New Orleans is alive on the 5 reels of this jazz themed slot machine designed by Spielo – Gtech's very own game manufacturer. The reels are powered by the sights and sounds of the South American city, which has a reputation for music, food and drink. Players can experience all of this with a series of well-designed reel symbols, most of which can be lined up on the game's 20 paylines for winning prizes. Plus, spinners might just end up enjoying the good life themselves with wins of up to 5,000 credits, a bonus side game and an opportunity to gamble for even bigger bounties.
If New Orleans is known for one thing, then it would be for its laid back attitude to life. Nestled in the deep south of the USA, this city on the Gulf of Mexico is famous for its food, music and of course, for its bourbon whiskey which is claimed to be named after Bourbon Street in the French Quarter of the city.
The Big Easy emulates this gusto for the pleasures of life with symbols depicting the magic of the city. There are edible treats such as plates of delicious seafood and drinkable delights such as a healthy dram of bourbon over ice. However, the main attraction of the slot machine is a range of icons that represent the musical aspect of the city, such as a saxophone, a trumpet player, a set of piano keys and a female jazz singer.
This game isn't just about the sights of New Orleans – although the game is certainly very attractive with colourful artwork and charming two-dimensional illustrations. But, as you would expect, this jazzy slot machine is filled with the sounds of the city too, with walking bass lines and blasts of trumpets whenever the reels are set in motion. It's a rare but not unique theme, so how does the game stand up to titles like Jazz by H5G.
Before punters set the 5 reels of this slot machine spinning, they will have to decide whether they want to play with all 20 paylines or a lesser quantity from the following options: 1, 5, 10 and 15. There are even more options on offer when it comes to selecting the size of the stakes placed on each active payline, with bets ranging from 0.01 to 5.00 credits per line. As such, there are plenty of different wagering permutations for spinners to think about.
With all 20 paylines in play and a maximum line bet of 5.00 credits, players could potentially turn a total bet of 100 into a jackpot win of 5,000 coins. In fact, there are two ways to land this prize during the base game: either by finding a row of five signer symbols or five of “The Big Easy” logo symbols, both of which award a 1,000x line bet multiplier. Players can also find relatively large wins from rows of five trumpet players, paying 500x the value of the line bet while five piano icons will award 250x line bet wins and five saxophones will pay 200x. The other game symbols offer smaller wins on a more frequent basis. For example, the icon that depicts a New Orleans street pays 175x, the image of the “Bourbon” street sign pays 150x, the plate of seafood offers 100x, and both the whiskey and gig poster symbols will fetch a 50x line bet prize.
In true video slot fashion, the Big Easy offers a good range of bonus features, starting with a scatter icon, which is depicted by the half crescent moon symbol. The special thing about this icon is that it can award total bet multiplier wins of 4x, 11x and 20x whenever three, four or five appear on the reels, regardless of their positions in relation to paylines.
And then there is the game's most rewarding icon - “The Big Easy” logo symbol. Not only is this the slot machine's joint most lucrative symbol in the main game, but it is also a wild icon that will substitute for other game symbols on the board except for the half moon scatter. Plus, whenever three, four or five of these logos appear, players will be taken to a New Orleans side street, where they will be able to pick a random reward of free spins with multipliers from the following possibilities:
This slot machine is a perfect option for spinners who like their games with a touch of colour and vintage class. The 5-reel game is beautifully designed to emulate the sights and sounds of New Orleans – the real Big Easy. However, with the possibility of 1,000x line wins and 25 free spins with 10x multipliers, players might not be able to get too relaxed as the stakes rise and adrenaline builds.