Charlie Chance in Hell to Pay is the latest of Play’n GO’s slots that they keep churning out this year, but it’s far from generic. In fact, it really is quite unique in theme and look.
The character Charlie Chance is apparently based on Charlie Chan, a fictional detective who featured in books and films. If you’ve never heard of him, you shouldn’t worry because the books were originally released in the 1920s. So, a hundred years ago. That’s probably also why the visuals in the slot look as if they are from the Golden 20s. Think Steamboat Willy, the earliest incarnation of Micky Mouse. All black and white with a gangly main character slouching through the scenery.
We’re in the netherworld with Charlie bouncing nervously on the left and a female devil (reminding us of Betty Boop) hovering on the right. More devils are dancing in the distance.
The reel setup is very classic, giving us a 3×3 reel set with classic slot symbols. Those also look cartoonish, but pop off the screen in vivid colours, enhancing the unique look of the slot.
We get cherries, lemons, apple slices, grapes, which are the low value symbols. And a BAR symbol, triple 6s and bells as the high value symbols. That latter pays 4x our stake for 3 of a kind. The regular wild symbol pays 6x our stake for such a win.
On that note, only combinations of 3 matching symbols pay in this game across the five paylines. The little red Betty Boop devil is the scatter, which can attach itself to any of the other symbols.
You can play this game from 0.10 to 100.00 per spin.
We need to land three scatters anywhere in view to trigger the feature board. When the feature board appears, Charlie starts ambling along the reels, randomly stopping on one of the features. There are 5 in total, which are mixed up any which way below the reels.
The feature board triggers surprisingly often, though wins are not always impressive.
As we’ve seen, the feature board triggers the free spins. The main advantage now is that scatter symbols are collected on the left-hand side and as soon as three are collected, the feature board will appear again, and Charlie does his thing.
It’s not difficult to keep collecting scatters and with a little luck, you can collect more free spins here and keep going a little longer.
The theoretical RTP (Return to Player) for Charlie Chance in Hell to Pay is 96.23%, which is great especially since this slot has a medium volatility and wins are fairly regular here. That said, whilst they might be regular, they are almost always small, which is owed to the fairly small payouts. Truly good wins are only possible thanks to the 25x multiplier, which you won’t see often.
What Charlie Chance in Hell to Pay has going for it is the unique look and the reasonably fun gameplay. It is quite quirky, and you won’t be bored anytime soon. But if you actually manage to crack the 6,666x our stake that the game supposedly pays out at the top end is doubtful.
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