Powered by NextGen Gaming, Oil Mania is an entertaining twenty-five payline video slot based on the quest for black gold - oil. The wild card is the Oil symbol, and the Oil Tycoon symbol is the game’s scatter symbol.
The quest for black gold is the aim behind this industrial online slot called Oil Mania, and it, of course, is themed around the world’s declining natural resource - oil.
Oil Mania is a five-reel slot with three rows and up to twenty-five paylines; a vast oil field below a setting sun fills the backdrop, creating quite a bleak scene at odds with the entertainment players will encounter.
Playing Oil Mania
Before players begin drilling for the viscous black stuff, they should adjust their game settings first.
The coin value ranges can be altered by clicking the arrows beneath the coin symbol.
The “Max Bet” button is used for placing the highest bet.
Pressing the arrows below the “Lines” symbol selects the number of active paylines chose to play.
The “Lines” symbol selects all lines.
The green “Spin” button featuring a triangle begins the game.
The “Autoplay” button to its left turns the reels multiple times uninterrupted.
There are four high-value icons including the green-garbed oil worker, a gleaming gold car, a suitcase full of cash and a profit forecast; Nine, Ten, Jack, Queen, King and Ace represent the lower-value symbols.
The Oil Tycoon is the bonus icon that triggers one of the features; there is no dedicated wild card in the primary game.
Bonus features of Oil Mania
The Oil Tycoon appears only on the second, third and fourth reels but if a player can land him there, he will activate this enjoyable little bonus game.
An oil well wild will appear from below the reel that the Tycoon landed on and will make the bottom icon wild. Players will be granted three free spins, and with each turn, the oil well will extend upwards until the entire reel is filled with wilds.
If a player can land another Oil Tycoon scatter symbol during this phase, they will receive an additional three spins, and of course, there will now be two activated wild reels. The prize amount will be calculated once all the spins have finished in this phase.
Any win can be gambled by hitting the ‘Gamble’ button below the reels; a player can now attempt to double or quadruple that win by correctly guessing the colour or suit of the next card drawn. Players will get a maximum of five correct attempts, but should they get any wrong, then they will forfeit the entire lot! So, players have been warned!
The graphics in Oil Mania do look a bit dull, but this is quite fun to play, and the bonus round fits in with the theme. However, the gameplay becomes pretty entertaining very soon on, so this is one game to keep punters engaged. Where it falls down on is that there are hardly any big payouts for the most hardened punters searching for handsome prizes.
Words: David Bailey-Lauring