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Combining Streaks and Bonuses to Increase Anticipation

Jackpot World’s Mid-Autumn Fantasy offers one of the most extensive arrays of bonuses we’ve seen in a single machine—including 15 unique bonus mechanics. But the machine’s biggest innovation is how it combines those bonuses with a win streak mechanic to create prolonged waves of anticipation that raise the stakes as streaks progress:

  1. Each win causes new symbols to cascade down, so players can accumulate a chain of wins in a single spin.
  2. The machine includes frequent bonuses that increase the chance of wins, ensuring that players get a lot of streaks.
  3. Landing four or more wins in a single spin awards free spins.
  4. Enhancements for free spins land during streaks but only take effect if players trigger free spins within that streak.

When building machines with bonuses and win streaks, designers should consider offering sequences of bonuses that lead to frequent streaks or awarding bonuses that expire if players break their streak.

Release Trends

Cascading reels are fairly rare, especially when paired with wild bonuses or fill meter and collection progressions. Mid-Autumn Fantasy is one of just two machines we’ve ever seen that combines all three.

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Market Watch

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