Released in 2008, Microgaming’s Break da Bank Again is the sequel to its highly successful Break da Bank online slot. As you can probably guess, the game’s theme is centered on a bank vault, filled to the brim with gold, gemstones and cold hard cash. This newest iteration of the slot contains several changes, including a fresh design and more paylines, yet captures the element of fun and excitement that made the original so popular.
Break da Bank Again is a 5-reel slot featuring 9 unfixed paylines which players can add or subtract from as they please. The Break da Bank Again logo serves as the wild symbol and substitutes for all others except for the scatters.
Wild benefits: The wild symbol pays out handsomely when it is substituted in a win in the main game, increasing your score by 5X. When it appears in a winning combo during the free spins round, you’ll win even more and enjoy a massive 25X payday! These sizable multipliers are extremely generous for an online slot and can help you quickly grow your bankroll.
The game’s high-value symbols all represent lavish wealth and include the following:
The remaining symbols are playing card icons which are standard on most slots:
Dated design: Break da Bank Again was released 8 years ago, and it shows. The slot artwork is a little bland and could use a little sprucing up. The reel set sits atop a generic purple textured background and is bordered by a metal frame which gives it the appearance of a bank vault. The icons for the high-value symbols seem to be simply photos of what they represent, and the playing card symbols are not that visually interesting. When a Vault symbol falls, its icon comes to life as the door handle spins and the symbol expands. Apart from that effect, there is little other movement in the game besides the spinning of the reels.
Sound effects: The slot’s soundtrack is similarly uninspired and is simply a recording of background noise which one would hear inside of a casino. Unlike slots with higher production values, there is no musical soundtrack.
As far as user experience is concerned, the game is easy to navigate. The buttons for selecting lines and selecting coins are easily visible as are the Bet Max and Spin buttons.
375,000 coin max: Break da Bank Again is not connected to a community jackpot and therefore does not offer players the chance to win a massive pooled pot. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of cash to play for. With the high-value Ruby symbol, you can bank 1500 coins when 5 appear on the reels. During the bonus feature, the game has the potential to payout an astounding 375,000 coins, certainly enough to get anyone’s attention!
The Vault is the scatter symbol and triggers 15, 20 or 25 free spins when 3, 4 or 5 appear on the reels, respectively. During the bonus, all of your wins pay 5X, and for each Vault symbol that appears appears you’ll be awarded an additional free spin. Aside from this, you unfortunately cannot re-trigger the bonus for another round of free spins.
Gamble feature: Break da Bank Again gives you the chance to win even more money after hitting a winning match with its Gamble Feature. It works like this: Once a match is registered, you’ll be allowed to decide if you’d like to gamble your win in one of two ways. You’ll be presented with a card facedown and can bet on whether the card in question is either red or black. If you are correct, you’ll be paid double your original win, if you don’t you’ll lose it all. You can also bet on the suit of the card and will take home 4X your bet if your guess is correct.
Volatile: While Break da Bank Again is a somewhat dated slot, it does a good job of putting players in the mindset of winning life-changing riches. The game is considered a volatile slot in that casino bonuses hit less often, but when they do, they payout in a huge way. This can be seen in both the game’s free spins bonus, which can award up to 25 free spins with a 5X multiplier, and in the slot’s wild symbol, which pays 5X in the base game and a whopping 25X during free spins.
Furthermore, as compared with more recently release slots, the graphics and generic soundtrack could use a facelift.
However, if you enjoy the rush of hitting elusive bonus rounds and winning big each time you do, you’ll love this Microgaming sequel!