Many of the icons of London featured in Aristocrat’s Big Ben slot are historical nowadays. The classic red phone boxes are gone, and the lanterns were from Victorian days. The central symbol is the iconic clock tower called Big Ben, which also brings the highest payouts. What this 25 line video slot does well is combine history with a very playable game, and the ability to win big via a free spins bonus round.
The Big Ben pokie started life as a live casino slot. It has now been brought online. The gameplay is identical in both versions, though you will often find smaller minimum spin amounts with the online version. This game includes the classic Aristocrat ‘galloping’ click sounds when the reels stop and the familiar playing card symbols. The retro computer-generated tunes for winning combinations will also be familiar to players who enjoy Aristocrat slots.
You can choose both the number of lines you play and the bet amount on this slot. The smallest spin would be 1 line at 2c, with 25 lines at $4 giving $100 as the largest spin amount. There are handy ‘max’ buttons which will get you there, and + / – buttons to move up and down. There is an autoplay option which lets you select between 5 and 500 spins.
The profile of the Queen’s guard (complete with busby hat) is the wild symbol in this game. As usual this substitutes for any symbol other than the scatter. In addition to generous payouts for 2 or more, the wild doubles any win which it becomes part of. Other high paying symbols include the Queen’s crown and union jack flag, which pay 800 coins for 5 of a kind. The bus, phone booth, lantern and tavern sign all offer mid-sized payouts. Completing the winning combinations are the playing cards ace down to nine.
Big Ben is the symbol you want to see in this game. This is the scatter, paying out for 2+ anywhere on the reels. It is also the trigger for both of the bonus features in this game which are covered below.
There is a special ‘chime’ feature which is triggered by getting a Big Ben anywhere on the first and fifth reel. What happens is that Big Ben chimes between 1 and 12 times. The multiplier of your win during this spin increases with each chime, from 2x for one up via 12x for 6 and all the way to 500x for 12.
The free spins round is similar to that in many Aristocrat slots. You’ll get 15 for 3 Big Bens, 20 for 4 and 25 for 5. There are no extra wilds involved in this feature, though all wins during your free spins are doubled. It is possible to retrigger the free spins round while playing.
While Big Ben is immediately associated with London by people around the world – very few people know the history of this landmark. The famous bell first chimed over London in 1859. There is controversy over the origin of the name, with competing theories naming a boxer and the man who commissioned the building work. The face of this clock has a Latin inscription which reads, ‘O Lord, keep safe our Queen Victoria the First’.