Block and Roll
Roll the reels and a series of coloured blocks will drop into place on the reels – or into the space where the reels would be if this game actually had reels. In their place, you’ll find a 10×15 grid that emulates the format of the original arcade game. In Tetris, it was a race to adjust the blocks, positioning them into complete lines before more were stacked on top. In Cash Blox, your ability to generate winning lines will owe less to your skills at shape juggling and more to the randomicity of lady luck.
Ash Gaming have designed this slot to resemble an old school arcade cabinet, complete with chunky coloured buttons that jut out beneath the playing screen. Many of Ash Gaming’s slots feature a turbo mode, but not Cash Blox – instead it’s fitted with a button marked Slow Mode.
There are controls for adjusting the bet level, which can range from 0.10 to 100.00, and an autospin and that’s it in terms of primary buttons. Because Cash Blox is an unconventional kinda slot, playing tips can be found in the right hand sidebar. If you want to adjust the audio or graphical settings, meanwhile, look for the small icons in the top right of the screen.
Just like Tetris, you secure a win by completing a line of Tetris blocks on the grid. Single, double, triple and quadruple lines can all be scored, with the value of the win generated rising accordingly. Determining the value of each win can be a little confusing at first, but look to the paytable sited to the left of the reels for assistance. Once you’ve completed a few spins and it’s lit up to show you the value of each one, you’ll find that it doesn’t take long to get a feel for the format.
If you were to start out with a bet set at 1 credit, a single line win will grant you a return of 0.1 credits. The addition of a second line will bump this sum up to 0.5 credits, while a third will take it to 2.5 credits in total. Land a fourth line and you’ll receive another 10 credits. As you successfully complete additional lines, it’s easy to see how these low value prizes can swiftly stack up. Cash Blox isn’t the sort of game where you’re likely to scoop huge wins, but the small wins you do amass prove pleasing enough when combined.
Free spins are where the money’s at in Cash Blox. To achieve this, you’ll need to complete a line with the aid of the multicoloured magic block. Up to 10 free spins can be won with the aid of the distinctive block which is reminiscent of a coloured pixel from an old cathode ray television. Any wins that are accrued during free spins will be accompanied by a 2x multiplier.
Cash Blox deserves a shot if you can track it down, if only to revisit your beloved childhood and play a little Tetris. Back then you played for fun, but these days you can play for real money thanks to Ash Gaming. While this game is limited in terms of bonuses and features it is, by design, all about the base game and the quest to complete as many solid lines as possible. That pursuit alone proves to be satisfying.