To get an American teary eyed mention the Stars and Stripes. Too bad Americans can't play these slots because this pun-tastic slot, Bars & Stripes, offers entertainment value!
The slot proved a hit and in 2014, as part of an aggressive move into the mobile slot gaming market, Microgaming finally ported this enjoyable slot over onto the mobile platform for a whole new generation of slot fans to enjoy.
Of course, if you are looking for something insightful into the history of the American way of life, you won't find it here. Microgaming have stuck to the universally recognisable symbols that have come to represent America and whether they are actually representative or not isn't the point. What does matter is that you will look at this slot and think "Uncle Sam".
So what about the basics of the Bars & Stripes slot? Well first up, it is a five reel slot (not a three reeler as some reviews have erroneously pointed out) with three symbols visible on each reel. There are 25 paylines in play on every spin (they are not selectable) and you can bet from as little as 0.25 on a spin up to a maximum bet of 250 coins.
That means that Bars & Stripes is a very inclusive slot, catering for the lower stakes player, right up to the higher stakes gamer who wants to bet considerably more on every spin.
In terms of symbols on the reels it is a cornucopia of Americana that you will find. Almost every key symbol of the great nation itself is present on the reels, from the Bald Headed Eagle and Statue of Liberty, through to cookies, burger and fries, beer, pumpkin pie, the American Flag and a hot dog.
In terms of features, the game doesn't really have the punch of some of Microgaming's later releases. There's no free spins round on Bars & Stripes (the American Football Scatter symbols simply award an increasing cash amount with each one that you land across the reels, up to a massive 200x your bet for landing all five on one spin).
However that is not to say that there isn't a lot to enjoy with the Bars & Stripes slot. The game-play is quick and engaging and there are enough wins to keep players spinning the reels. You can even use a Quick Spin option to help speed up the game if you are pushed for time.
There are a couple of other things to note alongside the Scatter symbol and the first of these is the in game Wild, which is the Bars & Stripes game logo. When you land this, the Wild can be used to complete a winning payline replacing all high and low symbols in the game and when you do, you are automatically rewarded by having a multiplier applied to your winnings that doubles how much you win.
The in game wild also gives you the chance to win the jackpot of 50,000 coins when you land five of the symbols on a single payline, if you are playing for the max coins then this could see you take home a huge 250,000 payday.
The other feature in the game is the Bonus symbol which is the large Stars and Stripes bucket hat. You need to land three or more of these across the reels to trigger the feature which then presents you with three bonus symbols of which you must select one to receive a prize that could be worth as much as 47,500 coins.
Bars & Stripes may not have all the razzmatazz of a modern video slot with free spins, but what it does, it does well and there's certainly enough features and regular wins to keep players playing.
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