Take a trip to a foreign land when you play Around the World slots. While you won't find more than the usual sounds, the prizes and bonus features are what makes Around the World slots complete. Reels spin with chimes and clicks, and that's the only sound in the game. Bets start at a penny and go as high as $10 per payline, with 25 paylines in all. Autospin is available.
Like many online slot games, Around the World features the symbols 9 to A for lower-tier prizes of 5 to 150 coins and require a match of three symbols to win. You also need a minimum of three matching symbols to win with the penguin/Antarctica symbol (15 to 200 coins). Easter Island and the Egyptian pyramids require just two matches to win and payouts range from 2 to 500 and 5 to 5,000 coins, respectively.
France's Eiffel Tower and the United States' Statue of Liberty are the game's most important symbols. Statue of Liberty is a wild card and doubles the winnings of any payline formed with her help. The Eiffel Tower is the game's scatter and is worth 2 to 100 coins and awards you with the free games bonus feature. There's also an interactive bonus game.
When you get at least three scatter Eiffel Towers, it can really pay off. Win 10 free games with a 3x multiplier. The free spins bonus can be retriggered throughout the game.
I admit to a little confusion with the other bonus. The rules state that the bonus game is triggered when the “team” symbol appears on the second, third, and fourth reel. I did get to play the bonus game, but it triggered without any symbol that said “team”. From what I see, there is no “team” symbol. There is a stopwatch that I could not figure out what role it plays in the game, but when the reels were stopped and stopwatches appeared on the second, third, and fourth reels, the bonus didn't trigger. The only time it did trigger, I couldn't pick out what symbols led to it triggering. I suspect it is the Statue of Liberty, but after 50 more rounds, the bonus feature never appeared again for me to confirm my suspicions.
The bonus game itself shows a map of the world and Australia, France, Asia, and the United States are highlighted. Pick three of the four and win a prize. Your winnings do not appear as you make each choice. At the end, your total simply flashes on the screen.
Overall, I'm torn. I did gain just under $40 playing Around the World slots with free spins and the one trip to the bonus game. Not too bad, however, the lack of audio effects, the lack of any animated features, and the confusion over how exactly the interactive bonus game triggers didn't impress me. I think this is a great step up for someone wanting to move on from classic slots, but if you're used to animated slots with exciting bonus rounds, it doesn't really deliver.