Launched in October 2018, Casumo Topwheel Treasures is the operator’s take on Evolution Gaming’s Dream Catcher that was released a year earlier. It doesn’t reinvent the wheel, it keeps the best parts of its predecessor with its own unique flair. Its concept is based on the large vertical wheels that are often found at land-based casinos (Aspers has an impressive one) and are sometimes referred to as Big Six, Big Wheel or simply Money Wheel.
As dabblers in Dream Catcher, we were eager to see where Casumo would take the concept. So, settle in and continue on to learn how to play, what it pays, if there’s such a thing as optimal strategy and more in our Topwheel Treasures review.
This casino game was initially reviewed in November 2018.
Image source: Casumo
Topwheel Treasures Quick Facts
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If you were a nineties kid, you may remember one of the many reincarnations of the Wheel of Fortune TV show. Your mum probably made popcorn and you all sat together to see if the contestant would be lucky enough to stop the wheel at the right point for the top prize. Can you picture it? Well, that’s the similarity between the game show and one of Evolution’s latest releases. It’s an easy-to-understand, Wheel of Fortune-esque casino game designed to appeal to a wider audience, especially slots players.
We’ll guess that you’ve sussed out the premise of how to win on Topwheel Treasures by now. Bet on the number (either 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 or 40) you think the wheel will stop at and if it hits, you win. There are also 2x and 7x multipliers that act as bonus spins and boost your next win.
When you open it for the first time, you’ll be greeted with a helpful animation that walks you through the basics of betting.
You’ll find more on what the wheel and the environment look like a bit further down, but first let’s take a look at its rules.
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As is convention, you’ll be able to place your wagers, starting at a minimum of 10c up to a maximum bet level that’s at the operator’s discretion, when betting time is open.
Should the wheel come to a stop on one of the two multiplier segments, all bets remain in place and the wheel is spun again. The outcome of this new spin determines the winning number as usual, but its odds are multiplied by 2x or 7x, depending on the multiplier of the previous spin. If the pointer lands on a multiplier segment again, the same rule applies and the dealer will spin the wheel until he or she reaches a result, that is, the wheel stops on 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 or 40. This means that the eventual winning digit may be multiplied a number of times, subject to a default maximum win of €500,000 or to a maximum set by the operator, as shown in the limits panel.
Still a bit unsure? Consider the following example.
Say the wheel stops on the 7x multiplier, then the 2x multiplier and then the number 5. If you placed a bet on 5 during the first round, your payout will be calculated as follows:
(5 to 1) x 2 x 7 = (10 to 1) x7 = 70 to 1
The Topwheel Treasures wheel is undoubtedly its main focus. In the wide-angle shot, it takes pride of place in the centre of your screen. The disk itself was custom-built and engineered to precision by legendary casino equipment supplier, TCSJOHNHUXLEY.
As we mentioned earlier, it’s divided into 54 segments that are separated by pins. 52 of these are marked with a number and unique colour for each one, where 1 = yellow, 2 = blue, 5 = purple, 10 = green, 20 = red and 40 = red while the 2x multiplier and 7x multiplier are silver and gold respectively.
Once betting time ends, the presenter spins the wheel, either clockwise or anticlockwise. There’s a pointer mounted on a flexible piece of leather at the top of the wheel to indicate the winning digit and dividing pins on the wheel that brush against the pointer to build up suspense before the wheel comes to a stop.
The studio appears to be semi-circular in shape (at least through the camera lens) and is illuminated with continuously changing LEDs that wish players good luck, display the winning number and are reflected in both the ceiling and the floor, creating an immersive feel.
The capabilities of their live dealers are of utmost importance. If they were unable to keep players entertained or engaged, each round could end up being fairly boring so the operator, supposedly, handpicked twenty or so individuals who know how to perform in front of a camera.
On set, the game show presenter is seemingly free to move around as he or she pleases, with probable markings to notify them of where the cameras are. To the right of the stream, you’ll catch sight of a discreet, Casumo-character branded podium which is likely where the dealer receives real-time notifications and is able to chat with players. They’re encouraged to show their personality and interact with bettors, whether it’s reminding them how the game works or casual chit-chat.
Our host was Destiny, a bubbly blonde girl who replied to questions with a smile, encouraged conversation, spoke about how her day was going and asked players about theirs, all while dancing and jumping around the set as a TV presenter would do. She even threw in a cheeky “You have a date with your Destiny” comment before she released the wheel a few times. This friendly dynamic is also seen at the dealer change, where the two presenters interact for about a minute.
In terms of dress code, male dealers wear navy suits with a red tie whilst female presenters wear a white, peach, blue and yellow block-colour shift dress that complements the colours of their environment. Both wear crisp, white sneakers that must make moving around far more comfortable
Now that you know what the studio’s like, what about how the stream is shown and what it sounds like on your PC or smartphone? Let’s break it down.
Evolution adapted its standard interface to suit this game show. You can consider this in two parts: ¾ are allocated to the stream whilst the remainder is comprised of a digitally-rendered betting layout. There’s more on the former soon, but for now let’s focus on what the interface looks like before describing how you’ll interact with it. The base of the interface is where the action happens, and the virtual betting area takes centre stage.
The numbers appear as banknotes in the corresponding colours of the wheel with an announcement banner that advises on when wagers are being accepted. To the right of this, you’ll catch sight of the result of the previous 20 rounds, the Autoplay button, the option to bet on another game such as blackjack and quick access to the lobby when you’re ready to try your hand at a different table. To the opposite side, there’s a view of your casino balance, your total bet and the chat function above which a stream of the winners of each round appears.
The original version of the payouts table you saw above, as well as its overall minimum and maximum bets is found at the top left with the option to pin this in place. To be honest, we prefer to keep the stream clear and clutter free, so if you’re a computer gambler, our suggestion is to keep the game open on one tab (or screen if you’re feeling fancy) with this review on the other. This software supplier places the majority of its controls at the top right. There’s an alternative entry point to speak with the dealer with their name displayed and access to the Casumo responsible gaming page.
These are followed by three audio and visual settings icons (which we’ll explain in a minute), an overview of your Evolution account history behind the clock icon, information on the game from the ? icon and the possibility to play in full screen by pressing the last button in that row.
Once the fifteen-second betting window begins, the virtual layout rises and appears as shown. The chip value you’ll be wagering with is encircled with a gold ring around it, and once that is correct you’ll need to click the area you’d like to wager on. There’s also the option to undo your bet if you placed a chip incorrectly, repeat your last bet or double your wager if you’ve got a good feeling about the next spin. And, if your bankroll permits it, you can also wager on all six numbers at one go by pressing the Bet On All button.
For the most part, we played on desktop facilitated by a 1GB download speed Wi-Fi connection and it ran smoothly without any hiccups, just as we expect from such a leading games provider.
In case you haven’t realised by now, this is less of a traditional live casino game and more of a spectacle. Fittingly, game show style instrumental music can be heard throughout, yet the dealer’s voice remains loud and clear. Drumming builds up suspense as the wheel goes over its final revolutions followed by a tada-style sound effect when the winning number is announced. It’s all really on theme, but if you’d like to tone it down, the volume of these can be controlled via the speaker and cog icons on the interface.
As anticipated, it’s set in a state-of-the-art studio where a multi-camera installation captures the action from numerous viewpoints. There’s the primary wide shot that fits in the entire set, left and right side views as well as two close-ups of the wheel – one slightly wide shot and another to showcase that leather strap coming to a stop. On PC, there’s the choice between two viewing modes – fullscreen HD and classic mode. The former is the view we described earlier while the latter places the stream in the centre with the previous results and chat either side of it. The stream is delivered to your screen in about 24 frames per second with a video buffering memory that will vary throughout according to your Internet connection. Similarly, these can be set as either medium, high or HD, according to what best suits your Internet speed.
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Have you had a chance to sign up to Casumo and give Topwheel Treasures a spin for yourself? Did Destiny let the wheel go at just the right time to land you a big win with a 7x multiplier? No matter your experience, share your stories with us at [email protected] We’d love to hear from you!
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