Enjoy a taste of Sin City without having to leave the comfort of your own home in Big Vegas, a 5 reel, 40 payline slot from US developer Bally Technologies. This Las Vegas themed title comes with both standard and directional wilds as well as a free spins bonus round. Play from between 40p and £400 per spin.

Get a slice of the glitz and glamour of America’s biggest party town in Big Vegas. The reels are filled with items associated with the world’s gambling capital including dice, poker chips, fruit machines, playing cards, cocktails and keys to the high roller suite. The fruit machine is the biggest payer, offering 300 coin jackpots for a 5 symbol combination. There’s also a standard wild symbol.

The first extra to keep an eye on is the roulette wheel which turns into a directional wild when it appears on reels 2 and/or 4. After it hits, the roulette wheel will then spin. Depending on where the pointer lands, the symbols in line vertically, horizontally or diagonally will be transformed into wilds. There will then be a second payout, depending on what has hit.

Big Vegas also comes with a Free Spins feature – look out for 3 or more Free Games Lounge Scatter symbols on reels 2, 3 and 4 which trigger this feature. In addition to the 3x total bet payout for hitting the 3 scatters, you’ll also be awarded 5 free spins.

The directional wilds play in both the base game and the bonus feature (only on reel 3 though during the bonus feature). Joining them during the feature is the extra purple wild which joins the standard blue wild. If it hits, it will stay frozen in place for the remainder of the free spins.

Manage to get the directional wild pointing in the right direction combined with the purple wilds and the wins can mount up rapidly. The only downside here is that the free spins cannot be re-triggered.

The cartoon-style visuals are nice and sharp, all set against a night time skyscape of Las Vegas. The soundtrack features plenty of the bells and whistles you’d expect to hear if you were playing in a live venue.

Big Vegas is a pretty simple affair, both in terms of graphics and gameplay. The directional wilds are a nice addition though and turn what could have been a slightly dull affair into something far more interesting. I consider it a medium variance slot and despite not having as many bonus features as newer slots, it has a land based feel.

If you’ve not yet ticked a trip to Nevada off your bucket list, Big Vegas is a halfway decent substitute. However, if you like glitzy and Vegas-like slots, I’d recommend Mega Fortune by NetEnt which offers some of the largest online progressive jackpots.