Even if you have never been to Paris yourself, the iconic buildings and imagery are unmistakable. You’ll be lining up symbols showing the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and a traditional French café too. What you might also spot, if you are familiar with the slot games developed by 888, is that this game uses the same system as several other titles. There are 5 reels, 3x multiplier wilds and a single free spins round. If you have enjoyed the all-American 4th of July slot, then you will be familiar with the format.
As you will see from the review, this is an enjoyable slot – with a unique atmosphere and plenty enough to keep you engaged in the gameplay.
For me, the introduction sequence looks more like the Paris Las Vegas hotel and casino than the real Paris. Once you hit the reels, all those familiar icons will come into view. The basis is the standard 5 reel by 3 rows grid of most video slot games. This time there are 25 win lines. You’ll get a good range of bet sizes to choose from. The smallest spin is just 25c, and the biggest $250.
Your biggest wins will come from the wild symbols – more on those below. The regular symbols show those iconic buildings and scenes. The best paying of these is the Eiffel Tower. This is worth a cool 750 coins for 5 of a kind, 200 for 4, 50 for 3 and 4 coins for just 2. The Versailles palace is also worth 750 coins for 5 – though the wins are smaller for incomplete lines. Next comes the Arc de Triomphe worth 400 coins for 5. Two more iconic buildings make up the remaining unique symbols.
As is common with many online video slots, playing card symbols Ace down to nine are used to make up the smaller wins. For Café de Paris, these are brown in color, and very elaborately decorated with twirling patterns coming off of them.
The wild symbol not only has the biggest single prize, it will act as a multiplier for regular wins too. If you hit 5 on a line, then you will get 9000 coins. This symbol substitutes for any others to create wins, which are then multiplied by 3. Note that this is a one-time multiplication. If you hit 2 in a single winning combo, then they do not multiply together. I should also note that these wild symbols, which are depicted by the logo, do not substitute for the scatters.
Scatters show a café scene, compete with red shade and plenty of people (presumably enjoying wine, though it is hard to tell!). You’ll get an instant prize for 2 or more of these anywhere in view. This ranges from 2x your total bet amount for 2, through to 400x that bet for 5. If you get 3 or more of these then you trigger the free spins bonus game.
When you hit 3+ scatters, you are awarded 15 free spins. There are no extra spins for hitting 4 or 5 of the scatter symbols. You’ll see the background change color, and you will hear some traditional French music (think accordions) playing. The only other difference is that two counters appear above the reels. There is a countdown of your remaining spins on the left, and a count of your wins on the right.
Scatter symbols are in play during this bonus game – which means you can retrigger for 15 more spins.
Like the other slots which use the same system, the design can be summed up as ‘well produced, though very much static’, The symbols showing the historical buildings are detailed, and the use of shading, clouds and small touches like birds helps to bring them to life. There are no animations for these, with only flashing lines showing you the winning combinations. Playing card symbols look great – nothing like the usual plain and brightly colored cards used on other slots.
When you click spin, there is an electronic tune. This is modern and abstract at the same time. While it is pleasant enough, it does not really fit with the retro Parisian theme. You get accordion sounds when you win, and a longer traditional song for the free spins game.
As long as you prefer solid slots to elaborate ones, then you should enjoy taking Café De Paris for a spin. The imagery is well produced, and the chances of a bigger win are always there. Wilds with 3x multipliers are one appeal of this game – while the free spins bonus gives you plenty more opportunities to win.