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I’m always intrigued when an online slot crosses over from a bricks and mortar casino. Can it make the transition and still capture the essence of what made the slot such a hit in the real world? Well, Cash Spin is one such slot.
The Cash Spin slots machine was hugely popular several years back when it was one of the first touch-screen slots. Queues of people formed to try the slot due to this innovation. Now touch-screen technology is commonplace, but does Cash Spin casino game still offer slot fans the same level of intrigue? Let’s take a closer look and find out.
Overview: Cash Spin
Cash Spin slots are very much a mixture of new technology and old-style slot gaming. The new part is that this is a 5×3 reel game with 243 ways to win instead of individual paylines. There’s also some bonus features to activate, plus the usual wild symbols, which are stacked across the reels.The retro stylings come from the symbols in use on the reels, which include the playing card low symbols (from the nine through the ace), plus a number of other gemstone-themed symbols, as well as a dollar sign. The sound is also very much styled on the old-style mechanical slots, slots clicking into place at the end of each spin.
Who will the Cash Spin slot appeal to?
I think Bally’s Cash Spin slot is one of those games that will have broad appeal. Given that its theme is simply cash, an extremely broad canvas, the slot works well. The symbols are clear and nicely designed, and the animations and sounds of the reels give it a retro feel.
Yet, the fact that this is a 243-ways slot with some interesting additional features, including an excellent bonus U-Spin round (as well as free spins), means that fans of more modern slot games will find plenty to enjoy.
Gameplay: Cash Spin
The first thing you will notice when you load up the Cash Spin online slot game is its retro feel. That is perhaps unavoidable given its origins in physical casinos.
The game itself is very simple. You can select the credit value you wish to wager, and you must wager 40 credits on every spin to have the 243 ways to win in operation. This is non-selectable, so pick your credits wisely to ensure you can enjoy a decent session at the reels. Once you have chosen your credit value, you simply click the spin button to get the reels in action.
It’s fair to say Cash Spin plays at its own pace. This isn’t a slot where you race through the spins; it takes a little time for each spin to resolve. The lack of an autoplay button is an oversight for sure, but there are some features to keep you interested.
We’ve already mentioned that the playing card symbols operate as the low options, whereas the high symbols are gems (emerald, ruby, and diamond) and the dollar value symbol. The diamond is the highest-paying base game symbol with a top prize of 500 credits when you land five across the reels.
Alongside these symbols are three additional items, and each offers an additional chance at some cash.
The first of these is the Wild symbol, which is simply the word “wild” on a yellow background. This symbol is stacked on Reels Two and Four and can substitute for the high and low symbols to create additional paylines or increase the length of paylines.
Another key symbol is the scatter symbol, the Money Bag bonus. This symbol is located on the second, third, and fourth reels. When you land all three across the reels, you get to select from one of the three to win a prize. Your prize can be anywhere between 3x to 50x your total bet. When you pick your bag, the prizes in the other two are also revealed.
The final feature is the biggest in the game — the U-Spin feature. These symbols are located on Reels One, Three, and Five, and you need to land one of them on each of the three reels to trigger the bonus game.
In the bonus game you get to spin a Cash Wheel, hence the name of the slot. On this reel, you can either win a stated cash prize or 12 “free games” (free spins). If you land the free games feature, then you use a different colored set of reels and all your winnings during the free spins are doubled for the duration of the round.
You can retrigger free spins during the round up to a maximum of 60 free spins. Furthermore, you can also trigger the Money Bags and U-Spin wheel features during the free spins round.
Special features: Cash Spin
The wilds are only present on the second and fourth reels, but they are stacked and can help create multiple winning paylines on a single spin. They also help complete many base game wins.
Money Bags bonus
The Money Bags boost is somewhat difficult to trigger even though it doesn’t offer as much potential reward as the U-Spin Wheel bonus. However, land three across the middle three reels, and you get to pick from one of the money bags for a cash prize of between 3x and 50x your total wager.
Land three U-Spin symbols on Reels One, Three, and Five, and you win a chance to spin the Cash Wheel. Here, you can win the stated amount of money as a cash prize or 12 free spins, with a 2x multiplier on all wins and with the chance to earn an additional 48 free spins if you can retrigger the bonus during the round.
The U-Spin reel is a fabulous feature that gives the game an added edge. Very much like the Wheel of Fortune spinner, spinning this reel to win a cash prize or free spins is one of the most exciting aspects of the game.
The wild symbols are vital to enjoying the base game to the fullest. They can create many wins and help ensure that your bankroll doesn’t rapidly diminish from too-small wins.
Mix of styles
I think the mix of retro gaming elements with the newer features works very well. I don’t mind playing slots at a slower pace, and I like the old slot noises on every spin. Plus, I enjoy the benefits of top-quality modern feature games and bonuses.
It’s perhaps harsh to say the presentation is basic, seeing as the game is based on an older slot from offline casinos. But if you are looking for top-quality presentation and production, this isn’t the slot for you.
Small base game wins
This is a low-variance slot, and that means you win relatively often but in small amounts. Some wins are just a fraction of the total stake you have wagered on the spin. You frequently need bigger wins and bonus features to help increase your balance.
Cash Spin is a slower paced game than many modern slot games. That may be a good thing for people who have time, but if you are rushed and want as many spins as possible in the time you have, this can be an issue.
Graphics and soundtrack: 2/5
The graphics and soundtrack are unspectacular, but they do the job. I like the sound of the reels clicking into place, and the cut scenes when you hit the U-Spin bonus are good fun, as is the announcement when you hit a big win.
Originality and creativity: 4/5
This is a slot that takes some old features and gives them a neat, modern twist. The U-Spin and Money Bags bonus games are a great addition, and the stacked wilds really help the base game.
Play value: 3/5
Although many base game wins are small, they are numerous. You’ll likely find that even if you lose a bit of cash, you’ll hit a win at some point to top you up, or perhaps even more if you get lucky in the U-Spin round.
Jackpot potential: 3/5
With a jackpot of 10,000 coins, this slot doesn’t boast the huge jackpots of some games. But if you are playing at a higher value, say $1 per line, then the amount available is well worth having a stab at.
Repeat play: 4/5
There are many things to like about this slot: the different scatter bonus features, the free spins round, the U-Spin bonus, and the clever way it merges retro games with modern online slots. This is definitely a slot you will come back to time and time again.
Total score: 16/25
Cash Spin is a hugely enjoyable slot that is low variance and offers the potential of some big wins in the bonus round, notably with the U-Spin feature. It is slow paced, which may not be to everyone’s taste, but it suits the game and allows the player to enjoy each and every spin.