Wed, Jul 17, 7:50pm by Ethan Anderson
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:12pm
Legends of New York is a fun pokie that takes you back to 1950’s New York City, but with a twist. Alongside the New York Police, the familiar yellow taxis and the subway trains, alligators make an appearance. They are seen climbing out of the sewers, as well as eggs hatching to reveal baby alligators. New York has always had an originality all of its own, while this slots game adds an air of unpredictability too.
This Ainsworth designed pokie is all-action, with a classic retro feel. A bonus round with multipliers if the highlight of the game play. Here are the standout reasons to give this low variance pokie a spin:
The Crazy Ways format is Ainsworth’s take on the all ways winning system. Instead of the usual win-lines (found on the many pokies), here you’ll win when landing matching symbols on consecutive reels from left to right. The position of the symbols does not matter – as long as there are no gaps.
In total, this gives players 243 ways to win on every spin, and these come at the cost of just 40 credits. With the Crazy Ways format, wilds can play more of an important role, as a single wild can enable a huge number of wins.
A golden compass acts as the scatter symbol. Hit 3, 4 or 5 scatters and you’ll win 5x, 10x or 50x your total stake immediately and also enter the free spins round.
In total you’ll be awarded 8 free spins, each playing slightly different to spins in the base game. The wild title symbol will only appear on reels 2, 3 and 4 (as opposed to all five reels in the base game), while you’ll also find an additional statue symbol. This statue is an additional wild that appears on reels 2 and 4 only. When this lands on reel two, it will reveal a wild multiplier of 2x or 3x, while multipliers of 2x and 5x will appear on reel four.
The free spins can be retriggered at any time. Simply land two or more scatter symbols anywhere on the reels and you’ll be awarded five more spins. These retriggers can and will take place regularly, meaning there’ll be many times you’ll play the feature with many more than the initial 8 free games.
The highest paying symbols in the game are the Legends of New York wild and the alligator, each paying 200 coins for the maximum five. The wild will substitute for every symbol apart from the scatter (and the multipliers in the bonus feature). A train, taxi, cop and the baby alligator each have a top prize of 100 coins. The lower end of the pay table features the playing card symbols 9, 10, J, Q, K and A, each paying exactly 50 coins when appearing on all five reels.
Ainsworth have based this game around a 1950’s version of New York City, featuring a cop wielding a baton. There are many movies from this era where the cops might be up against the mob, but here they seem be tracking down alligators instead.
This does add an element of fun to the game, although I’m not sure you’d want to get too close to the alligator. The backdrop to the game shows a New York City street scene, with retro style graphics appearing on the ‘Crazy Ways’ indicators either side of the reels. The reels feature a dark, rich red background, with the range of symbols that unusual mix of traditional New York and long, large mouthed reptiles.
Legends of New York is an entertaining and high energy pokie from Ainsworth. The concept of the game is certainly different, but it works well. With a retro NYC feel to the graphics and sounds. With the ‘Crazy Ways’ format, a win is never going to be far away, especially with wilds on all of the five reels. The free spins feature is a must play, where you’ll enjoy added wilds and multipliers too. Put all of these strange ingredients together and Legends of New York is certainly worth a spin.