Get ready for the most amusing taxi ride of your life when you climb into Amaya Gaming’s fun-themed Internet slot, Taxi. It rolls out over 5 reels that hold 25 fixed paylines, and the entire game is played within the windshield of the taxi cab. It features a random multiplier, a multiplying Scatter bonus, and a Free Ride Bonus—all of which adds up to you receiving a payout instead of making one.
A somewhat unusual theme for a video slot, Taxi the slot presents symbols and features that hold true to the plot, and this slot will be a pleasant surprise for car enthusiasts. When you click “Spin” the sound of the car’s engine cranking rings out and other sound effects include horns blowing, engines revving and various musical flourishes.
Symbols begin with the standard 10, J, Q, K and A, all cleverly rendered in shapes of various road signs. The drivers ID sign earns the same as the A, then the mid-range symbols include a stack of luggage and an electric traffic light. A waving customer symbol awards the next-highest amount, followed by the cabbie himself. The steering panel Wild tops out the financial reward of Taxi’s symbols and also serves as a standard Wild. The Wild substitutes for any symbol except the taxi meter Scatter and the Free Ride Bonus symbols.
A random multiplier can pop up on any winning spin, adding a fun feature to the game. It appears as a landscape stretching across the reels and a black London cab drives by before a number appears showing which multiplier you won. This figure can be as high as 5X or as low as 2X.
The Free Ride Bonus can be triggered one of two ways. One is through the appearance of the taxi meter Scatter symbols. These appear anywhere on reels 1, 3, or 5. When 3 show up, your job is to pick one, and you’ll then see the value of your prize click up on the meter’s screen. Sometimes, instead of a number, the meter you choose will open up the Free Ride Bonus.
This bonus is also triggered when the gray and red “Bonus” symbol appears on reels 2, 3, and 4 simultaneously. When it begins, the windshield wipers clear the screen and you get 5 free spins. The wipers clean the screen between each spin, and in doing so, add anywhere from 1 to 5 Wilds in random positions. This addition of Wild symbols can greatly increase the amount won during Free Spins.
Taxi’s bet lines are fixed, and this simply means that you will be betting on all 25 lines each time you spin. How much you’re likely to win depends on how much you’re willing to risk. Taxi the slot game has a lot of flexibility when it comes to wagers per spin. You can start out at the very minimum and bet at the 0.02 credit value, applying 1 credit per line for a low bet worth 25.00. On the other end of the spectrum, you can bet at the 1.00 credit value with as high as 5 credits per line, making for a max bet amount of 125.00.
Taxi seems to award a lot of small prizes on a regular basis, so it’s great for someone wanting frequent gratification from their slot play. It’s a little harder to get invited into the Free Ride Bonus, but when you do, it’s usually worth the trip. The happy background music and amusing graphics make for an enjoyable game. Though car-themed video slots aren’t the most commonly found, Fast Track, also by Amaya, will satisfy your craving for another drive through the reels.