7 is considered to be a lucky number by many. But Lucky 7s slot is a surprise offering from BetSoft, who is better known for its feature-rich 3D slots. In creating this slot, BetSoft has digitally turned the clock back. The game is a virtual replica of the original fruit machine that was all the rage in land-based casinos and in neighborhood pubs. The slot is graphically designed as a physical slot machine, complete with three reels, red cherries, single, double, and triple bars and the ubiquitous number seven.
Even the soundtrack is authentic with sequences of coins landing into the slots, and the sounds the real machine emitted when announcing wins. The graphics include a coin value selector, a button for placing bets, the maximum bet button, and of course, the spinning button. Luck7s also features the graph depicting the values of the various symbols at a glance, which acts as a ready reckoner throughout the game.
Since the game is designed to look like a physical slot machine, it also depicts the coin and values of coins and notes accepted in the game, even though hard currency is not actually used. Players are given the option of playing in wide view and full view. The former only shows the reels and controls, while the latter reveals the whole slot machine with the table. Players can change views anytime they want at the top left of the reels.
BetSoft has really gone the extra mile to create a classic slot game, which is still a rage in many online casinos. The old timers are also enjoying this version just as much. And of course, you can’t have any features like wilds, scatters, free spins and bonuses, since it would defeat the very purpose of recreating a classic. However, Lucky 7s makes up for it with some good payouts.
As mentioned above, Lucky 7 is devoid of all the extra features, like wilds and scatters, free spins and other bonuses found in modern video slots. The cherries symbol is the only one that comes close, however remotely to a scatter. The game pays put 2x your stake when one cherry lands on the reels and 10x when two of them land together. A combination of three bar icons also deliver some really cool cash. Only the center row can make winning combinations. The return to player percentage of this mid-volatility game stands at 97.
Not having any of the extra features of modern video slots is actually a boon in disguise. Every seasoned casino player knows that the house edge is lowest in games, which do not have these features. With the betting range at between $0.02 and $3.00, Lucky 7s makes it easy on the pocket to play with the maximum bet. Play with the maximum of 3 coins per spin and with the denomination at 0.02, the top wager is still only 0.06, which is equivalent to $3.00.
This is your only chance to win the top jackpot, and enhance the payout percentage of the game in the long run. The jackpot in Lucky 7 is a non-progressive. But, since the maximum bet per spin is a mere 3 coins, the top payout of 5,000 coins makes it feel as if you have hit a progressive jackpot. As said, you need to keep spinning with 3 coins in order to get any chance of winning the maximum, which is awarded when the red lucky 7 symbols land on all three reels.
The fact that BetSoft, a software genius who made its name with 3D slots, should choose to create a basic slot machine in an age, when slots technology is undergoing a revolution, is testimony to the enduring popularity of the original fruit machines.
However, though there are many 3-reel classic slots out there, Lucky 7s is perhaps the only game to provide a direct digital replica, without any additions or deletions, of the machines of the eighties. Those were themselves modern versions of nineteenth century slots machines.
Launched in 2009, the game has been around for quite some time, and has proved that BetSoft made no mistake in coming out with a slot that is directly the opposite of where its expertise lies – innovation. Lucky 7s proves that a classic will always remain a classic.
Cash Noire slot is a game that was clearly created for the masses in mind first. You can see this from its low variance payout features – regular payouts but smaller amounts. But then you look at the maximum bet, which is a substantial 200.00 per spin, and you see that this is a game that suits highrollers as well.
With a top jackpot of 5,000 x up for grabs, a max bet win could go a long way!
The Return to Player (RTP) rate is the standard-for-NetEnt 96.06%. In simpler terms, it means that the online casino’s house edge is 3.94%. To win a prize, you need to land three (or more) of the same symbols on adjacent reels from left to right.
With so many bonus features, you’re looking at plenty of opportunities to win. And while the prizes may not be large, the frequency makes up for the size.
Remember NetEnt’s hugely popular slot, Gonzo’s Quest? A lot of the game’s popularity is due to the new feature introduced by NetEnt back then, known as the cascading wins. In Cash Noire, the Avalanche feature reappears. Each time you match three or more symbols, the winning symbols disappear from the reels and are replaced with new ones. If you match more symbols after the ‘avalanche’, those symbols continue to removed and replaced, until you don’t hit any more wins.
As you spin the reels, you’ll see that there’s a red pattern of hotspots that appears. The spots increase in size – from the initial three, until five if you trigger specific clues from the Clue List (more about that below). If you land a winning symbol inside the hotspot Crime Zone, an item from the Clue List is activated.
If the Vault symbol lands outside the Crime Zone on the reels, it reveals a random symbol. When this mystery symbol makes an appearance within the Crime Zone, the action picks up. The symbol clones itself on all the patterns – meaning more wins.
Remember that we mentioned the Clue List? This is essentially a meter which indicates your progress in the game until you eventually hit the Free Spins feature.
You’ve now entered the City Chase Map. Symbols that land inside the Crime Zone activate locations on the map and your multiplier value starts to increase. It’s possible to increase this value until 10 x. Once you reach 10 x multiplier, you’re automatically awarded 3 extra free spins.
Lucky 7s was optimized for mobile devices in 2013 when players’ preference to do everything on the move turned the humble mobile handset into a smartphone and later, an iPod. Anyway, the game’s interface fully supports the major mobile platforms like Android, iOS, and Windows Phone, etc. Since the game is also optimized with HTML5, which auto-adjusts the game to the small screen, players can enjoy it just as the can do on PCs.
We think that Lucky 7s is a classic (pun not intended) example of modern technology meets old world charm. The game creates a nostalgic atmosphere and reminds the new generation of how it all began. Lucky 7s makes a statement that players do not need fancy extras or to break the bank, to get significant winnings. And finally, Lucky 7s is for players who like to go back to the 3-reel, one payline days. We also think that the game can serve as a rear-view mirror for younger punters.