When you are next in Vegas (or any live casino); you can double down on the experience by playing on a Vegas themed slot. Big Vegas from Bally is a huge favorite live, which has now also made its way online in some jurisdictions. The symbols are bold and brash, and include a special symbol which will create more wilds as you play.
This is a classic Bally game, and shows their years of experience when it comes to creating games with the right balance between features and game-play. This is not an overly fancy game, there are no break-out features included (only a potentially very profitable free spins game).
The biggest wins will come via the free spins game. The extra wilds which you will get from the directional wild symbol are ‘sticky’ during this bonus. This means that by the end of the feature, you can end up with a big proportion of the symbols on the reels wild. You only need one or two of the regular wild symbols, or a lucky combination of symbols, to see a lot of simultaneous 5 of a kind wins in this situation.
Wins from lining up the regular symbols seem on the smaller side when you first look at the pay table of Big Vegas. What you need to keep in mind is that you will often get your wins in groups. Those 7.5x your total bet wins will quickly add up when you hit 4, 5 or even more at the same time.
Directional Wilds work via a special roulette wheel symbol. This spins when it appears, and wilds are given in whichever direction the arrow points. If this lands on reel 5 and points to the left, then you would get a row of 5 wilds covering all the reels. These also work in diagonals. Sometimes you’ll get several wilds together, other times you will get just the 1 or even none (if the arrow points directly at a wall).
When you strip away the extra details, you will find a 5 reel video slot with 4 rows of symbols and 40 pay lines. You can’t reduce the number of pay lines on Bally slots, so instead you’ll need to choose how many coins to play per line. The minimum for this game is 1c (40c per spin) with the maximum $10, for a huge $400 per spin. As you change your bet amounts, the prizes on the pay table will change proportionally. You’ll be able to choose auto-play, which can be set for up to 25 automated spins each time.
Symbols on the reels are classic Vegas images. You’ll need to line up 3+ symbols from the left hand side. These include dice, cocktails, a slot machine, playing cards, keys to the high roller suite and casino chips. There are special symbols, wilds, the directional wild and a logo which says ‘free games lounge’. 3 of these anywhere on the reels will take you to the free spins bonus game – where you’ll start with 5 free spins.
This is not a particularly fancy slot, though overall the experience was a positive one. I love the boldness of the game, the relatively simple graphics work well with the Vegas theme. The directional wild seems like a minor addition – though can actually make a big difference. Not only is it possible to get several wins at once, these wilds will often combine with the ‘regular’ wilds to give you multiple wins for a single spin. Staying sticky during the free spins bonus game of course makes the biggest difference of all.
The smaller size of individual payouts should not put you off of playing this or any other Bally slot. Your wins will come in groups, which more than makes up for the size of the individual payouts. With 40 lines across 5 reels, you will often get 3, 4 or even more payouts at the same time.
Overall I liked this slot a lot, and will be back for another spin – whether this takes place in Vegas itself, another live casino or even online!