Free Cash Wave Slots
This is not one of Bally’s finest moments. While a surfing theme will always have its fans, this is more of a basic 5 reel video slot with a few surfing related symbols than anything spectacular. It is one of many slot games Bally has bought over from live casinos into the online world. There is something about the retro drawing of a blonde ‘Baywatch’ type lady which comes stacked on the reels which just feels like Bally were trying too hard with this aspect. On the positive side, there is a free spins bonus game which can result in some bigger payouts. Those stacked symbols are also wild, and will often create multiple wins in a single spin.
You will see just a hint of a beach and the sea behind the reels – which take up most of the screen. Otherwise the background is white with a pale blue waves drawing, and the symbols on top are blocky and retro looking. Many of these are the ubiquitous playing card symbols. You will also find flip-flops, a VW camper van, towel / sunscreen combo and the blonde already mentioned. There are two logos; one is a ‘wild’ and the other for the free games. Sounds are very much the Bally standards, with clicks and electronic tunes – not a crashing wave sound effect to be heard anywhere.
No need to choose your win lines on any Bally slots – these are pre-determined (40 for this game). To play you just need to choose your stake per line (from 40c) and click the spin button.
The bigger wins will come through hitting multiple wins at the same time, rather than through individual wins. When you hit the stacked wilds on 2 or more reels, this can easily mean 10 or more wins at the same time. The best paying symbols are the wilds, which pay 12.5x your total stake for 5 on a line, and 6.25x for 4. Wild symbols pay from just 2 from the left, though most of the other symbols require 3+ for a prize.
You will trigger the free games bonus with the special symbols on all of the middle 3 reels. When you hit the first (and then second) of these there is a sound effect and the reels will speed up.
Bonus Games on Cashwave
Before you get to the bonus you will go to an intermediary screen. This shows a full sized portrait of the surfer babe, and lets you know that you are about to start the special feature. You click spin, and the screen clears to reveal a different colored set of reels (these are blue) with some lively music in the background.
You will immediately notice a wave effect which washes across the reels after each spin. There is also a new graphic – with one (and then two) of the reels blocked out with a giant blue wild symbol. What happens is that each spin washes the two wild reels one to the left, you get 5 spins in total – with the last spin comes when these reels are on the first two reels on the left.
This bonus game is over relatively quickly, though the two wild reels do make a big difference to the number of wins – making it potentially very profitable.
Summary for Cashwave
It really feels like a quick ‘take a standard slot and put some surf symbols onto it’ job has been done with this game – right up until you hit the free games bonus. At that point it comes to life, both visually and musically. The wave animation and extra wilds add new dimensions to the game-play for all of 5 spins, before you are back to the dull main game once again. Bally usually does an excellent job of bringing that live casino feeling to online play. For me, this slot would need a little extra thought in the main game before I would be able to recommend it.