Slot games based on specific cities and countries seemingly came in and out of fashion in the blink of an eye, although that makes sense for Havana Cubana from Bally. As with most of their games, this one debuted on land before making its way online and then finally on to mobile devices, and that is the version of the game that we are looking at here, of course. It does have a couple of years of experience under its belt with mobile players and the good news for fans of the previous versions is that it is exactly the same. If you are new to Havana Cubana then you are in for the same kind of treat that Bally fans can always expect.
What to Expect
Havana Cubana immediately reminded us of another older favourite in Cupid & Psyche when we first loaded it up. This game comes from the same kind of generation, and that means graphics that could be considered as being a little dated, but gameplay that will probably never go out of style. Four rows of symbols are packed with relevant symbols, along with the playing card icons, and players will encounter cigars, rum, Cuba Libre cocktails and more when they sink their teeth into these reels, along with an impressive forty lines over which to match them all up.
Aside from what we have mentioned already, Cuba is also pretty famous for the dancing and the female dancer symbol is one of the most important as she serves as one of two wild cards. The other is a directional wild, which can only appear on reels two, three and four. It can point in any direction, including diagonals, and all symbols between that direction and the edge of the game will turn completely wild when it lands. In some cases, you can get four wilds out of this from the second reel and guarantee a five of a kind win. In others, the pointer will be pointing upwards when the symbol lands at the top of a reel, and that makes it basically a single wild card.
Free spins are just as much of a mainstay of Bally slots as the forty lines, and that is ultimately what players are working towards here. A free spins bonus symbol on reels two, three and four at the same time will trigger five spins. That sounds kind of on the low side, but the magic of the round comes from the additional feature. For starters, a directional wild will appear on the middle reel on every single spin and turn other symbols wild in the same way as before. Further to this, any symbols that are transformed into wilds in this manner will remain that way until the round ends, so the later spins are bound to be pretty lucrative.
The MobileCasino.net Verdict
It is something of a Bally trademark, especially when it comes to mobile gaming, to take some of the most obvious and standard features and to then turn them in to an immense package, and they have pulled it off once again here on Havana Cubana. The directional wilds are a great touch and they make a massive difference to the bonus round. We can say with confidence that even if you have never been to Cuba – and even if you have no interest – this is an impressively solid game with plenty of replay value.