Go hunting for lost central American riches or take a walk on the mean streets of Prohibition-era America in the latest pair of video slot releases – Ecuador Gold and Gangster Paradise.
Ecuador Gold – ELK Studios
Ecuador Gold is an Inca-themed video slot from ELK Studios. The base game action takes place using a 6 reel, 4,096 ways to win symbol drop game engine. Landing consecutive symbol drop wins in a row can increase those possible ways to win up to an enormous 262,144.
Helping you to create those winning combinations are the oversized symbols. As well as standard singles, symbols can land in 2×2, 3×3 or even 4×4 blocks and fill the whole of the central quartet of reels. That includes the wild as well as the standard symbols. This is known as the Big Symbols feature. The other main base game attraction is the ghosting wild – these can hit on reels 3, 4, 5 and 6 only and leave a trail of wilds when they do.
The best winning opportunities arise during the Free Drops Bonus feature – on offer here are up to 25 free spins. The expanding reels are in play following successful symbol drop wins. Unlike in the base game, the reels don’t revert back to their standard size following an unsuccessful drop. The number of ways to win just keeps getting bigger and bigger. You can also win more free spins.
As usual for an ELK Studios video slot, the design here is very nicely done. Combine the sleek looks with the varied gameplay and Ecuador Gold becomes a very playable game – you can win up to 2,500 times your bet on each free spin.
Gangster Paradise – Novomatic
More simple fare is on offer in our second new arrival, Gangster Paradise. This 5 reel, 25 payline video slot comes from Novomatic and takes players back to the mobster filled streets of 1930s America. Visually, it’s pretty good for Novomatic – it’s not too flashy but the design conjures up the right atmosphere for a game with this theme.
Like most video slots in this developer’s catalogue, the gameplay here is pretty simple. The highlight is the Free Games feature which awards 7, 10 or 15 free spins as well as a payout of 2, 10 or 25 times your total bet. Land a full stack of a standard symbol during any of those free spins and it transforms into a stacked wild.
These can land on multiple reels on the same free spin which can lead to some intriguing possibilities. Landing just scatters here adds another 5 free spins to your total too.
Gangster Paradise is a fairly typical Novomatic video slot. The visuals are neat and tidy and the jazzy soundtrack is a good fit. The free spins round, complete with the usual added wrinkle, offers some decent potential. This might not be an offer you can’t refuse but Gangster Paradise is certainly a playable game if you like the gangster theme.
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