Riverboat Gambler is a five-reel and twenty payline slot which like many Realistic Games slots, is designed to look like a classic slot.
The ornate arches of the antebellum wooden boat itself are visible to either side of the reels, with the setting sun reflected in the water.
Riverboat casinos have a special place in American gambling history. – these floating palaces were once the only places to legally gamble in the American South.
Playing Riverboat Gambler
Riverboat Gambler takes punters on an ornate spinning adventure that sails along with the southern states of the old-style USA with its luxury cruise ship theme.
Players will see everything on their display from the inner working mechanics of the riverboat to various icons that depict a bell, life rings, a menu, a passenger plus the entertainment – that is a blonde dancing girl.
All of these icons are illustrated in a reasonably basic in format whilst retaining some of that yesteryear charm, especially with some old American style fonts that are used to represent the lower-paying card values.
The actual screen of this slot game is only one aspect of the overall appearance because Riverboat Gambler is presented as if it were being played upon a real arcade games machine, which means that the action can be controlled with realistic command buttons whilst arcade-style sound effects play in the background.
The icons include the lower-value ones of the Ace, King, Queen, Jack, Ten to Nine playing cards, with the medium-value symbols being a rubber ring, a ship's bell, hostess and the dapper gambler.
The Riverboat Gambler logo is the games' wild - who will replace for all icons except the scatter symbol; the wild also offers multipliers. Landing one wild in a payline and the payout is doubled. Two wilds and players will get an x3 multiplier. Three landed will award an x4 multiplier with an x5 boost on offer if players land four wilds.
There are free spins available for players who take this boat trip; players can activate them by landing either three, four or five Menu scatter icons anywhere on the reels.
Fifteen free spins will now be awarded, and each win will be subject to an x3 multiplier; as an additional bonus, the spins can be re-activated by landing more scatter icons during the round.
In the original base game, a win that includes a wild icon will earn an x2 multiplier. Landing two, three or four wilds in a winning combination will reward players with an x3, x4 or an x5 multiplier. Five wilds will win a player the top prize of x40,000 a bet stake.
Riverboat Gambler is a theme that is very well-conceived thanks to some impressive, cartoon-style visuals and classy backing audios. The wild multipliers help things along in the main game, and there's plenty of action in the feature thanks to the tripling multiplier.
If players have read Huckleberry Finn, then Riverboat Gambler is the perfect accompaniment, combining top visuals with some entertaining extras to conjure up a feeling of the American South.
Words: David Bailey-Lauring