I’ve often been asked if playing a slot game is based purely on luck, the answer is yes and no. The ‘yes’ bit is that the outcome of each payout is governed by a random number generator (RNG), in other words wins are completely random.
The ‘no’ bit is how you play the slots; the strategy you use to improve your winning odds by playing with the proper bankroll, playing the game in the ‘free mode’ first, the volatility of the slots (RTP), how many bonus games does it contain and how often are they triggered.
Playing a slots machine is a ‘calculated risk’, if you’re a low roller you’re not going to play a slots that’s highly volatile. The RTP (return to player percentage) of the game is 92.5% up to 96.6%.
In this article we’re going to share our playing experience on IGT’s Harley Davidson Freedom Ride video slot with you and give you some tips that will hopefully improve your chances at winning something. The theme of the slots is based on the world’s most popular motorcycle the Harley-Davidson. As a company, Harley-Davidson was founded in 1903 by William S. Harley and brothers Arthur and Walter Davidson.
Harley Davidson Free Tour slots contains 30 paylines, 5 reels and offers a non-progressive jackpot of 2,500 coins. The wild symbol is the Harley-Davidson logo, it completes a winning combination by substituting the other symbols on the reels. Paying symbols are the different coloured Harley-Davidson bikes, helmets, leather jackets, keys and wilds. Against the backdrop of the reels you’ll see the tar road.
The minimum stake per spin is 50 pence while the maximum bet is £100. Note, I didn’t play the slots for real cash but in the free mode, my average stake per spin was £50. Although playing for free is not as accurate as playing for real cash it gives you an indication about the game’s payouts/volatility. When the ‘Bonus’ symbol appears on reels 1, 3 and 5 it’s responsible for triggering the Free Spins ‘Map’.
Every time the ‘Bonus’ symbol pitches a mile is added to the mileage counter situated in the bottom left corner of your screen. This is an interesting feature, the Bonus symbol increases the mileage meter, as you gain more miles you’ll unlock additional bonus modes. One mile is awarded for every non-triggering Bonus symbol. For every 10 miles you collect you’ll move 1 stop on the map.
There’s also a ‘Bonus Wheel’ that is triggered when 3 Bonus symbols appear any position on the reels. When the wheel stops spinning the winning outcome is indicated by the pointer. Each free spin comes with a multiplier of 2x to 5x.
The ‘Bonus Trigger Boost’ is unlocked after certain reel spins, 1 or 2 of the Bonus symbols on reels 3 and 5 will trigger the ‘Road to Riches’ bonus. IGT’s Harley Davidson Free Tour has more bonus games that most dogs have fleas. The crux of the matter, the more stops you gain on the map the more bonus features you’ll unlock. The symbol that offers the top payout is the Harley-Davidson logo, 5 of them at the maximum wager pays 2,500 coins.
Once you’ve set your budget aside decide on your average stake per spin, don’t deviate from it unless you’ve experienced a couple of nice wins. Thanks to the ‘Bonus’ and the wild symbol, base game wins are pretty good. With 60 miles on the counter I moved to position 7 on the tarmac. What I’ve noted was that the slots pays often during the main game but wins tend to be small.
However, I landed 5 wilds, the Harley-Davidson truck moved across my screen turning additional symbols into wilds giving me a win of £1,390! I also hit 5 of a kind Harley-Davidson logos which paid a cool £1,560 unlocking he ‘Free Ride’ free spins bonus wheel which indicates the various cash prizes that can be won. I spun the wheel and won £500, aim for the free spins (‘Free Ride’), if you can manage this feat you’ll win a substantial amount of cash.
In summary. My take on Harley Davidson Free Tour slots is that it’s a very entertaining game but it requires a degree of patience. As you progress in the game the more ‘Bonus’ symbols will appear which unlocks extra bonus features. Should you trigger the Free Ride bonus wheel, shoot for the maximum win of 10,000 coins or try and land the arrow on the ‘Free Ride’ free spins.
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