This retro-themed slot will make you feel like a mafia boss in olden-day Chicago. There are 20 pay lines, five reels and three rows for plenty of winning opportunities. The RTP is about 95 percent. If you like retro themes, you may also enjoy the 70s disco theme of Cat Scratch Fever or the classic glamour of Hollywood Star. If you prefer the gangster element of the Chicago slot, you may also enjoy American Gangster from Novomatic Casino.
Chicago features a sepia theme to make you feel like you have truly stepped back in time. The rough-looking characters reflect the styles of the roaring 1920s, and the symbols add to the charm. This game is set against a cloudy Chicago skyline for a true city feel. You can play the game on most browsers, and it is compatible with several operating systems. If you are using the current version of Flash, the game should not encounter any issues with stalling.
The game starts with a round of betting. You can change your bet between rounds whenever you wish. Since the pay lines are not fixed, you can choose how many lines to bet on by using the plus or minus arrows. You can adjust the coin value per line as well. The minimum bet is .02 coins per line, and the maximum bet is 100 coins.
In this game, the Chicago logo serves as the wild symbol. It substitutes for any tile except for the scatter. You can win between .20 and 200 additional coins depending on whether you spin two, three, four or five wild symbols on a pay line. The scatter symbol shows the front end of a car, and you win a coin reward between .80 and 40 coins depending on the multiple spun. Also, scatters trigger bonuses, which we will cover in the next section.
The high-value characters in this game could earn you between .40 and 40 coins depending on the character and the multiple spun. You must spin three or more of the same character on a pay line to win a coin reward. From highest to lowest value, these are the high-value characters:
Low-value symbols are the higher faces from a standard card deck. To win a coin reward, you must spin three or more of the same symbol on a pay line. You can win between .10 and 10 coins. These are the low-value symbols from highest to lowest value:
Although spinning two scatter symbols will only earn you a modest coin reward, spinning three or more will trigger 12 free spins. The bonus rounds start with a unique bottle-shooting feature. You will be shown five blank bottles. Each one corresponds with a multiplier ranging between one and 10. After you pick a bottle, you will be shown your multiplier. This multiplier is active for any wins during your bonus spins.
When you spin a winning combination on a pay line, you have the option to collect or gamble. Collecting adds it to your balance. Gambling gives you a 50 percent chance to double the win if you can guess the colour of a face-down card correctly. If you win the doubled amount, you can either collect it or gamble again to double it. This feature continues until you max out the gambling rounds, collect your win or lose the multiplied win.
For example, if you gamble a coin reward of 40 coins from the reels and win, you have 80 coins to gamble or collect. If you win again, you win 160 coins. Gambling yet again could win you 320 coins. This signature feature is present in many other Novomatic slots such as Columbus, Cash Farm and others.
To see all character value sets, pay lines and bonus information, open the paytable. Click the info button when the paytable is open to see the additional screens. You can spin the reels automatically by clicking autoplay. You must click stop to exit auto mode. There is no option to set a specific number of rounds, and you cannot set it to stop for a loss threshold. The reels only stop when you run out of credits or spin a winning combination.
The sounds can be adjusted by clicking the speaker icon, and you can shut off the background music by clicking the music note icon. The double arrow button speeds up the reels to spin twice as fast. If you click the expansion arrow button, you can play the game in full-screen mode. Press the escape button on your computer to exit full-screen view.
As it is with other Novomatic slots such as Dragons Deep, Cleopatra and Ramses 2, you can practice playing Chicago in demo mode until you are ready to wager real money. For a different experience, you can also try Novomatic’s table games including sic bo, poker, blackjack and roulette.