Texas was one of the wealthy southern states where tea was a vintage beverage enjoyed by plantation owners in their tea gardens. When the Texas oil boom began at the turn of the twentieth century, ‘Texas Tea’ quietly became a euphemism for oil. So strong is the association that Texas Tea has been the name of an oil company, a motor oil brand, and even a patent application for a drilling head gear mechanism. It’s no wonder that IGT also gave the name to its oil game.
Texas Tea by IGT (WagerWorks) is all about southern USA, particularly Texas, and petroleum, which was one of the mainstays of the state’s economy in the twentieth century. The game is an online adaptation of IGT’s popular land-based casino fixture that was first released in 2000. The graphics have been revamped for a better digital experience, where you are taken all over Texas by old Texas Ted, the oil magnate, who encourages you to strike your share of the black gold.
Theodore is the epitome of the Texas oil boom, with his charming armadillo companion, who is incidentally, one of the higher paying symbols of the game. Texas Tea makes creative use of all the well-known stereotypes about Texas oil magnates, replete with a cowboy hat, and the deep Texas drawl coming from a mouth occupied with a half-smoked cigar. Symbols like a blue convertible and a private jet complete the narrative.
The game consists of 5 reels, three rows and is played across 9 paylines. The symbols are all related to mainstays of the Texas economy like cattle, farm produce, and oil derricks. You also have the old man Theodore himself who is the scatter, and one of the two bonus symbols of the game, the other being the oil derrick. There is no wild symbol in the game since the mechanics of the base game have enough action. The bonus features can be triggered quite frequently.
All prizes are paid for landing identical combinations from the leftmost reel onwards on an active payline. Prizes for landing a combination of the scatter Texas Ted depends on the multiplier of your bet. Prizes are awarded based on the value of the highest combination per payline. The game’s logo is the highest-paying symbol that pays out even when it lands as one-of-a-kind. However, don’t mistake this for the wild – the game has no wild symbol.
The Armadillo pays from 10 times the line bet for two-of-a-kind, to 500 times for landing on all 5 reels. Ted’s private jet pays 5 to 250 times your bet for landing on 2 to 5 reels respectively. Ted’s prize bull and the blue convertible both have the same payouts as the airplane. The lower-paying symbols are the Texas Yellow Rose, the Texas Bluebonnet, and Purple Cactus, all of which pay from 10 times to 100 times your bet. However, the flora has to land on at least reels identically to form winning combinations.
The highest multipliers come in the two bonus rounds, as we shall see in the following section. The best part is that you can trigger them quite frequently, which means that there are virtually no dry spells in the game. With a betting window from $1.00 for a single payline to $900 across all paylines, the game is clearly meant for medium to high rollers. With a neat return to player ratio of 97.35%, the maximum you can theoretically win from Texas Tea is $90,000.
IGT has fully-optimized this land-casino-based game to play seamlessly on all mobile devices that run on Android, iOS, Windows Phone and similar operating systems. This means that you can enjoy Texas Tea on a range of cellular phones, from budget smartphones to the flashiest iPod. The game’s HTML5 programming ensures that it plays out in full audio-visual clarity and you can enjoy smooth game-play. This is particularly important, as Texas Tea has an entertaining soundtrack reminiscent of western films.
Texas Tea is an old-school slot game that has been given a digital remake. Yet it holds its own in a world dominated by interactive 3-D graphics, games with surround sound, and multiple bonus games. Given the low variability of the game, you don’t even notice that the game does not have a wild symbol; something which is unthinkable in modern slot games.