Big Win 777 (Play'n GO): Overview
Casinos love colourful prize wheels, and so do players it seems. Possibly inspired by the Roulette wheel, these alluring wheels have been around ever since the modernization of land-based casinos began, and analogue devices came into the picture. It's this tradition that Big Win 777 from Swedish provider Play'n GO builds upon, a game that, in a modern context, will take you on a virtual tour back to the glitzy and luxurious days of classic era Las Vegas.
Played using a setup of 15 fixed paylines spread across 5 reels, Big Win 777 is a highly volatile 96.50% RTP slot that can be played from 0.15 to €/£90 per spin on your desktop computer, tablet or mobile phone. Of course, it comes with a couple of built-in features designed to keep things interesting, such as the randomly triggered Booster Spin feature which increases your chances of triggering the Free Spins round, and the glorious Chance wheel where cash prizes can be won as well as direct access to the free spins.
In terms of presentation, the designers have turned to the neon-lit world of Las Vegas for inspiration with some game show elements thrown in as well. It's got that typical upbeat game show music going on and even a speaker calling out highlights of the game. With a dimmed background illuminated only by disco pillars and neon stripes, symbols on the reels include single, double and triple bars, double red 7s, triple golden 7s, and the diamond wild - the latter being the most rewarding, giving you 66.67 times your stake for a 5 of a kind combo.
Big Win 777 (Play'n GO): Features
On any spin in the base game, the Booster Spin feature may come into play. When initiated, it increases the odds of triggering the free spins feature. You can also gain access to the free spins through the Chance Wheel feature which activates when 3 Chance Wheel symbols appear on reels 1, 3, and 5 simultaneously. A massive wheel will then present itself and spin once. When it comes to a stop, you will have won either a cash prize of between 5 - 777 times your stake, or an invitation to the free spins round.
Having been granted access to the Big Win Free Spins feature through any of the previously mentioned access points, you will start with 12 free spins. These spins are not written in stone, however, as 1 or 2 additional spins will be added to your total should you land 1 or 2 scatters respectively during the round. Better yet, if you land all three of them, 5, 10 or 20 more spins will be added. There are no limits to how many times you can re-trigger the free spins.
So what's to it more than just the re-triggers then? Well, if a diamond wild hits on any of the reels, it will remain in position for the two subsequent spins while cloning itself up or down during these two spins. In theory, you could get 2 spins with only diamond wilds present on the reels to reward you payouts of 1,000 times your stake per spin.
Big Win 777 (Play'n GO): Verdict
Somewhat jaded by all the generic wheel-based slots released throughout the years, we weren't exactly jumping up and down with excitement to see yet another one being added to the list. Being niche slots, they simply don't appeal to all players and the developers likely know this better than anyone else. With that said, an attempt has been made to capture a wider audience by adding a couple of extra reels and more paylines than what you usually get, not to mention the 5000x win potential and high volatility that is in such high demand these days. The outstanding visual appearance, of course, also does an excellent job of catching your interest.
We don't expect Big Win 777 to become a long-lasting hit. Once the novelty of it settles (give it a week or two), it'll morph into its intended role as a 'filler', a slot that every developer needs to have in their catalogue simply to make sure they have something on offer for everyone.
Big Win 777 ultimately does what updated classics are meant to do – it brings in new concepts while sticking to the roots.