Next Gen Gaming’s Oil Mania Slots Game
Oil Mania is a five reel, twenty-five pay line slots game set on an oil field, developed and released by Next Gen Gaming. The game is available both for land-based, online, and mobile play on smart phones and tablets, though the mobile version has been slightly adjusted to fit the smaller screen and only offers three reels and five pay lines.
True to its name, the slots game is adorned with depictions related to oil exploration, such as rigs and barrels. The symbols depicted on the reels include oil workers, which is the highest paying symbol, a gold car, bags of money, a map, as well as a few standard symbols such as the nine, ten, jack, queen, king, and aces.
Only two adjacent symbols are needed to make a winning combination, and wins are paid from left to right on adjacent reels. Payouts will depend on the number of coins that have been played, and which winning combinations were landed. These are set according to the pay table. Only the highest win for each active pay line will count, but coinciding wins on different pay lines are added to the total.
Free Spin Bonus Game and Wild Symbols
The bonus symbol in Oil Mania is the oil tycoon. If the oil tycoon bonus symbol appears anywhere on the second, third, or fourth reel, the bonus feature of the game will be activated. This bonus feature comes in two forms, the first being the free spins bonus, and the second being the upwild feature.
After landing the oil tycoon, players will immediately be rewarded with three free spins. This will also activate the upwild feature, which will play a part in each of the three free spins, and basically denotes the addition of a wild symbol. This wild symbol may be used to substitute any of the other symbols to make up the best possible winning combination.
In the first free spin, one wild symbol will appear at the bottom of the reel that had initially landed the bonus symbol, and this will be in the form of oil spurting up. In the second free spin, this oil, that is, the wild symbol, will reach the second row. In the third spin, the oil will have progressed to the third row and the wild will appear there too, meaning that the whole reel will now be wild.
After the three free spins, the upwild feature will disappear. However, if at any point during the free spins another oil tycoon appears anywhere on the reel, the bonus feature will be re-triggered, the free spins will be re-set to three, and a new upwild bonus feature will begin rising from a new oil well to grant further wild winning chances.
Wins made during the upwild bonus feature will be added to the standard pay line wins.
The Gamble Bonus Feature
Oil Mania also offers a gamble bonus feature, which acts to increase winnings. When accessing the gamble bonus, players have to pick the correct card. If they pick the correct colour, winnings will be doubled. If they pick the correct suit, winnings will be quadrupled.