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Title: The Border
Developer: Nolimit City
Reels: 6
Rows: 6+
Paylines: Cluster pays
RTP: 96.17% | 94% | 92%
Hit Freq: 30%
Free Spins Freq: 1 in 260
Max Win: 44,288x
Max Win Probability: 1 in 44m
Volatility: High (10/10)
Min/Max Bet: 0.20/100
Release Date: September 13, 2022

Play now:   https://k8.io/games/slots/nlc_theborder

Slot Details
The Border is a 6×6 video slot with cluster pays and cascading wins. Match five or more symbols horizontally or vertically adjacent to form a cluster for a win. You can join the battle for border control from 0.20 to 100 credits per spin. This game has an extreme volatility rating and a 96.17% RTP. Some online casinos will select alternative models. Be sure to check upon loading to be certain of playing the preferred 96.17% RTP model.

The Border is based around crossing the Mexico/U.S. border, with glorious American landscapes, images of secret tunnels, and more used to decorate win screens. A border fence frames the reels, and a checkpoint appears during the enhanced feature. Slow Spanish guitar gently plucks across foreboding chords in the base game, with pacier strings in place for bonus rounds. The production and finish of The Border is a shining example of a Nolimit City creative team at the top of its game.

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The pay symbols start at the low end with a scorpion, rattlesnake, and vulture, and matching clusters of 30 – 44 symbols will pay from 10x to 20x your stake, with top payouts for 160+ symbols awarding 553.85x your bet. A lady, man, military guard, ranger and governer follow, as the five character symbols, awarding from 22.5x to 125x your bet for 30 – 44 symbols in a cluster, with top payouts ranging from 1107.2x to 2214.4x for 160+ symbols.

Several wild symbols appear from xBooster modifiers, each with a W in its design, that substitute for all symbols except for bonus scatters. A gold dollar represents the scatter symbol that triggers regular free spins for landing six or the enhanced version for landing seven or more.

The Border xCluster Slot Features
The Border xCluster is Nolimit City’s debut cluster slot. The popular pay system is often combined to good effect with cascading symbols and is responsible for legendary games, Reactoonz and Jammin Jars. Let’s see how the studio’s first entry into the successful genre compares.

Before taking your first step across The Border, you can choose whether to enable the Boosted xRIP feature. Enabling this mode will increase your stake size by 50% and guarantee a scatter symbol on reel one with every spin. However, as seen before with xRIP on Tombstone R.I.P., the win-voiding feature does not pay wins below stake size, except during bonus games.

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When ready, your basic spin of The Border will see wins awarded for matching five or more symbols in clusters – groups of horizontally or vertically adjacent matching symbols. Winning clusters will explode from the reels and create space for new and existing symbols to cascade and fill the gaps. The symbol cascade can lead to more wins, and the process repeats until no more wins occur. At the end of the spin sequence, the sum of all cluster wins is paid.

Four special symbols from Nolimit City’s range of xBooster features can land at random on any spin of the game. When more than one xBooster appears on the reels, the modifying features will play out in the order listed below:

  • xWays: Upon landing, xWays symbols split from a 1×1 symbol into 2 or 4 matching ones. More than one xWays modifier on a spin will reveal the same symbol type.
  • xSplit: Features on reels two to six only and splits all symbols to its left, doubling the symbol size before transforming into a wild. Should more than one xSplit land in the same row, the one to the left will be split again and come with a symbol count indicator of up to x64. All symbols can be split, including other xBoosters, wilds and scatter symbols. Split scatters will contribute towards a feature trigger, e.g. a scatter split into two will count as two scatters, just as one with a symbol count of x12 will count as twelve.
  • xNudge Cluster Wild: Will appear as a wild symbol in a winning cluster that can nudge up and/or down and increase the win multiplier by x1 increments each time. Should it pass over a symbol count multiplier, it will increase the win multiplier by increments of that value for each remaining symbol it passes through in the sequence. The nudge continues across all consecutive symbols that are part of the winning cluster. In the case of an xNudge Cluster Wild being split by an xSplit modifier, it will start the sequence by increasing the win multiplier by its symbol count before completing its nudging sequence as normal.
  • xBomb Wild: The xBomb Wild symbol substitutes all other symbols except for the bonus scatter and, following any win calculations, will explode and destroy all adjacent symbols except for scatters or wilds. Each xBomb Wild explosion increases the win multiplier by x1 increments, except for a Split xBomb Wild which will increase the multiplier by its symbol count.

Land six or more scatter symbols during a spin to trigger the Mule Free Spins Bonus. During the round, whenever an xWays symbol lands in a cluster win, cluster symbols on the same reel will be infected and split into the same number of symbols the xWays modifier reveals. In addition, a fifth xBooster, xCluster, features only during free spins. When two or more unique cluster wins form during the same avalanche, the xCluster modifier increases the round win multiplier by x1 increments for each cluster from the second onwards. Land more scatter symbols to upgrade the bonus to the Coyote Free Spins, explained below, for the remaining spins of the bonus. Two extra free spins per scatter will be awarded.

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Seven or more scatters in view during the base game will award the Coyote Free Spins Bonus. The round starts with twelve spins plus two more for each additional scatter above seven. In this enhanced feature, xWays symbols infect all cluster symbols they form part of. Any xBomb modifiers will add their symbol count to any symbols with a symbol count multiplier that are not destroyed by the explosion. Plus, the win multiplier during Coyote Free Spins does not reset and will keep increasing accordingly until the round ends.

Where available, The Border xCluster comes with a Bonus Buy feature for direct entry to bonus games. For a fixed amount, you can purchase one of three bonus triggering spin options:

  • Mule Spins | 98x Bet: Instant access to the Mule Spins.
  • Coyote Spins | 914x Bet: Instant access to the Coyote Spins.
  • Lucky Draw | 506x Bet: A random trigger of either bonus type.

Final Verdict
The Border is an impressive launch into the cluster pays genre by Nolimit City. The game looks great, has a nice pace of action courtesy of xWays and company, and comes with the on-trend standard of regular and enhanced bonus games. Extra chances of landing a feature can come from xWays splits of scatter symbols; another first for the fashionable game developers who normally don’t count split scatters towards bonus game triggers. Fans of Fire in the Hole xBomb, Misery Mining xBomb and Evil Goblins xBomb might like this cluster pays addition to the xBomb range.

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