Reel Steal Slot
Remember the 1970s? Remember the streets being filled with gangsters and other bad types? No, we don't either, but that's the era that NetEnt seem intent on recreating with Reel Steal, a 5-reel max 9-pay line online slot. Actually, the theme of the game is the kind of 1970s gangster movies and TV shows that were once, briefly, all the rage. This slot comes with a funky soundtrack that seems as if it's going to burst into 'The Theme from Shaft' at any moment, but never quite does. All the symbols in this game are gangster related – bags of dollars, suitcases containing huge diamonds and safe-cracked safes spewing gold bars.
To start your reel stealing career, you need to select your coin size from 0.01 to 0.50, and the number of lines you want in play up to the maximum of nine. You also need to select your 'bet level' from one to ten. Your final wager-per-spin will be your coin size multiplied by your bet level multiplied by the number of lines you have in play. This gives you a decent range of bets from 0.01 all the way up to 45.00. There are plenty of juicy jackpots for you to win, and to win one you simply need to land a minimum of three identical symbols in sequence from the left hand reel on a pay line you have chosen to activate.
Payout & bonus rounds
Potential wins start at 2x your bet-per-line for three identical 'equipment' symbols (one set constitutes a gun and a passport, the other a camera and a map) and rise until they reach a blonde hot-shot pointing a gun at 1,500x your wager.
The wild symbol in this online slots game seems to be an orange Ford Capri with two white stripes. Pretty wild, huh? This symbol substitutes for all other symbols aside from the scatter symbol. Any win containing a wild is multiplied by five. During free spins all wild wins are multiplied by a fantastic factor of 25!
The scatter symbol is a blast – five sticks of dynamite with a timer attached. If we saw that hurtling towards us we'd certainly scatter! Three scatters anywhere on the reels wins you 15 free spins, plus you gain an extra five spins for every additional scatter up to a maximum of 25 freebies. All prizes are multiplied by five during free spins. Any additional scatter you land during free spins wins adds an extra freebie to your bonus spin pot.
Reel Steal is now as ancient-looking as those 1970s TV gangster shows we mentioned earlier, such as Kojak, Columbus and … Shoestring? NetEnt have since gone on to much more feature-rich slots, but as a basic slots game, Reel Steal does actually work quite well. It's certainly a more legit way of earning extra pennies than indulging in a life of crime, and with less chance of a court appearance and subsequently prison, too!