Sail down the great Mississipi with this classy new slot machine from Merkur software. Steamboat is a 5-reel slot machine with just 5 paylines, making for some high volatility gameplay with a top base game jackpot which will multiply player's line bets by 1,000x.
The game keeps it quite simple as far as big bonus action goes, with no free spins or bonus side games to speak of. Although, the video slot will help players collect some decent wins with expanding wilds that offer bonus multipliers worth 2x and 4x the value of the normal win. And if that doesn't satisfy your winning desires then you can boost your prizes in one of two thrilling gamble games.
This online slot machine will take punters on a unique journey down the Mississippi river, giving them a glimpse of just what life was like back in the days when Southern America was a land of endearing class and decorum (we're sure there's still a bit of class about the Deep South nowadays too!).
Along the way, players will come across a couple of typical characters from the era, with a finely coiffured gentleman and a elegantly charming lady – both of whom act as the game's most valuable symbols we'll have you know. Other props that can be found on board this slot machine include a captain's hat, a golden bell, a deck of playing cards and a loaded pistol. Oh yeah, we forgot to mention that this cruise is the perfect setting for a murder mystery...
The graphics of this game are not going to be able to compete with some of the most innovative slot machines online but the slightly outdated aesthetic does actually fit the classy nature of the theme. What's more, the slot machine does offer a bit of special animation with icons that come to life whenever they form to create a winning line and a background that reels through the days by turning from night to day continuously.
Steamboat is a high volatility slot machine, meaning that players will have to practise a good deal of patience before they come across any wins on the game's fixed 5 paylines. The upside, however, is that players will be handsomely rewarded whenever the symbols do fall into matching patterns over the reels, with jackpot wins that offer as much as 1,000x the value of the chosen bet per line. This top prize is awarded whenever five matching gentleman or lady icons appear on a payline. After that, spinners can hope to find some line bet prizes worth 500x whenever five matching hat or bell icons align and 250x for five sets of playing cards or pistols.
This slot machine can be played with a range of different wagers, from a minimum total bet of 0.05 to a maximum total bet of 10.00. This gives a decent amount of scope for players who are after some casual spins while mid-range punters will also find this game worthwhile. With the top bet in play, spinners can hope to rack up some jackpot wins worth 2,000 coins.
Spinners of this online slot will get a bit of a bonus boost thanks to a special wild symbol that will substitute for all other icons to complete winning sequences on any of the 5 permanent paylines. These aren't just any ordinary wild icons, however, since the wild steamboat symbols will expand to fill all three reel positions whenever they appear on the reels, giving players every chance to find multiple wins at once across the paylines.
And if that wasn't good enough, players will be able to rack up the size of the wins thanks to the fact that two wilds in a winning combination will trigger a x2 multiplier while three wilds in a sequence will offer a x4 multiplier.
Players also have the chance to increase the size of the prize by taking their wins into the game's two gamble features. The maximum gamble win limit is 140 credits.
It's not often that we come across a video slot machine online that is themed after the world of old American steamboats. In fact, the only other game with a similar theme that comes to mind is Riverboat Gambler by Realistic Games, meaning that this particular slot machine by Merkur is quite unique in the world of online slots.
Not only will players be able to enjoy some quite singular spinning action with this classy game but they will also have the opportunity the find some decent wins with expanding wilds with x2 and x4 multipliers.