Tue, May 14, 3:33am by Noah Taylor
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:24pm
Las Vegas and gambling in general are popular themes for pokies. Most pokie makers have multiple games based on this. Bally’s Big Vegas is not the most complex of Vegas games, though it does have some unique game-play. On the reels you’ll see symbols such as chips, cards and cocktails. While you spin a brash, jazzy tune will play.
It is the roulette wheel wilds which make this game interesting. As you’ll see below, where the arrow stops when these wilds spin makes a big difference to your wins. There is also a (short) free spins bonus game – where the outcome of the roulette wheel spins makes and even bigger difference. Here are the small details which make the Big Vegas pokies worth playing:
During the base game, special wilds showing small roulette wheels will appear on reels 2, 3 and 4. These are no ordinary wilds, and have the ability to become up to 4 wild symbols each!
This starts with the pointer on each wild spinning rapidly. The direction that this pointer ends up in is key. This can point in any direction, including diagonally. Wilds now appear on any symbols between your wild and the edge of the screen.
If the wild is on the bottom row and points downwards, then no extra wilds are added. Instead the roulette wheel only counts as a wild. If that same bottom row wheel points upwards, then you have a completely wild reel. The best ones come on reel 2, pointing to the right. This will give you a completely wild row – and at least one guaranteed 5 of a kind win.
The biggest benefit from these wilds comes those times you get 2 or 3 from the same spin. You still have to be lucky concerning which direction the pointers end up in.
Free spins bonus symbols appear on the middle 3 reels. These look like the ‘Welcome to Las Vegas’ sign. When you get all 3, a sequence starts where it looks like you are travelling down a neon-lit street. The reels then go dark, and your 5 free spins begin.
Now those roulette wheel wilds only appear in the middle reel. When they do appear, any wilds that they spread around become sticky. While the wheel itself is wild for that spin, this is not sticky. With some luck, you can have multiple sticky wilds on the reels by the time you get to your last couple of spins.
With ‘big’ in the name, you’d expect a bigger than usual setup. Big Vegas is a 5×4 grid, with a full 50 win-lines. Bets start at 50c, with a max bet of $4 outside of high-limit rooms.
Bigger wins come from the gambling-related symbols. These include the casino chips, pokie (which appears to be on fire!), and dice. Cocktails and room keys produce the mid-sized wins. You can’t be a high roller with every single spin, and regular playing card symbols make up those small, though still important, prizes.
In addition to the roulette wheel wilds, there are single wild symbols on the reels. These have a glitzy blue design and simply say ‘Wild’.
The speed of the spins reminds me of the Quick Hit slots from Bally. This is a clean and clear design, with a lot of sparkles, neon and small animations. The sound effects are brash, especially when you get to the free spins bonus. While the neon signs on the street you travel down are not brand names, the concept is very familiar.
When the free spins kick in, a very lively tune will play. This is certainly not the right pokie for a quiet and relaxing session!
I enjoyed the game-play with the unique wild symbols. While sometimes they point to the walls (or send wilds in completely the wrong direction), other times you will find instant big-wins coming your way. These get even more exciting in the free spins bonus games – here you’ll find sticky wilds make your wins bigger and bigger, with your final spins having plenty of that Las Vegas big win potential.