The video slot world offers dozens of Vegas-themed games. And here’s another one. Vegas Dreams, by Big Time Gaming, is one of these manifold slots attempting to appeal to gamers who, on the whole, would rather be in L.V.
The slot utilizes basic format and gameplay, making it a quick learn. It’s the adorning visuals and reel symbols that establish the casino theme. Triple bars, dice, betting chips and playing cards abound. Money wheels are wild and deliver good payouts. Sets of miniature slots trigger the game’s lone feature.
Vegas Dreams’s gameplay structure is similar to that of many Big Time Gaming slots (e.g. Fruit Cake, Feathered Frenzy and Gold). The five-reel three-row slot is framed by rows of lights; red, in this game. Animation above the reels explains how the special symbols work. Financial stats are displayed in the black strip at the top of the screen.
Gameplay buttons are located beneath the reels. Paylines are selected, between one and 20, with the “Lines” arrows. The bet can be further customized with the “Stake Per Line” buttons. “Spins” triggers a single play. “Autoplay” can set up to 25 automatic spins. The “View Plays” button leads to symbol and payout information.
As a change of pace, playing card value symbols make sense in this game because, after all, this is Vegas. 9, 10, Jack and Queen pay the lowest, while King and Ace pay higher. Chips and Dice, deliver better winnings than the cards. The Suitcase of Cash, Luxury Car and Triple Bars offer the best regular symbol payouts.
These symbols produce wins when three or more consecutive matching icons appear on a payline, from left to right, starting from the first reel. The 9, Luxury Car and Triple Bar also offer small payouts for two symbols.
A Money Wheel icon functions as the game’s wild symbol. It appears on all five reels, substituting for any regular symbol on a payline, then doubles the payout. The Money Wheel is also the most lucrative symbol when it forms its own winning paylines.
Vegas Dreams sports a Mini Slot icon as the game’s scatter. Two or more Mini Slots pay out no matter where they appear on the reels. But more importantly, when three or more land on a spin, the Free Spin game begins.
The white reels turn red, the player is rewarded with 15 free spins and the bonus game begins. The symbols remain identical to the standard game’s, which means additional free spins can be won when three or more scatters appear again. As an added premium, every free spin win (without a wild card) gets its payout tripled.
Because the regular reels and standard symbols are miserly in their payouts, the primary path to quality wins is through the wilds or Free Spin game.
During the 300 test spins run for this review, “wins” that paid out higher than the bet occurred only 8.7% of the time. Every single one of these positive payouts happened via wild symbols or the free spins.
But neither the wilds nor the free spins guarantee great wins. The test spins resulted in “wins” with payouts lower than the bet 19% of the time. Many of those small payouts had the wild symbol in their “winning” paylines.
Because of Vegas Dreams’s stingy payouts and lack of features, players are encouraged to try out Big Time Gaming’s similar slots, like Gold and Feathered Frenzy, before committing to this one. Gamers are also recommended to test Vegas Dreams in its free mode before diving into paid play.
The simple structure and gameplay of Vegas Dreams may appeal to players looking for an easy slot. But gamers in search of action and features won’t find them here.