When you look to the left of the reels and see the Empire State building, Hollywood sign, Abraham Lincoln and the US Flag – then note the Statue of Liberty and Whitehouse to the right – you’ll see that the theme is all-American! On the reels are even more icons. These include the Welcome to Las Vegas sign, Golden Gate bridge and more.
4th of July is not the most complex game. This has been created as a solid 25-line video slot, with just a scatter, wild symbol and free spins game to keep you interested. The 4th of July symbol is that wild. This will multiply any wins it is a part of by three – which is where your bigger windfalls will come from.
The 25 lines which cross this slot are fixed, so you only need to decide on your bet amount before you spin. You can play from 25c (1c per line) all the way up to $250 ($10 per line). When you click the spin button you will hear some brass instruments. This sounds like it would be from a parade, and did get a little jarring after a while!
Big wins come from the iconic symbols, with smaller ones from coins with playing card symbols on them. Some of the wins are triggered by hitting 2 consecutive symbols from the left, though most of them need 3. The white house (complete with lawn) is the top paying symbol. This is worth 750 coins for 5 of a kind, 200 for 4, 50 coins for 3 and 4 for just 2 from the left. This joined by the statue of Liberty, presidents carved in rock, Empire State building and then the Golden Gate bridge.
Playing card symbols aces down to nine make up the regular smaller wins. These are of different colored coins – with gold, silver and bronze all in play.
The 4th of July logo is a wild symbol. This will substitute for any of the American Icons or coin / playing card symbols to create extra wins. When you get a win including a 4th of July symbol, this is tripled compared to what is on the pay table. This brings the biggest prizes (for the Whitehouse and Statue of Liberty) up to 2250 coins. Two wilds will often bring multiple wins on different lines, though these do not multiply together to create 9x wins!
If you are lucky enough to line up 5 of the wild symbols on a single win-line, you will win the top prize, which is a generous 9000 coins.
Scatter symbols are the iconic ‘Welcome to Las Vegas’ signs. These have 4 roles. First, 2 or more of them pay out a scatter win. This is a multiple of your total bet. 2 Las Vegas signs pay 2x, with 5x for 3, 20x for 4 and a large 400x your spin amount for all 5. In addition, 3+ of these symbols anywhere in view will get you 15 free spins.
The bonus game is the same as the main game in terms of prizes. You’ll enjoy some patriotic music while you play. You can retrigger this bonus by hitting 3 or more of the Las Vegas signs during play. 15 spins are fixed, you will not get more spins for 4 or 5 of the scatters on the triggering spin.
Many of the symbols you’ll find on this slot are detailed and very nicely produced. What you will not find are animations or special effects. The scene outside of the reels is a complex montage of all things American. This is faded together and looks very effective. There are even birds flying above the reels, though these are too far away to tell is they are eagles.
Symbols are drawn un squares, and are static. Each has a cloudy sky above it, and a lot of attention to the details of shading and shadow. I like the way that the regular playing card symbols have been added to coins. The Queen even has ‘liberty’ above it engraved on the golden dollar coin.
There are bleeping tunes (unique to this slot) when the game cycles through different line wins. That brass band sound when you click spin quickly becomes old. If 888 Games would add a mute for this specific sound, I am sure I’d be back more often.
This is a solid and enjoyable game. It does a good job with the all-American theme without trying to be overly complex or original. The 3x multipliers for wins with wild add a little something to the base game. The highlight is the 15 free spins, which can be retriggered to give you a shot at a bigger windfall.
Also known as ‘Independence Day’, the 4th of July holiday is a federal holiday which celebrates the signing of the declaration of independence. This document severed ties with the British Empire, creating a new nation of 13 states back in 1776. Aside from the political significance, this holiday is family friendly and sees a lot of outdoor activities – including parades, fireworks and barbeques.