Pragmatic Play goes from station to station to claim our SOTW

Pragmatic Play has taken SlotBeats below the big smoke as its latest London underground slot release slips in at the last minute to claim our Slot of the Week award. 

The studio’s new title showcases a 5×3 reel, 20-payline video slot with a maximum win of up to x5,000 the player’s stake. Down the Rails combines randomly activated features with progressive bonus game modes to create a layered game full of prolific enhancements. 

Irina Cornides, Chief Operating Officer at Pragmatic Play, commented: “Producing feature-filled slots that our fans adore is always the driving force behind our game production and Down the Rails is filled with more features than perhaps any other release thus far. 

“The game will have mechanics triggering throughout the base game and allows players to gamble their free spins in order to gain more lucrative rewards if they are feeling lucky. We are excited to see players’ reception to this London-inspired release and which bonus out of the five on offer will be their favourite.” 

Card royals are used to depict the low value symbols, using J through to A. Medium value symbols are represented by caricatures of historical figures including Isaac Newton, Florence Nightingale, William Shakespeare and Winston Churchill. King Henry VIII is used as the highest-paying symbol in the game.

Newspaper wilds and train bonus symbols are also included in the game, with the bonus symbol triggering the main bonus game if three or more land on the reels at once.

Five randomly activated base game features are included in the title, implementing mystery symbols, expanding wilds and wild strikes to increase the win potential of the preliminary reels. 

Other base game enhancements include the big smoke feature, which drops a colossal 3×3 size symbol onto reels one, two and three. If this does not end with a winning payout, then the main bonus game mode will be activated. 

The bonus blitz feature can also be randomly activated in the base game, fast tracking the player to the main bonus game mode. 

Five features are also on offer with this game mode, and one is allocated to the player once the bonus mode is triggered.

Players can choose to go ahead with the feature they have been allocated or take a gamble to achieve a better feature. If the gamble fails then players will lose the bonus feature but will be awarded a multiplied bet amount between x4 and x24 the player’s stake.

The bonus game offers five features related to the London underground, with Pentonville, Kings Cross, Buckingham Palace and Canary Wharf all offering free spins with special enhancements including random wilds, collected cash values and upgrading symbols.

The most prolific bonus game mode is the end of the line feature, initially giving the player three spins that can be retriggered. Only character symbols can drop onto the reels and the grid gains the ability to expand to 5×5 reels. These character symbols will depict a cash value between x1 and x2,500 the player’s stake.

When these symbols land onto the reels, they hold their position until the bonus mode is over. Each symbol that drops onto the reels will reset the number of respins to three. The game ends when no symbol drops onto the reels for the entirety of the respins.

Different enhancement symbols can increase the win potential of the end of the line game mode. Hearts can give extra lives, price boosts can increase symbols values, expand symbols can increase the size of the board and multiplier symbols will increase the payout for the entire free spins.

Readers who would like to experience Down the Rails for themselves can click here to be directed to Pragmatic Play’s official website.