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Niagara Falls slot review

Added by Yggdrasil. Information last updated: 01/03/2021

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Tester rating:

3 (1)

Game information

Game supplier:Yggdrasil

Release date:05/2019

RTP:96.2%

Volatility:High

Max. win:bet x 1000

Mobile version:Yes

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Highlights

Bonus game or special game

Bonus symbols

Multiplier

Stacked wilds

Freespins

Themes

History

Fruit

Travel

Fruit machine

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RTP (Return to player):
96.2%
Volatility:
High
Max. win:
bet x 1000

Bojoko score (compared to other slots on Bojoko)
74
Yggdrasil score (compared to other slots of supplier)
74
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Slot tester's review: Trystan Michielsen

Slot tested

Niagara Falls brings us the classic experience of playing a slot in an old-timey establishment, enjoying the moving reels and the contemporary music as we play for some big wins.

Developed by Northern Lights and released on Yggdrasil's platform in 2019, Niagara Falls is an attempt by the developer to bring to life the classic slot experience on the digital screen. The game is made to resemble a fruit machine as it used to exist. Although the theme of the slot is Niagara Falls it’s clearly meant to look like a physical slot you could find in a pub or gambling house.

Since it’s based on the classic slot it has the usual 5-reel, 3-row playing field. A slight deviation from the original fruit machines is the fact the game has 20 paylines, making it more likely that you’ll get a win.

The slot looks good even though it doesn’t do a lot new. The game is pretty static, offering no animations or special bonus games. The background shows a wallpapered wall with a couple of old lamps, while the slot is decorated with abstract falling water decorations. If you want to feel like you’re physically standing in front of a real-life fruit machine, Northern Lights did its best to give you what you want!

I want to give a special mention to the sound design. Although it was subtle, the piano music that played fit the setting perfectly and conjured up images of an old school pianist playing a tune while people sat around talking and having a drink. Almost like it’s portrayed in Westerns.

Symbols

As a classic fruit machine, Niagara Falls offers little variation in its symbols. The main additions are a special Niagara Falls symbol and the coin. From highest to lowest they are:

  • Bonus: 3 or more Bonus Symbols on the screen at the same time activates the Free Spins mode.
  • Wild: Substitutes all other symbols in the game except the Bonus and Coin symbol. Max. 10x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Coin: Appears on reel 5, the coin falls from the top of the slot to the bottom.
  • Niagara Falls: Max. 10x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Red 7: Max. 8x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Blue 7: Max. 5x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • BAR: Max. 3x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Bell: Max. 2.5x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Grapes: Max. 2x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Orange: Max. 1.5x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Cherries: Max. 1x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.

Features

There aren’t a lot of features in Niagara Falls as it stays close to its roots but there are a few worth mentioning:

  • Wilds: Wilds substitute the other regular symbols in the game, but they don’t show up regularly. They need to be activated by the Coin Feature.
  • Coin: Occasionally a coin shows up on reel 5, which gets slotted into the game at the top and bounces down to the bottom of the slot, leaving a trail. Each reel has a special bonus at the bottom and if the coin hits one of these, that bonus is activated.
  • Free Spins: With 3 Bonus Symbols on the screen at the same time, the Free Spins mode is activated.
  • Cash Fall: Randomly during the base game the Cash Fall Bonus can be triggered, causing the symbols to fade away and coins to drop down into slots that either do nothing or multiply their value and add them to your win.

The Coin Feature is the most original aspect of this game and requires some extra explanation. Each reel randomly gets different bonuses at the bottom of its reel every spin. If there is a Coin on reel 5, the coin is slotted into the game at the top and it bounces organically down the reels. If it comes down onto a reel with a bonus at the bottom, that bonus is activated.

The possible bonuses are:

  • Wild: Wilds are added on the trail the Coin took.
  • Free Spins: Free Spins mode is triggered with 5 free spins.
  • Shake: 1 Shake Bonus is added to the Shake Counter.
  • Stacked Spin: Reels re-spin with stacked symbols.
  • Multiplier: The current win is multiplied by either 2x, 3x, 4x or 5x.

During free spins mode, the only bonuses shown at the bottom of the reels is Wild. If that shows up, the entire reel becomes a stacked Wild for the rest of the free spins mode. I thought that was an interesting idea but it did not trigger as often as I would have liked. In general, the free spins mode was relatively beneficial.

The Coin Feature and Cash Fall Feature are both quite a departure from the regular fruit machine gameplay, although I think Northern Lights did a good job integrating it into the setting. The idea is that the player uses a physical coin to influence the game, but I thought it doesn’t really make sense if they wanted to keep things close to the classic slot experience.

In general, I found the features to be rather confusing. I had to dive into the paytable to find out what the different bonuses did. It also added a lot of randomness to the game since there is almost no way to influence what is happening.

In Conclusion

Niagara Falls is a strong concept that is, unfortunately, kind of wasted on a classic fruit machine. The idea of the waterfall as a theme invoked ideas that include cascading reels as they tumble off the falls. Instead, we get a static slot with very little visual going on. There are no animations save for the coin tumbling down the reels.

There was a lot of attention put into the presentation of the slot, bringing to life the physical fruit machine as much as possible on the computer screen. The music helped with that notion as well. Players that want to imagine themselves back in the pub playing a slot will definitely be able to do that with this game.

Niagara Falls has a High Volatility which is definitely noticeable. I found getting wins to be very difficult and it happened very rarely. Coupled with the low payout even with five-of-a-kind makes me wonder how the player is supposed to profit from this game. The Free Spins mode did help in getting bigger wins but since it was so rare to trigger it, it would often be too little too late.

It’s possible to choose a bet between £0.20 and £100 per spin and I would strongly suggest you use a lower bet for this game unless you have a lot of funds to play with. It’s likely you won’t see a single win for more than a dozen spins in a row if my experience is anything to go by.

I’m not really a fan of classic fruit machines so Niagara Falls didn’t click for me. I could still appreciate the time and effort they put into the design of the slot, but it did little to interest me when it came to the gameplay. Perhaps someone who is explicitly looking for the classic experience will get something more out of it!

Overall rating:

3

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  • Features

    Wins and bets

    RTP (Return to Player):96.2%

    Volatility:High

    Max. win:bet x 1000

    Min. bet:£0.2

    Max. bet:£400

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    Reels & playlines

    Reels:5

    Rows:3

    Non-standard layout:

    Max. lines:20

    Min. lines:20

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    Wilds

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    Languages

    You can play Niagara Falls in English, Finnish, Swedish, German and 18 other languages.

    All supported languages:
    English, Finnish, Swedish, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Czech, Dutch, Greek, Hungarian, Polish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Turkish, Korean, Japanese, Thai, Chinese

    Currencies

    Niagara Falls supports GBP, EUR, USD, CAD

    Stats

    Release date 05/2019
    55th newest on Yggdrasil 839th newest on Bojoko
    RTP 96.2% 0.33% > average
    47th highest on Yggdrasil 992nd highest on Bojoko
    Win up to 1000 x your bet
    86th highest on Yggdrasil 1,560th highest on Bojoko
    Paylines 20 0% < average
    61st highest on Yggdrasil 1,115th highest on Bojoko
    Min bet £0.2 per spin
    51st lowest on Yggdrasil 1,199th lowest on Bojoko
    Max bet £400 per spin
    2nd highest on Yggdrasil 175th highest on Bojoko
    Rated 0 by 0 members
    The most rated on Yggdrasil 40th most rated on Bojoko
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    Trystan Michielsen

    Trystan Michielsen

    Trystan Michielsen is a Dutch native who started his career as a content writer for various small businesses who were interested in creating an online presence.

    When the opportunity arose to move to Malta and work in the iGaming sector, Trystan didn't hesitate to make the plunge. Here he worked as a Content and SEO specialist for different companies before moving back home.

    Now acting as a freelancer he maintains his connection with the online slot community by playing and reviewing the wide variety of videoslots that are released.

    Trystan enjoys playing the slots that offer a full experience, focusing on more than just the technical details but keeping an eye on its presentation. Graphics, music and style can create a game that's more than the sum of its parts.

    A writer at heart, putting thoughts to paper is something he's done for as long as he remembers. In his free time, he enjoys writing fiction as well as watching and reviewing movies.

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    Game supplier:Yggdrasil

    Release date:05/2019

    RTP (Return to player):96.2%

    Max. win:bet x 1000

    Mobile version:Yes

    User rating: 0
    Tester rating: 3

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