I’m not sure it would be possible to cram any more references to US food into one slot. You’ll find apple pie, hot dogs and even Oreo cookies and more on the reels of this 5-line video slot. These sit with icons like the statue of Liberty, flags and a football. Uncle Sam of course gets a look in – or at least his hat does. This plays an important role in the slot’s only bonus feature.
That bonus is on the reels, no free spins or second screen bonus games feature in Bars and Stripes. You have to pick hats, which can reveal substantial cash prizes. The action is improved by wild symbols which double your wins, and scatters which pay out independently of the win-lines.
You’ll have the flexibility to choose your own number of win-lines on this game. These range between 1 and 25. I’d recommend the full 25, as this takes the best advantage of the multiplier wild symbols. Coin sizes go from 1c and up, with up to 10 coins per line possible for the high rollers. You’ll find auto play, bet max and – if the ambient beeping and casino background noise gets too much – a mute on the top right.
This slot is all about the line wins, and those are topped by the logo symbol. This is the wild, and will create extra wins by substituting for any other regular symbol. If you line up 5 of them on any of the 25 win-lines, that gets you 5000 coins. You’ll get 1000 coins for 4, 150 for 3 and 10 for just 2. This wild will double any wins it created with the other symbols too.
There is then quite a jump down to the next biggest prize. This is an American eagle in side profile. You’ll get 600 coins for 5 of these – and prizes all the way down to 2 from the left. The higher paying symbols are the Statue of Liberty, American flag fluttering in the wind, 7 with the US flag markings and 3 bars – which look like bars of gold.
Smaller wins come your way by lining up the food symbols. There are no playing cards here, only traditional dishes. There is a turkey (roasted!), apple pie, burger and fries, hot dog, beer and that Oreo cookie.
If the American football were not already iconic enough, the one used as a scatter has a US flag design. This is a scatter symbol. It is not connected to the win lines, and will instead trigger prizes based on the total number in view. If you get 5 in a single spin, this is worth 200x your total bet amount. 4 are worth 20x that bet and 3 brings you 2x.
As slot features go, they do not get much simpler. If you hit 3, 4 or 5 of the big top hats (naturally decorated with Stars and Stripes), then you get to play a picks game. The rest of the symbols on the reels are greyed out, and you get to choose up to 3 hats. Each one will reveal a prize in coins. The top prize is a jackpot-like 47,500 coins.
This slot deliberately goes to town on the USA design. Any excuse to get an extra flag into the game has been taken! It comes across as light and good humoured. Examples include the mini-flag in the roast turkey, and even the wrapper of the hot dog has stars and stripes. When you click the spin button, you’ll immediately see that this is a US flag too.
Bars and Stripes is not the newest slot, and the graphics do reflect this. You’ll also notice that the sound effects are dated. These come from a time when the standard procedure was to emulate the noises of the electro-mechanical slots on casino floors. There are no animations on the symbols, just flashing lines and boxes around your wins.
Not at all, this slot is so over the top, that it is enjoyable for everyone. This is an example of a solid slot with limited game-play options. The single bonus feature is not too interesting (you’ll click on hats). At least it has the possibility of triggering a big win. Doubled wins with the wild symbols also give a boost to the regular game play.