This is the first new version in years of the “Cash Express” multi-progressive slot that was one of Aristocrat’s most popular games around a decade ago. In Cash Express Gold Class, the familiar train-themed common progressive bonus—this time, topped with a display shaped like the smokestack of an old-time steam locomotive—is combined with any of seven different popular Aristocrat base games.
The base games—Buffalo, 50 Lions, Geisha, More Chilli, More Hearts, Pompeii and Timber Wolf—consist of various line configurations and “Reel Power” scatter-pay games, each with its own game-specific free-spin or second-screen bonus event.
The bonus feature consists of three different common events, including the top progressive bonus, traditionally a four-level jackpot (Mini, Minor, Major and Grand), but this time with a fifth, top-prize jackpot added, resetting at $9,500. The other reset levels are $8, $25, $150 and $1,000.
The common Cash Express bonus events are all triggered at random.
In the “Multiplier Wheel” feature, a wheel appears in the top screen—it spins to multiply any base-game win from 2X to 100X. In “Gold Class,” a special bonus three-reel screen appears for 20 free games. During the free games, any “UPGRADE” that appears on the center pay line moves the player up one level on the smokestack bonus tower. With each level, jackpot prize levels increase. At each level, the value of a “Bonus Train,” won with three train symbols on the reels, increases. If the player upgrades to the top level of the smokestack, it awards the Gold Class progressive jackpot.
The “Cash Express Gold Class” jackpot feature is the new version of the original Cash Express jackpot. The reels spin, and the player either touches the screen or presses a “Stop Reels” button to stop each of the reels on a point total. The accumulated point total determines which of the Cash Express jackpots is awarded: the Grand for 50 or more points; the Major for 46-49 points; Minor, 37-45 points; Mini, 36 points or fewer.
Manufacturer: Aristocrat Technologies
Platform: Vii, Viridian WS
Format: Five-reel, multi-line or scatter-pay video slot
Denomination: .01, .02
Max Bet: Various
Top Award: Progressive; $9,500 reset
Hit Frequency: Various
Theoretical Hold: Various