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Title:  Top Dawg$
Developer: Relax Gaming
Reels: 5
Rows: 3
Paylines: 15
RTP: 96.10%
Free Spins Freq: N/A
Max Win: 25,014x
Max Win Probability: N/A
Volatility: High
Min/Max Bet: 0.20/80
Release Date: June 2, 2021


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Top Dawg$: Slot Overview

There is a touch of déjà vu when playing Relax Gaming's hip hop-themed slot Top Dawg$. It is just too soon after Nolimit City wowed the crowd with their rap sensation, East Coast vs West Coast, to not draw comparisons. Aside from the theme, which both studios have utilised nicely, the features you'll come across in Top Dawg$ bear no resemblance to ECvWC - though they aren't exactly new concepts either. However, while Top Dawg$ individual parts have a familiarity about them, Relax has brought them together in a way that can be super fun regardless.


The palm-lined, cracked tar-sealed roads of what is presumably South Central LA is where Top Dawg$ plays out. The high rises of downtown can be made out in the distance through a semi-transparent 5-reel, 15-payline game grid, as jet planes lazily drift across a purple cloud-filled sky. You can practically smell the gin, juice, ganja, and hot asphalt rising from the screen as you play. The audio brings it all together as a sweet 80s, early 90s beat bobs up and down in the background like a hydraulic lowrider. Top Dawg$ might not be the detonation of colour East Coast vs West Coast was, but it's thoroughly enjoyable and has you doing the Dougie when no one's watching.


Getting all street is possible on any device, where stake selection ranges from 10 p/c to £/€40 per spin. Being highly volatile, the game flips from chilled in the base to sharp bursts of intensity via mystery respins, saving its best moments for a sticky wild filled bonus game. The fixed RTP is more respectable than some of those dawg characters look, with a default value of 96.10%, rising to 96.71% when buying the bonus.


A relatively simple game rules-wise, winning combinations of three to five of a kind are possible over 15 fixed paylines. Low pays are graffiti-inspired J-A royals, while 4 dawgs make up the higher value symbols. Landing a line of five premiums is worth a payout of 15 to 30 times your stake. Wilds are the star of the show in many ways, worth up to 30x the bet for five of a kind. They also substitute for all other pay symbols and really come into their own during free spins.


Top Dawg$: Slot Features
There are 2 main bonus features on offer in Top Dawg$ and they can both deliver some top action. There are Mystery Symbol Respins and a free spins bonus complete with sticky wilds and expanding multipliers.


Mystery Respins feature

The Mystery Respins feature is triggered by landing the mystery symbol (?) on reel 5. A respin then follows. If a new mystery symbol lands on this respin, it locks in position and another respin is awarded.

This process continues until there’s a respin where no new mystery symbol lands. All the mystery symbols then transform into the same matching symbol. A new payout consideration is then made with the new matching symbols in place.




Free Spins feature

The Free Spins feature is triggered by landing 3, 4 or 5 of the car bonus symbols. This will get you an initial haul of 8, 10 or 12 free spins.

Hope to see plenty of wilds during this feature. Each time a wild lands, it turns sticky. That position will then be wild for any free spins you have left.

Each time a Bonus symbol lands during this feature, 1 extra free spin is added to your current total. Bonus symbols also turn the sticky wilds into sticky multiplier wilds. The value of the multipliers on the sticky wilds increases each time a bonus symbols lands. Each sticky wild can come with a multiplier of up to 7x attached.

Land more than 1 sticky multiplier wild in a winning combination and the value of those multipliers is combined. For example, land a winner that included a 2x multiplier wild on reel 1 and 4x multiplier wild on reel 3 and your win would be boosted by 8x. If you get a 7x multiplier on all 5 reels, the multiplier would be 16,807x (7x7x7x7x7).







Top Dawg$: Slot Verdict

If we're going to compare Top Dawg$ to the similarly themed East Coast vs West Coast, it doesn't quite have the same audiovisual impact. While East Coast vs West Coast comes off like one of those OG New York rappers, releasing records from their cell block based on the life they've lived, Top Dawg$, by contrast, feels like a made for MTV track that thinks it's gangster because it wears a hat backwards.


Okay, we're jesting since Top Dawg$ gets too many things right to be written off. Not only is it far more straightforward and straight to the point which many gamers may prefer, but you also can't help enjoying the theme, even if hip hop isn't your thing. It's a genre that tends to be serious a lot of the time, yet as Top Dawg$ shows, injecting a bit of humour to lighten the mood can be hugely beneficial. The game looks good, the soundtrack is even better, making Top Dawg$' cracked pavement street a straight-up entertaining place to be.


The gaming side of things are positive too, despite not being super original. Mystery respins were a regular occurrence, several hitting over the course of 100 spins. They didn't tend to produce much more than regular line wins, though they mix up the pace while you're waiting for the real action to trigger in free spins. Also, it's technically possible to collect wins of up to 450x from them, provided the screen is full of the jowly bulldog character.


If you've played games like Dead or Alive 2, you'll have a good idea of how blazingly good free spins with sticky wilds can be (hence their popularity). Factor in a few multipliers, multiplying each other in the right positions, and you'll be landing 'Epic Wins' on each spin – up to a win cap of 25,000x the bet. Hit this amount during a bonus round, and it will instantly come to an end.


Ultimately, it's Top Dawg$ theme treatment and slick execution that prevent it from attaining stale imitation status. Certain elements might smack of trying to cash in on someone else's success, but to Relax Gaming's credit, they are one of the most innovative studios around. The music's great, the vibe enjoyably immersive, and there's no lack of personality. In all, Top Dawg$ is a fun game to play, with relatively simple features that can produce some really nice moments.

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