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Cash Noire Slot Review

Cash Noire slot review

Cash Noire Game Details

RTP: 96.06%
Reels: 5
Paylines: 1,024
Jackpot: 5,000 x Stake
Progressive: No
Bonus Round: Yes
Free Spins: Yes
Auto Play Feature: Yes
Scatter Symbol: No

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If you hear the word “noire”, there’s a pretty good chance you’re going to instantly think about one of two things; either something in France, or, a crime-riddled, seedy part of down. It’s the latter you’ll be focusing on in NetEnt’s new slot – Cash Noire – and this game gives you an interesting opportunity to try and ‘play detective’ and crack a number of cases!

In this Cash Noire slot review I’m going to be giving you an in-depth, impartial and comprehensive look at what the game has to offer – and I’ll be covering everything from bonuses and features, jackpots and symbols and payouts. To kick things off, I’m going to show you how to actually play Cash Noire.

Cash Noire looks to be loosely based on the 2011 video game, L.A. Noire from Rockstar Games – and while NetEnt haven’t said this was inspiration for the slot, I think it’s fair to say it definitely had some effect on the game! Playing Cash Noire, you’ll be joining a detective called Tom Flint as he tries to solve the grizzly “Green Ace” murders. The game’s incredibly well-designed and NetEnt has done an excellent job with the graphics, sound and animations. I was very captivated from the moment I started to play – and I expect you will be, too!

In terms of how Cash Noire is built, it uses a 5-reel, 4-row  format, and, as is common with this layout, the game uses 1024-ways-to-win. This means there aren’t any paylines – simply lining up three or more symbols on adjance reels from left-to-right will secure a win. Cash Noire has a fairly decent RTP of 96.06%, and NetEnt has announced that it has a hit rate of 21.87% – quite low, I feel, for a game which the software provider themselves call “low variance”.

How To Play

NetEnt’s new slots, including Cash Noire, are all incredibly easy to play, and pretty much all you need to do is select the bet level you’d like to play at. You can do this by using the small sideways arrow buttons – and once you’ve landed on the stake size you’re comfortable with, all you need to do is hit the big “Spin” button in the middle of your screen.

Like most other modern mobile slots, Cash Noire has an autoplay function, and this allows you to set up to 100 spins to play-out automatically. It’s a great time-saver for those who don’t want to faff around manually clicking the spin button each time. Non-UK players will also be able to use the quickspin function – a feature which decreases the amount of time between game rounds.

Symbols and Payouts

Thankfully, you won’t find any playing card values, including 10, Jack, Queen, King, and Ace in Cash Noire; NetEnt has opted to spice things up a little bit, and the lower-paying symbols are all represented by playing-card suits. This means you’ll see Clubs, Spades, Hearts and Diamonds present on the reels. Unfortunately, these lower-paying symbols pay very little – and a 5-of-a-kind combo of the most valuable of them awards just 0.8X your bet!

When it comes to the higher-paying symbols, thankfully, they pay a bit better – and they include a Magnifying Glass, a Box of Matches, Whisky, a Dagger, and a Handgun. There are also three characters – the game’s highest-paying symbols – which includes Detective Flint himself, the sinister-looking Pit Viper and a Female.

There is no wild symbol in Cash Noire, which I do find quite strange – but the cool bonus mechanic somewhat makes up for this, and I’ll be covering details of how this bonus works in the following part of this review.

Bonus Features

Cash Noire contains a ton of bonuses and features, all of which help to make the gameplay as interesting as possible. I’ll cover all of these bonuses and features below:

Avalanche Feature

This is something we’ve seen in a huge number of video slots – and clearly, it’s really popular with players. On any spin, symbols that form part of a win will disappear from the reels, with new ones dropping down to take their place. This process continues indefinitely.

Hotspots

On every spin you’ll notice that a red pattern of hotspots activates – and to begin with, this fills just three spaces on the reels. However, if clues from the “clue chest” activate, the size of the hotspot increases – and any winning symbols in the hotspot also increases its size. If you manage to “unlock” all 13 clues, you’ll trigger Cash Noire’s main Free Spins bonus.

Mystery Symbols

If you look at the reels during the base game you’ll notice there are bank vault symbols to be found. These are the game’s mystery symbols, and they can land anywhere outside of the Crime Zone. When they do, all instances of the mystery symbol transform into the same symbol, and these mystery symbols can also “clone” other symbols around them – so they offer some pretty notable win-potential.

Free Spins

As mentioned earlier, the main Free Spins bonus round in Cash Noire is triggered by collecting 13 of the clues in a single base game spin. Do so, and you’ll be taken to a City Chase Map, where there’s a multiplier which begins at 1X.

free spins bonus on Cash Noire slot

Any time symbols land within the Crime Zone, you’ll notice that locations on the map light up – and for every 7 locations you light up, the multiplier will increase by 1X. It’s possible to max this multiplier out at 10X, and the multiplier values are applied against all wins. Fully unlocking the multiplier will also award an additional 3 free spins.

Jackpot and How To Win

Despite being classified as a low variance game by NetEnt, Cash Noire actually offers some fairly decent win-potential, and it’s possible to win more than 5,000X your bet. I should point out here that NetEnt haven’t actually implemented a win cap in the game – so there is, theoretically, no limit on how much you can win!

win on cash noire slot

I wasn’t able to achieve anything like that during my testing though. The win above, which came from an initial 6 free spins bonus, was the best single return I managed. Compared to some of the results I’ve had recently doing other slot reviews (notably Willys Hot Chillies) this is pretty insignificant. Doesn’t mean it can’t be done though.

In order to actually hit that 5,000X+ win potential you’ll need to have the multiplier fully unlocked during the Free Spins – all the way up to 10X – and you’ll need to have an insane amount of luck on your side! I think it’s unrealistic that we’ll see wins of more than 2,000X on Cash Noire, but occasionally 3-500X wins should make an appearance from time to time!

Software

Cash Noire slot logoLike all of NetEnt’s games (at least, those released in the last 5-6 years) Cash Noire is really well-made, and it’s apparent from the minute you load up the slot that it’s going to be a pleasurable and hassle-free iGaming experience.

I was curious as to whether Cash Noire would run well on mobile devices too, so I decided to put it to the test – and it’s safe to say I wasn’t left disappointed. Like all of NetEnt’s mobile video slots today, Cash Noire loaded fast, rendered well, and I didn’t feel as though my playing experience was in any way hampered just because I was playing from my phone.

It’s really easy to scroll through all of the different bet options available – and I also like the fact that NetEnt has chosen to make the menu easily accessible on mobile devices. This is useful if you want to browse Cash Noire’s paytable, or simply want to have a read of the game’s rules.

Summary

NetEnt has had quite a tough time in the last few years. While, a while ago, they were seen as a clear industry leader, the creation of other game developers like Big Time Gaming, Quickspin, Realtime Gaming, Relax Gaming and Foxium saw NetEnt pushed into the corner – especially seeing as they were continuing to release poorly-thought-out, low variance slots that played like they were high variance machines.

While I think it’s fair to say Cash Noire isn’t anything special, I do feel as though it’s a step in the right direction for the Swedish game developer, for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it uses a brand-new, never-before-seen game mechanic – and that’s pretty hard to find in today’s iGaming industry. Secondly, the graphics in Cash Noire are seriously good. I was actually really taken aback by just how good they looked – and the animations and sound effects compliment the gameplay perfectly, too.

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Now, let’s look at my criticisms of Cash Noire. First off – I don’t like the fact that unlocking the 10X multiplier in the bonus round is so hard. NetEnt has stated on record that the chances of getting a Free Spins bonus with the 10X multiplier is 1 in 1,111 – and for a game that’s, realistically, rarely going to pay more than a couple of hundred X your stake in the feature – this seems insanely high.

I also feel the lower-paying symbols could pay more, as they are, essentially, worthless – even with a 10X multiplier! Nonetheless, Cash Noire is a fun game, it’s action-packed – and if you’re looking for something a little bit different – and want decent play-time for your money – I feel it’s well-worth checking out!

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    Last Updated on February 21, 2021