This slot by 1x2 Gaming is a visually impressive game. It takes you to the underworld of the big city and throws you in the mix with many of the undesirables who live outside of the law. The game is reminiscent of the movie and comic book Sin City. Both were huge fan favorites and have somewhat of a cult following.
When you enter the game you're greeted with a panoramic view of the city's skyline. The rain is pouring and the sky is being lit up by lightning strikes. This is all topped off when you see the reels for the first time. The graphics on this game are great. They're so similar to the ones associated with Sin City you would almost think you were reading the comic.
Everything about the reels screams crime world. From the use of black, red, and orange for the symbols background, to the bullet holes found in the poker symbols on the reels. If you're a fan of the comic or just like the genre of crime dramas this game just might be for you.
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Downtown Slot Machine Overview
The game takes place in the dark corners of the city's underworld. The background houses a beautiful skyline view of skyscrapers lit up in the night. The skyline fades to black as you get closer to street level. This leaves the impression you've just dropped into the dark world of crime that most people try to avoid.
The reels are not framed in by anything other than the pay line labels. Each symbol is displayed in a square on the five reels. This almost gives the reels a feel of a police lineup that you're being asked to review to identify a suspect.
The colors used to make this game are perfect for the theme. The blending of the red, black, and oranges gives the feel of bad things to come.
The only sounds you hear in the background of the game are the sounds of the city. You hear a police siren come through every once in a while just to keep you and the other criminals on your toes. The reels have a spinning sound along with the docking of the symbols. The majority of the sound comes when you hit a win on a pay line. You hear a quick high note piano trill every time you get a win and a low note piano trill when the spin is unsuccessful.
All though there's no music, the constant city sounds can get a little on the annoying side. We didn't have to mute the game but can see where some others might find the need to do so.
Animations on this game are all but obsolete. This game doesn't have any over the top symbol animations when you get a win. The most you get is when a wild is part of a winning combination the police tape flashes. The rest of the symbols flash as if they're under a strobe light.
The bonus game offers the most animation found in the game and it's still on the limited side compared to most other games. What's different is that the win announcer is where you find a bunch of extra animation that you don't see in other games.
When you have big wins in Downtown the black bar above the spin button flashes and have a border run around it. When you have epic wins it doubles in size and has a fire blazing around it. It's a little strange to see this amount of animation focused here but it works for the game.
Downtown Pay Table and Graphics
Symbols and payouts for Downtown are as follows:
She is the free spin scatter for this game. When you get three or more of this symbol on any pay line you'll trigger the free spins. You're given a different number of free spins based on the number of symbols on the pay line. You'll receive 5 spins when you get a combination of 3, 10 spins with a combination of 4, and 15 when you get 5 in a combination. Any wins achieved during free spins are doubled and added together.
The wild symbol for Downtown is the word "Wild" surrounded by police tape. The background of the symbol looks like a murder victim. This symbol like most others will sub for any symbol to make a winning combination. It can sub for multiple symbols at the same time on different pay lines and pays the highest payout possible.
The bonus symbol for this game appears to be a crimes scene. This symbol has two functions. When you get three or more anywhere on the reels you'll trigger the bonus game. If you get three or more bonus symbols on a pay line you'll receive an additional pay out along with triggering the bonus game. The symbol pays 30 times for a combination of three, 100 times for a combination of 4, and 200 times for a combination of 5.
The hooker pays 10 times for a combination of 2, 45 times for a combination of 3, 200 times for a combination of 4, and 750 times for a combination of 5. This makes her the highest paying regular symbol available in the game.
The gunman pays 9 times for a combination of 2, 40 times for a combination of 3, 150 times for a combination of 4, and 500 times for a combination of 5.
This symbol pays 7 times for a combination of 2, 24 times for a combination of 3, 40 times for a combination of 4, and 100 times combination of 5.
The stands for the ace found in poker hands. It pays22 times for a combination of 3, 40 times for a combination of 4, and 80 times for a combination of 5.
The K stands for the king found in a poker hand. It pays 20 times for a combination of 3, 32 times for a combination of 4, and 80 times for a combination of 5.
The Q stands for the queen found in a poker hand. It pays 9 times for a combination of 3, 26 times for a combination of 4, and 70 times for a combination of 5.
The J stands for the jack found in a poker hand. It pays 7 times for a combination of 3, 24 times for a combination of 4, and 60 times for a combination of 5.
The 10 stands for the matching card in a poker hand. It pays 7 times for a combination of 3, 20 times for a combination of 4, 45 times for a combination of 5.
The 9 stands for the matching card in a poker hand. It pays 4 times for a combination of 3, 10 times for a combination of 4, and 20 times for a combination of 5.
The symbols designed for this game were well designed to bring the underworld to life. With the comic book style graphics reminiscent of Sin City this game will develop a following of fans. The symbols used to represent the poker hand cards look like targets splattered with bullet holes. The remaining symbols are characters you might see in the comic.
Downtown Slot Extra Feature
The special features for Downtown are great. You get two chances to get extra wins including a trip to a different game to try and increase your chance for big money.
The first special feature is the free spin scatter. This symbol rewards you with multiple free spins when you get three or more on any given pay line. While you're in your free spins you'll still be eligible for wilds to help you win more, plus all the wins are doubled.
The next feature that makes the game worth playing is the bonus game. The bonus game is triggered when you get 3 or more of the bonus symbol anywhere on the reels and you're whisked away to a shooting range. You need to try out your aim by shooting at five different targets at different distances; the more you hit the higher your score.
The bonus not only triggers a new fun game, it also has a payout value of its own. If you get three or more bonus symbols on a pay line you'll receive an extra pay out along with your trip to the bonus game.
Downtown offers you 25 pay lines. The pay lines on this game are not fixed so you're able to decide how many pay lines you want to play each spin. Of course playing them all is the default for the game.
Having the option to choose pay lines may seem like a great idea, but we recommend that you don't reduce the amount of pay lines being played. The game is set up with the 25 pay lines to give you the best chance at getting a winning combination. There's no way to determine when the next win will hit or what line it will be on so don't take the chance and miss out on a win.
This game offers you the ability to change the value of your bet after each spin. The range of betting is set from .01 to $.50 per coin being used. You can change how many coins are being played on each spin. You have a choice to use one coin per spin and up to five coins per spin.
These betting options allow for anyone to play this game without having to resort to a life of crime. The high rollers might shy away because of the limited risk involved in these games betting options but that may not bother some of them who just love to play.
Downtown game rules are in line with most other 5 reel slot machines. Below are the main rules:
- Most wins are formed from right to left, beginning with the leftmost reel.
- If two or more wins are formed in the same line, only the highest payout is awarded.
- Any misuse or malfunction will abort the game and everything will be reset to default.
- The wild card cannot start free spins; you must get three or more scatter symbols to receive free spins.
- Scatter symbols will trigger free spins from any pay line
- Bonus game will be triggered when three or more bonus symbols appear on a normal win line from left to right.
- The wild will sub for all symbols except the scatter and bonus symbols.
- The scatter symbols also have a payout amount when it appears on a win line.
Downtown slots will be a winner for those who love the comic book world and all that it entails. With the different symbols so close to those seen in the cult classic Sin City, fans will find themselves slipping into a world of crime and death.
The special features keep you wanting more. With the free spins and wilds that help build your winnings there isn't much more you could ask for. That isn't where 1x2 Gaming stopped though; they gave you a cool shooting game as a bonus just to keep the theme going. What criminal doesn't take the time to practice their shot? The more you play the better you'll get, which can only mean bigger prizes.
It's important to remember that even though this game is fun to play you need set a budget to stick to. You don't want to be one of those players that gets lost in the game searching for that big win and ends up losing everything. Slots are not made to make us big winners and we shouldn't go into the game thinking we'll become one. Playing for fun is the best policy.