Texas Tea Slot Review
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Texas Tea is a video slot from IGT (WagerWorks) that offers 5 reels and 9 paylines. This slot is inspired by the Deep South with fun stereotypes that we might associate with Texas. With a cartoon-style and lots of colourful symbols, this is a really entertaining video slot for players all over the world. Pay for free or with real money as you wish. Although the game doesn’t have a classic Scatter or Wild symbol, you should keep your eye out for the game logo, which is the highest paying symbol. Get five of them on an active line to win 10000 coins. IGT is a well-known and respected game provider in the online gaming world.
Theme, characters and environment
The theme of Texas Tea slots is based on fantasy and the game takes players through life in Texas’ oil fields. So you can imagine that this slot offers a lot of fun gaming experiences, with a comedy twist to it. When you start the game you will hear an eager Texan saying in a thick accent “Now, let’s get down to business!”. And that is exactly what we will do in this game, as soon as we have chosen how many active paylines we want (1 to 9), chosen our line bet (1, 2, 3, 5, 10, 20, 30, 50, 100, 200, 300, 500, 1000, 2000… all the way up to 3000). The total bet is 4500, so to get the maximum line bet you can only have one active payline. If you want to play with all nine paylines your maximum line bet is 500.
Theme and characters
If you are a Texan yourself you will immediately recognize the symbols in this video slot, which is comprised of lovely pictures of animals, flowers and transport vehicles that we all associate with Texas. You also have the Texan there on the reels of course, representing the scatter symbol. He is the old school oil tycoon with a big old cowboy hat, huge grey moustache and a fat cigar in his mouth. One would assume that everything on the reels belongs to him and his estates, and with some luck in this game, we get to join in and scoop up some riches for ourselves.
Environment and atmosphere
This slot has a bit of a retro feel to it, with cartoon-style graphics and lots of bright colours. It is a happy slot, simply put, with lots of little simple, quirky animations when the player strikes a winning combination, like fun animals doing silly faces and such. At the top of the game there is a game banner, and we can see the Texan looking down in a lovingly way, appreciating everything that is great about Texas. When you play you will occasionally hear the Texan speak to you in his thick accent, and there are even times when he dances with an armadillo in the bonus game.
Symbols and soundtrack
The symbols are all related to the theme and include the following designs:
- Texas Tea logo
- The Texan in his car
- A cute armadillo
- An aeroplane (probably his aeroplane)
- an angry looking bull
- Four flowers (yellow rose, blue flower, orange flower and a cool cactus with purple flowers
There is no Wild symbol in this game, but if you get five Texas Tea icons in succession on your reels, you win 10000 – the maximum jackpot! There are two scatter icons in Texas Tea. The Oil Derrick and Texas Ted icons can help in creating winning combinations if four or more emerge on the reels.
Music and sound effects
The music and sounds may not be what you would have expected of this game. A country tune would have fit in really nicely, but the sound bits are more cinematic with orchestral sounds and effects. A bit like in an adventurous battle game, probably to amp up the gaming experience. The bell sounds go nuts when there are good winning combinations on the reels and even the Texan and the armadillo behind the top banner goes all crazy with joy.
As video slot fans we are very fond of the bonus features, as it is there we tend to land the biggest wins, and it is great to see that Texas Tea includes two bonus features. There is the Oil Dividend and the Big Oil Derrick that offers players a chance to increase their winnings in a really nice way. The bonus games can be activated when the same scatter icon show up on the reels a particular number of times.
When a player gets at least three of the Oil Derrick icons on an active payline, the bonus feature called Big Oil Derrick is triggered. During this bonus feature, the screen displays a set of animations that reveal a map of Texas, including all the different regions, which can be chosen based on how many scatter icons the player has. Five bonus symbol line win pays 5 to 495 per oil derrick, 4 symbols pay 5 to 200, and 3 symbols pay 5 to 100 per oil derrick.
When you get the Texas Ted symbol you can win a multiplier based on your bet. Five of these anywhere on the reels can result in a payout of x20, x30, x50, x75 or x100 your total bet. If you get 4 of these anywhere on the reels you can win x8, x10, x25, x40 or x50 the total bet. Even three Texas Ted symbols will pay you x3, x8, x15 or x25 the total bet.
Oil Dividend Bonus
This is triggered by landing three or more of the Texas Ted scatter symbols anywhere in view and really it’s just an enhanced scatter payout as follows:
- Three Scatters – 3x, 8x, 15x or 25x total bet
- Four scatters – 8x, 10x, 25x, 40x or 50x total bet
- Five scatters – 20x. 30x, 50x, 75x or 100x total bet
- When you land one of these you get to see an animation of Texas Ted writing out a cheque for you.
Big Oil Bonus
This is the bonus feature that is triggered by landing three or more of the oil well symbols on an active payline. Click on different locations on a Teas map to place a number of oil wells, giving you a nice payout for each well. If you want to skip through to the actual prize payout, this round can be speeded-up with the ‘Turbo’ option.
Pros and cons of the slot
This is a fun game full of interesting features and bonuses, and the graphics are very nice with jolly animations. It is a feel good slot game, with beautiful flowers, cute animals and a happy old Texan enjoying his riches. Good thing that he is ready to share some with us too.
- High RTP at 97,3%
- Huge jackpot with 10’000 coins
- Coin size which ranges from 1 to 300
- Exciting gaming experience
- Only 9 paylines
- No wild symbol
- Does not have a progressive jackpot
- No autoplay or multiplier
If you dig this game you might also like Stinkin’ Rich, also developed by IGT. They are quite similar in terms of environment and gaming experience.