Chicago Gangsters is the latest offering from Playson. It has an unusual look, and there has been quite a lot of buzz around it. We decided to spend a couple hours playing it so we can let you know if it is the game for you.
When you boot it up you get a five-reel, three-row grid. A Chicago street scene with old-time cars is the backdrop.
Then you start to spin the wheels. In general, you need to get three of a kind on the 20 pay lines to make a win. For the most part, these will be face card matches that don't pay off very well. That said, sometimes you get the poker chips with whiskey, or the man or the woman, who pay slightly better.
Occasionally, blank icons will appear. Then once the spin is done, they will flip over and become all the same icon. These tend to lead to big wins. A win of 37 credits was our biggest hit on this one. They can be any icon on the board, including the poker chips, which we will get to in a minute.
It is important to note that just because you get blank icons does not guarantee a win. A few times it came out to nothing for us. But for the most part, they have your best non-bonus game chance at scoring big.
The real fun starts when you get six poker chips on the board at the same time. This triggers the bonus game. The chips turn over, and each one shows you what it's worth. It starts out as your original bet – 1.40 credits in our case.
The chips are multipliers. For our gameplay in the bonus game, the biggest chip we got was 10 times our bet. The chips then stay in place and you have three free spins.
Most of the icons that come up are blank. But some are chips. If you get a chip, you go back to three spins. The chip along with all the other chips stay in place. You then keep spinning until your free spins are done. On our 1.40 bet, we won a total of 63 credits during the bonus game.
That really pushed our bankroll back into the black. And it's the heart of the game.
That's because this is a very high variance game. The wins from most of your matches won't pay off that much. And they are few and far between.
Your hope lies in the blank icons and in the bonus game. If you are down, both of these have the chance to pay off big for you and put you back on the positive side. Without them, this game would simply be a drain on your bank account.
But because they are there you have a decent chance of walking away from this machine with real money. You just have to be willing to wait for them to get hit and then collect on them.
Very high variance games are not for everyone. And you do need to have a big enough bankroll to wait for your win.
However, if you like high variance games – you know who you are. You'll have a lot of fun with Chicago Gangsters.
We give it a four out of five. We'd rank it higher if more smaller wins came up and you were not so reliant on the big wins.
Still, overall this is a very fun game to play. You just have to be in it for the long term. If you are it can pay off for you in a very big way.