Coin Values: 0,01 up to 1
Jackpot: 500 Coins
Free Spins: Yes
Most of us relish receiving an upgrade of some kind, whether it’s our hotel room or our mobile phone, the idea of newness simply excites us. This excitement is what Nektan are hoping to ignite when users play the Best of British Deluxe, the sequel to the original slot called Best of British. We know, the title isn’t all that creative in its name, but it does the job of informing us that a few changes have been made, all of which should be for the better. But are they? Although the original activity was a little compact in its depth, it has a rustic charm to it that won you over in the end, and so we have to ask whether this sequel can impress us further. Furthermore, we need to make sure that the improvements that have been made actually add to this game rather than degrade it in some way. It’s time to get our tickets to the underground and get these 5 reels spinning.
Seeing as how this is a follow on to another game, it makes sense that the theme is still similar: there’s the British flag, God Save the Queen playing when you spin, and beefeaters guarding the reels. However, while there’s that sameness, there’s also an increase in the graphics used, which in turn gives a more fulfilling image, one that is easy on the eyes and much more appealing. Basically, the design has been refined and made more colourful, which then draws the attention of a wider number of players, particularly those of us who favour newer looking titles.
As for the symbols upon the winlines of this matrix, they are the same as before, with the tightening of details having been added, for example, the teapot is now white instead of blue, and the Best of British logo is now purple rather than red. These are such delicate changes, some of which we might not appreciate without caring to look properly, yet they all help in making the game feel more finished off, polished even. A sentiment that is mirrored in the way the paytable has been designed: it now has a clear and concise layout, rather than a cramped and cluttered one.
Moving onto the gameplay, we find that quite a bit has changed in regards to controls and depth. Instead of only 15 winlines, players now have a grand total of 40, which means that there is slightly more volatility as there’s more places that your symbols can land. Consequently, this means you might find it more difficult when forming combos. This is reflected in the slightly lower Nektan RTP we see, which is now 96.22%. It’s still above average, but it goes to show that users can anticipate a little challenge here.
In regards to the variance of the title, e.g. the number of specials, etc, Best of British Deluxe is still a low to medium game. There is a bonus round (which we’ll get to momentarily), but there’s still only 13 symbols in all to try and line up, with the higher value ones being harder to come by. However, being harder to trigger also means that the payouts are greater, as demonstrated by the maximum value of the wild symbol, which is a shocking 10,000 credits! Speaking of returns, all the monetary values of the symbols remain the same, no matter the size of your bet; wager a small 40 or a big 400.
As with the first game, Nektan have opted to deliver free spins as the main source of bonus money. However, this time round they’re giving a greater number of rounds for you to play for free, which in turn ups the ante of the experience. Therefore, now when you line up a three of a kind win of the scatter symbol, aka the underground sign, you’ll get 15 games on the house. And, should you keep finding more within the feature, you can be awarded up to 180 waves!
Another little perk is that of the wild. Not only is it the most rewarding symbol upon the reels, but should it substitute in a winning combination, it’ll give you a multiplied payout. This then means that your measly reward of 5 credits could be turned into 10, allowing for a fast track to the big leagues of high rollers.
If we’re completely honest, we had been a little worried about this Nektan sister slot, simply because of how easily sequels can miss the mark (we all know it’s true). But fortunately for us, and you, they have managed to create a well rounded one armed bandit, offering more variance than before, and for the same reasonable prices. The controls are clearer with this title, and so too is the paytable.