A mighty Mississippi paddle steamer is the setting for Riverboat Gambler, a 5 reel, 20 payline slot from Realistic Games. Goodies on offer in this watery casino are wild multipliers that can quadruple payouts, scatter wins of up to 500x and a bonus feature that awards up to 30 free spins with all payouts trebled. Play from between 20p and £30 per spin.

We’re sometimes a little sniffy about the design in Realistic Games’ slots but have few complaints here – the steamboat setting is nicely done and the action plays out to a Scott Joplin-style piano soundtrack which is a perfect match for the theme.

Symbols include A to 9 playing cards, a rubber ring, ship’s bell, hostess and the dapper gambler. The Riverboat Gambler logo is the wild – as well as substituting for all symbols bar the scatter, the wild also offers multipliers. Land 1 wild in a payline and the payout is doubled. 2 wilds and you’ll get a 3x multiplier. 3 and it’s a 4x multiplier with a 5x boost on offer if you land 4 wilds.

Unlike many Realistic Games slots, Riverboat Gambler comes with a Free Spins Bonus feature – to trigger it, you need to land 3, 4 or 5 Menu scatters. As well as a payout of 5, 75 or 500 times your total bet, you’ll also be awarded 15 free spins.

These take place on a new set of reels complete with a souped up version of The Entertainer playing in the background. All payouts during the feature come with a 3x multiplier and are trebled. 3 more scatters anywhere on the reels on the same spin adds another 15 free spins to your total.

Riverboat Gambler is one of Realistic Games’ most enjoyable titles. The theme is very well realised thanks to some impressive, cartoon-style graphics and a classy backing track. The wild multipliers help things along in the main game and there’s plenty of action in the feature thanks to the tripling multiplier.

If you’ve ever read Huckleberry Finn, then Riverboat Gambler is the perfect accompaniment, combining top design with some entertaining extras to conjure up a feel of the American South. If you like the theme, Novomatic’s River Queen is highly recommended.