Based on the classic arcade game rather than the cult movie from Stanley Kubrick, Clockwork Oranges is a 5 reel, 20 payline slot from Novomatic. It’s a low variance offering that comes with a bonus wheel feature that can deliver some very timely rewards. Play from between 20p and £50 per spin.

Like many slots from the Novomatic stable, the design in Clockwork Oranges is pretty simple – the plain white reels are dominated by brightly coloured A to 9 playing cards. They are joined by the Clockwork Oranges logo which is the most rewarding of the standard symbols – 5of these on a payline will get you 500 coins. The Clockwork Orange logo can appear stacked to further boost your winning chances.

The standard symbols are joined by a wild which replaces all other symbols apart from the bonus scatter – 5 wilds on a payline award a bumper jackpot of some 10,000 coins.

The game comes with a Clockwork Oranges feature – to trigger it, you’ll need to land the Clockwork Orange scatter symbol on the odd numbered reels on the same spin (1, 3 and 5). This feature is certainly a bit of a departure from the norm, especially from Novomatic who are a little vanilla when it comes to bonus features.

You’ll be taken to a new screen and shown a clock face showing the numbers 1, 2 and 3 – where the clock’s hand lands will determine how many hands are in play during the feature proper and the potential prizes on offer. With 1 hand, you could win between 4 and 100 times your total bet. 2 hands and the potential rewards rise to between 12 and 250 times your bet. 3 hands and the prizes start at 30 times your bet rising to 500 times your stake!

You’ll then move to another new screen where you’ll be presented with a clock that features fruit rather than numbers – whenever the clock hands land on a fruit, that symbol is added to a meter. 3 matching fruit trigger a cash prize. Ideally, you’ll collect a trio of oranges which triggers the Super feature. Instead of spinning, the hands sweep across the clock face and collect everything in their path for a potentially very juicy prize.

This isn’t the most volatile slot you’ll see – in fact, the variance is low. If you’re expecting huge swings chasing bumper jackpots, then this rather genteel slot will leave you a little underwhelmed. If, on the other hand, you fancy some light-hearted, low variance action and a very unusual feature round, then Clockwork Oranges should do the job nicely. Saying that, I do like free spins and the orc-riddled Kingdom of Legend from Novomatic has it all.