Punk Your Prize
The gears may look well worn but they still work perfectly well so when you’re ready to get started you just need to click on the “spin” button on the bottom right of your screen. There are 5 reels which will spin sequentially and these include a maximum of 25 paylines. You have the option to reduce the paylines by clicking on the relevant control; anyone who has played a Genesis Gaming game before will be very familiar with the layout.
Reducing the number of paylines in play is one way to lower the total bet per spin but another way is to change the value of each coin. You’ll have the option of playing with between one and ten coins per payline, but you can also decide how much each coin is worth. The minimum bet of 25 and the total max bet of 250 can be worth different amounts depending on how you set up play. Each coin can be valued between 0.01 and 0.20 providing plenty of flexibility over budget.
Grind Your Gears
The steampunk genre is all about stripping technology back to sheer mechanics and this is reflected in the extras that you’ll find on the reels. On the base game you’ll find wilds, a symbol that makes it easier to win by substituting for others along a payline. There are no automatic multipliers with these wilds but you can rack up wins along different paylines on the same turn.
Scatters are the only symbol on the board which count no matter what position they’re in; they don’t need to land along an active payline. Land three or more scatters and you’ll trigger the special Steam Punked feature. In this bonus, you’ll be taken to a second screen where two gears will appear. The one on the right represents the number of free spins while the one on the left represents the multiplier.
The player needs to pull on the handle to grind the gears into action and wait to discover what they will be awarded once they stop moving. It is possible to retriever the free spins feature during this turn and if this is the case, the gears will be rotated once again. When the number of free spins and multipliers are known, the player will be taken to the free spins phase.
Not Out of Steam Yet
Steampunk is rocketing in popularity alongside other similar themes such as diesel punk and cyber punk in general and because of this you’ll find plenty of slots to suit. Steampunk Luck from SkillsOnNet was released in 2015 and despite displaying the traditional fruit symbols, creates a very dark and grimy setting for the play. With 20 paylines, a creaking extra reel and multipliers, this is one urban fantasy which could result in a big win.
Steampunk Nation from 888 is a slightly more lightweight look at the genre with cogs and machinery that gleam, alongside attractive female protagonists. 25 paylines and a progressive jackpot are on offer so it’s well worth stepping aboard the flying airship to play…
Steam Punk Heroes from Genesis Gaming is an online video slot which is certain to be a huge hit among fans of fantasy and sci-fi genres. It’s strangely addictive with the complex mechanical graphics which are darkly hypnotic but it’s not a game that will please everyone. There’s no glitzy bling here and no progressive jackpots or bonus features so it’s likely to be enjoyed by those who particularly like the theme or beginners looking for a simple play.