Rail Road

RailRoad is a Wild West, 5 reel video slot with 5 fixed paylines. Produced by Merkur Gaming, the slot revisits the Old West, and is based upon building the iconic First Transcontinental Railroad. Now you get the chance to play for the American Dream as you spin the reels, and boldly venture into the unknown.

Highlights

  • Slot type: Video Slot
  • Reels: 5
  • Scatter: Yes
  • Theme: Wild West
  • Lines: 5
  • Bonus Game: no
  • Wild Symbol: Red Railroad Car
  • Free Spins: Yes
  • Software: Merkur Gaming

How to Play

RailRoad plays like any regular 5 reel slot, but there are some extra surprises in store. Before spinning the reels, players must first place their bets which can be anywhere from 10p – £100. You can choose to spin the reels manually each time, or opt for the autoplay option which can be preset to stop after a certain number of spins. To win, all you need to do is land matching symbols in winning combinations, across fixed paylines. The symbols are all consistent with the Old Western/ Railway theme and they include:

  • Playing cards 9 through Ace
  • A stagecoach
  • A rodeo girl
  • A sheriff
  • Buffalo
  • Red railroad car
  • Adobe houses
  • Cactus plant

The railroad car is the highest paying symbol, with potential wins of up to 800x your stake. The buffalo and the sheriff are also high paying, and the remaining symbols are relatively lower value. The railcar is also the game’s Wild symbol and it can substitute for any other in the game, except the scatter cactus symbol, to help form winning combinations.

Important symbols in RailRoad

  • Wild: Red railroad car
  • Scatter: Cactus plant
  • High value symbols: Railroad car, sheriff

Jackpots

RailRoad isn’t a progressive jackpot slot, and it lacks a mini-bonus game which allows you to play for a lucrative prize. However, the regular wins in the base game can be extremely high paying. For example, landing 5 wild train symbols on a single payline results in a payout of 800x your initial stake. The Full House Combination Feature, which does not occur to often, can award 8000x your stake. Having only 5 paylines is a bit of a drawback, and does reduce the number of wins. The game has a medium variance, and the RTP currently stands at 96%

Special Features and Bonuses

  1. Free Spins feature: This feature is activated whenever 3 or more cactus symbols land anywhere on the reels. 3 scatters award 12 free spins, 4 award 16, and 5, which is the maximum, grant you 32 free spins. Furthermore, while free spins mode is active, the railroad car symbol turns into a multi wild. This means it can turn other symbols into wilds, which greatly increases the chance of landing a winning combination. The feature can be retriggered by landing another 2 scatters, up to a maximum of 50 free spins.
  2. Gamble Feature: Each time you win, the game will offer you the chance to gamble, and hopefully double, your winnings. You can select to gamble all or just a fraction of your winnings. All you need to do is correctly guess the color of a randomly drawn playing card, guess right and your winnings are doubled, guess wrong and they’re reset to zero.
  3. Full House Combination Feature:  This feature is awarded randomly and very rarely occurs. If you land 15 buffalo, i.e. cover all the reels, you will earn an enormous payout of 8000x your stake!

Graphics and Sounds

The game’s graphics are decent, if nothing overly exciting. The symbols are well drawn, and the the overall theme is well presented and eye-catching. The background is an old Western, dusty red desert, and if you open the paytable you’ll see a wooden train line in the process of being built. With a little more animation, Merkur Gaming could have truly captured the atmosphere of the Wild West, but they have still managed to accurately portray an iconic piece of history. There’s no background music, just regular game sounds whenever you spin the reels or win coins.

Conclusion

RailRoad is a very decent game, the base game payouts are fairly high, and the gamble feature always adds an additional exciting touch. The chances of winning an 8000x payout is especially fun, and the Old Western theme has a strong appeal. The betting range, namely 10p – £100 makes this a perfect game for both cautious gambler and high rollers.