Free Epic City Slot Machine
Imagine the future from the perspective of someone in the year 1937 – and you’ll have the theme of Epic City slots from Ash Gaming. This is a beautifully produced online slot, which has a ‘Steampunk’ look and feel. The reels are inside an amazing looking electromechanical machine, with the spires of futuristic art-deco skyscrapers in the background.
There is plenty of gambling action in addition to the great graphics. You’ll find stacked wilds on the reels, a break out bonus game involving electrical grids and a free spins bonus with some 1930’s jazz playing – as well as a multiplier for all your wins.
Epic City Slot Setup
On first view it looks like the reels have a non-standard setup, as they move upwards near the middle. In fact, this is just a design element, the reels take on a 5 by 3 grid. There are 20 win-lines crossing the reels, which can’t be adjusted. You can change the bet amount, with a range between 20c and $10 per spin.
Symbols are transport based, and sit within shields. It is not easy to differentiate the different symbols. These are shields with a golden ship, airship, train or car shown in them. The airship has the biggest prize, this is worth 500 coins for 5, and pays all the way down to 2 of a kind. Playing card suits are brightly colored, with hearts and diamonds playing slightly more than clubs and spades.
The single biggest line prize comes from the wild symbol, which shows a picture of a golden statue holding a glowing white ball. This will get you 1000 coins for 5 of a kind – as well as creating wins with the other regular symbols.
Two more symbols appear – the free games (scatter) symbols and the bonus scatter, which only appears on reels 1, 3 and 5.
After any win, you will have the chance to gamble – double or nothing style. Clicking the dice symbol below and to the left of the spin button brings up a wheel. You click one of the statues on either side of the reels to choose red or blue. If the wheel lands on your color your win is doubled.
Power Bonus Game
Hitting all 3 of the bonus symbols takes you to a second screen game, where you will try to bring back electricity to parts of the city. This is a 5-round pick-em type game, with elaborate graphics and animations. The setting is a board, with colored electrical nodes on it. You pick one, which will reveal a cash prize, ‘collect all’ message, ‘advance’ or ‘collect’ (which ends the game). You can advance through 5 levels, with increasing prize amounts. Once you get to the 5th level, you will pick big switches instead of the nodes.
Night Time Free Spins Game
The already impressive graphics get even better in the free spins game. This is triggered by 3, 4 or 5 of the free spin scatters. 3 gets you 8 spins, 4 brings 12 and you get 20 for 5 of them. The city scene changes from day to night, and some light jazz music plays. A wheel appears first, with segments containing multipliers of between 2x and 10x. You spin this by slicking in the middle, and the result is applied to all your wins.
There are some small differences on the reels compared to the base game. First there are more stacked wild symbols in play, which gives you a better shot at some big wins. Second, you will not see any of the power bonus symbols.
Futuristic Art-Deco Design
This is one of the best designed slots in the Ash Gaming range. The imagination, and the details combine to make game stand out. Small details like clouds and airships behind the reels, and a train moving across the screen can be found. The machine in which the reels spin looks impressive, with statues either side and detailed control buttons.
When you hit winning combinations, these are lit up with electrical lightning effects. Entire reels get lit up in anticipation of the 3rd bonus symbol landing. The wheel games, and electrical grid bonus game also have impressive graphics.
Sounds include ambient noises as diverse as an airship going past and church bells. For me it is the clunks and whirrs while you play which really bring this slot to life.
Is Epic City Worth a Spin?
This is an amazing looking slot, and is backed up by the potential for bigger wins and engaging features. Your biggest wins will often come with the extra stacked wilds in the free spins game. With multipliers in play, this can often mean several simultaneous line wins. The power grid bonus is also entertaining.