When you first play Just Vegas, it looks like a regular Sin City themed game. There are bright symbols, featuring gambling and the gamblers. There is also a lively (if a little 1980’s sounding) soundtrack while you spin. The plain base game is worth persisting with. When you reach the free spins, you get 3 distinct themes, new music and different game-play to keep you entertained.
Each time you trigger free spins, you will get to choose from a Chinese, Egyptian or Roman casino. The number of spins and features within each version are completely different.
There are 5 reels, 3 rows of symbols and an all-ways wins system in use for this game. This makes any consecutive run of 3+ symbols on adjacent reels a win. You’ll bet 25 coins to get all 243 potential combinations. Bet sizes start at just 1c (25c per spin). There is an auto play option to the left of the control panel. This lets you have up to 50 spins without needing to click.
This is a lively game, and each winning combination gets surrounded by flashing neon lights. On the pay table, you will see 4 versions of each symbol. Until you play the bonus games, this seems strange. Once you see those features, you will realize that there is one extra version of each symbol for the Chinese, Egyptian and Roman free spin games.
A guy in a tie (presumably a high roller) is the best paying symbol. This guy is worth 1000 coins for 5 of a kind – which is high for an all-ways setup. You can get 500 coins for 4 of a kind, and 50 coins for 3. A lady in a red dress comes next, at 750 coins. You’ll get the same prize for the final gambler, and older guy with a plane behind him. The final unique symbol is a pile of money. This is worth 500 coins for 5.
Playing card symbols (which also get redesigned for the different casinos) are the lower paying symbols.
A golden casino chip with the word ‘Vegas’ on it is the wild symbol. This does not have a prize of its own. Instead it will substitute for any of the regular symbols to create additional wins.
Scatter symbols are a Vegas logo. These have prizes based on the total number in view. The top prize is 50x your total spin amount for 5 of a kind. If you hit 3 or more of these scatters, you will also trigger the free spins bonus game.
When you trigger the bonus, you will see 3 circles, each highlighting a different casino option. Each is a variation of free spins, and will lead you to a different slot with new symbols.
Asian Casino: This is 10 free spins, with stacked wilds added to the middle 3 reels. Those wilds look like dragons. With an all-ways system, stacked wilds have the potential to enable a lot of wins each spin if they line up. You’ll see a new background, hear a new soundtrack and enjoy different designs on the winning symbols during this game.
Egyptian Casino: The design changes, and the soundtrack has a new middle-eastern flavor for this version. The change in the game-play is more subtle. You get 15 free spins. The main difference is that the wild symbols now substitute for the scatters. This gives you a bigger chance of retriggering for 15 free spins. If you get lucky you might do this multiple times.
Roman Casino: This option is for those players who prefer a higher variance bonus. You get 5 free spins only – along with a change in sound, background and symbols once again. This time any wins that you trigger are multiplied by 5x compared to the pay table.
Just like the city on which it is based, everything about this slot is slightly over the top. The background shows come casino type properties, the logo is neon (and moving) and the music while you spin is loud and confident.
When you win you’ll see pairs of neon lights going around all the winning symbols. There are also new tunes for wins. Each of the country casinos has a new background, with new (equally over the top) tunes.
I was unsure of this slot right up until the first bonus game triggered. What looks like a lively, though simple Vegas themed slot suddenly becomes more interesting with the 3 different bonus games. I recommend checking out all 3 versions, before deciding on one which suits the amount of ‘gamble’ that is right for you.