Here’s a short disclosure about my preferences in online slots. I’m the type of slot player who values impressive production values, intelligent choice of symbols, and lucrative bonuses. So, call me a bit stunned and perplexed by the choice of theme and paying symbols in the Mental slot.
A production of No Limit City, this online slot takes you inside a mental asylum where you will meet several patients who are terrifying to look at. With 108 paylines, Mental comes with an odd grid with a 3-2-3-2-3 reel set that expands up to 20 rows and comes with a sepia tone that adds a sense of mystery to the game.
The creepiness level increases as you spin and the game’s soundtrack is in full swing. For symbols and features, No Limit City is equally serious. The mental asylum patients are paying symbols and they are joined by in-game extras such as Dead Patients, Fire Frames, Enhancer Cells, Mental Transformations, and three types of Free Spins: Autopsy, Lobotomy, and Mental. I know, reading the line-up of bonuses is virtual torture in itself. And before I forget, this game offers a 66,666x jackpot potential! It’s devilish, disturbing but can be extra lucrative too.
How do you know that an online slot is worth your time and bankroll? Well, you start by scanning its technical information including payouts, RTP, and choice of bonuses. The review should be balanced too by taking a look at its weak points. This is exactly what I will do with Mental- I’ll consider first its pros and cons.
Well, No Limit City lives up to its hype and branding. This game designer is known to bring creativity and boldness to the table to come up with unique and innovative casino productions. Infectious 5 Ways that focuses on all things toxic and San Quentin X-Ways that take you inside a prison yard. Now, the company is back with a production that’s both creepy and unsettling.
Opening and playing the game is like visiting an old mental asylum. As mentioned, this is not your regular slot game and I will state some of my first few impressions. The choice of theme is dark and creepy, the sepia tone adds to the game’s mystery level and the choice of high-paying symbols can rival most scary Hollywood productions. You have the flickering of lights, the haunting soundtrack, and characters that resemble Hannibal Lecter!
The spotlight of Mental falls on five patients which serve as the game’s highest-paying symbols. You also have the low-paying items in the form of bloody body parts such as the Eyes, Brains, Hearts, Kidneys, and Skeletal Hands. If Halloween is your favorite holiday, I must say the game’s production values will be exciting for you!
When it comes to the slot games of No Limit City, I always expect something odd or new on the screen. Well, Mental did not disappoint and it actually exceeds my expectations. Aside from its creepy theme, the designer goes offbeat with the use of a 5-reel grid with a 3-2-3-2-3 layout which can expand to 20 rows.
It works like a regular online slot. You pick a bet, in this case, it ranges from 0.20 up to 100.00 credits, and just click ‘Spin’ to start. The game’s RTP ranges from 96.08% up to 96.47% which changes as you buy into the game’s features. I also noticed that the game is extremely volatile. On my first few spins, I hit blanks, decent payouts, and a huge count jackpot!
Make sure you keep your emotions in check as these swings can be thrilling or even upsetting which is made more complex by the haunting background music!
There are several things happening in this game and I have mixed emotions about this. Let’s focus first on the other bonuses and ‘enhancers’ on this slot machine. For example, there are the Fire Frames which cover random positions with flame. There’s the Dead Patient feature (a personal favorite) which starts when you hit two Dead Patients. I discovered that this bonus is the key to winning big as it offers a random Multiplier of up to 9,999x your bet!
Now, let’s go to its Free Spins bonus.
There are three types of free spins mode in the game: Autopsy, Lobotomy, and Mental.
As already mentioned, there is a Bonus Buy option. You can pay 80x, 200x, or 1,000x your stake to collect eight to 11 Autopsy Free Spins, 9 to 13 Lobotomy Free Spins or 10 to 15 Mental Free Spins. I am not a fan of buying into a bonus but you may want to consider this route if you want a shortcut.
I will be honest here: Mental is not for everyone. Yes, the theme and layout are beyond ordinary and offer a unique experience. But I think it can feel abit messy and heavy for a late afternoon’s worth of leisure play. It’s somewhat comparable to other No Limit City games like San Quentin xWays and El Paso Gunfight xNudge. If you’re planning to play this slot, make sure you are relaxed and free of the day’s worries.
My other concern lies in the complicated set of bonuses and features. But with this said I will grind it on low stake and try to get the x66,666 maxwin because i just love this slot!
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