If there’s a better way of making money than playing the slots, it has to be being a 1920s gangster. Sure, it may have been a dangerous and unpleasant way of life with threats and enemies around every corner, but we can’t help but get caught up in the romance of running a little empire of your own built on family, loyalty and a secret Mafia code.
That’s why we were excited to play Bucksy Malone, a gangster inspired slot focusing on the heyday of the mob in America’s big cities. But is this game a loyal goon, or is it a snitch? Let’s take a look in our Bucksy Malone slot game review.
Set firmly in the glory days of the American Mafia, the 1920s, Bucksy Malone is a loving tribute to all of the brash stereotypes you can imagine from the era. Classic cars, Thompson machine guns, gangster’s molls and an array of street fighting weapons are among the symbols you’ll find on the reels, boosted by the fact that there are no generic images to be found. The Chicago skyline rears up in the background, firmly placing the action amid the chaos and crime of the prohibition era in the city. The swinging jazz soundtrack and authentic period sound effects boost the impact of this game’s theme, while there are some excellent animations for just about every symbol.
Much like the life of a real Mafioso this game has high stakes and high rewards, boasting 40 pay lines as well as a high betting limit of £/€/$100 per spin. In exchange, players can fight for a big payout of 6000x your stake for five of the wild symbols represented by the Mafia Don smoking a cigar, while even the lower value symbols attract top wins of more than 1000x your wager for five of the henchmen in the green jacket. Bullets also play a big part in this game, and you’ll occasionally find the henchman taking a potshot at the reels, turning random symbols that he hits wild. This randomness and the high paying symbols make for a decent RTP of 96%, which is about average.
The mobster with the Tommy gun is the scatter in the Bucksy Malone slot game, and just to prove that the Mafia is good to people who do them favours, you can land an astonishing 100 free spins with a 5x multiplier if you manage to land five of these in a row. Land fewer scatters and you’ll get a more normal number of free spins, 20 free spins with a 4x multiplier, but it’s still not a bad deal. While you can’t re-trigger the free spins from within the free spins game, if you do land three more scatters you’ll be taken to a pick and win game where you’ll have to choose three barrels of bootleg whiskey from a wagon, each containing a random prize.
Bucksy Malone is a fun and good looking slot covering a theme we don’t see often enough, giving you a real taste of what it’s like to live and die by the roll of dice just like a real mobster. The risks are high but so are the rewards, and if you manage to land a few of the big paying wilds or even the amazing free spins round, you can expect to live like a real big shot.