When IGT first released Treasures of Troy and White Orchid, players, and most slot attendants, didn’t understand the 1,024 way MultiWay feature. I have to admit, I found that I couldn’t explain it to the slot attendants myself. I found myself researching the game feature so I could explain it. Although it appears to be just a regular video game with 40 lines, The Treasures of Troy game is actually two games in one.
First, it is a 40 line 20 reel game, as opposed to the 5 reels that most of our games have. It looks like a 5 reel game at first glance, but if you look closer you will see that there are 5 columns (not reels) of 4 rows. Each of these “picture windows” is a separate reel. Watch the way the game plays and you’ll see each window stopping on its own instead of an entire column stopping together as most reel games do.
Second, in addition to being a 40 line game, it also has an option to buy into a MultiWay feature similar to Aristocrat’s Reel Power games giving players an additional 1,024 ways to win when they double their wager. Here’s how that feature works:
When you wager the additional amount (40 x your line bet) to enter the MultiWay feature, in addition to being able to win based on payable combinations on each of the 40 lines, you can now win based on symbols on each column. You must get 4 or 5 of the same symbol in each column on an active payline to trigger a win, however, if you get more than one of the winning symbols in any of the 4 or 5 columns, your win is multiplied.
These examples assume a payout for 5 WS (Winning Symbols) = 40 credits times your line bet. Some WS pay higher amounts. The examples below assume the minimum bet of one per line (40) plus the feature wager (40).
#1: You get one WS in each of the 5 columns on any payline and it pays you 40 credits. (40×1×1×1×1×1=40)
#2: You get two WS in the first column and one in each of the 2nd through 5th columns and you are paid 80 credits. (40×2×1×1×1×1=80)
#3: You get two WS in column one and column four and one in each of the other columns and you are paid 160 credits. (40×2×1×1×2×1=160)
#4: You get WS on all 4 reels of the 1st column, 2 in the 2nd, 2 in the 3rd, and 1 in the 4th and 5th and you are paid 640 credits. (40×4×2×2×1×1=640)
#5: You get WS on all 4 reels of all 5 columns and you are paid 40,960 credits. (40×4×4×4×4×4=40,960)
And that’s just the MultiWay part of the game. 4×4×4×4×4=1,024 is the maximum number of ways you can win, and hence the name MultiWay.
Clear as mud? It is confusing, but if you think about the examples above and watch the game when someone is playing it with the 40+ MultiWay feature activated it will become clearer. Just remember that four or five WS on a payline will trigger the feature when the additional wager is placed.
By the way, this is basically the same way the Carnival of Mystery game works, except Carnival of Mystery only has three rows by five columns for a maximum of 243 ways to win.