About This Slot
Nolimit City continue to be the pace-setters in 2021 with the latest in a series of scorching, high variance games with blockbuster payout potential and ominous narratives with dark characters depicted in superb artwork. Infectious 5 xWays has a moody and dangerous atmosphere whilst using the same headline feature as their hip hop slot, East Coast West Coast.
Each of the 5 reels has 4 rows of symbols featuring 5 superhero characters, while the hazy background includes blurred buildings, flames and cranes. Meanwhile, for soundtrack fans, the metallic noises layered on top of dramatic chords with chants and shouts make a powerful mix.
There are 1,024 ways to win initially, but the now familiar xWays feature means the reel height can expand to give up to 110,592 ways to win when the game is in a giving mood! Most of the action revolves around the multiple Free Spins rounds where the aptly-named Mayhem Modes come into play.
RTP, Variance and Top Payout
The variable RTP of Infectious 5 xWays comes in at 94.27% to 96.02% while the 20p minimum bet is decent for most pockets. However, the maximum volatility rating (10/10 on Nolimit’s scoring) makes this far too risky for lower rollers. You might be tempted by the top payout of 55,555x stake but it’s going to be a hugely bumpy ride, so you’ll need a good bankroll to support the ups and downs or stick to the lowest bets.
Symbols and Graphics
Top quality artwork is a characteristic of Nolimit City slots and this one is no different – the dystopian backdrop sets the scene nicely for the action on the reels where the symbols include the 5 superheroes: Havoc, Mind Flayer, Torch, Misery and Toxicity. These ominous-sounding characters each have their own colour scheme and pay from 1.5x to 4x stake for 5 matching symbols. There are also high cards which award the lower payouts from 1x to 1.25x stake.
The yellow W symbol is Wild, while the red barrel with the word Bonus on the front is Scatter. The Wild can substitute to create more winning combinations, while the Scatter has the power to launch the Free Spins round. The xWays symbol can transform into other symbols and expand to give more ways to win.
The top payout is 55,555x stake, which is going to be a rare treat only accessible if you do well with the bonuses during Free Spins.
What We Like
Atmospheric industrial theme
Expanding win ways up to 110,592
55,555x stake jackpot
Free Spins with Locked Wild Multipliers
What We Don't Like
Maximum volatility too risky for some
Gameplay and Features
Fans of East Coast West Coast will be familiar with the xWays gameplay here but it’s the free spins round where things really heat up – you’ll need to set your sights on that bonus to get anywhere close to the top payout.
Here is how it all fits together:
When the xWays symbols land they can transform into other symbols and multiply by 2 or 3 times, expanding on the reels to create up to 110,592 ways to win. If you land xWays symbols alongside a Wild symbol, this launches Infectious xWays where any other instance of the same symbol on the reels also expands, potentially causing other reels to reach their full height.
Hitting 3 or 4 Bonus symbols can launch Toxic Hazard or Lock n Load Free Spins rounds, while landing 5 Bonus symbols launches Mayhem Mode:
Toxic Hazard – 9 or 10 Free Spins with 1 to 5 random Wilds. Hitting xWays symbols during the round triggers the Infectious xWays feature every time.
Lock n Load – 7 or 8 Free Spins with Wilds locked into position. Additional Wilds award 1 extra Free Spin. Wilds can award a 2x or 3x Multiplier and xWays symbols guarantee the Infectious xWays feature.
Toxic Hazard Mayhem – launch this by hitting 5 Scatters or collecting more Scatters from within the other Free Spins rounds. You get 12 Free Spins with 1 golden infectious 5 symbol.
Lock n Load Mayhem – this works the same way as the Toxic Hazard Mayhem round, only this time you get 10 Free Spins with 1 golden infectious 5 symbol.
Infectious 5 xWays is a powerful slot with an unsettling atmosphere brimming with danger and adventure. It’s ideal for fans of superhero themes and darker slots. Central to the game is the Infectious xWays feature and the Free Spins – and you need both of these to trigger to be in with a chance of hitting the biggest payouts. Of course, combining all this with locked wilds and locked multiplier wilds means epic, epic win sequences are a possibility – but of course a rarity too! In reality, Infectious 5 xWays is a hugely volatile game and you can wait a long time before hitting a good win, so you really need a decent bankroll to get their money’s worth. Although Infectious 5 xWays lacks the quirky attractiveness of East Coast vs West Coast and the enormous jackpot of San Quentin xWays, it’s an exciting choice for players who enjoy risky slots and superheroes.