Weekend in Vegas Pokie Review
Gameplay: the shortest shortcut to wealth
It is a 243 Ways To Win video slot. This means there are no paylines. You need to land matching symbols on neighboring reels in any order, the more the better, and the chances to win are high. There are as many as 243 winning combinations! To pursue all of them, you need to adjust two settings only. First, decide on a coin value that ranges from $0.01 up to $1.00 with the Choose Coin control. The second is the last: use the Bet Level control to set a bet level between 1 and 5, which makes a total spin bet vary between $0.25 and $125 to fit any weekend budget. Each bet targets all possible 243 winning combinations and this is a great opportunity not to be spoiled by a tiny bet. Be brave and place something decent to win it huge!
There are 9 regular symbols, a Wild icon and a Scatter. The regular icons fall into two groups with different paytables and features. The first group comprises Looney Larry, Balanced Ben and Cautious Chris, they pay from left to right when at least 3 identical characters land on adjacent reels and do their best when there are 5 identical icons on neighboring reels. Their paytable show wins between x5 and x35 or up to $175 at the maximum spin bet. These 4 characters also work as bonus triggers.
The second group represents lower-paying symbols. These are playing card values from 10 through Ace and a … well, a pole dancer. These icons pay from left to right when there are at least 3 of a kind on adjacent reels and earn top wins when there are 5 identical icons. The second group sticks to the paytable that show payouts from x2 up to x300 or up to $1500 at the maximum spin bet. Though the paytable may seem moderate, wins are facilitated by wild symbols and the 243 Way To Win format embodied into the pokie. Wilds sub for any regular icon except for scatters. The wilds appear only on reels 1 and 4 in base rounds, and on reels 2, 3, 4 and 5 in a free spin mode.
Call the Police feature
A police car is a Scatter. First of all, scatters are payable symbols. Two to five scatters landed in any position award x50 to x250 (up to $1250 at max).
Second, landing three or more scatters in any position on any reels awards free spins – a nice extra to a scatter payout! The number of free spins depends on the number of scatters. Three scatters award 8 free spins, four scatters award 12, and five Scatters grant as many as 20 free spins!
Third, all standard and scatters wins are doubled during free spins! This means scatters pay from x100 up to x 500 (or $2500 at the maximum bet). Regular icons also award twice as high as their normal paytable winnings.
And this is not the end of a story: after each free spin feature, a Money Wheel bonus is activated. A green Money Wheel appears; each spin of the Wheel either pays immediately or pushes a green arrow closer to the center of the Wheel where the wins are higher. The ultimate task is to get to the center and score the top available cash prize, thousands of coins. Furthermore, extra free spins may be awarded in a free spin mode. Indeed it is a Las Vegas style of gambling – if you win, you take it all!
Respins and second-screen bonus round
Look closer at your new pals, Looney Larry, Balanced Ben and Cautious Chris. These guys have a hidden agenda. Landing 2, 3 or 4 of the same characters on the reels in a base spin triggers an instant respin. Character icons should cover an entire reel for the respin to be awarded. A respin is played out in a special manner: the triggering icon or icons stick in place while the other reels rotate.
This really increases chances for extra wins and for approaching the second screen bonus round that features the same characters. Respins increase your chances for winning and they are played with the bet that was set for the triggering spin. To take the chance and win it bigger you should place a higher bet to benefit from a respin feature. Set a higher coin value and enjoy good payouts.
The second screen bonus round is nothing else but a famous Las Vegas winning streak. You should note that characters are different in temper and gambling habits and their names are pretty self-explanatory. Looney Larry throws all his chips at stake and wins it huge but not always. Cautious Chris takes a cautious mind and always wins, not much but still: he wins each time. Balanced Ben is perfectly balanced in terms of gambling and winning: he is the golden mean. The second-screen bonus round is awarded when three or more reels are covered by the same character.
It is not your choice whether to be bold or cautious or balanced: this is a triggering character who decides how to behave. Don’t panic: it is a winning streak so each bonus round is a win. There are several casinos visited by a playing character, each with a different instant cash prize. You have to click on as many casinos as you possibly can before the streak is over: it is a time-based feature so wake up your gambling instincts and be as fast as a lightning bolt.
Make your heart pound and stop: a gamble feature
Each win in a standard round activates a gamble feature. The Double control gets orange lit and you may gamble your win. This is a coin tossing mini game. Betting on Heads or Tails is a chance to double the win and then double it again and again for as long as you want. No limit is placed on the number of tries in the gamble feature: there are no limits in Vegas! The feature is also activated after scatter payouts.
Bottom line on Weekend In Vegas
The 5-reel video slot by Betsoft is a wonderful development of the concept of 243 Ways To Win. It is impeccable in terms of graphics, 3D animation and heart-melting characters whose behavior invokes thoughts of artificial intelligence. It is fully compatible with any device of your choice including mobile. It is exuberant in terms of payouts: up to $1500 wins in base rounds, scatters paying up to $1250 and doubling all payouts and awarding up to 20 free spins, a profitable Money Wheel feature, respins, a second-screen bonus round with instant cash prizes and a gamble feature on top.