Roaring Forties Slot
The 1940’s were an optimistic time, automobiles were becoming accessible, radio was the entertainment of choice and industry was starting to boom. Aside from a logo and grille effect around the reels which looks a little like an old wooden radio case – Roaring Forties slot game does not have too much to do with the 40’s. The only reference I could find while playing is a short burst of what could be big band swing music when you hit a decent sized win. What you will find is a very simple 5-reel video slot. This has traditional symbols like fruits, sevens and stars on it – and your only objective is to line them up.
How to Win on Roaring Forties
Appropriately, Roaring Forties slot has 40 win lines – more than the usual 10 to 20 for similarly simple slots. Symbols come stacked on the reels, which means you’ll often see several of the same ones on each of the 5 reels with 4 rows each. This will trigger several wins from a single spin at times, something that is helped by the inclusion of wild symbols, which substitute for every symbol except the gold stars. If you have played Novomatic slots before then the ticking sound after you win will come as no surprise. This is your invitation to take a 50-50 gamble with your winnings on the turn of a face-down playing card.
The highest paying of the regular (non-scatter) symbols are the red 7’s. You’ll get 1000 coins for hitting 5 of these on a win-line, with 200 for 4, 60 for 3 and 4 coins for just 2. There is then a considerable jump down to the prize for the next best paying symbol, which is a bell at 300 coins for the full set of 5. Note that only the 7’s pay from 2 or more, all of the other symbols require 3+ on the reels.
Melons and grapes share the 200-coin prize for 5 of a kind, with the 4 remaining fruits (plums, oranges, lemons and cherries) sharing a 100-coin prize.
Big Win Scatter Symbols
Brightly designed gold stars are scatter symbols, which means they will pay for the total number in view on the reels and are not tied to specific win lines. The top prize is a generous 20,000 coins for 5 stars anywhere in view. You’ll get 800 coins for 4 of these and 80 for just 3.
Simple and Bright Design
Other than the radio grill and distinctive metal plate with a handwritten title above the reels – this is as straightforward a slot as Novomatic has produced. The background to the reels is a plain white color, with the 40 line markers giving a splash of color to the outside of the reels.
Symbols are very much the traditional pictures – these would fit with any mechanical slot (3 reel or 5 reel) from the last 40 years! When you win the symbols will expand and light up repeatedly, with the slot going through a sequence of highlighting each of the winning lines in turn first.
Most of the sounds are those that can be heard on many Novomatic slots. This includes the musical cacophony of bleeps when the reels spin and the ticking for the gamble after win. At least when you do here the (very short) 1940’s tune you will have had a reasonable win. If you hit a bigger win you will hear an intensive bell ring.
Setup of Roaring Forties
The 40 win lines are fixed for this game. Unlike on other Novomatic slots you cannot play for fewer. You can adjust your coins played per line, with spins available from just 40c and up. As with all Novomatic games you’ll get the opportunity to use the auto-play too.
You’ll have to be a fan of the traditional, solid and simple slots to enjoy this one too much. There are no distinctive features or extras, with only a wild symbol and stacked fruits on the reels adding to the game. The highlight is the top prize – a cool 20,000 coins if you hit 5 scatter symbols anywhere on the reels.