Wed, Feb 27, 2:49am by Mia Chapman
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:28pm
Both Direction Wins on this Rollercoaster Themed Pokie
It can feel like playing pokies is a bit of a rollercoaster at times. IGT have taken this concept and created a game themed on a giant rollercoaster ride. To say this slot is exciting would be an understatement. It has its own disco song / soundtrack – and you never know when the rollercoaster will appear and ride right over the reels. There are some interesting aspects to the game play in addition to the entertaining theme. Wins from both directions are enhanced by sudden wild reels. You’ll also get a free spins bonus, where you need to choose a ticket booth to find out how many spins you get.
Here are the ups and downs of the Cash Coaster pokies
There are regular wild symbols in play on all 5 reels. These look like a big neon sign saying ‘wild’ with the rollercoaster in the background. They substitute for the regular symbols – though not the ticket free spins symbols.
These wilds can be added to on any spin – by the sudden appearance of the rollercoaster train. This literally wizzes past, with the people on board screaming as it passes. The good news is that this will give you one or two completely wild reels.
For reel 1 it goes downwards, and for reel 5 it comes from the bottom up. If you are lucky, you’ll get both reels wild in a single spin. The more common result is to get just 1 wild reel. With wins going in both directions, either will be a big help in lining up winning combinations.
To trigger the free spins game, you need 3 ticket symbols. These only appear on the middle 3 reels.
This takes you to a screen where you see 3 boldly coloured ticket booths. A voice tells you to choose one of them – and when you do tickets will appear, awarding you free spins. You’ll see the number of free spins for the booths you did not pick too.
During the free spins, both reels 1 and 5 are completely wild. This gives you a lot of winning opportunities – though the number of spins (starting at 4) can be smaller than on many other pokies.
This game has 30 win-lines going in both directions across the reels. You’ll spin for 40 coins each time. This covers all 30 lines, plus the rollercoaster wilds and free spins features. You can spin from 40c and up – either manually or using auto-spin.
Higher paying symbols show different coloured 7’s. There are 5 of these in total. The red ones with yellow lights inside are the best paying at 500 coins for the maximum 5. Yellow 7’s are the smallest paying at 200 coins – with the others in between. There is also a smaller prize for mixed 7’s on a win-line.
Lower paying symbols show the kind of food items you might find at a theme park. This includes ice cream, popcorn and a pretzel.
Only a select handful of pokies have their own song – including lyrics – to enjoy while you spin. If you are a fan of 1970’s style disco music, you will certainly enjoy this one. There are other sound effects for the rollercoaster going past (including screams) and for your wins.
The design is cartoon-like. Above the reels you will see the complex loops of the rollercoaster. Its tracks lead directly over the reels. When you get the wild reel features the train comes over the reels, with the screaming people visible inside.
Animations for the free spins game are basic. The voice-over effect at the start and the end of this bonus surprised me the first time round. When you pick a booth, the tickets appear just like on an old-style ticket machine.
I’m sure that IGT could not have created a livelier rollercoaster themed pokie than Cash Coaster. The production is excellent – and the disco style soundtrack adds a new dimension to the game. With wild reels coming in frequently and wins in both directions, the base game has plenty to keep you engaged. When you get the free spins, with two reels wild throughout, you can be looking at a wild ride!