Can you imagine a time when you couldn’t buy alcohol? It did of course lead to many a problem and you can experience that in Ash Gaming’s ‘Gin Joint Showdown.’ This is a five-reel slots game that has 20 paylines. It’s entirely your choice just how many you decide to play but obviously the more the better if you want to win. Stakes vary from £0.01 all the way up to £200. The best thing to do is just go for a stake that you won’t worry too much about losing and will continue to allow you to enjoy the game. There’s all the ingredients you need for a successful video slots game. This includes a bonus game where you can win some great cash prizes, a progressive jackpot for you to chase and a wild symbol that will help get you some winning combinations. These are formed when two or three of the same symbol next to each other when the reels stop spinning.
Symbols inlcude two gangsters, a Mafia Big Boss a henchman, their beautiful ladies, a detective, clothing, a cocktail glass and the playing cards from ten to Ace. The wild symbol in this game is the Model T car. This can substitute for other symbols in the game with the exception of the special ones. There’s also a red-haired police officer who, as explained later, will help get you into the Booze Bustin’ Bonus. This pays out in any position on the screen with the amount you receive calculated via the total bet you’ve staked on that spin of the reels. There’s a Gamble Bonus Feature that can be switched on or off. When it’s switched on all of your winnings from the last spin can be gambled and this includes the bonus games but not if you’ve just landed the progressive jackpot. The gamble is the usual choice of next card for either colour or suit. A correct choice on the colour of the next card will double your win and if you’re right in predicting the next suit then this quadruples your win. The control buttons are situated at the bottom of the screen. There’s also the Paytable button so have a look through that to give you more knowledge of how to play the game. A few free spins will be handy to as you build up experience of how everything works.
There are three different bonus games here. The Booze Bustin’ Bonus sees you having to search for some illegal alcohol. If you’ve had three symbols then this gives you just the one chance to make a discovery, four gives you two opportunities and five gets you three chances. To get into the In-Reels Shootout Bonus Feature you need to get the detective on reel one and a henchman symbol on any other reel. Then it’s all-out war between the detective and the henchman as they try to shoot each other. You win a bonus for each of the henchmen that are shot. The Shootout Bonus Feature is triggered when the detective appears anywhere on reel one and the Big Boss lands on reel five. The player is now in a bar and again you have to shoot as many henchmen as you can to win a cash reward. You can either do this yourself in Manual Fire mode or choose Auto Mode and let the detective do all the hard work, but don’t worry you don’t have to give them a cut of your winnings. When the shoot-out is over it’s time for a car chase and when the detective catches the Big Boss the big question is how many barrels has he got in his truck. The more barrels, the more you win. If there happens to be three barrels then you win the progressive jackpot, the size of which can be seen at the top of the screen.
There’s plenty of variety in this game and the bonus rounds are fun to play. It looks good and the soundtrack isn’t going to have you reaching for the mute button.