Everyone loves a good throwback, be it baby pictures from 1990, pixelated video games or songs from when you were born. The new slot, Colour of Money is another good reminder of the past. Realistic Games pays homage to classic video slots, with only three reels and 1 payline. There's arcade-style music and plastic “Nudge” buttons like those you’d have on the pub machine. Nostalgia aside, Colour of Money packs top prizes of 300x your wager and a brilliant Win Streaks feature. This slot is simple, addictive and rewarding. You just have to take a look…
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|Release Date||1 March 2015|
|Software Provider||Realistic Games|
|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Platform||Desktop and mobile (via Internet Browser)|
|Return to Player (RTP)||95.21%|
|Slot Reels/ Paylines||3 reels/ 1 payline|
|Min/ Max Bets||25p – £200|
|Max Win||£60,000 (or 300x your wager)|
|Features||Win Streak, Super Spin, Nudges|
|Pros||Nostalgic reference to the classic slot machine, money-making Win Streak feature|
|Cons||Gets boring after a few spins|
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Colour of Money has three-reels and only one payline. Only one payline, you say?! Modern players have grown used to steroid-infused slots with 20 to 100 paylines. Well, Colour of Money’s single payline is a historically accurate resemblance of older slots. The single payline means that the game pace is slightly slower than games with 50 paylines – you’ll earn smaller amounts, lose smaller amounts and play through your bank balance a lot slower. It is a very low-risk slot. Besides that, the level of enjoyment is roughly the same. Sadly, there is no progressive jackpot on offer at Colour of Money.
Some people also prefer single payline slots because you’ll maximise every penny that you spend. Take this example: I have £10 to play with today. I could either play Colour of Money and spend more per payline, or choose another slot with 20 paylines.
- Colour of Money with 1 payline – I’d play 50p per spin. If I win a 5x multiplier, I’ll earn £2.50. That’ll give me a profit of £2.00.
- Slot with 20 paylines – I’d activate every payline to get the highest chances of winning. Then, I’d play 10p per payline, or £2.00 per spin. If I win a 5x multiplier on a single payline, I’ll only walk away with 50p (making a loss of £1.50.) Even if two paylines trigger wins, I would only walk away with £1.00. I can play for a shorter period of time too, since each spin costs a lot more!
Of course, this calculation holds true with any wager amount. Colour of Money accepts wagers from 25p to £200. During normal gameplay, you can win up to 30x your wager. During the mega features, the top prize is up to 300x your total stake! It is during the features that you make your money, as you’ll learn below.
No wins? No problem! Colour of Money has extra features that are only triggered after your non-winning combinations. You could be offered one, two or three nudges; these are occur randomly after a non-winning spin. Use these “Nudges” to manually adjust your reels to form a winning combination. Otherwise, you can let the computer do the work by tapping the “Auto Nudge” button – the game is programmed to find you best available win.
The computer has always got your back too! If you manually nudged the reels yourself, did a terrible job at it and missed a winning combination, it will reset the reels to the position before the Nudges were offered. Then, the “Auto Nudge” feature takes over and automatically nudges your reels towards a winning combination. The Nudge feature is rewarding about 50% of the time. Other times, the Nudge does not adjust your reels for the better. It gives you a false sense of control over your luck.
Still no wins? The game may present the Super Spin Feature after any losing nudge. When offered, the buttons flash dramatically and your reels automatically spin to a win! This is free money in the purest sense of the word, as you don’t have to do anything while the machine throws money in your face. It isn’t just a mythical feature either. I was awarded the Super Spin twice during my session.
Colour of Money doesn’t stop there. There is yet another great feature in its arsenal, called the Win Streak Feature. When this happens, the reels just produce win, after win, after win. Every time you spin the reels, it snaps itself into a winning combination. I scored myself five consecutive wins and a giant pot of money from this feature! It was so very exciting, amazing, gratifying, thrilling; every positive emotion just pours out of you. These Win Streaks remind you why you play slots.
The Win Series Feature is activated when three dollar symbols appear anywhere on your reels. There are three levels with different payouts:
- Win Series – triggered with any combination of Gold and Silver $ symbols
- Silver Series – triggered with three Silver $ symbols; produces more generous wins than the regular Win Series
- Gold Series – triggered with three Gold $ symbols; the most generous of the three series
The maximum feature win is 300x your stake value!
Any slot game produced by Realistic Games is a reliable one. Colour of Money is developed using the latest HTML5 technology, which means that it can run smoothly on all devices. The game layout also changes depending on your screen size, so that you will have the optimum playing experience. The mobile version has fewer buttons than the one presented on desktop, but includes all of the features mentioned above.
Gameplay is also accompanied with old-school fruit machine music, which amplifies at the right moments and builds up your excitement. The graphics are simple to suit the classic theme, yet it does not look as if it were built in 2008.
Realistic Games have produced some chart-toppers in the past. Its slot, Super Graphics Upside Down was nominated for Game of the Year at 2013 Operator Awards, and again in 2014. It gives high value free spins, turns the reels upside down and literally rewrites the slot rulebook. Colour of Money pales in comparison. It’s a modest and unassuming slot with far fewer features, albeit very enjoyable ones. I suppose every software provider has to produce “shelf-fillers”. In which case, Realistic Games has produced a very good one indeed. Colour of Money is the type of game you turn to when you have five minutes to spare. It won’t cost too much to play, and still gives out average returns.
Yes, Colour of Money can get a little boring. After five minutes, the nostalgia wears off and the music gets irritating (just mute it.) There will be times when you strike consecutive losing combinations; thankfully, these losses don’t hurt too much since each spin costs much less than other slots. Then, out of the blue, you’ll get a Win Streak that absolutely makes your day. In fact, The Win Streaks feature is the most fun I have ever had in a long time. Compared to the feature-heavy slots of today, Colour of Money is a palate cleanser.