Lovers of nostalgic Las Vegas casino experiences will adore the way that Amaya Gaming's Bars and Bells combines the best of classic Vegas slots with the best in modern video slot features. The sounds and symbols are all reflective of a simpler time, but the Streak Breaker betting option and the Free Spins feature let you know you're playing in the present time. Bars and Bells is fully compatible with Mac, Linux, or Windows operating systems on computers and laptops.
Themes don't get much more retro than this, as the entire theme centers around classic slot symbols such as bars, bells and assorted fruit. All of them are drawn like the classics, but with a bit of a modern computer detail added. The highest value symbol is the lucky number 7 rendered in bright red; behind the 7 in value you'll find three black bars, then two, then one bar alone. Four fruits round out the collection of symbols. Watermelon will earn you the most coins, followed by the purple plum, the yellow lemon, and then the pair of red cherries brings in the lowest amount of winnings. When the game opens, you're treated to a 1970s-flavored tune and the other game sounds remain true to the historic vibe.
You wouldn't expect a basic-looking game to contain several fun hidden features, but Bars and Bells doesn't disappoint when you're hoping for a little bit more than standard slot play. The Streak Breaker feature is basically a betting option that you can opt in or out of by clicking the round button located below the reels. When activated, a meter with five open spaces lights up to the right of the reels. Every time you complete a non-winning spin, a golden coin will rise up and clink into place on the meter. It will cost you an additional 5 credits for each 20 credits bet, but you stand to win it back. If you collect five coins in the meter, you win a consolation prize of a random denomination.
The golden bell serves as the standard Wild symbol and it when animatedly ringing, substitutes for any symbol except the Bars and Bells Scatter that triggers Free Spins.
If you land the Bars and Bells Scatter symbol anywhere on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th reels, you trigger Free Spins. This plays out a bit differently from many slots, which is just another fun twist hidden in Bars and Bells. You first enter a mini-game in which you're presented with two grids and a meter between the two. Click squares on the grids until you get three of a kind, which is tracked on the meter. The lowest prize you can win is 5 spins accompanied by a 2X multiplier, and the highest prize is twenty spins plus a 3X multiplier. After your prize has been determined, the Free Spins begin.
Another bonus is called Shake 'N' Pays, where a symbol falls from the top of the reels to the bottom. This random feature isn't triggered by anything you do on the reels, but results in some unexpected credits in your account.
This game offers you 20 bet lines and coin values including 0.02, 0.05, 0.10, 0.25, 1.00, 2.00, and 5.00. The minimum amount you can bet is 0.50 and the maximum bet is 625.00 making this a great high limit slots game.
Like all Amaya games, Bars and Bells is fully compatible with Windows, Linux, and Mac operating systems-computer or laptop.
While I like some video slots, I've always been more of a classic slot girl, with old school games like Double Diamond by IGT among my favorite. Heck, even when I decide to burn some money on Megabucks I prefer the classic version rather than the more modern looking machines.
Bars and Bells combines the best of both worlds with a retro feel to the game in spite of the fact that it's a 5 reeler. This is in my top 3 Amaya games and I'm sure you'll love it too. Try it out.