Published: 02/06/2013

Developed by Betsoft Gaming, “Tycoons” belongs to the company’s Slots-3 Series of 3D video bonus slots. The game features a 5-reel, 30-payline format with a theme of opulent wealth. As a sign of the level of affluence that’s standard here, Tycoons offers a 5-figure Progressive Jackpot in addition to three different Bonus Features.

The reels of the game spin in front of a plush mansion. Most of the key controls are located at the bottom of the screen, where flowers, palm tress and a marble fountain can be seen, along with a red sports car. The current value of the Progressive Jackpot can be seen just above the reels and below the game’s title.

The coin denomination for Tycoons can be adjusted by clicking directly on the “Choose Coin” indicator in the lower left corner, from €0.02 to €0.50. At the base of the fountain below the middle three reels are the controls for “Bet Per Line,” “Select Lines” and “Spin.” By clicking directly on the associated +/- toggles, it is possible to set the Total Stake from 1 to 5 coins per line on 1~30 paylines up to a maximum of €75.

After the Stake has been set, clicking on “Spin” will set the reels in motion. Alternatively, the game can be started by clicking on “Bet Max Spin,” which appears on the windscreen of the sports car. Light organ music accompanies the spins, and for all of the winning combinations, there is animation along with sound effects.

The icons displayed on Tycoons are symbolic of great wealth. They include Champagne, a Laptop Computer, the Red Sports Car, a Checkbook, Pocket Cash and Gold Bullion. These symbols pay line multipliers from 25X to 500X whenever three or more match up on an active payline from left to right. Higher awards are paid for matching two or more symbols for the four Tycoons—Banker, Sheik, Heiress or Nerd—from 25X to 2500X.

Winning combinations of three or more matching Tycoon will trigger the "Three Free Spins Bonus" whenever at least one of the winning icons carries a small “fs” mark. Before the Free Spins begin, the winning Tycoon will at random turn all the symbols wild on reel 2, 3 or 4. Any winning combinations during the Free Spins that contain the original triggering Tycoon will earn double credits.

A second Bonus Feature of Tycoons is the “Instant Credit Click Me Bonus.” This is activated anytime the Checkbook, Gold Bullion and Pocket Cash symbols line up in any order on payline 1, 2 or 3. The player must then select one of the icons to reveal a cash prize, which will be added to any winnings from the triggering spin.

The third Bonus Feature, “Billionaire’s Club Poker Bonus Round,” is activated by catching three or more Poker Deck symbols anywhere on the reels. A second screen will open, showing the four Tycoons seated at a Poker table with a dealer. The player must then choose which of the Tycoons will win the hand—the Banker, Sheik, Heiress or Nerd. For each Tycoon who drops out of the Poker hand (folds) ahead of the selected one, a cash prize is awarded. Correctly choosing the winner pays the highest award.

In order to win the Progressive Jackpot, the player’s Total Stake must be placed in “Real Money” mode using Max Bet Spin. Then, catching five Briefcase symbols on any active payline will claim the game’s top prize. Otherwise, the Briefcase symbols play no role in the game and provide no payouts.

Published on: 02/06/2013

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