As the name clearly suggests, Novomatic’s Faust casino slot is based on the German scholar who, it is said, sold his soul to the devil in order to receive full knowledge and riches; a rather apt theme for a slot game. Faust is a five reel slot with just ten paylines. The reels are simple and set on a blue glowing background with what look to be strange looking vases and jars dotted about in the background.
This game is based specifically on the German author Goethe’s version of the tale and the symbols that fill up the reels reflect that. They include Faust himself, a symbol which will offer a player five thousand times their bet for that line if five Faust’s have landed on that specific payline. In addition to this there are a number of symbols depicting Faust’s various riches, scientific tools and also his lover Gretchen. Lower value symbols are represented by the playing card numbers, 10, J, Q, K and A and are drawn in an old style calligraphy with ominous yet colourful glowing edges.
Mephistopheles the devil takes the place of both the scatter and the wild and he activates the bonus features that will be outlined below.
As players gear up to make some money, they need to take note of a few of the basics first. It should be noted that there is a coin range from 0.10 to 50. There is a minimum of 4 coins per line with a maximum of 1000. With a non-progressive jackpot on offer, it is well worth the attempt as it is huge and sits at 5,000,000 coins.
There is a good set of bonuses here, the main one of which is the free spins. This is activated by landing at least three of the devil scatters anywhere on the reels. This will award the player ten free spins. However in addition to this, before the free spins finish, there is one symbol that is chosen at random and this becomes an expanding icon. Every time this specific symbol lands on the reels it will expand and cover the entirety of the reel that it landed on. If players can land more than one on the reels they should be prepared as this is where some of the truly big wins occur. The even bigger wins come if it is one of the higher value symbols that achieve this.
Overall, whilst it can sometimes look a little dated, the graphics are well done. The slot is a high variance once, which can mean long periods of losses in amongst some winning streaks. However, there are some seriously big wins on offer and this seems to tempt many a player (much like Faust himself) to continue on and hope for those massive riches they know are just around the corner.