About This Slot
Every great game studio has that one game that was the initial catalyst for raising their profile above the competition, and for Relax Gaming, a relative newcomer to the upper echelons of the high variance slots scene, it was Money Train 2, the ultimate high risk fans joy ride from 2020. If you haven’t already, then we urge you to drop everything and take a spin on that particular slot right now. It’s the perfect mix of madcap theme and feature-packed gameplay with a bonus round that knocks the socks off most rivals.
Now, if you’re still reading … let us take you through this sequel, a joyous experience that does away with that tiresome base game and takes us straight to the thick of the action of that super-charged bonus round.
There’s nothing new about the look and feel of this game. With its rough and ready Wild West theme, Money Cart Bonus Reels is set aboard another goods train with a Max Max / Steampunk look about it. There is a dusty, grimy Wild West landscape in the background, faster gameplay and a wooden cart on a track housing the reels. A hat filled with cash sits at the front of the screen to remind players what we’re here for.
The reel set is a standard 5 reels by 4 rows but it can increase when the bandits arrive on the screen, boosting your ways to win in tandem with a long list of modifiers that can add all sorts of enhancements to your payouts. Look out as well for a dirty, grungy guitar soundtrack that keeps things on a punk-ish tip as the reels spin.
RTP, Variance and Top Payout
One of the most notable features of the game is the high RTP, which is a great signal of strong payout potential. It’s set at 98% which is significantly higher than the 96% average for the industry. In fact, you will find few better RTP games than Money Cart Bonus Reels – you can check this list for more. The minimum bet is 20p with a wide betting range available to cater for most wallets.
Volatility here is high like the original (5/5 on Relax’s chart) – that is what the game is for after all! In terms of top payout, we are maxing out here at 5,000x which is way under Money Train 2 of course (50,000x). But just keep in mind that this is offset against the 98% RTP.
Symbols and Graphics
The symbols in Money Cart Bonus Reels are the same as those in the original Money … games. These include tumbleweed, safes, a selection of bandits and hats filled with cash. Mostly when you spin the reels, you’ll see tumbleweed fall down the screen. There will also be safes containing cash prizes, which can stay sticky on the reels, while the bandits can fire at the screen to release more reels into play.
Instead of a regular main game and a Free Spins bonus round, here you are always playing a bonus feature, as extra reels can arrive at any time. The potential is there for Respins when you hit the purple bonus symbols, which can also award payouts of 0.1x your bet.
What We Like
Superb bonus-round extravaganza
Ten modifiers to enhance your wins
High RTP of 98%
Evocative Wild West theme
What We Don't Like
5,000x top payout is lower than expected
Gameplay and Features
When you hit 3 or more purple bonus symbols, the Respins feature is launched, with the bonus icons locked in place. You get 3 Respins and when you hit more bonus symbols, the Respins counter is reset to 3 and the round continues. If you fill an entire reel with symbols, then a new reel is added. This event can happen twice in one round of re-spins.
But that’s not all.
As well as this fast-paced re-spins bonus, there are a stack of modifiers that come into play throughout your session, enhancing the payouts to varying degrees. So, as well as money symbols triggering 0.1 to 1x wins and golden symbols triggering 0.2 to 20x wins, there are Modifier symbols that award the following:
- Payer – a value is displayed which is added to all the other symbols
- Persistent Payer – the same as the Payer Modifier but the feature continues to affect all the other Respins in the round
- Collector – a value is displayed which collects all other symbol values and adds them onto its own value
- Sniper – picks off between 3 and 8 symbols and doubles their value.
- Persistent Sniper -does the snipers job for ALL spins in the re-spin cycle
- Necromancer – brings non-persistent symbols back to life!
- Collector / Payer – Reveals a coin value to which all other coin values are added.
- Persistent Collector – the same as the Collector Modifier but the feature continues to affect all the other Respins in the round
- Widener – shows a value and adds an extra reel to the gaming screen
Through these modifiers it’s possible to fill all positions with symbols, hit the win cap of 5,000x and expand the reels by a further two (which earns you an extra 50x payout). Of course, more likely you can also burn through your re-spins and come away with a more modest prize. Either way, experience shows that this frenetic spin / modifier combination delivers a unique type of slot play that is kind of un-matched right now.
Money Cart Bonus Reels is an interesting sequel to Money Train, already a hugely a popular high-risk slot itself. And whilst visually these slots are or course very similar, the gameplay here is far more intense.
The 5 reels can quickly expand thanks to the gunslingers and when this happens you will get a bigger gaming screen with boosted ways to win. Meanwhile, the all-important re-spins feature kicks in very frequently – it has to as that is all you are here for – making the game feel like you’re permanently playing a bonus round. What’s not to like about that?
The big let-down though comes from the boast at the top of the screen: ‘Win up to 50,000’. This tagline doesn’t mention the coin value and on closer inspection, this ‘50,000’ is revealed only to be worth 5,000x your bet. This is disappointing, especially compared with its predecessor Money Train, which offered a real 50,000x top prize. Keep in this in mind, but also weigh that up against the 98% RTP which is cut above most other Relax slots. For the modifiers, it’s all about the Persistent Payer and Persistent Collectors which can bounce your wins up considerably when they are activated.
In summary, although you can wangle a bigger potential prize from the Money Train, this faster-paced Money Cart is compelling and one that Relax fanatics and new-comers to their catalogue are sure to love.
Get onboard for its release at all slot sites on 7th December 2021.