ZZ Top Roadside Riches: Slot Overview
Pulling in two of the most famous beards in rock 'n roll comes ZZ Top Roadside Riches from developer Play'n GO. Expanding their growing line of branded music-themed slots, ZZ Top Roadside Riches represents the American rock legend in a slot full of walking wilds, wild multipliers, two free spins bonus rounds, and some of the biggest winning potential you'll find in a Play'n Go slot.
If you're unfamiliar with ZZ Top, here's a few words to bring you up to speed. The group formed in 1969 by Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and drummer Frank Beard – ironically named since he's the one not sporting facial hair. Mixing blues and rock with humorous lyrics steeped in Texan roots, it wasn't till the 1983 release 'Eliminator' that the group found mainstream success. If you've heard of ZZ Top, it's probably because of songs off this album like 'Gimme All Your Lovin' or 'Sharp Dressed Man'. The band is still active, and incredibly, the three original members are still together, playing their old hits after more than 50 years of rockin'.
That brings us to ZZ Top Roadside Riches, a slot played on a 5-reel, 4-row game grid covered in chrome, providing 1,024 ways to win. Located on the hot Texan tarmac, the backdrop includes the infamous car from the Eliminator album cover, parked at a diner beneath a moody purple sky. This is for the base game; the location shifts to a more urban location when free spins trigger. Like the band's heyday, it's all neatly old school, Play'n GO going for nostalgic 'on the road' American spirit.
Players collect wins when at least three matching symbols land on adjacent reels, starting from the left-hand side. The gaming is available on any device and may be played from 10 p/c to £/€100 per spin. Likely a finely tuned 'rod, ZZ Top Roadside Riches possesses a highly volatile math model, rated by its makers at 10 out of 10. After simulations, the game produced a theoretical return value of 96.20% on its default setting, dropping to 94.20%, or less, depending on the market.
Opening up the paytable, we come across 9 pay symbols divided between low/mid generic symbols and high pay band members. Lows are made up of 4 card suits, while mids are buffalo skulls and sunglasses. Finally, the highs are where we come across the band, Billy, Dusty, and Frank. Band member symbols land 2 positions in height on the reels and are worth payouts of 5 times the stake for a five of a kind combination. Two wilds appear in the game, Legs Wilds or Gimme Wilds, substituting for any pay symbol. Wilds are worth 7.5x the bet if five land across the reels while playing central roles in the features; let's take a look.
ZZ Top Roadside Riches: Slot Features
You won't come across much in the way of blazing new features in ZZ Top Roadside Riches, but what Play'n GO has injected are proven performers. Starting with wilds, which appear in all phases of play. Legs Wilds always expand to cover the whole reel if they can trigger a win, displaying a tower of red high heels and black stockings. The other one, Gimme Wilds appear in the base game with an x2 or x3 multiplier if part of any win. The two different wild types cannot both land on the same spin.
Scatter symbols appear on any reel, and 3 or more in view trigger free spins. The number awarded is slightly random, within a set range, where it is possible to collect:
- 3 scatters awards 8, 10, or 12 free spins.
- 4 scatters awards 8, 10, 12, or 15 free spins.
- 5 scatters awards 8, 10, 12, 15 or 20 free spins.
Next, players pick either Legs Free Spins or Gimme Free Spins:
- In Legs Free Spins, when Legs Wild symbols hit, they remain on the grid, moving one reel to the left on each spin before falling off the left-hand side.
- Gimme Free Spins boost the value of Gimme Wilds, so they now appear with multipliers of x2, x3, x4, or x5. Only 1 Gimme Wild can appear on each reel.
On a final note, scatters do not appear in free spins, so the feature cannot be retriggered.
ZZ Top Roadside Riches: Slot Verdict
Play'n GO has done a good enough job of bringing ZZ Top to the reels, in a game fans of the band will be lining up to play. The studio has decided to forgo coming up with original gameplay to focus more on creating a slot that celebrates the ZZ Top ethos. The audio-visuals recreate the wide-open feel of cruising the vast American vista with nothing in front of you but diners and dust. The big neon low pay symbols are a slight distraction; though, like the band or the state they're from, everything's meant to be big and brash.
Another aspect of ZZ Top Roadside Riches that's big, and brash is potential. Play'n GO has worked alongside plenty of top musical talent, but aside from the likes of Twisted Sister, ZZ Top is arguably their most famous to date. As such, the studio has honoured the rockers with their highest potential rock-themed slot so far. Get those Legs or Gimme Wilds firing and wins as high as 40,000 times the stake are possible, making ZZ Top Roadside Riches one of Play'n GO's biggest slots in terms of rewards. Having said that, there are some question marks when it comes to Play'n GO max potential as we rarely, if ever, see any wins above 5,000x. In other words, 40,000x is not something you should realistically be hoping for.
While chasing the game's big bucks, don't expect to find much in the way of innovative features along the way. Still, Play'n GO has mixed in a bunch of proven extras that match the pay ways system nicely to fire off enjoyable results in the base game, building on the two wild symbols' abilities for free spins. Add it all up, and you've got gameplay you can count on to potentially produce solid results, set amidst the sort of fun, free-wheeling attitude ZZ Top is famed for.
Reliable features, big potential, and plenty of ZZ Top attitude makes for a slot fans will effortlessly fall for.