If you are a slot player who enjoys some of the modern games featuring large interactive bonus games and amazing graphics, you might be in for something of a shock here. Casino Island 2 is one of the most basic 5 reel slots you’ll find online and you might feel that you have entered a time machine and travelled back 20 years when you first see it. You’ll find the particularly small reels on the bottom half of the screen, while the pay table fills much of the screen above – this game being so straightforward that you won’t need an extra page detailing the rules as you might elsewhere.
The slot has a nautical theme featuring many sea based symbols on the reels, including ships, anchors, a lifebuoy and buried treasure, the latter symbol certainly the one you’ll be on the lookout for. The game does have one feature, an entertaining but once again somewhat basic game, which sees you guide a boat to one of five mini islands.
The vast majority of your wins will come along in the base game. The pay table above the reels details all of the payout amounts and tells you that in the majority of cases you’ll need to land at least three symbols in a row from left to right on a win line (I say the majority, because the bell and the seagull both pay for just two in a row).
The largest wins of all are awarded when you can hit 5 symbols in a row and one symbol trumps them all. The treasure chest is worth a whopping 6,000 coins for the full house of 5, this actually paying out 6x the amount of any other symbol – if playing for the maximum stake you’ll win $30,000, so this is not to be sniffed at! The other symbols in the game in payout order are the anchor, a lighthouse, a compass, a ships wheel, a lifebuoy, a rudder, a tall ship, the seagull and the bell.
You’ll also have the opportunity of gaining some added wins in the bonus feature. This is activated by hitting the small boat twice or more on an active win line – making the feature more likely the more win lines you choose to play. You’ll move to a different screen showing the same small boat on the sea, facing five different islands, with the sun rising in the background. Each of the islands is unique, featuring a ballroom dancing couple, a castle, a house, a lighthouse and a sandy beach with umbrella. You’ll now choose which location to head to. Having made your selection, the boat will now attempt to make it to your chosen island – if it makes it, you’ll win the coin amount awarded for the island, but the boat may run aground on rocks beforehand, giving you a much smaller credit amount.
This WMS designed slot has a 5x3 configuration with a maximum of nine win lines. Despite only having nine lines, you do have the option of playing any number between 1 and 9 by simply clicking on the lines plus/minus arrows to the right of the screen. You’ll choose the coin value in the same way, this ranging from just 1c per line up to a maximum of $5 per line. This all means that the total cost of each spin ranges from just 1c (1 win line for 1c) and $45 (9 win lines at $5), making this a game that is playable for all.
Graphically the game is incredibly basic; the symbols designed in the way that early clipart symbols might appear, although there is animation which does bring some of them to life. The visuals at the bonus game are a small improvement, although this is still a very basic feature. The accompanying sound is a gentle toe tapping number, but doesn’t seem particularly relevant to the theme, although when you gain a win you’ll hear the appropriate sound of the symbol, such as the bell ringing or the seagull cawing.
There is no getting away from the fact that this is a very basic game and it’s also a fact that this alone will make this slot unappealing to a great number of players – especially with so many fun alternatives out there. However, there is a market for this kind of game. The simplicity makes for a slot which you’ll fully understand immediately and for one where you’re not constantly being bombarded by unwelcome features if you’re not a fan. This is a low variance slot, but the treasure chest does offer a huge win – and this alone might be worth giving it a spin or two.