Bollywood Bonanza is focused, as its title suggests, on the Mumbai-based movie industry of the same name, which actually produces more movies each year than Hollywood itself.
This easy-to-play video slot from 888 Games has five reels and 25 Paylines. The visuals are truly spectacular, and, as you’d expect, there’s a strong musical element, with no end of all-singing, all-dancing action.
This game manages to convey India’s rich cultural heritage across every reel featured. Play takes place against a stunning background that’s a glowing green stage, brightly lit by bulbs and spotlights.
How to play
Just hit the golden Spin button on the screen’s bottom right-hand corner to begin play. Adjust the number of active Paylines using the relevant arrows, while the Autoplay feature turns the reels automatically if that’s how you want to roll.
Coin sizes range from 25p to £250, and you can pay with stakes of just a penny if you prefer playing with modest stakes. Symbols incorporate a dancing female Bollywood heroine, a spotlit leading couple, a full moon, a fighting hero and villain plus dancing girls in silhouette.
The lower-value symbols include 10’s and Aces, Jacks, Queens and Kings, all decorated in a suitably film-themed way complete with a movie camera, clapperboard or camera.
The Wild in this game is the Bollywood Bonanza logo, while the Scatter is depicted by the House Full icon.
No other symbol pays more than the Wild, which can yield up to 750 times your line stake when you land five on an active Payline.
Bollywood Bonanza Bonus rounds
The free spins round is Bollywood Bonanza’s main bonus feature. To access it, you need to land between three and five House Full symbols anywhere on the reels. Doing this will give you an extra eight free spins plus the chance to win more cash with the associated Scatter payout.
There’s no extra multiplier, but the hero, heroine and villain symbols all act as Wilds in this round, which you should find a great help. (They replace all other symbols and, incidentally, also pay identical sums to the Wild during the base game.)
Trigger additional spins from within this round when you land at least three Scatters again.
Return to Player (RTP)
At 95.02%, this isn’t the best RTP you’ll find in a slot game – although, then again, neither is it absolutely the worst.
You’ll need to decide for yourself whether Bollywood Bonanza is worth making a song and dance about! But it should have a strong appeal if you are already a Bollywood fan, love musicals, or if you’re just after something a little different with an original theme.
The visual and technical sides really are great here. Equally, we love that this is such a straightforward game to play. It’s true that perhaps another bonus feature would have enhanced its appeal, and it’s not as widely available as perhaps we’d like. (Not all the major online casino brands have yet picked it up.)
But Bollywood Bonanza has real quality and is every bit as good as some Hollywood-themed slots, such as Blonde Legend. Give it a go, and remember to let us know how you get on.