Seriously, if someone offers you Extra Cash you’re going to take it aren’t you? Any self-respecting gamers who answer “no” to that question need their heads testing. But a hatful of extra cash and the chance to write some serious headlines across the newspapers with the cash trails we leave will be enough to tempt most gamers to this five reel, 50 payline outing from Aussie powerhouse NextGen Gaming.
With a whopping 50 paylines across the five reels this title has as many headlines as any newspaper editor could dream up in even the most eventful day’s news. The low symbols haven’t been brainstormed too thoroughly – the 10s through Aces perhaps thought up by an up-and-coming red-top editor. The high symbols are more stylised and give us a decent picture of this game’s setting – the backdrop of red brick buildings and a city scape behind it hint at the cool suburbs of New York, while the game’s highest-paying symbol – the New York branded Paper Delivery Van – works nicely to cement our setting.
The Extra Wild headline symbol is Wild, thrown at random by the nodding paperboy standing by the reel case at the reels for the Wild to stick and substitute for all other symbols except Scatters.
The bonuses you might normally find in a newspaper – free books and CDs – are thankfully completely absent as bonuses in Extra Cash. Instead we are treated to a Free Spins feature that is triggered by landing three or more Printing Press Scatters. We can win 8, 12 or 20 free games by landing three, four or five Scatters respectively and any Wilds that appear are held for the remaining duration of the free games. Should we land two, three or four Scatters we also have an extra chance to stop the presses – those Scatters are held and all other reels are re-spun once to give us an extra chance to raise our bonus game to the next level.
And what kind of budding newspaper magnate would we be if we didn’t Gamble on a few headlines of our own? NextGen’s trademark Gamble feature offers us a chance to double or quadruple our winnings on the flip of a card by correctly guessing the colour or suite of the next card.
With 50 paylines and held Wilds during the bonus features we have plenty of chances to get stuck in to the potential Extra Cash on offer, and we don’t even have to eavesdrop on celebrities in order to write our own headlines. They will be pleased.