Steampunk is a phenomenon that has taken the world by storm. From a sub-genre of science fiction, steampunk has developed into a retro-futuristic fashion and design movement that re-imagines modern technologies in the context of the past – usually Victorian England or the Wild West. From Burning Man to your local coffee shop, the steampunk style is everywhere – including online casino games, thanks to the Steam Tower video slot by NetEnt, the techno-wizards of online casino game design. Play the part of a steampunk adventurer, complete with top hat, goggles, cloak, gloves, luxurious moustache and steam-powered grappling hook, as he climbs the 16 floors of the Steam Tower to rescue a damsel in distress from a wicked dragon – and thrill to an inventive Increasing Multiplier feature that adds an extra level of drama to the mix. It’s all waiting for you at the best Vegas online casino there is – Vegas Palms.
The basic Steam Tower layout consists of 5 reels, 3 rows and 15 fixed left-to-right paylines set against a steampunk industrial backdrop. To the left of the reels stands the Adventurer, raring to scale the tower with his grappling hook. Lower-value symbols comprise the J, Q, K and A, nicely tricked out with a design of cogs and gears. Higher value symbols include the Steam Tower, a captive Young Lady, the Adventurer and a Dragon with a rather hypnotic slitted golden eye. The two Wilds include the Grappling Hook, which substitutes for all other symbols, and a Stacked Wild of the Adventurer, which can cover an entire reel to trigger Free Spins. Coins vary from 0.1 to 1, betting levels range from 1 to 10, and you can wager anything from 0.15 to a maximum 150. Five hits on the Dragon on an active payline pays out 2000 coins. The maximum potential win is 300 000 coins. The Return to Player for this online casino slot game is 97%.
The adventure really begins when the Stacked Wild ignites the Free Spins bonus feature. Starting off with 10 Free Spins and a 2x multiplier, you the Adventurer endeavour to reach the top of Steam Tower, with the Dragon swooping past from time to time ... Adding to the excitement are a Floor Meter, Multiplier Meter and Tower Meter indicating what floor you have reached and what multiplier level you are on. The multiplier value increases the higher you climb: 2x for floors 1 to 3, 3 x for floors 4 to 6, 4x for floors 5 to 9, 5x for floors 10 to 12, 6x for floors 13 to 15, and a breath-taking 7x multiplier should you reach the Young Lady on floor 16, an achievement that is acknowledged by a bonus cash prize of 1000 coins. Will you reach the top of Steam Tower?
Steampunk aficionados will love Steam Tower, not only for the attention to detail (even the Spin button makes a satisfying clockwork whirring sound when you click it) but also because the original mechanical slot machine was invented by Charles Fay in 1895 at the height of the Steampunk era – which makes the very act of playing Steam Tower a particularly steampunk thing to do, if you think about it. Everybody else will appreciate the unusual theme, dramatic music and compelling bonus feature, which has the potential for such big wins. Steam Tower was coded for optimum mobile casino gaming but will display just as well on the old-school online casino fan’s trusty desk-top, never fear. Naturally, it’s compatible with iPhone and Android platforms. Be sure to play with a steady internet connection, however, as any malfunction voids all pays and plays.