Texan Tycoon is part of Realtime Gaming’s Real Series of online slot machine games, similar to slot games such as Goldbeard and the Caesar’s Empire slot. RTG’s Real Series is like a small library of different slot titles that all follow a similar format. Texan Tycoon has the standard Real Series setup – twenty-five paylines and five reels for a total field of fifteen symbols.
Where many of RTG’s Real Series titles play at a slightly slower pace than other big names in the industry, Texan Tycoon has an interesting spin-stop feature that allows the player to speed up the number of outcomes they see, should they want to do so.
Like other Real Series titles, Texan Tycoon offers a wide range of denominations for wagering, a free spin chance worth up to twenty-five free outcomes, and the ability to retrigger free spins during free spin rounds. Those are all good features.
Where Texan Tycoon is lacking is where all the Real Series titles are lacking – replay value. Real Series games are definitely easy to understand and easy to play. That simplicity is also a weakness. Slot players prize interesting gameplay almost as much as jackpot prizes. Games like Texan Tycoon don’t offer much replay value.
Still, there is a scatter symbol and a wild symbol, which make playing the game a bit more interesting. The scatter symbol must appear on three lines (left to right) and rewards the player with free spins, as many as twenty-five. The more symbols that appear, the more spins the player wins. The scatter symbol is a massive oil well. The game’s wild symbol is the Texan Tycoon himself – he substitutes for any other symbol to form winning combinations.
Texan Tycoon slot
Coins Range:$0.01 and $125
Free Spins/Multiplier Better:Yes
Again, Texan Tycoon follows the Real Series standard. Available denominations are: $0.01 – $0.10, $0.25, $0.50, $1, $2, and $5 per line. Since players can wager on between one and five lines, the total betting range is between $0.01 and $125 per spin. That variety of available stakes is one of the best features of this and any other RTG title.
According to a few sources I found online, the theoretical payout percentage for this game is 95.7%. If that number is accurate, we can assume a few things about the financial expectations of playing Texan Tycoon.
Assuming a slightly-higher-than-normal number of spins per round (800, thanks to the force-stop aspect of the interface), a player betting $0.25 per spin should expect losses of $8.60 on a total outlay of $200 per hour of play. Understand that this is a theoretical number, and I can’t confirm that percentage from the designer, so it’s not clear how accurate it is.
If the payout percentage information is accurate, Texan Tycoon has pretty high entertainment value in terms of bankroll management. Playing this game for two hours will likely cost a player less than they’d pay to see a movie at the cinema. So even though this (and most other RTG titles) is a simple online slot game, it has a pretty high return percentage for the industry and isn’t all that expensive to play over time.
The game includes a progressive jackpot, which at the time of this review was worth around $7,000. This progressive top prize is triggered randomly. The top fixed jackpot is worth 15,000 coins. That means a prize of between $150 and $75,000. The symbol that triggers the highest payout on the Texan Tycoon RTG video slot game is a wad of cash. With a 10x multiplier, lining up five of these symbols on any active payline pays out 15,000 coins. The next-highest prize comes from lining up five truck symbols, which pays out 10,000 coins with that all-important 10x multiplier.
There are no bonus games, per se, though the free spins feature can lead to pretty lucrative wins. The progressive jackpot isn’t really part of a game since it is triggered randomly.
One thing RTG does well is port their slot titles to mobile sites and apps. The games aren’t particularly beautiful in this format, but that’s not necessarily what mobile slots players are going for. The mobile version is identical to the Web-based game, except that it seems like the progressive prize may not be available on all mobile versions. Check the app or mobile site you use to see if they allow the progressive jackpot via smartphone or tablet.
With Texan Tycoon, you’re getting the best RTG can offer in this particular series of online slot titles. The lack of bonus games is a bummer, but for some players, simplicity is a plus. If you enjoy other Real Series games, you’ll like Texan Tycoon. Just don’t expect side wagers, bonus games, video scenes, licensed characters, or much beyond standard 5-reel slot play.