Havana Cubana Slot Machine
This slot is themed on Cuba, with classic symbols including the famous Rum and cigars. Bally has certainly played to its strengths in this one, mixing strong visual elements, their solid game-play with a new feature. This takes the form of a compass symbol, which will spin when it lands on the reels – adding new wilds in the direction the arrow ends up in. These are useful enough in regular play, though take on a whole new level during the free spins game, when the resulting wilds become sticky.
While the header to this slot is detailed, with gold patters around the words ‘Havana Cubana’, it is not the most eye-catching Bally slot. Reels spin over the plain great background. These have contrasting colours – giving the slot a vivid and bold look. There are two types of cigars (in a box and loose), dominoes and a Latin beauty with a pink flower in her hair. You will also find playing card symbols, mojitos and maracas.
Playing Havana Cubana
All Bally slots are super-easy to play. You do not need to choose the number of win-lines, as these are fixed at 40. Your only decision is on how much to spin for. The smallest amount is 40c (1c per line) though you can go all the way up to $400 if you wish. Auto spin is an option on all Bally slots; this lets you choose up to 25 spins without needing to click the spin button each time.
Players who are new to Bally slots often wonder why the prizes are small compared to other slots. The answer is that you’ll often get many wins at the same time – sometimes 12 or even more with a combination of the wild symbols and the large number of winning lines. Top prizes of 7.5x your stake take on a whole new meaning when you have 10 of them at a time!
The best paying symbol is the lady with the pink flower, followed by the Mojito and the bottle of rum.
There is a special symbol that appears randomly on the reels, in the form of a small compass. When this lands, and arrow will spin, and whichever direction it points in with be filled with wild symbols. If this symbol lands on the first or last reel and points horizontally, you will get an instant 5-of-a-kind as well as combinations with other win lines.
Bonus Game for Havana Cubana
If you land the bonus symbol on reels 1, 3 and 5 a free spins bonus round will trigger. This is only for 5 spins, though there is a special feature which can make those 5 spins very profitable – particularly the last ones.
You are taken to a new (blue) set of reels, and a lively Latin music tune will play. Each time the reels spin in this feature, you will get the compass symbol on the middle reel. This will spin as usual, increasing the number of wilds each time. What is different is that these wilds remain locked in place for the rest of the free spins round. By the time you get to the last couple of spins, it is possible to have 6 or more wilds filling different positions. The normal wilds will also appear, giving you some big win potential.
Summary of Havana Cubana
This game is solid rather than spectacular. The Cuban theme has been nicely produced, with only a few of the clichés included! Graphics are smart, without being stunning, with the logo above the reels very tastefully produced. The inclusion of the directional wild symbol is a new innovation, and does add a bit of interest to the game. Often this will point at the sides of the reels, adding just one wild – while other times you can get 5 wilds from this. Keeping them ‘sticky’ during the free spins bonus is an added advantage, and is where the bigger wins will come from in this particular game.