Imagine a world where nothing is real. Where the everyday life you lead is set within a fictional backdrop of people and places, in an environment designed and controlled by machines programmed only to manipulate and exploit your existence. If you believe this all sounds kind of familiar you’d be very right, and probably remembering the plotline of the 1990s box office blockbuster The Matrix. Having made over $400 million and grabbed several awards for the amazing special effects, this has certainly secured a place in the iconic movie hall of fame. Now, some twenty years later, Playtech has taken this fascinating theme as inspiration for an exciting new online pokie with the same name. There’s a lot to live up to when making such a move, but players, whether or not they remember the film itself, won’t be disappointed. Read our full review below.
Meet the characters
Most of the key characters from the big screen appear in this free pokie, albeit on a smaller screen of a player’s desktop, mobile and tablet. Names to watch for include Agent Smith, Morpheus and Trinity, and there are plenty of symbols which featured in the film too, such as phones, sunglasses and lines of code. Still, as this is a game refreshed and made over to suit a new context, there are inevitably some casualties, and in this case, Neo, the computer programmer who was a main character in the original, doesn’t make an appearance.
The Matrix by Playtech sports five reels and 50 paylines to fully optimise the chance of a win, along with added extras like bonus rounds, free spins and sticky wilds, without requiring huge stakes and major risks.
With free spins you only need to get three or more scatter symbols on the reels at the same time to take advantage of some freebie games. When this happens there’s a decision to be made - will you choose the Agent Smith route, which delivers eight exciting free spins and extra Agent Smith symbols with each turn and has the lure of more lucrative payouts in its favour? Or opt instead for the Nebuchadnezzar option which triggers a non-stop frenzy of free spins and locked wilds that can only be sated when six of these locked wilds end up on the reels together? The second option may not deliver the bigger instant rewards but the chance of hitting it big is extended over a longer period of time.
Wild and wilder
Players who expect a few extra twists won’t be disappointed. Take the wilds for instance; as well as the standard type there is a second on offer - represented by a black cat. If reel five is covered in furry felines the Déjà vu feature kicks in and creates even more chances to win.
Taking an incredibly popular movie plot and transforming it into an online game doesn’t automatically guarantee it will be a success, but this re-interpretation of an iconic film is spot on, and fans both old and new should have no complaints.
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