Gin Joint Jackpot Slot from Ash Gaming
Gin Joints were popular during the 1930’s and the ‘Roaring’ 40’s, a time when the mafia controlled many of the bars. This older though still entertaining game takes this colorful era, and makes it into an online slot.
The base game does look and feel a little dated.
The shootout bonus and map bonus where you get to bust gin joints are both engaging features. Add to this the progressive jackpot, which you can win via the shootout feature, and you have some big win potential thrown in.
Retro Feel to the Gin Joint Jackpot Base Game
Everything about the base game feels like it comes from the first generation of online slots. This includes the sound effects, as well as the plain graphics on the reels. There are 20 win-lines, and you can pick any number from just 1 and up if you prefer. You can adjust your stake from 20c up to a massive $500 a spin. Auto play lets you choose up to 25 spins each time.
One potential line win is much bigger than the rest. This is via the wild symbol, which shows a retro police car. 5 of these on a line get you 10,000 coins, with 1000 coming your way for 4, 100 for 3 and 5 for just 2 from the left. As is the norm, these wilds will substitute for all the other regular symbols.
The next highest paying symbols are two glamorous ladies (or should I say ‘molls’?). The lady with the green hat is worth 400 coins for 5, while the lady with the cigarette is worth 200. The other symbols are playing cards which have been paired with items from the era. These are the ace with gin, king with a tommy gun, queen and knuckle dusters, hat with jack and stylish black and white shoes with the 10.
These complete the regular symbols – though there are also 4 characters that appear on the reels. After any win you can choose to gamble. This is either red / black or by picking a suit of a playing card. While this a standard enough feature, there are some entertaining voice clips (‘ahh, forget about it’ when you lose for example).
4 Cartoon Characters on the Reels
Four people with different perspectives on the drinking scene are involved in this slot. First you get a clean-cut detective. This guy appears in conjunction with one of the villains, either a wise guy, or the big boss. When the detective appears, he expands to cover the entire reel. If the wise-guy is in play, the reel with this symbol on then spins. The detective will shoot over the reels, and if he hits you’ll win an instant cash prize.
When the big boss faces the detective, you get to play the second-screen shootout bonus.
The final symbol shoes a cop. This is the scatter symbol, and 3 or more will take you to the ‘Booze Bustin’ bonus game. The prizes (and number of busts) get bigger if you trigger the bonus with 4 or 5 of these.
Shootout and Booze Bustin Bonus Games
When you get to the shootout game, there are two options. You can choose to shoot manually, or to have the detective shoot for you. The outcome will be the same, this is a choice of how involved you’d like to be.
You will see a bar, and lots of wise-guys running around. You shoot each one, and get a cash prize. As you run out of bullets, these are replaced on the bottom right of your screen. Eventually you see the big boss running off, and the scene switches to a car chase. You will not have any involvement here, with the detective shooting for you. The big boss’ truck flips, and you see how many barrels of booze he had. If this is 3 (these are numbered), then you win the progressive jackpot. Lower amounts still get you a cash prize.
The Booze Bustin Bonus can win you up to 200x your total spin amount. The biggest prizes come if you trigger with 5 of the cop symbols. You will see a map, and a cop car. On this map are the areas where the underground gin bars are situated. You click on each area, the car goes there and you are awarded cash prizes. At the end, you see a newspaper front page, highlighting your good work and showing how much you won in total.
Roaring 40’s Slot Design
As I mentioned in the intro, this is an older video slot. The reason to play is all about the game – with the graphics feeling somewhat dated. I like the way that the playing card symbols have been combined with items from the theme. The voice clips when you hit wins are also worth checking out.
The highlight is the shootout game. It is entertaining to try and shoot people, though they move very fast. Fortunately, the game will give you plenty of extra bullets. You’ll hit a lot more often if you let the detective shoot for you.
Should You Swing by The Gin Joint?
This slot is worth a spin despite the retro graphics. You’ll find plenty to keep you entertained on the reels, and a shot at a progressive jackpot at the end of the very entertaining shootout bonus.