There are plenty of slick spins to be had with Oil Company II, a novelty video slot machine from Euro Games Technology. Punters can prospect for black gold by spinning the 5 reels and lining up the symbols on up to 40 paylines – that means there is plenty of fortune available for every spinner if they can find the right winning combination.
If you do find the hit winning combo, then you will find yourself sitting on a very cushy 20,000 credit jackpot. The slot machine also offers stacked wilds, free spins, a gamble game and a mystery jackpot side game.
It's not a pretty business, but the oil industry is one of the most lucrative in the world. This game invites players to dabble in the high-octane business of an oil company by showing them the ins and outs of the trade. There are desert dwellers such as camels and cactus plants just like you would find in the booming oil fields of the Middle East or South West America. You will also come across a petrol pump, an oil tanker, a cargo ship and a passenger aircraft as well as the Oil Company headquarters. Finally, you will meet some big players in the business such as cowgirl oil prospector, a Wall Street dealer and an Arabian oil tycoon.
This slot machine is a bit dry to look at considering that it takes on a beige colour scheme to emulate desert sands. However, the game symbols themselves are fairly colourful and interesting designed in cartoon forms. Plus, the icons will perform minor animations when they line up to form a winning sequence, which helps to grab the eye's attention while the reels are spinning.
Spinning the reels is a simple task with this slot machine. All you have to do is select the number of active paylines from the options running along either side of the reels (you can choose to play with 1 line, 10 lines, 20 lines, 30 lines or all 40 lines). Then, you can select one of the stakes at the bottom of the game screen, which will increase in size according to how many paylines are in play. Click one of these wagers and the reels will spin – it's as easy as that.
Now that the reels are going round and round, you probably want to know how much you can win. Well, in order to turn your prospects into lucrative cash, you will have to locate matching sequences of game icons upon any of the active paylines. And with 40 paylines available, you might find that wins come your way more often than not.
The biggest payouts are awarded for sequences of five symbols. Find five cacti, camels, oil trucks or petrol pumps and your line bet will be multiplier by 100x. Five jumbo jets and ships reward a 150x multiplier while cowgirls or headquarter symbols offer 250x. The Wall Street banker and Arabian oil tycoon will pay out no more than 400x the value of the bet per line.
The biggest win available with the Oil Company II slot machine is rewarded by the game's wild symbol, which is depicted as a pumpjack – you know, one of those big rocking machines that forces oil out of the ground. Find five of these symbols to multiply your line bet by 1000x, turning the maximum line bet of 20 credits into a 20,000 credit jackpot.
This pumpjack symbol will substitute for all other game symbols to complete wins, except for the scatter icon. This “Petrol Stock Exchange” symbol only appears on reels 2, 3 and 4 but finding three of them will double your total bet regardless of whether they line up on a payline. Plus, this will trigger 7 free spins which will be played with the same stake and lines as the activating spin.
The oil exchange is always a gamble, and punters can get their own gambling action with a double or nothing gamble game. Simply guess the right colour of the turned over card to double your wins from a spin. If you're really lucky then you might be invited to play a randomly triggered “Jackpot Cards” game in which players have to find three matching playing cards to win a mystery jackpot prize.
Oil Company II presents an interesting novelty theme which differs from the usual historical or adventurous themes. Instead, spinners can prospect for their own fortunes with the 40 paylines of this bonus filled game from EGT software. That said, this is quite a niche theme so it might not appeal to every spinner out there, especially since it doesn't offer anything amazing on the visual front.