Rock Vegas Slot Review 2022
Pragmatic Play partner Reel Kingdom are rocking our world as we head back to the Stone Age in their latest and greatest release, Rock Vegas!
Reel Kingdom are certainly up there as a well known provider, this could be because they are the masterminds behind the extremley popular Big Bass Bonanza slot series. We think you will agree that Reel Kingdom lost themselves a little when they released the rather poor Star Pirates Code, but can they redeem themselves with Rock Vegas?
Rather than Free Spins, Rock Vegas has an exciting Mega Hold & Spin Respins feature, which has slight similarities to Big Bass Bonanza’s increasing Multiplier feature. Although similar to it’s sibling slots in some ways, Rock Vegas is very unique in others. It seems that Reel Kingdom has taken a leaf out of iSoftBet’s book and opted for a Hold & Win style slot instead.
Will Rock Vegas be as legendary as those that came before it or will it be yet another poor offering for the second time in a row? Let’s play on and find out!
Rock Vegas Theme
With no fish in sight, Reel Kingdom has decided to change things up a little, instead opting for a Prehistoric Stone Age theme. There is something refreshing about this theme, maybe because it’s something we don’t typically come across that often in a slot. Either way, it’s nice to have a change of scenery for once.
The background is definitely at one with nature, an array of Jungle plants and flowers can be seen up close and a beautiful display of rocky mountains are tucked away in the back.
The music playing throughout is fun and upbeat, making you feel like you’re up to no good. The music tempo picks up when you land the Mega Hold & Spin Respins feature to a more alive and energetic tone. Sound effects that can be heard tie in nicely with the music and theme.
When we first loaded up Rock Vegas, we were instantly drawn to the very buff Caveman that stands proudly on the left side of the reels. Much to our disappointment, he is there for decorative purposes and doesn’t contribute to any kind of feature.
The theme of Rock Vegas is refreshing but sadly lacks any kind of excitement. Is Reel Kingdom saving the best for Gameplay? Let’s hope so.
Rock Vegas Betting and Symbols
Rock Vegas has a variety of betitng options for players to choose from. For those who prefer a lower stake, the minimum bet available is £/€0.20 per spin. For those who prefer a higher stake, the maximum bet available is £/€240 per spin, with an ample choice of bets in between the two.
The highest paying regular symbol in Rock Vegas is the Caveman, this is closely followed by the White Tiger, Dinosaur and Mammoth. Lower paying symbols are standard Ace, King, Queen, Jack and Ten.
Rock Vegas does not feature any Wild symbols.
Rock Vegas Base Game and Features
Rock Vegas is a 5 reel slot with 20 fixed paylines. In order to form a win you will need to connect 3 or more (or 2 or more of the highest paying symbol) from left to right, starting from the left-most reel.
If simple is what you’re after then simple is what you get here. Despite all of its merits, Rock Vegas has a rather uneventful Base Game with no features to speak of. It could have really benefitted from a feature or two to keep players invested while they’re playing for the bonus. With the lack of features, this may just be enough to deter players from staying and playing.
Rock Vegas: Mega Hold & Spin Respins
Landing 3 or more Bonus symbols in any position on the reels, triggers the Mega Hold & Spin feature, awarding 3 Respins.
Once triggered, you will be greeted by a 10×10 grid and an increasing Multiplier Trail. When the round starts, depending on how many Bonus symbols triggered the intial Respins round, will determine if the lowest Rock symbols are present or not.
- 5 Bonus symbols – If the Respins round was triggered with 5 Bonus symbols, only the Orange, Pink and Gold Rock symbols are present.
- 4 Bonus symbols – If the Respins round was triggered with 4 Bonus symbols, only the Orange, Pink, Gold and Green Rock symbols are present.
- 3 Bonus symbols – If the Respins round was triggered with the minimum 3 Bonus symbols, all of the above Rock symbols are present.
Once the Respins start, all Rock symbols that land on the grid will remain in their position for the duration of Respins. Each time a Rock symbol lands, all Respins are reset back to 3. The Respins round continues until all Respins are finished or all positions on the grid are filled with Rock symbols.
Whenever a cluster of either 2×2 or 3×3 Rock symbols of the same type form, it will automatically transform into a giant Rock of that instance and a random Multiplier will be attached to it. For Rock symbols with a size of 2×2, a Multiplier between x2 and x10 can be awarded. For all 3×3 Rock symbol sizes, a Multiplier between x35 and x500 can be awarded.
After each Respin, there is a chance for Rock symbols to be added to the screen randomly, this can be achieved by the Fire Animation.
Key Collection Trail
During the Respins round, a Key Collection mini game is present. Along with Rock symbols, special Key symbols can also land at any time. Key symbols are needed to advance up the Key Collection Trail.
Once enough Key symbols have been collected, a Chest will open and will award one of the following.
- One Rock symbol to be multiplied by a random Multiplier between 0.5x and 500x.
- A random Cash Prize between 10x and 500x your current bet.
- Anywhere between 4 and 10 Key symbols. These are added to the Trail immedietly.
- A random Multiplier that will be applied to the total win at the end of the Respins round, from 2x to 100x.
- One retrigger.
If you are able to collect enough Keys and reach the end of the Trail, a Mystery Multiplier between 2x and 100x is awarded and multiplies the general Multiplier collected so far. Once the Trail is complete, it will start again from the beginning. More Keys can be collected and the Respins feature will continue.
The Mega Hold & Spin feature can only be retriggered when the Chest awards a Retrigger or if the grid is full of Rock symbols. Once a retrigger is awarded, the grid is cleared of all Rock symbols, the number of Respins resets back to 3 and Respins start from scratch.
If the Respin round reaches the maximum win capacity of 10,000x, the Respins round will come to an abrupt end and all remaining Respins will be forfeited.
Rock Vegas: Our Verdict
Rock Vegas is a reminder in some senses of the fun that we had with Big Bass Bonanza, and the formula in which they introduced higher tiers for more scatters symbols.
The aesthetic here is quite interesting, much more interesting in fact than the somewhat overused fish veneer that some have come to detest because of lack of originality. Their latest release that wasn’t a Big Bass Game was Star Pirates Code if memory serves us correctly, and Rock Vegas is definitely a step up from that…Then again, it isn’t hard.
In terms of potential, Rock Vegas certainly packs some impressive figures with win capabilities of up to 10,000x, though we’ll belive that it can achieve it when we see it, or should we say, if we see it.
Overall, Rock Vegas certainly doesn’t deserve some of the acclaim and infamy enjoyed by some of their Big Bass Slots, but it certainly isn’t a bad instalment by any means,