Almighty Dollar

Almighty Dollar

  • Casino: Slots Capital
  • Category: Free Bonus
  • Title: Almighty Dollar
  • Type: 3 Reels, 5 Pay Lines, Wilds, Free Spins, and Multiplier.
  • Genre: Pearly Gates
  • Bonus: Deposit $25 play with $125
  • Software: Rival Gaming
  • Summary: Heaven can wait, but not for too long in this exciting pearly gates themed slot from Rival Gaming. Can the power of the Almighty Dollar lead you to heaven?
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When I heard the name of the Almighty Dollar slot from Rival Gaming, I did wonder if the game was all about the US dollar and I half expected to see banknotes bursting from the reels and a celebration of wealth and the finer aspects of life that having a lot of money brings.

However, I was rather taken aback that the focus of the Almighty Dollar slot seems to be the first word in the phrase rather than the second. The setting for the game seems to be some kind of heavenly gate. All we're missing is St Peter and his ledger.

In truth, I think the game designers got a little muddled here. We have some unusual symbols on the reels to say the least and I'm not really sure how (a) they link together and (b) what they have to do with heaven or (c) what they have to do with dollars.

However, as we have seen in the past, it matters less what the slot is about compared to how the slot plays, so let's take a closer look at the Almighty Dollar slot and see exactly how it plays out when you get the reels spinning.

Overview

  • Game: Almighty Dollar
  • Developer: Rival
  • Reels: 3
  • Pay Lines: 5 (selectable)
  • Minimum Bet: 0.05
  • Maximum Bet: 75.00
  • Jackpot: 450 coins
  • Free Spins Bonus: Yes
  • Other Bonuses: No
  • Progressive: No
  • Volatility: Medium

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Presentation

As we have mentioned previously, the inspiration for the Almighty Dollar slot seems to be angels, heaven and cash. I'm not really sure how they all fit together neatly but what you have here is a 3-reel game with five selectable pay lines. You can wager from 0.01 to 5.00 per line and you can bet up to three coins on each line, which gives you a nice betting range.

The reels are located to the side of the reels and to the left of them are the list of pay-outs you can win in the game, stated in terms of the number of coins you can win on each spin. There are three pay out options, each for the number of coins you wager per line (one, two or three).

The graphics on the slot I have to say, being kind, are rather simplistic and have a retro feel. If I was being unkind, I'd say they were somewhat ugly. The animations are smooth enough though and the sounds are, again, somewhat basic. This is definitely a slot designed to appeal to a retro audience, though with a couple of more modern features thrown in to liven things up a little.

What's on the reels?

On the reels we have the lower value symbols of which there are three, a horn, a ring and a lyre and these are all golden.Wins range from between two to four coins for these wins, with the size of the win multiplied by the number of coins you are playing each win (so with three coins, you can win a maximum of 12 coins with the lower value symbols).

There's three mid-range symbols too and these are the rather disheveled looking lion, the blonde haired lady (who I am presuming to be some form of angel and a blonde haired chap. These offer higher value wins of between 5 coins and 30 coins depending on the symbol landed and how many coins you wager.

At the top of the pay table are the two higher value symbols and these are the lucky 7, again bedecked in gold and the 3x symbol, which is the really big paying symbol in the game. You can win up to 15 coins per coin wagered with the lucky 7 symbol, but that increases by 10x that amount for the 3x symbol. Bet three coins and land three 3x symbols across the reels and you win the jackpot of 450 coins.

You need to land three of each symbol to trigger a win and all wins pay left to right only.

Wild features

The reason the 3x symbol pays so well is that it is also the Wild in the game and in addition to offering sizeable pay-outs when landed across the reels, it can also substitute for any of the other symbols to create winning lines.

Indeed, when it does, you understand why the symbol is a 3x symbol as you will also receive a 3x multiplier on any win complete with a Wild, which is a very nice bonus and which can lead to some of the better value wins in the base game.

Free Spins features

The only other symbol on the reels is the heavenly Free Spins scatter which is decked out with its angel's wings. Land two of these left to right on a single pay line or indeed anywhere across the reels and you trigger 7 Free Spins and if you can land all three ,then you increase that to the maximum number of Free Spins, which is 21.

It's a real rarity to see Free Spins triggered with just two scatters, especially when they can be landed anywhere across the reels, so this is a big positive for the Almighty Dollar slot. Free Spins play out in the same way as the base game, with no real changes and in truth, I'd have liked to have seen another little bonus for players during Free Spins, if only to differentiate it a little from the base game.

Other bonus features

There are no other bonus features on the Almighty Dollar slot.

Best feature of the Almighty Dollar slot

Without doubt, the fact that you can trigger Free Spins with just two scatters and three times as many by landing three, is the highlight of this slot. It does make triggering the Free Spins bonus a lot easier than on games where you need three Scatters to do the trick. Admittedly, the pay outs in Free Spins can be very variable, ranging from almost nothing, to a handsome win, but the fact you can trigger the bonus relatively easily does add a lot of appeal to the game.

What does the Almighty Dollar slot lack?

I think first the Almighty Dollar slot needs to be a bit more clear in what it is actually about. At the moment, it seems to be a slot about gold things in heaven, with some badly drawn characters thrown in for good measure. Additionally, I'd have liked to have seen a bit more differentiation between the Free Spins bonus and the base game. While the Free Spins are always welcome, I feel the player deserves more than just the same base game spins free. Even if it is just something small, like Wilds being stacked two high, this would have made the Free Spins game more memorable and the slot less repetitive.

Conclusion

As three reel slots go, Almighty Dollar is one of the more confused games that I have played. I am not really sure what the game designers were trying to do with the game. Is it about heaven, money, wealth or something else entirely different? Despite the somewhat confused theme, the actual slot itself is a fun, retro styled game with a couple of more modern features which do give it added appeal. I feel the Free Spins bonus could be more rewarding, but the rate at which it can be triggered from the base game, especially using just two Scatters is a real positive. If you don't mind more retro-styled (i.e. bad) graphics and basic sound, then this is a pretty enjoyable 3-reel slot.

Ratings

  • Presentation: 8 / 20 - Honestly, I have seen 8-bit slot games from the age of the ZX Spectrum that have had more convincing graphics than the Almighty Dollar slot. To say they are retro is doing the game a massive favor, as even some retro slots built back in the 80s look more modern than the game. The confused theme doesn't help. My particular favorite, in terms of looking bad, is the lion, which has the look of a stuffed toy that is somewhat disheveled having been through a washing machine about 40 times.
  • Game-play: 14 / 20 - Hey, looks aren't everything and if you can get past that then you actually find that the Almighty Dollar slot has some pretty slick game mechanics behind it. I like the wide range of bets available and the fact you can trigger Free Spins from just two Scatters, albeit a smaller number, is a massive boost and really does add a lot of excitement to the slot. Add to that a nice mix of wins in the base game, especially when the 3x Wild Multipliers are involved and you have a game that plays pretty well.
  • Bonus Features: 15 / 20 - I've given Almighty Dollar a high bonus mark as you don't tend to find a three-reel slot that is packed with two big features, let alone one that has Free Spins and indeed, two different ways to trigger them. That alone pushes the mark for a three-reel game very high. I'd have liked to see a bit more differentiation between Free Spins and the base game, but overall, for a three-reel retro slot, Almighty Dollar does have some very decent bonus features.
  • Entertainment Factor: 14 / 20 - Despite the game's obvious issues, this is still an enjoyable slot that has plenty going for it when you spin the reels. There's a greater depth to the game play than you get with many other three-reel retro styled slots and the fact there are bonus games and Wild Multipliers make the game more enjoyable to play.
  • Play Value: 12 / 20 - As a more medium variance slot, I would have liked to perhaps see a slightly larger jackpot available than you get on the Almighty Dollar slot. That I feel does diminish the appeal of the slot somewhat as if you are playing with lower value coins, the monetary value of even the biggest wins is somewhat small and there's no real way to increase them further beyond the multipliers.
  • Overall 63 / 100 - Almighty Dollar is one of those slots that doesn't have immediate appeal due to the way it looks, but delve beyond the cosmetic and you find that the slot is pretty playable, is fun and has some decent features which, if you are a fan of retro-styled games, will certainly tick all the right boxes.

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