Oil Mania

Oil Mania
You’ve been hired as the apprentice of a rich and wealthy oil tycoon to search for new oil wells and reels of opportunity. This oil boss is willing to throw you hundreds of free spins and cash rewards as long as you repay him with some significant paylines and slick oil leads. Match vintage cars, suitcases of cash, and grubby refinery workers to repay your boss and earn your fortune in black gold.

About the Developer
NextGen Gaming is an experienced developer of successful slot games for online and land-based markets around the world. Since 1999, they have continued to test the boundaries of innovation. Aanchored by a common goal and ‘NextGen promise’ to our teammates, customers and players: “To always strive to create games that deliver extraordinary entertainment and quality – with integrity and in collaboration with our partners.” It's an ambitious promise that, to date, they haven't broken

About the Game
It's a declining and rich commodity but strike that black gold gusher and you could probably buy Southfork off J.R Ewing. Of course, I'm talking about oil and cute slot from NextGen gaming titled, Oil Mania.

Oil Mania is not a new slot and this is reflected in the dated graphics and design. Over all the game play is simple and straight forward so should appeal to beginners or anyone who is just looking to dive into the game instead of wading through info panels and playing a few games before getting the gist. Set in the west, it is a five reel slot with three rows and twenty-five pay lines; a vast oil field below a blue sky is the background and the reels sit centre, topped with oil field inspired graphics and below is a metal, oil stained panel. Here you will find the game controls, bet settings, symbol information and spin button. Bets start at 0.01 and go up to 10.00 above the panel two boxes, left and right, sit. One is your total bet display the other is your balance. There are four high value playing card symbols 9, 10, J, Q, K and A these are the low values. There's a happy oil worker, a profit graph, a case full of cash and a shiny, gold car. There is no actual wild symbol in the base game. Here, The Oil Tycoon symbol is the bonus and appears only on reels two, three and four and if you can land him he triggers a nice little bonus game.

Whichever reel the Oil Tycoon appears on, an oil well wild will show up below the reel that the Tycoon landed on, this makes the bottom symbol wild. The entire screen comes to life and the black gold begins gushing from the wild graphic and the wells in the background! You will also grab three free spins, further more with each spin the oil well extends upwards until the entire reel is wild.

If you can land another Oil Tycoon scatter during this phase you will receive another three spins and now there will now be two wild reels. Your prize will be calculated when the spins are finished. During one such lucky game, I got a third wild gusher and scooped a cool 2,450 albeit on a high total stake of 240. Alongside the game buttons, you will find a Gamble button. Using this option you can gamble with any win in the hopes a double or quadruple on your win. You do this with a guessing game, guess the colour or suit of the next card. You have five attempts, be warned guess incorrectly just once and you lose the lot. 

Apart from the odd banjo twang, knocking sounds and overhead birds, there is little in the way of sound effects and no actual backing track, if it does have one, I couldn’t find it. However, don’t be fooled by the simple graphics or design of Oil Mania as it is a very enjoyable slot.

The Verdict
On first opening Oil Mania the graphics and overall presentation failed to engage or make a big impression and this betrays the actual game play itself. Oil Mania is a very enjoyable play. The payout ratio in the demo was decent although it's not known if this carries over to the real money version. This slot should find a dedicated play audience that are likely to revisit.

 

 

Game rules can be found within game.

RTP: 95.66

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