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About This Slot
Sweden’s Play n Go are pretty reliable slot developer with a history of producing some very high-quality games including classics like Reactoonz 2 and of course, Book of Dead. Once in a while they throw a total curveball into the mix and Charlie Chance XreelZ seems to be one of those. The narrative behind this game is that of a detective whose attempts to solve crime lead him into the dark of the underworld where he must fight demons in the form of a cartoon bob-haired girl with devil’s horns!
To say its off the beaten track is an understatement! The Charlie Chance character is actually based on the fictional detective, Charlie Chan, created by Earl Derr Biggers, who appeared in novels as well as black and white TV adaptations of the stories.
Anyway, back to the slot, and if you have tested your luck on the original Charlie Chance in Hell to Pay then you’ll be familiar with the black and white set design and the characters which have their own weird charm. The good news is, for the second outing of Charlie, Play n Go have ramped up the variance so a bumpier ride is on the cards and a much higher win potential which will please some. The reel set has also been expanded to 5x 3 from 3×3 and the paylines increased to the popular 243 pays both ways format.
The objective here as usual is to hit winning combinations which are created by matching 3, 4, or 5 identical symbols or wilds on adjacent reels, beginning from the leftmost reel. And there are of course some good features thrown in to ramp up the tension throughout the base game and bonus rounds which we will come onto in a moment.
RTP, Variance and Top Payout
Play n Go know how to work high variance and Charlie Chance XreelZ is a game that will appeal to those who like their slot play to be risky with high potential. So expect an uneven win distribution and if you want a smoother ride you would do best to look elsewhere. The RTP stands at 96.25% which is pretty average for Play n Go games and makes this a good value slot to play.
Symbols and Graphics
The design of Charlie Chance XreelZ is very simplistic with a white and black background and reel set and colorful line art icons on the reels. It’s not the sophisticated design of a Reactoonz or Scoll of Dead, but for those who like their artwork simple, it does the job!
The low value symbols are represented by the standard card suits of hearts, clubs, spades, and diamonds. Meanwhile the premium icons are shown as the devils, bells, 666s, and Charlie Chance character himself. The most valuable symbol of the game is Charlie who delivers an award of 2, 10, or 20 x the total stake if you match 3, 4, or 5 in combination.
Look out as well for the wilds which replace all icons on the reels to form winning combinations and keep your eyes on these because one of the highlights of this slot is the multipliers that come with them, rising up to as high as 25x in the free spins round.
What We Like
Fun narrative and slick design
Random multiplier wilds feature
3 different free spins modes
Upgrade on the original
What We Don't Like
Light on features
Gameplay and Features
The Charlie Chance in Hell to Pay slot has three bonus features. There is the XreelZ Multiplier feature, Second Chance Re-Spins, and standard Free Spins round. It’s not overcomplicated but they do trigger regularly and keep things flowing nicely.
The XreelZ is an additional reel that sits above the main 5×3. It is a 5×1 and spins horizontally. It comes into play ONLY when a winning spin including a wild icon appears on the main grid. When this happens the reel containing the wild icon become highlighted.
Now, the multiplier value displayed in the XreelZ spot over the highlighted reel is applied to all wins on the respective reel.
Second Chance Re-Spins Feature
If you hit 2 scatter symbols on the reels on one spin, then the Second Chance Re-Spins feature is activated. Scatters will lock in position and the other 3 reels will spin once again. This enhances the opportunity to land more scatters and reach the total required to activate the free spins feature. This is a nice add on from Play n Go – it basically means if you just miss out on triggering the free spins then you get another chance to do so without spending more money.
Free Spins Features
The free spins feature is the best chance you have of unlocking anything even close to that 20,000x top payout. There are three versions of free spins and each comes with the active XreelZ mechanic in play.
Here is how they work:
- 3 scatters deliver Flaming Free Spins with x2, x3, and x5 multipliers
- 4 scatters deliver Inferno Free Spins with x5, x6, and x8 multipliers
- 5 scatters deliver Hellfire Free Spins with x8, x9, and x25 multipliers
Finally, take note that during the free spins round, any wild that lands anywhere on the reels will be sticky for the remainder of the round. However, it doesn’t just stay in the place it landed. Instead, it will move across the reels and up and down the rows with each spin.
So, Charlie Chance returns and like a classic movie re-worked with a new director, this sequel comes with a different feel. The variance has been cranked up, and with it the payout potential, and the XreelZ feature adds a further tension to proceedings, adding random win multipliers that can really transform a small payout into something much bigger. Fans of the original will enjoy this upgrade, but it comes with a volatility warning so tread carefully and choose your stake with care! Good luck!