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Oh dear, what an awkward start. Often the titles of these slots are dubious, to say the least, but this one is really pushing it. With a pun name akin to a local hair salon, or a chip shop, James Win developer Bluben really couldn’t be bothered to be creative. The theme does have a nice story though, our Bond-style hero cruising around the Big Smoke with a gun in one hand and a Martini in the other - smooth as, with a host of bonus features to boot.
Presented over the standard 5 x 3 setup with a modest 30 paylines, this slot takes you to an uncharacteristically sunny London, typified by cliches like the Houses of Parliament and Tower Bridge, likely targets for Win (Bond) to save from attack.
Looks the part
The symbols rely heavily on the theme here, and that’s not really a bad thing. Amongst the higher value symbols, you’ll find the game’s logo, James Win himself, a female spy, Big Ben, a blue Aston Martin, a pair of dice, a posh looking watch and a cocktail set. The lower value symbols are made up of the diamonds, hearts, spades and clubs of the playing card deck.
The logo having been taken for the high-value symbols means the wild is something different, in this case, it’s the word Wild, and substitutes for all other symbols across the reels to form wins, except the ‘Bonus’ and ‘Spins’ symbols which activate their own features.
Female Spy Wild
Fill reel three with London’s iconic phone boxes and a female spy will appear, after tinkering with her phone you’ll get six extra added for you across the reels. These 2x symbols are added simultaneously should they appear within the same winning combination, this will significantly increase your winnings.
Ah, the beloved free spins features. Trigger it by getting three ‘Spins’ scatter symbols anywhere across reels two, three and four. You’ll receive seven free spins, but won’t be able to retrigger it whilst the Female Spy is hanging around, neither will you be able to activate the London Chase feature at this point.
London Chase Bonus
Get three bonus symbols anywhere across reels one, three and five for a go on this feature, and in turn get transported to a boardgame-like screen so as to play. Hit spin to move along the board, landing you at your next mission. The so-called mission will see you have to pick from a selection of options, eg. the windows of a double-decker bus or one of Her Majesty’s Beefeaters in order to bag a cash prize. Get a spy symbol for a fast track to a secret room with guaranteed prizes waiting for you.
So, James Win is a bit of a strange game, to be honest, and although it is undoubtedly fun, the laziness with certain areas of design and execution lets a potentially strong theme down quite badly. Overall though, it's fun. With plenty of extra bonus games included, you won’t want for action and entertainment, and we suspect that the British will probably the only ones cringing at the cliches. London is, after all, one of the world’s greatest cities, so that brings enough magic to this slot on its own - and who doesn’t love a bit of Bond… sorry, Win.
Words: David Bailey-Lauring