If you haven’t even heard the title “The Great Gatsby”, then you’ve probably been under a shoe for your entire life. The novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald is up there as one of the most critically acclaimed and popularly received works of literature in the twentieth century, if not of all time. Such is the legacy of the story that it has been adapted five times for cinema and television, countless times for the stage and it has even inspired the storylines and designs of a couple of video games. So, if you can’t be bothered reading the novel, you could always crack open some popcorn and watch the film version instead.
The slot machine adaptation of this timeless tale of greed and vanity features all of the major characters from the story, including the effervescent Daisy Buchanan and her arrogant husband Tom as well as the aloof Jordan Baker and the enigmatic Jay Gatsby. The game does well not to fall into a trap of using 3D animations to present these characters – which could easily have made the whole thing look a bit tacky. Instead, the game keeps its class with some stylised cartoon figures within a game screen that is oozing with the stylings of the American Jazz Age.
The Riches of the Jazz Age
The story of The Great Gatsby is one that explores the benefits of an idealistic approach to life – if you believe in the inherent goodness and worth of society then you will live a happy and prosperous life. However, without giving away any spoilers, it Fitzgerald points out that an optimistic view isn’t always the best, and it definitely can’t protect you from tragedy. Without getting too bogged down in the meaning of life, players should approach this game is a sense of cautious optimism since the medium volatility slot strikes a fine line between prize money rewards and fruitless periods of spinning action.
The most valuable icon on the reels is the the big man himself, with five Gatsby symbols on the reels awarding a 2,000x line bet multiplier. After that, each of the other main character symbols will pay out line bet wins worth 500x when five or more align. Sadly, the game does limit player’s winning potential by offering line bets that are worth no more than 0.20 credits, meaning that the biggest prize available on any spin is just 400 coins. The maximum bet available to place on the reels is 5.00 while the minimum is just 0.25.
Shake Up Your Wins with a Cocktail Bonus
This slot machine does help players get the party started, so to speak. And, naturally, there is a lot of alcohol involved. First of all, the wild wine bottle icon appears throughout the game to potentially complete winning lines for any ordinary line paying symbol. Then there is the “Scatter” icon which appears on reels 1, 3 and 5. Should these three reels hold the scatter on any one spin, punters will be taken to play the “Back Room Bar” bonus game, during which they must match up cocktail icons on a mini 3-reel game. Every time you manage to make a cocktail, a total bet multiplier is awarded going up to 48x.
The Great Gatsby has been retold numerous times over the years and now it has been immortalised on the spinning reels of this Genesis Gaming slot machine. This isn’t the first literary classic to be turned into a video slot, however, since bookworms can play a number of games like Treasure Island and Beowulf by Quickspin as well as Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by BetSoft.
A Slot with Class
You don’t need to be a fan of the book or even the film to enjoy this slot machine’s Art Deco style that is reminiscent of the Roaring Twenties, but it might help you appreciate the various character depictions that appear on the reels. Somewhat disappointingly, The Great Cashby doesn’t quite live up to its source material since there is no scope for players to be truly decadent with their bets. Then again, there is always a chance to get drunk on bonus wins with the unique Back Room Bar feature.