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Big 5 is a non-progressive slot machine by Microgaming that is part of its Classic Slot series and is especially designed for those players who are fans of the 'retro' slot machines. This game has a single bet line and three spinning reels, and its symbol set features a mix of new and old. The theme of the game is African wildlife, which is what the Big 5 title refers to, but the only animal actually represented on the reels is the king of the jungle himself, the lion.
Big 5 employs the familiar three-reel layout and the one-armed bandit formula. The only complexity to it is a pay table that is split into three columns, which reflect the payouts for wagering with either one, two or three coins per spin. The payouts scale evenly across the board, including at the jackpot level, so low rollers should feel free to wager at whatever stake level they prefer. Coin sizes range from $0.25 to $5, and bet sizes range from $0.25 to $15.
The main special feature of Big 5 is the cherry symbol, which pays with just one, two or three across, and pays out 6, 15 and 60, respectively, depending on how many coins were wagered that spin. The game also has an Any Bar feature, which means that any combination of bar and 5-bar symbols will result in a payout of 5, 10 and 15 coins. On the UI, special features include an Expert mode that allows you to quicken and streamline gameplay as well as automate spins.
Graphics and Audio
The graphics and audio are simple but overall effective. It’s not a particularly attractive pub slot, but it does a good job of achieving that style. The sound effects are standard three-reel slot sounds, and they only play during the spins. If that’s still too much, there’s a UI option to disable them.
The lion is the jackpot symbol, and three lions across on the payline triggers the jackpot. At one, two and three coins wagered, the jackpot is 800, 1600 and 2400 coins. At the max bet, the jackpot is $12k, which is quite good. At the minimum wager, the payout is $200, which isn’t bad either.
For most slots fan, five-reel video slot machines are the big draw, but three-reel classics like this one are nice when you just want to play a few spins or you’re jumping around between slot machines and want a change of pace. We’re particularly fond of this one, however, since the payouts are a bit higher than the most of the other games with a similar configuration. For more fun, be free to check the full OnlineCasinosElite’s three reel slots collection.