Go down the memory lane of classic one-armed bandits on the slot from Play’n GO. Big Win 777 is a homage to the early electromechanical slot machines that hit the casino floors in the early 1960s and started a new era that ultimately led to the development of video slots. But it wouldn’t be Play’n GO if they did not include some modern twists that bring this creation into the 21st century. A random Booster Spin, a Chance Wheel with cash prizes and free spins can lead to wins of up to 5,000 times your bet.
Big Win 777 is a video slot with five reels, three rows and 15 fixed pay lines. Wins are awarded for two to five matching symbols on a line from left to right only. Trigger the Chance Wheel for big wins on desktop or mobile from 0.15 to 90 credits per spin. The game has maximum volatility (10/10) with an RTP of 96.50%. Worth noting is that some operators might opt for a lower RTP setting of 94.50%. Make sure to always check the game help file (accessed by clicking on the question mark in the bottom left corner) to find out which version you will be playing.
Connoisseurs might be in for an “Aha” moment when opening the game as it has a strong resemblance to NetEnt’s Spinsane slot. Not only the design with flashing lights that change in colours based on what is happening on the reels but also the entire game window with spaced symbols have a similar appearance. It goes as far as the extra animations when the Booster Spin triggers randomly. Nevertheless, the slot looks modern with crisp graphics on a mainly deep purple background and a fitting soundtrack.
The pay symbol set resembles the simplicity of the early slot machines and contains in total six symbols and a scatter only. Single, double and triple BARs are at the low end, awarding 3.33x to 6.67x your bet for a single five of a kind. They are complemented with red and golden 7s as well as diamond wild at the high level. The latter is performing the usual substitution duties. Hit five on a line to win 13.33x to 66.67x your stake. A Wheel of Fortune-style icon marked with “Chance” is the scatter, appearing on reels one, three and five only.
The end of the classic slot machines era has been pronounced many times, yet they still exist today and by looking at all slot releases this year, the numbers are actually increasing. Every major game provider and many minor ones as well have graced us at some point with a reiteration of the traditional “One-Armed-Bandit”. What is significant to notice is the fact that the absolute majority of such creations have had some type of modern twist built-in to appeal to the younger generation.
On Big Win 777, the extra features start with the random Booster Spin in the main game. It can activate at the start of any spin and will significantly increase the likeliness to hit three scatters which in itself will trigger the main feature on the slot.
Should you indeed land three scatters on reels one, three and five, either organically or via the Booster Spin, then the game will award a spin on the giant Chance Wheel. It contains cash prizes of 5x, 7x, 22x, 33x, 55x, 77x and 777x your total bet and a bonus round trigger with 12 free spins. Landing one or two scatters during the feature will award +1 and +2 free spins while hitting again three scatters will get you another spin on the Chance Wheel. It contains the same prizes as the standard wheel, plus three wedges which will award +5, +10 and +20 free spins respectively.
There is one kicker in the free spins that will have quite an impact on your potential winnings. Any wild landing will stick for the next two free spins and spread successively to more symbol positions by moving to one adjacent position on each free spin. It will unlock and disappear from the reels after the two spins.
Play’n GO highlighted in the game details, that a sticky wild on the middle position has a 50% chance to spread to the top or bottom position although it is not really apparent what the special benefit would be of having a stacked wild instead of a horizontally spread wild. We shall find out when we get the opportunity to have our first test spins on the game.
Some players might remember the Starblast blunder where Play’n GO attempted to release a blatant clone of NetEnt’s most successful slot, Starburst. They rebranded the game and launched it under the name of Crystal Sun, which seems to have pacified the legal department at NetEnt. It will be interesting to see though how they will react to Big Win 777 as the similarities to NetEnt’s Spinsane slot are rather striking.
Other than that, the game is well designed and given the sky-high volatility should deliver regularly the main prize of 777x bet on the Chance Wheel, a win amount that looks very similar to another successful Play’n GO slot, Reactoonz.