Big Red is a five-reel, five-line slot from Aristocrat. It has been available for online play since 2003.
This game is based on Australia’s Simpson Desert, which is known for the “Big Red” Sand Dune. It features a red background and several Australian Outback animals as symbols.
Given its age, Big Red not a visual masterpiece. However, it does have some redeeming qualities that make it worth a look.
|Number of paylines:||5|
|Game theme:||Australian Outback|
|Coin denominations:||$0.01 to $0.10|
|Maximum standard win:||$125|
|Free spins:||Yes, 5|
Theme and visuals overview
This slot takes place in the Simpson Desert, which is located in the heart of Australia. The background features red sand, brush, mountains, and a red sky.
While the backdrop fits the theme, it’s entirely too red. The reels also have a red shade, which only serves to make the atmosphere look worse.
Luckily, the symbols look much better, especially the realistic depictions of the Outback animals. Symbols include a kangaroo, crocodile, wild boar, eagle, dingo, tree, K, Q, J, 10, and 9.
This game doesn’t include many impressive animations. Most of the animations consist of symbols flashing to show where a win has occurred.
No music plays during the main game or bonus round. Sound effects mainly consist of old-school slots noises and alarms.
Betting options and paying combinations
Big Red features a classic betting panel at the bottom of the screen. This panel offers the ability to select 1-5 lines, “Bet One,” “Bet Max,” and “Auto Start.”
Bet One increases the wager per line by $0.01 each time it’s selected. Bet Max automatically turns the wager per line up to $0.10.
This slot lists your total wager at the top of the screen under “Bet.” If you were to wager $0.03 on five lines, for example, the Bet category would show “15” to indicate $0.15.
Autostart makes the reels spin automatically with your betting options in place. You must manually de-select autostart to stop this option and regain control of the reels.
Other gameplay options include sound, machine view, fullscreen, and hiding the bet buttons. The option for hiding buttons is only useful for when you’re using autostart.
Machine view allows you to see a virtual slot-machine cabinet, which isn’t present in the default view.
The Return-to-Player (RTP) is 97.04%, which is very good compared to other online slots. However, you may not feel like the RTP is this high given that this game only offers five lines.
Regular prizes go as high as $125, which comes via five crocodile symbols on a $0.10 bet per line. This top payout is incredibly low in comparison to most games.
What jackpots are available in Big Red?
This game doesn’t offer a jackpot. The top payout is worth 1,250x the line bet for five crocodiles.
Other notable prizes include 1,000x for five wild boars, 600x for five eagles, 600x for four crocodiles, 400x for five dingos, 300x for five Ks, and 300x for five Qs.
Unfortunately, the $0.10 max bet per line doesn’t allow you to turn any of these prizes into huge wins.
Additional features and bonus rounds
Big Red doesn’t offer very big payouts. However, it does include a few features that can increase the size of your payouts.
The wild symbol is the kangaroo, which only appears on reels three, four, and five. This icon can substitute for any symbol except the tree to form wins.
It also triggers free spins when appearing at least once in a winning payout. This role is extremely strange for a wild symbol because most games use the scatter symbol to trigger bonuses.
The kangaroo rarely appears on the reels, which makes sense considering that it offers free spins when appearing just once in a win.
You receive five free spins when forming a win with a kangaroo wild symbol. This bonus can be re-triggered by landing another kangaroo in a winning line.
Day changes to night in the background during free spins. This change makes the bonus round feel somewhat unique from the main game.
The tree is the scatter symbol. It offers payouts that are based on a multiple of your total bet.
The scatter pays 50x the total bet for five symbols, 20x for four, 5x for three, and 2x for two. The highest-possible scatter payout is $25, which comes through five trees and a $0.50 max bet ($0.10 on five lines).
Real-money play includes a gamble option, which offers the chance to double or quadruple any line win.
You can guess whether a face-down card’s suit will be red or black to double your payout. You can predict the card’s suit in hopes of quadrupling your prize.
An incorrect guess results in losing your line win and any previous double or quadruple-ups.
The gamble round allows you to win a maximum of five rounds before automatically returning you to the main game.
Who is Big Red ideal for?
Low rollers who like the classic-slots feel will enjoy this game. It offers bets as low as $0.01, while all five lines can be played for just $0.05.
The gameplay is basic, making this a good slot for slots beginners or those don’t like complicated games.
However, Big Red is not a great choice for players who demand more in terms of graphics and features. Everything from the visuals to bonuses is simplistic in this game.
Other similar games from Aristocrat
50 Lions and Buffalo Stampede are two similar slots with regard to theme, graphics, and features.
50 Lions is a 50-line slot that focuses on African Savanna wildlife. It’s almost identical to Big Red in many ways, except that it has worse symbol graphics.
Buffalo Stampede is a five-line slot that revolves around North American wildlife. It also has many similarities to Big Red; however, it features 1,024 ways to win (instead of lines).
Really high RTP: The five reels may make it feel like you don’t win very often. However, this game offers 97.04% RTP. Only a small percentage of online slots feature higher payback.
Simple gameplay: Virtually anyone can get started with this slot right away. It offers a basic betting panel that clearly lays out all the options. Big Red also includes a few other gameplay options that allow for screen resizing and sound on/off.
Unique theme: Many slots are based on the Outback. This game goes deeper, though, by specifically focusing on the Simpson Desert’s Big Red Sand Dune. It still includes many familiar Australian elements, such as a dingo, kangaroo, and crocodile.
Poor background: We understand including plenty of red in the background to exemplify the game’s name. However, Aristocrat took things too far by making the entire background and reels red. It comes off feeling like a slot about Mars rather than an Australian desert.
Low top payout: Big Red is definitely not a game for those who want to win big. Its highest payout is only worth 1,250x. The $0.10 max bet per line further ensures that there are no huge wins to be had.
Few paylines: Most slots these days offer at least 20 lines. Big Red, which was designed in 2003, only includes five. The limited number of lines sometimes leaves you waiting a while on payouts and bonus features.
- Graphics and design – 2/5: The symbol graphics feature solid detail, especially for the animals. Unfortunately, the red overload in the background drags down the visual element.
- Sound effects – 2/5: This game doesn’t offer anything other than generic slots noises. You’ll feel like you’re playing a game from the 1990s after triggering payouts and hearing blip sounds and alarms.
- Jackpot value – 1/5: The largest prize is worth just 1,250x the line bet. Perhaps this small top payout wouldn’t be so bad if you could bet up to $10 per line. However, the maximum line wager is just $0.10.
- Replay value – 2/5: Big Red doesn’t stack up to modern slots in terms of background graphics or sound effects. Its value takes a further hit when considering the small payouts. However, you may still find this game enjoyable due to its unique theme, quality symbols, and high RTP.