Down the Rails slot REVIEW
Down the Rails ReviewAt first glance, this release didn’t make much sense. What in the world are wildly different characters like Henry VII, Churchill and Shakespeare doing on the London subway (or ‘The Tube’, as it’s usually called). Things soon fall into place however, as you realize that Pragmatic Play’s Down the Rails is an ode to London and British history.
You get to meet caricature characters based on Sir Isaac Newton and Florence Nightingale, in addition to the above-mentioned characters, and the game is packed with different modifiers and features. You get 5 randomly triggered in the base game, and you can gamble to upgrade whatever bonus round you get. There are 5 different bonus rounds as well, and you can win up to 5,000x your stake.
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Down the Rails Slot Features
The 5 famous British characters serve as the premium symbols in this game, and they pay between 10 and 25 x your stake for 5 of a kind wins. The newspaper Wild pays the same as the top-tier Shakespeare symbol, and it also steps in for pay symbols to help complete wins. The wild can appear on any reel, but it does not substitute for any bonus or special symbols.
You can trigger the following 5 modifiers at random times in the base game:
Tunnel Vision - adds mystery symbols randomly placed, and these turn into a random matching pay symbol.
The Big Smoke - adds 3x3-sized pay or bonus symbols on reels 1 to 4.
Wild Strike - adds random wild symbols to the grid.
Shifting Stack - adds shifting stack wilds to the reel strips, and new wilds that appear cover entire reels with a multiplier of x2 or x3 attached.
Bonus Blitz - randomly triggers 1 of 5 bonus rounds.
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Landing 3+ scatters in view also triggers 1 of the 5 Bonus Rounds, and you can gamble to get a higher level bonus from the 5 available. If you lose the gamble you still win 4 to 24 x your stake as a consolation prize, before you’re taken back to the base game. You can accept whatever bonus you’ve accomplished between gambles, and if you reach the ‘End of the Line’ you have no choice but to accept.
Pentonville awards 5 free spins, and all winning symbols are marked as a cluster while the remaining symbols respin. The respins only ends when the initial cluster is not improved upon, and the total win from the respins round is then paid.
You get 5 free spins in the Kings Cross bonus round as well, and spots on the middle reels are marked in a cross on each spin. Whenever you land a wild symbol in a marked position, all other marked positions turn wild as well.
The Buckingham Palace bonus round awards 8 free spins, and you get fully stacked wilds added randomly to the reel strips. Wilds can be nudged to cover all positions on any given reel, and all character premium symbols are transformed into the top-tier character present on any given spin.
You get 8 free spins in the Canary Wharf feature as well, and character symbols come with cash prize values between 1x and 50x your stake. You need a cash register Collect symbol present to win the cash prizes however, and the prizes are only revealed if a Collect symbol is also in view.
The End of the Line feature is a hold & respin kind of bonus, and you start with 3 respins on a cleared grid. Each character cash symbol resets the respins tally to 3 again, and the cash symbols become sticky on the grid. They come with values between 1x and 2,500x your stake, and you can also land special modifier symbols:
Extra Life - resets the spin tally to 3 if it reaches zero, and you need to collect 3 to get 1 extra life.
Prize Boost - the money prize symbol values increase for every 3 collected.
Expand - adds an extra row per 3 collected, and 5 rows is the most you can get.
Multiplier - increments the multiplier from x2 to x3, and finally to x5 for every 3 collected.
The multiplier you achieve during the feature is applied at the end, when the total win is summed up. The feature ends when you run out of respins, hit the win cap or cover the full grid with cash prize symbols.
The 200 Spins Down the Rails Slot Experience
Feature rich games are always fun, and we had a good time testing Down the Rails from Pragmatic Play. We have created a brief and edited highlights video for you as usual, and you can see all the best moments from our 200 spins test session below. Simply hit the play button to get started immediately.
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The great Shakespeare himself was known to borrow inspiration from many different sources, and Pragmatic Play has clearly been inspired by Blueprint’s branded The Goonies range when making Down the Rails. This becomes obvious when you compare the array of different features, but we don’t really mind since it’s all wrapped in a unique and interesting theme.
Players looking for a game that will take a while to fully explore has come to the right place, and being able to gamble for a better bonus round is a decent touch as well. The consolation prize will come with a bitter taste though, so be careful. The random modifiers keep the base game interesting, while the different bonus rounds provide unique challenges that can lead to payouts up to 5,000x your stake.
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Down the Rails Slot FAQs
What is the RTP of Down the Rails?
The top-tier Down the Rails RTP of 96.51 % is well above average. However, this release comes with adjustable RTP ranges.
How volatile is Down the Rails?
This is a high volatility installment from Pragmatic Play, and you can expect fluctuations on your bankroll in longer sessions.
What is the biggest win possible?
You can win up to 5,000x your stake in Down the Rails, which is Pragmatic Play’s solid go-to potential.
How does the Random Spin Features work?
Any base game spin can trigger 1 of 5 modifiers randomly, and one of the modifiers will trigger 1 of the 5 bonus rounds.
Is there a free spins mode in Down the Rails?
Yes, you have 5 different bonus round tiers, and you can gamble to upgrade if you wish. The End of the Line hold & respins round is the top-tier feature.
Can I play Down the Rails Slot for free?
Yes, you can test the free Down the Rails demo game at the very top of this page (UK players must verify age first).