Just in time for summer, PocketWin’s newest slot games takes you to that all-time favourite Brit-Abroad destination, Benidorm. Hang out with your favourite happy holiday-ers, such as the Nan with the extreme tan, the man who’s turned a nice shade of tomato, and the waiter who bares a more than coincidental likeness to Manuel from Faulty Towers. Aside from reminiscing about a fortnight in the sunny Costa Blanca, you can also expect a huge range of bonus features and extra mini-games from this highly entertaining slot.
Now, click to read whichever section tickles your fancy.
|Release Date||May 2016|
|Software Provider||In Touch Games|
|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Platform||Android App, iPhone App|
|Return to Player (RTP)||96%|
|Slot Reels/ Paylines||5 reels/ 20 paylines|
|Min/ Max Bets||2p – £400|
|Free Spins||Up to 9 Free Spins|
|Features||Coach Tripper Mini Game, Sunburn Mini Game, Free Spins, Multiplier Wilds, Gamble Feature|
|Pros||Regular mini games, gamble every win, adjustable paylines to suit everyone|
|Cons||Graphics are a little jarring on mobile screen.|
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Benidorm or Bust is a 5 reel slot, with 20 paylines, which makes it a bigger game than the usual 15 payline slots we’re used to from PocketWin. That being said, you can choose how many paylines to play, ranging from anything from 1 to all 20. Bets start at 2p, but you can go big with a huge £400 max bet (£20 on all 20 paylines).
The theme of the slot is quite self explanatory really, with you taking on regular Brit-abroad characters such as the badly sunburnt guy, the happy honeymooners and the super tanned Nan. The reels therefore, are sunshine friendly, with bright colours and poolside scenes.
Alongside adjustable paylines and wager sizes, players can also take advantage of the games auto-spin feature. You can set the game up to play between 10 and 99 spins on your behalf, meaning you can even sit and tan as you play. It’s also possible to set certain limits on your free spins, which means that if a single win surpasses a given amount or your balance falls below what you desire, the auto-spin feature will stop. Great news for those who love sitting back but don’t want to risk it all.
The game also features a progressive jackpot, which starts out at £2,000. To get your hands on this you’ll need to collect 5 of the Tanned Nan symbols and, as we’ve seen before with PocketWin slots, we expect this jackpot to soar even higher as more and more people play the game.
The slot’s biggest wins come in the form of a two good-looking poolside friends (one male and one female for equality measures, obviously) and the aforementioned Tanned Nan. Line up five of the Holiday Hunks and you’re in for a huge 300x multiplier, however five of the Bikini Babes will grant you a whopping 550x your bet.
The game also features multiplier wilds and scatter icons. The wilds are symbolised by a grinning couple in matching shirts (honeymooners we expect) and will replace any other symbol in the game, apart from mini game icons and scatters. Five wilds on any winning payline grants you a mega 2000x multiplier, and a combination of 5 jackpot and wild symbols pays a respectable 300x too.
The scatter symbols have been renamed Free Drinks, although are symbolised by a man spilling a cocktail with the key ‘free spins’ wording. These icons offer 5, 7 or 9 free spins depending on how many you can collect.
As scatter icons, these pay when found on any winning payline in any order – so you don’t need to line them up to get your hands on those free spins. However, if you do find them conveniently placed you could see yourself with some huge multipliers, with 5 free spins icons offering 100x your bet.
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Benidorm or Bust is offering players not one but two mini game features . The games, Coach Tripper and Sun Burn, are activated when certain items are collected. Unlike other slots however, these icons appear frequently, so you shouldn’t have to wait too long to access one of these exciting bonus rounds.
The first mini game, Coach Tripper, is triggered by collecting 2 or more of the coach icons. However, the more icons you collect on the main reels, the higher the multipliers on offer in the mini game. So, collect two coaches and you’ll get a chance at anything from 10x to 150x, whereas collect all five and you’ll be rewarded with anything from 30x to 350x.
After you’ve activated the game, your fate’s in the hands of Maurice the coach driver. Simply spin the mini game reels and if you land on a collect button, you’ll receive the multiplier of that reel. However, land on an orange arrow and you’ll be allowed to continue on to the next reel, which offers a larger multiplier. Collect all four arrows to win Maurice’s big prize.
The second mini game, Sun Burn, is perhaps a little more complex. You’ll be presented with four holiday-makers lounging on sunbeds. Each has a certain multiplier to their name and you’ll be allowed to hold these multipliers at any time.
You can use your ‘reset’ button to spin the multipliers you’d rather take your chance on, but be careful, you only have three turns to change the values. At the end of the mini game you’ll collect the overall total of the multipliers you’ve collected.
As before, the multipliers available in ‘Sun Burn’ are entirely dependent on how many mini game icons are collected on the main reels, with five red-chested men offfering up to 120x your wager.
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Whilst the graphics of Benidorm or Bust can seem a little busy, we have to say by the end of our game we’d grown to love all the characters. As stereotypical as they are, they’re instantly recognizable as the sort of people you’d meet by the pool and we also love the sunny theme. You’ll be in holiday mode before you know it, and with the waiters great puns like ‘Holiday In The Won’ and ‘Scorcha’ for big wins, it’s definitely a slot to make you smile.
We’re not sold, however, on the music and to be honest it was almost immediately muted. For a holiday themed slot we were expecting more upbeat sounds, think more La Bamba and less kids TV program.
The game is quick to load and looks great on the smaller screen. As with other PocketWin games it’s a small enough download for almost all devices, and it’s available through SMS link or Apple’s App Store too.
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Gamble Every Win!
So, there is one extra feature we’ve been saving for last. Benidorm or Bust has a gamble feature as an almost third mini game, and this gives you the chance to multiply every win.
Unlike other bonus rounds, you don’t need to collect any special icons to access Benidorm or Bust’s gamble feature, you can simply choose your settings below the reels. This means you can choose to activate the round on every win, on only certain wins or never at all.
The game is a roulette-style feature, although appropriately packaged by a weather report. Spin the wheel and if the arrow lands on a sunshine icon, you’ll come away with your win multiplied. The game offers multipliers from 1.5x to 12x, however go for a larger multiplier and you’ll have less chances of winning, naturally.
It took us a while, but we eventually fell in love with Benidorm or Bust. At first the graphics can seem jarring and perhaps don’t conjure up enough ‘holiday mood’, but you’ll grow to love the characters and even the waiter too.
That being said, it’s the gameplay that really won us over. This slot is packed with so many features that a chance at extra cash is always around the corner, and add in that progressive jackpot and the gamble game and you’ll be on the edge of your seat. The adjustable paylines and wager sizes mean it’s also perfect for every type of player, so why not take a flight over to PocketWin to see what we’re talking about.