James Win is a spy theme video pokie game, featuring the adventures of the world’s most famous 007 spy, James Bond. This theme has been used in many movies, books and video pokie games, but it’s always a pleasure to see another new game which brings intrigue and excitement to the reels.
The developers behind this video pokie game are Bluberi Gaming. This is a less known software provider and not too many online gamblers have tried their video pokie games collection. Their games have decent graphic and animations and can be considered as a mix between Williams Interactive and Betsoft Gaming. You have to try their games for real, to see if you will like them or not.
How to Play
James Win is a 30 pay line, 5 reel pokie game with a fixed number of pay lines and a fixed number of 1 coin per bet line. Players can only adjust the coin size from 0,01 up to 1, or in terms of total bet from $0.30 up to $30 per spin. There is also an auto spin button which has a maximum of 30 auto spins, so you can’t leave the game spinning on its own for longer periods of time.
The features in James Win bring the most excitement and make the game fun and interesting to play. There are 3 features in total and each of them is triggered differently depending on which symbols land on the reels. The first feature is called the Lady Spy and is triggered if a wild Phone Booth lands on the entire central reel. When the door opens the Lady Spy makes a phone call and returns inside awarding extra wild symbols on the reels.
This is a random feature and can award up to 6 extra wild symbols on the reels. If you are lucky enough to already have one or two wild symbols on the reels you can get a decent win to boost your balance a bit. The second bonus in this game is a classic cash bonus. If the Bonus Scatter symbols land on reels 1, 3 and 5 you will trigger the London Chase Bonus game. Here you spin the wheel which has numbers from 1 to 5 and a Mission field. You progress through the bonus with each spin and you collect cash prizes until you land on a field that has the Lady Spy on it.
This ends the bonus round awarding an additional 2x total bet win plus the already accumulated wins. The payouts from this bonus round are usually medium, between 30-40 x bet, but if you have some luck to pass all mission fields you can win over 100 x bet. The third and last bonus game in James Win is the free spins bonus. It is triggered if you land 3 Free Spins Scatter symbols on reels 2, 3 and 4. You are awarded with 7 free spins and there is no option for a retrigger.
You can win the other two bonus features in the free spins and that is when you usually have a big win. The trick is to trigger the Lady Spy feature during the free spins because all wilds that land have a x 2 multiplier. If you land a big number of wilds on the reels, with more than one substituting in a winning combination, the total multiplier can go up to 16.
Even though James win has a few interesting bonus features, the payouts depend mostly on the symbols pay table which is very weak. The highest paying symbol is the wild with only 250 coins award for 5 of them on a winning pay line.
This is one of the smallest payouts we have ever seen for a wild symbol. There is also a 30,000 coins payout for 5 James Win logo symbols on a pay line, but only if there is no wild symbol in the combination. This is equal to a jackpot win and is the highest payout possible in this game.
We tried the game for real as soon as it was launched over the Quickfire platform, but we can’t say that we are too happy with the results. James Win seems like a low variance video pokie game with small base play wins and medium wins in the bonus round.
The pay table is just too weak to award any mega wins and the bonus round payout depends on getting extra features like the Lady Spy. You need to land a big number of wilds with a multiplier in order to get even a 100 x bet win, while bigger wins almost never happen.