This is not the newest online slot game. The graphics will give this away immediately. It looks like the designers did a good job with a very old version of photoshop. They cut out pictures of models dressed as casino dealers, and put them onto the reels. This looks like it was at least 15 years ago!
Aside from the design, Casino Reels is an all-round solid game. There are 9 win-lines, wild symbols including a 3x wild on the middle reel, a free spins game, randomly awarded jackpot and a pick-me side game too. Overall, this slot tries to give a feeling of luxury. I came away feeling like my high-roller experience had been held together with sticky tape.
9 win lines is unusual these days with a 5 reel by 3 row video slot setup. This does mean you’ll be able to bet more per line, with 5c possible, right up to $5 ($45 per spin). There is an auto-play option, which lets you choose up to 100 spins without needing to click the spin button.
The symbols are a mix of casino dealers and playing card symbols. There are some big prizes for lining up 5 of a kind. The blonde lady holding casino chips is the best paying symbol. This is worth 3000 coins for 5, 500 for 4, 25 for 3 and 3 coins for just 2. All wins are for consecutive symbols from the left-hand side. The long-haired female holding playing cards comes next, worth 1000 chips for 5. Two more ladies and one guy made up the remaining unique symbols.
Playing cards make up the smaller wins, and all require 3+ from the left. These are all gold in color, and are aces down to 10’s.
Wild symbols have backgrounds which look like a close up of a neon sign, and have the word ‘Wild’ on them in white. There are two types. On reels, 1, 2, 4 and 5 you get a pink one – which is a regular wild. This substitutes for all the regular symbols to create extra wins. On the 3rd reels is a blue one which says 3x Wild. This will triple any wins it becomes a part of – bringing the top line prize up to a healthy 9000 coins.
The only remaining symbol is the view of a roulette wheel, with the word ‘Scatter’ on it. This does not have a cash prize – instead triggering the free spins game. You can get 10, 20 or 30 free spins for 3, 4 or 5 of these scatter symbols.
When the spins start you get some different (livelier) music, and will see two counters above and to the right of the reels. One shows your remaining spins and the other your total win. You can retrigger this bonus with more of the scatter symbols during play.
If you get one of the top two paying symbols on the middle of the first reel and fifth reel at the same time, a special ‘pick me’ sequence is triggered. This is a simple game, you’ll be invited to click on one of the symbols – which will reveal a cash prize.
Above and to the left of the reels during regular play, you’ll see a progressive jackpot creeping up. There is no winning combination of symbols to trigger this, instead it is triggered randomly. You can win it on any spin, though the bigger you bet the better your chances.
I really see what 888 Games were trying to do with this spot. Attractive casino dealers, a smooth jazzy soundtrack – a bit of bling. The concept is a luxury casino. This might have worked all those years ago, though today this slot comes across as dated and a little cheesy. Maybe in a few more years, the design will reach the ‘so bad it’s good’ level – though for now it is just plain bad.
If design is not important for you, then the slot game behind that bad photoshop is solid enough. 9 win-lines feels on the low side. When you do hit wins, at least these are bigger than for the 25+ line slots. A shot at 30 free spins is a welcome addition, as is the 3x multiplier on the middle reel, which appears fairly often. Overall, I’d describe this as an enjoyable game wrapped up in bad photoshop!