There is now a newer version of City Life, also by 888 Games. While the updated game has better graphics – the original game has a certain charm that means it is still worth playing. There is a strange mix of eras. The feel and music is certainly mob-based. Though many of the symbols (which are drawn in cartoon style) could be from the 80’s or 90’s.
You’ll be looking to line up shady looking characters, and if possible complete those wins with multiplier wilds. Scatter wins can be lucrative. There is a second screen picks game, where you’ll choose a dodgy character to represent you, before choosing items for prizes. Overall this is a light-hearted slot, which has gained a following over the years.
The reels are white, which is in stark contrast to the dark alleyway scene behind them. There are 20 win lines crossing those reels. This number is fixed in place – though there is a lot of flexibility with your bet sizes. You can spin from just 1c per line, all the way up to $10 (that is a huge $200 per spin). You’ll find an auto-play option to the left of the main spin button which lets you select a number of automatic spins.
You’ll want to see the smiling bald guy with the cigar and mobile phone as often as possible. This guy is called ‘Mr. Jobs’ and is the best paying symbol. You’ll get 1500 coins for 5 on a line, 500 for 4, 50 for 3 and 5 coins for just 2. The other characters (in descending order of prize value) are the purple haired Madame Loretta, the tomb-raider style Ronna Heels, the cop Ramzi Snip and the golden necklace covered DJ Valensiya.
There are no playing card symbols in this game. Instead a retro car, suitcase full of banknotes, handcuffs and a hot dog make up the smaller wins.
Wild symbols look like graffiti. There are two types of these in play. Regular wilds are orange and simply substitute for any of the regular symbols (not scatters or bonus ones) to create more wins. These appear on reels, 1, 2, 4 and 5. The purple and green wilds only appear on reel 3. These are 3x multiplier wilds. Any win that they help to create gets a 3x multiplier compared to what is listed on the pay table.
Scatters look like a neon sign which might be attached to a diner. These only have prizes, and do not trigger any free spins or bonus games. These prizes are based on a multiplier of your complete bet for that spin – and are based on the number of scatters in view, and no on win-lines.
If you get 5 scatters, then you get an instant 500x your total bet. 4 are worth 50, 3 will get you 5x and you get your bet back for just 2 in view.
Bonus symbols show a city scape, and you’ll need 3 of them (on reels 2, 3 and 4) to trigger the second screen bonus. There are two parts to this. First, you get to pick one of the shady characters that make up the higher paying symbols. You’ll see these in a row (complete with their names) and select one to reveal your multiplier for the next part.
Next you see your character and get instructions to choose from the different pictures below. When you hit 3 of the same one, that is the ‘bounty’ you are getting (presumably from knocking them off!). It is a picks game, you simply keep clicking until you match 3.
There is nothing too fancy about the design of this slot, which is starting to look and feel a little dated. The symbols with the shady characters do have plenty of character about them – I would guess the slot production team had some fun dreaming them up.
While you play there is a jazzy soundtrack in the background. This feels a little more 1920’s than 1980’s. I’m not sure a rap / hip-hop soundtrack would have had the same general appeal. Graphics are very detailed during the picks game. Finding out the names of the characters helps bring this slot to life.
Even though City Life 2 is more up to date, I would still recommend taking this game for a spin. It manages to keep a sense of humor, while being a solid slot. Best of all – there are opportunities to win big, especially with the 3x wild in place. The biggest win will come those times you are lucky enough to hit 5 of the scatter symbols on a single spin.