The Paying Piano Club: Slot Overview
The Paying Piano Club is a Play'n GO throwback to the Art Deco days of the roaring 20s. It's a game which focuses on the music scene, set in a venue with the happenin' name of The Paying Piano Club. In this raging establishment, players can enjoy some rather simple gaming, complete with stacked wilds, win multipliers, plus a bonus round featuring unlimited free spins and multiplier increments.
The Paying Piano Club actually looks like a pretty fun place to hang out - if it existed irl. All characters in the game are either jamming away on instruments or kicking back looking cool like Coco Chanel with a cocktail in hand. A slight buzzkill is you don't see much of this when the game is in play. Instead, the 3-reel, 5-payline grid sits atop a piano, next to a glass of wine and a cigarette smouldering away in an ashtray. Not exactly a glamorous picture, but a bouncy soundtrack helps pull the atmosphere back. Symbols land on a piano roller-like device which is a little plain, though the multipliers displayed up above add intrigue.
Old school swing is possible on desktop and hand-held devices, offering stakes starting from a wallet-friendly level of 5 p/c up to £/€100 per spin. Like a number of Play'n GO 3x3 slots, The Paying Piano Club is a medium volatile game, more precisely rated 6 out of 10, putting it firmly in a mid-level range. No complaints in regard to the default 96.26% RTP, but expect the hit frequency to be fairly low as befits the fruit slot format.
Glam looking J-A royals make up the low pays, while highs consist of drums, violins, banjos, and trumpets. From the lowest to highest premium picture symbol, winning combinations are worth 4 to 20 times the stake. A classy flapper image appears on the wild, which lands anywhere to replace any symbol except the scatter. Wilds are worth up to 20 times the bet for three on a line, and may also land stacked, leading into one of the features.
The Paying Piano Club: Slot Features
If you've played certain previous Play'n GO 3-reel bangers, then what we cover here will feel familiar. The Paying Piano Club doesn't have a whole lot in the way of features, but thanks to lax limitations they can produce impressive results.
A win multiplier is available throughout all aspects of the game. When wild symbols land stacked on a winning spin, a multiplier is selected and then applied to the win amount of the triggering spin. One or more stack wilds awards 1 random multiplier, and in the base game it can be worth x2, x3, x5, or x10.
Landing all 3 band member scatter symbols triggers 5 initial free spins. Once in, the starting multiplier values are the same as in the base game. However, a new gold coin symbol now comes into play. When it lands, each gold coin symbol increases all multipliers by +1 and adds 1 additional free spin to the total. There is no set limit on the number of free spins you can win, nor is there an upper cap on how high the multiplier can go. When free spins end, multipliers are reset to their normal base game values.
The Paying Piano Club: Slot Verdict
The Paying Piano Club is a direct descendant of earlier Play'n GO slots such as Chronos Joker, which was later cloned to become a Dickensian Christmas special called Holiday Spirits. All use a 3x3, medium volatile setup along with what can be quite decent multipliers boosting regular win values. It's a format that has its fair share of devotees and detractors. For many, a quick look at a screenshot will be enough to encourage them to fire The Paying Piano Club up or flee.
To its credit, The Paying Piano Club has a toe-tapping rhythm, and the rules are uncomplicated, causing the gaming to be quite pacey. If you’ve enjoyed Play'n GO's previous 3-reel games, then there is a likelihood The Paying Piano Club will entertain as well. The opposite logic naturally applies, though. If this style doesn't get your juices flowing, The Paying Piano Club's repetitive gameplay gets old pretty fast.
As to features, Play'n GO has slimmed the selection down compared to previous games, but the bonus round can be surprisingly effective - much more so than Chronos Joker or its clone. It might not be a highly volatile game, yet low value wins in the base game are a poor indicator of what is possible thanks to unlimited free spins and multiplier increments. Its 5,000 times the bet potential puts its two direct predecessors to shame – despite providing a smaller menu of features to take advantage of. On the other hand, it can be painfully cruel as well, building up huge multipliers during the course of a lengthy bonus, building anticipation and excitement, only to run out of spins and result in nothing. What often seemed like a set up guaranteed to result in big wins typically would turn out to be a pony show.
For a jazzy blast of an earlier era, though, that had a reputation for knowing how to party, The Paying Piano Club has a certain entertainment factor. It'll be hard to stick around long enough to witness its best bits though if the thought of playing what is essentially a 3-reel fruit slot doesn't razzle your berries.
Despite the simplistic nature of the game and sheer mediocrity of many of the game elements, The Paying Piano Club is still a fairly entertaining fruit slot with a rather refreshingly new premise.