Crime Pays is one of the darker slots you’ll find online, as it focuses on the murky goings on in the criminal underworld. There are a number of crime based slots, many featuring mobsters from the 1930’s or heading back to Victorian times and showing off the detective skills of Sherlock Holmes, but this slot is a very modern one, based most definitely in the 21st century. On the reels you’ll find a variety of crime related symbols, including diamonds, wads of cash, expensive rings, guns and three shady looking criminals.
The features of the slot see you win free spins, enter into a crime spree and hunt down the boss of the underworld, where you’ll have the opportunity of winning the progressive Jackpot. All this is on top of one of the most atmospheric looking base games you’ll find online, where you’ll be able to win big with the particularly impressive wild symbol.
The biggest and best wins at this WMS designed slot come with the three feature rounds. On reel one you’ll find a ‘Crime’ symbol, which is joined by a ‘Pays’ symbol on reel three. If you can land both of these as well as the relevant bonus feature symbol on reel 5, you’ll enter the bonus feature.
Free Spins Round – The free spins symbol on reel 5 will see you enter this round where you’ll find that each spin comes with a handy 2x multiplier. Having landed the feature once, this can be re-triggered during the free spins.
Crime Spree – This is activated by the police siren symbol on reel 5. You’ll see three suspects appear – two of which are immediately shot! The one remaining suspect will now go on the run and begin a crime spree across the reels. In normal circumstances this would be a bad thing, but every object they picks up along the way wins you a cash prize, so don’t be too hard on the criminal! In this round you can gain up to a 30x multiplier.
Mastermind – This is the potentially most exciting round of all and is activated by the Mastermind symbol on reel 5. Your aim is to find the Mastermind and in doing so you’ll choose a continent, a region, a hideout and a tactical symbol – each gaining either a multiplier or a credit amount, while narrowing down the search. The win amounts will be added together and this will be your prize for the round. However, should you also happen to have found the Mastermind you’ll be informed that you have won the progressive Jackpot, which pays a maximum amount of $50,000!
You’ll also win in the usual way in the base game by landing three or more consecutive symbols from left to right on a win line. The wild symbol is the top paying; worth a very impressive 10,000 coins should you manage to land five in a row, this symbol also substituting for any other apart from the scatters. The three criminals come next – the guy with the upturned collar paying 500 coins for the maximum 5, while his two compatriots pay 200.
Crime Pays is a 5 reel slot, each reel featuring four symbols as opposed to the more usual three. There are a total of 50 win lines at the game and this number is set, although you’ll only pay 1 credit for every 2 win lines. The minimum coin amount for the slot is just 1c, making for a 25c spin, while the maximum is $4, making for a hundred buck spin. You can start each spin automatically, while an auto play button sets the slot in motion without interruption, simply hitting the button again to stop it.
The look of the slot will be familiar to fans of the ‘Sin City’ film series, the same dark, atmospheric feel found on the reels of Crime Pays. The accompanying soundtrack only accentuates the mood, with rain drops falling throughout and the sound of church bells and sirens in the distance, while each spin is accompanied by an effective film score style track.
Your first impressions of this slot will certainly be good, as it’s very clear that WMS have spent much time on the sound and visuals of the game. However, the game only improves when you see the range of features. The Mastermind feature is the best of these, as some nice wins come your way when narrowing down the search, with the added excitement of finding out whether you’ve landed the jackpot at the end. This slot will appeal to many and don’t be surprised if this is a crime you’ll want to get to the bottom of on many occasions.