Mafia Madness is a slot which transports you to the US in the early part of the 20th century. On the reels you’ll find a variety of symbols related to the era. These include pistols, revolvers, knives, machine guns and various members of the mob. The game includes an original bonus feature, a cash paying scatter symbol and a wild symbol which will all give a boost to your bankroll.
This 888 Games designed slot has five reels, a set number of 20 win lines and pays from left to right. The highest paying symbols in the game are all part of the ‘family’, starting with the elderly ‘Godfather’, complete with cigar in hand which pays an impressive 2,000 coins for landing the maximum five in a row. He is joined by his two henchmen, each menacingly holding a gun, who have top pay-outs of 1,500 and 600 coins. The ‘family’ is completed by two female members, one in the attire of a dancing girl, while the other looks every bit the gangster, complete with a trilby.
Completing these standard symbols are a series of weapons – the machine gun, sticks of dynamite complete with a detonator, crossed revolvers, a pistol and a collection of bullets and a selection of knives including a machete. Every symbol pays out when you land at least three in a row, but unusually, all the family members as well as the machine gun also pay out for hitting two in a row too. With these smaller pay-outs available, this makes for a lower variance than usual game.
The wild symbol is represented by a 1930’s style gangster car, looking a delightful shade of dark red. This wild symbol doesn’t pay out by itself, but it will substitute for any other symbol, giving the opportunity of landing many additional wins.
In an unusual move for more modern slots, there is a scatter symbol which simply offers a cash win. This scatter is represented by a gangster with an eye patch holding a machine gun. Land three of these scatters anywhere on the reels – and you’ll win 10x your total bet, while four scatters doubles this amount to 20. The biggest prize comes when you hit the maximum five scatters, when you’ll win 50x your total bet.
The bonus symbol is represented by a safe and to enter the second feature you’ll need to land this symbol three times on an active pay-line. Unusually, this main bonus feature isn’t a free spins round, as you’ll now be transported to a series of screens, each with a pick-me format.
The first screen sees you taken to a bank, where a terrified bank teller stands behind five bags of money. Choose one and the pay-out for each will be revealed. You’ll then move onto a second screen where you’ll find a series of storage cells. Choose one to crack it open and it will now reveal either a monetary amount, or a feature over symbol. If you do win money at this stage, you’ll then move on to the third and final screen showing a series of safes. There are five safes in all and usually one will have a large amount, while the others will have no prize at all – this is a nice money spinner if you choose correctly. At the end of the bonus feature all your wins will be totaled up.
This entertaining slot is set against a cartoon style background depicting a heist, with wooden containers containing wine and guns and a briefcase full of cash all up for grabs. All the symbols on the reels are designed in the same cartoon style, giving the slot an appealing look – some added animation might have made it look even more impressive. Each spin is met by a sound track which wouldn’t have sounded out of place in a 1970’s cop show!
This 888 Games designed slot has some appeal. The pleasing and fun graphics make for an entertaining game, while the rather cheesy soundtrack in some ways adds to the slot too. In terms of gameplay, this is at the solid end of the spectrum. The pick me bonus round is good at first, but having played it a few times (it does come around regularly) the excitement levels drop. The addition of the prize paying scatter symbol is an unusual move – and can add some unexpected bigger wins when the regular symbols do not line up. If you enjoy mob themed games, then I can recommend taking this game for a spin!