These bank clerks must be getting pretty hacked off with Microgaming. First, the online gaming powerhouse launched its Break Da Bank Online Slot. Probably causing the clerks hefty headaches what with all the repairing of the breaking and whatnot. And then they go and do it again (Oops!) with Break Da Bank Again, only his time bigger, harder, faster, stronger. The upshot for us is the bigger, harder, faster, stronger nature of it all, for we do like it up us. But if I were a bank clerk I would seriously be thinking about taking a holiday.
The soundtrack has almost a 70s spy thriller aura about it – think Bullitt or the Ipcress File – tinkling music mingled in with murmuring conversation. Each of the five reels releases a satisfying thud when it lands, though if I’m nit-picking the winning sounds when we land one of the successful 9 pay-lines could be zhuzhed up a bit.
The reels themselves are suitably bedecked in items that we would be happy to find in a bank vault if we broke into it, or if we happened to come across it while the door was open for that matter. Glittering jewels, piles of coins, wads of cash, stacks of gold and, err…cheques (remember them?). Still, I’d happily take a cheque into a bank if it had as many zeros on it as these do here, and that amount of zeros in our gaming accounts is precisely what we’ll be after from our exploits on this particular slot, thank you very much. The Wild Game Logo multiplies all wins x5, but in the bonus game this Bankers Bonus bumps up to a bonanza 25x multiplier.
The UK’s ongoing Bankers Bonus scandal (I’m not talking Deal Or No Deal, if Noel Edmonds is reading this) will I’m sure mean that none of us would begrudge any gamers the chance to take some bonuses from the banks, and that’s precisely what we’re after when we land three, four or five Bank Vault Scatters across the reels. Such a fait accomplit brings us 15, 20 or 25 free spins with a 5x multiplier, which could, all told, bag us a Bankers Bonus of up to 375,000 coins in the bonus game.
I would hazard a guess that very few gamers would gamble that size win away, but the game’s Gamble feature does provide us with opportunities to double or quadruple smaller wins on the flip of a card. Guess the correct card colour and the win is doubled, guess the correct suite and it is quadrupled. Now how about that for high stakes trading?
The graphics and artwork are suitably sparkly and the sounds are intriguing, up until we score some wins. This is a small price to pay though, for the promise of whopping great slots wins is enough to put up with some cartoonish win fanfares. If you like you can even play your own soundtrack along to your game-play. Gold Digger by Kanye West, anyone?