Epic City

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1 Reels 5
2. Paylines 20
3. Progressive No
4. Maximum coins 20
5. Jackpot 5000
6. Maximum jackpot in coins 1000
7. Multiplier No
8. Scatter symbol Yes
9. Free Spins Yes
10. Betting range from $0.2 up to $10
11. Coin Bet Range from $0.01 up to $5
12. Coins per line 1
13. Bonus Game Yes
14. Wild symbol Yes

There are lots of different fictional cities of the future that have been created in different types of media, especially in books and movies. Old Skool Studios took the general idea and made it into the Epic City online slot. This game is based on a golden type of Utopian city of the future, and it's executed very well with particularly strong graphics. The only issue is that the power goes out sometimes, and you'll have to help them to get it back on in a bonus feature.

Slot Format and Layout

This game looks a little different at first glance, but it really just has five vertical reels, three horizontal rows and 20 total static paylines. The thing that makes it look weird is that the reels are a little staggered instead of all being right beside of each other to make a rectangular shape. Once you see what's going on, it's not confusing anymore, but it might take a few minutes to get used to the different visual approach.

They tend to make the betting in their games less complicated than the competition, and that's the case here as well. You'll have total bet sizes to pick from, and that eliminates the whole thing with picking coin sizes and then picking how many coins you want on each line and all of the calculation and room for honest mistakes that comes from that. Instead, you simply pick from total bet sizes that range from $0.20 to $10 per turn. It's that simple.

The Power Bonus Round

The main bonus feature is the Power Bonus round. The bonus symbol of the city itself appears on the first, third and fifth reels, and you activate the feature by getting all three on the game board at the same time. This feature is based around up to five stages where you'll pick different options to try to restore the power in a section of the city. If you're successful, you'll continue to the next level. The further you get, the better your payouts, but the bonus round is ultimately determined by luck. This is a smart way to incorporate the motif of the game into a key bonus feature.

Free Spins Feature

The other bonus feature in this game centers around free spins. You can pick up three of the free spin symbol anywhere on the game board for eight free spins, and four of a kind makes it 12 free spins. A total of 20 free spins is yours for five of the free spins symbol anywhere on the reels. This feature can be re-triggered, you get stacked wilds on the reels during the free spins, and you'll get a random multiplier on all of your wins during this bonus round.

Wild and Scatter Pays

The wild symbol is a golden statue holding a glowing orb, and it pays 1,000x for five of a kind. You can get paid for two of a kind or more of this symbol. That includes 400x for four, 100x for three and 5x for two of a kind on a given payline.

Aside from that, the free games symbol also acts as a paying scatter with wins multiplied by the total bet size. This comes down to 25x for five of a kind with 10x for four of a kind. You'll score 2x when you get three, and 0.5x is the payout for two of this symbol anywhere on the board.

Other Important Wins

At the top end of the rest of the pay table, you can earn 500x for five of a kind of the golden blimp symbol on a payline. Five of the train, also in gold, gets you 200x. Each of these symbols pay for two of a kind or more, but the rest require at least three.

This includes 100x for five of the golden car or the golden ship. The payout for the heart or diamond is 50x, and the win for the spade or club gives you 40x. These are for five-of-a-kind wins, and all four of the suit symbols are surrounded in a golden outline that makes them match the theme of the game very well.

Final Thoughts

Epic City is a game that largely lives up to its name in that it looks great and the gameplay is pretty solid. Old Skool Studios did a good job with everything from the graphics to the pay table and the features. We like that the free spins are given multiple extras (stacked wilds and multipliers) to make them particularly valuable, and we also like that they weren't lazy with the bottom-level symbols in terms of using card rank symbols like a lot of the competition chooses to do. Overall, this is a game that will appeal to plenty of players.

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