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There's this new slot: Fortune telling

What does it do? I've spent some cents only to receive cryptic phrases. The best use I've found for them is blowing them up.

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After playing around with the slot in the image, and with the help of the wiki, I've found that, in addition to the cryptic sentences, there are also a lot of useful rewards including:

  • trinkets
  • Tarot cards
  • Playing cards (especially useful the two of diamonds, that doubles your current amount of coins)
  • soul hearts
  • a Crystal Ball (probably on blowup), a usable item that reveals the map and spawns a random card or a soul heart (thanks @Keaanu!)

Here you can see my results after playing for a while (I failed to make it blow up by itself, so I used a bomb):

fortune blow

It can become a little cluttered, as you can see. I also had 3 more soul hearts and 1 heart container, but I wanted to kill the boss before finishing my experiments.

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The wiki also states that the Fortune Telling Machine eventually drops the Crystal Ball, a usable item which "reveals the map and gives a random card or soul heart." – Keaanu May 29 '12 at 20:12

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