Brooklyn Bootleggers

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Brooklyn Bootleggers: Slot Overview

If prohibition taught us anything, it's that no matter what the laws might be, people still want to get tipsy. Amazingly, prohibition in the USA lasted 13 years, from 1920 until 1933, ending in part because it was basically unenforceable. People wanted booze, and thanks to bootleggers, they were able to land their hands on their favourite tipple. It's these purveyors of illegal goods that take centre stage in Brooklyn Bootleggers, an online slot from Swedish provider Quickspin. As well as under-the-table drinks, Brooklyn Bootleggers serves up Tip Off Free Spins and a Lock Up feature which can lead to instant cash prizes.

With a film noir style, Brooklyn Bootleggers takes place on a murky, misty Brooklyn night, beneath a bridge or elevated train line. While serious in some ways, Brooklyn Bootleggers also has a vaguely slapstick Keystone Cops feel about it as well, at least during the home screen it does. Once you get past it, you enter a world of shady deals, gangsters, smoky rooms, detectives, big bosses, all that sort of thing. It's like a dramatic film from the 1930s plastered up on the reels, surrounded by bottles of liquor and a prize ladder 9 Masks of Fire style displaying an ascending list of values.

Brooklyn Bootleggers slot
Brooklyn Bootleggers slot - base game

Played on a 5-reel, 3-row gaming panel, Brooklyn Bootleggers provides 10 paylines for regular line wins to land across. It's also a medium-high volatile game which generates a default return to player of 96.25% (there are lower versions available, so be sure to check the paytable). Bet levels vary from the usual Quickspin range of 20 p/c to $/€100 per spin, and players have the chance to buy the bonus game rather than battle through the base game should they prefer.

Brooklyn Bootleggers divides its 8 pay symbols into two groups it calls lows and mediums. The lows are stars, spades, clubs, diamonds, and hearts, while the mediums consist of 4 character symbols of the Peaky Blinders/Al Capone variety. Hitting a 5-of-a-kind winning line pays out 10 times the bet for the low pay symbols, rising to 20 to 200 times the bet for the medium pays. Wild symbols may land on any of the reels to replace all symbols except Badge scatter symbols. Wilds possess the same value as the highest pay symbol when making wins of themselves.

Brooklyn Bootleggers: Slot Features

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Brooklyn Bootleggers slot - free spins

The Lock Up is Brooklyn Bootleggers' more unique feature which is available in both the base game as well as in Tip Off Free Spins. On top of these extras is a bonus buy.

The Lock Up

In the base game, The Lock Up may randomly activate. A frame appears on the grid of 3x3, 4x3, or 5x3 in size enclosing 9, 12, or 15 symbols, respectively. If 4 or more medium or wild symbols are within The Lock Up Frame, players win an additional xBet prize on top of any regular line wins. Hitting 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, or 15 medium or wilds in The Lock Up Frame awards 2x, 4x, 7x, 10x, 20x, 50x, 100x, 200x, 500x, 1,000x, 5,000x, or 10,000x the bet, respectively.

Tip Off Free Spins

Landing 3, 4, or 5 scatter symbols in the base game awards players with 10, 15, or 20 Tip Off Free Spins, respectively. During this bonus round, The Lock Up Frame is active on every free spin and lands at the start of the round at 3x3, 4x3, or 5x3 in size. The prizes awarded by landing mediums or wilds in The Lock Up frame are the same as detailed above. Landing 3, 4, or 5 scatter symbols during the bonus round awards an additional 3, 5, or 7 free spins and expands the size of The Lock Up frame by one reel until reaching its maximum 5x3 size.

Buy Feature

Players who like the idea of having The Lock Up frame active on each free spin can buy the Tip Off Free Spins round for the cost of 60 times the bet. The return to player value when buying free spins is 96.65%.

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Brooklyn Bootleggers slot - free spins

Brooklyn Bootleggers: Slot Verdict

From the rhythmical stylings of 9 Masks of Fire to the illegal selling of alcoholic beverages, it seems the scatter symbol/prize ladder gaming feature shows no signs of slowing down. If nothing else, it's proven to be a versatile feature turning up in games with all manner of themes and varied subject matter. This has to be the first time it's turned up in a bootlegging game, though, a fairly unique topic for a slot in its own right. To reflect this, Quickspin has made an alteration to the usual blueprint meaning the way Brooklyn Bootleggers awards its prizes is a bit different than has been done in the past.

As for the change itself, it's hard to say whether it's a superior or inferior way of doing things compared to how these features tend to play out. Usually, all you need to do is hit the minimum number of the right symbols, and you collect a bit of cash. That bit is sort of the same here, but only if The Lock Up has framed some of the grid's positions first. Is it better, is it annoying? Players' choice at the end of the day, of course. Some may like the twist, others may prefer just straight-up hitting scatters and being done with it. The Lock Up Frame method does add desirability to triggering free spins since then there's a chance of landing a prize on each free spin. Until the frame grows, the prizes are fairly restricted, though. For instance, when the frame covers 3 reels, the most it'll pay is 50x the bet. Things improve when 4 reels are enclosed, increasing the top prize up to 500x, while the 10,000x the bet when all five reels are framed is a decent amount for one of these sorts of games.

And so, as we so often say when wrapping up one of these games, if you like a bit of 9 Masks of Fire style action but are looking for a new challenge, Brooklyn Bootleggers could be an option. Ticks in the pro column include greater winning potential and a new setting, though the way players are held to the whims of The Lock Up Frame might be a make-or-break factor.

Fair

Although Brooklyn Bootleggers is not a terrible game, it just doesn’t posses enough flair to remain in the spotlight for very long.

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