Extra Cash Slot Review

Any of you readers old enough to remember the classic arcade games of the 1980s and early 1990s will likely have head of the famous Paperboy game, where you played the role of a young boy trying to deliver papers to houses on his bike, whilst trying to avoid all sorts of obstacles put in his way. It proved to be a hugely classic hit both in the arcades and on subsequent releases on home computers and early consoles.

Well NextGen Gaming have used this game as the inspiration behind its Extra Cash slot.  The Paperboy this time is not on his trusty bike, but stood next to the 5×4 reel set with its 50 selectable lines available to be wagered upon. The youngster does play a pivotal role in some of the main features of the slot, particularly Free Spins as we will explore when we look at this feature later in the review.

The first thing to note about the slot is that you can between 1 and 50 lines to be in play on each spin (though it is prudent to play the maximum number of lines, even if that means a smaller coin size per spin). Coin sizes can be from £0.01 up to £10.00 per spin which gives you a potential bet range from £0.01 (or £0.50 if you play all lines) up to a maximum bet of a massive £500 per spin.

Such a wide range means the Extra Cash slot is a perfect choice for all slot fans, regardless of whether you are a smaller stakes player, or someone that prefers to wager more per spin.

The setting of the slot is back in the 1920s on an affluent American-styled street. A rather neat little jazz musical track accompanies you as you spin the reels and in terms of presentation, the slot looks and sounds absolutely fantastic.

When it comes to what is on the reels for the slot, you have a number of different symbols. The lowest value symbols are the playing card lows and there are five of these, from the ten through to the ace. These offer pays that range from just 5 coins, up to a maximum of 150 coins for five aces on one of the lines.

Alongside these symbols are five more higher value standard symbols. These are the pile of newspapers, the cart that the paperboy uses to carry the newspapers in, a newspaper vending stall, a rather cute dog carrying a newspaper and lastly, a newspaper delivery van. This final symbols is the highest paying of the lot offering up to 400 coins for the win. Wins on these higher value symbols start out at 20 coins.

There are two other main symbols in the game, the Wild symbol and the Scatter symbol and these both unlock some of the key features of the slot so we will explore what these symbols do in more detail in the section below.

Extra Cash Slot Key Features

The most accessible feature on the Extra Cash slot is the Wild symbol. This appears across all the reels and can substitute for any of the lower or higher value symbols outlined above to help create more or longer winning paying lines. You can land several of these symbols on a single spin and when you do, your chances of a bigger value win are increased markedly.

One of the nicest features of the slot is the Extra Wild bonus, which can trigger on any spin (but is especially important in the Free Spins bonus round). When this is triggered on any spin, the Paperboy may throw an additional Wild symbol (the newspaper) and this can land on any spot on the reels. Multiple extra symbols can be added in this bonus and of course, these extra symbols mean it is possible to trigger one or more additional or greater value wins.

The main feature of the slot however is the Free Spins game and this is triggered when you land three, four or five of the Scatter symbols (the newspaper press) anywhere across the reels. There’s a neat Re-Spin Feature in play on the slot when you land two, three or four scatters on the reels, which will respin the reels without a scatter on one more time to see if you can land any extra scatters on the reels and either trigger or increase the value of your bonus.

Three scatters triggers 8 free spins, four triggers 12 and land all five to land the maximum 20 free spins.

Once these respins are completed, then you start the bonus game. On any Free Spin the Paperboy can add extra Wilds to the reels and when he does, these Wilds remain in place for the duration of the free spins round. This can lead to many Wilds being added to the reels and some higher value wins when you trigger consistently higher value wins, especially with your final few spins.

Extra Cash is a slot that on the face of it looks rather simple and perhaps even a little dull, but as you play it, you discover the different layers and bonus features of the game and it is a hugely appealing slot as a result. It is higher variance, which means that you don’t tend to get huge pays in the base game, but on occasion you can land some massive value wins during the free spins bonus round.

What makes this slot so enjoyable though is the fact that you never feel too far away from triggering those lucrative bonus free spins and the Respin feature means that even if you do trigger the free spins, you could increase the number of spins you earn in the bonus round on the re-spin. This adds a real level of excitement to the game and it does make players feel like they are earning two rewards for the spin.

As NextGen games go, I think Extra Cash is without doubt one of their very best offerings as it offers such a rich and varied game but is presented beautifully.


Editor's Review

There’s lots of ways to earn Extra Cash as the lucky paperboy in this NextGen slot shows and this is a slot that could see you win a little extra too. It is a fun and hugely playable game, loosely based on the 1980s arcade game, that is beautifully presented with a 5×4 reel set and a number of different features, each of which pays out some potentially large amounts, especially if you are playing for a decent sized amount per spin. With a jaunty jazz soundtrack to accompany you as you spin, this is a slot that captures a golden era of gaming very nicely.

Where can I play?Coral Casino
Number of paylines:50 Lines
Number of reels:5
Is autoplay available?Yes
Game manufacturer:NextGen