, symbols above drop down to fill the gaps and fresh symbols come in from the top of the screen. […]

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Secrets of the Phoenix

This visually stunning cascading reels Gamesys slot is currently exclusive to Virgin Games. If all of a reel is cleared in a cascade, you’ll get a Phoenix expanding wild for the next cascade.   4 or more consecutive cascade wins will trigger the free spins feature, with the number of free spins depending on the […]

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Whether you call this tumbling reels (IGT), rolling reels (Microgaming), cascading reels (Gamesys and Williams), collapsing reels (Playtech), avalanche (Net Entertainment), freefall symbols (IGT again) or something else, the feature always works the same way. Winning symbols disappear and new symbols drop down to replace them. If this produces a new winning combo the process is repeated, sometimes with an escalating multiplier.This feature is not quite as good as it initially sounds, because the symbols that are left behind are the ones that didn't win - so probably a load of assorted rubbish that is harder to form new winning combinations with than in the case of sticky wins. Still fun though!