Based on the reality TV show that’s set in a Las Vegas pawnbrokers shops, Pawn Stars is a 5 reel, 30 payline slot from Bally Technologies. This TV-themed title comes with stacked wilds, a free spins bonus round and jackpots of up to 4,000 times your line bet. Stakes range from 30p up to £450 per spin.
There’s nothing flashy about the visuals on show in Pawn Stars – the reels include photos of the principal characters including the old man, Rick, Corey and Chumlee as well as the usual playing card selection from ace down to nine. The visuals are pretty simple with the on-screen action complemented by a guitar heavy, rock soundtrack.
The History Channel logo is the biggest payer offering 500 coin payouts if you hit 5 in a payline. The Pawn Shop sign is the wild and substitutes for everything apart from the bonus and scatter symbols. It can appears as a stacked wild on reels 2, 3 and 4.
Pawn Shop comes with 2 bonus features. First is the Pawn Bonus feature which is triggered when 3 Bonus symbols appear on reels 2, 3 and 4 – it’s a classic pick me round. You’ll be presented with 6 objects of which you need to choose 1. The Old Man will make you an offer of between 200 and 3,000 times your line bet. If you don’t like your offer you can choose again. This will be between 150 and 4,000 times your line stake but you must accept it.
The Free Spins feature is activated when 3 ring scatter symbols hit on reels 1, 3 and 5. In addition to being awarded a payout of twice your total bet, you’ll also be given 10 free spins. An extra here is that any wins that feature the stacked wild will be subject to a 2x multiplier and doubled. Unfortunately you can’t re-trigger the free spins or activate the Pawn Shop feature during the bonus.
The base game variance in Pawn Stars is on the low side – you’re unlikely to hit anything truly spectacular but can pick up a steady stream of lower value payouts. The features don’t hit that often but can be more lucrative. This is one of the drawbacks of a branded slot game (typically).
The key to winning anything decent is via the stacked wilds. However, Pawn Stars isn’t my favourite branded slot – Playtech have the Marvel games with The Avengers being particularly good. If you like slots based on TV shows, you have Microgaming’s Game of Thrones.