Folsom Prison: Slot Verdict
Following up on the sledgehammer San Quentin xWays was always going to be a Herculean task. Released in January 2021, San Quentin xWays was a monster of a game which set the tone for the type of year Nolimit City was shooting for. At the time, it was one of the biggest non-jackpot slots on the market with its 150,000x potential, though eventually, it was outdone by Tombstone RIP (300,000x). It’s brave of Nolimit City to even attempt a tenuous follow-up, and it must’ve been tempting to freak everyone out all over again by producing something even bigger. However, Nolimit has gone off on a different tangent. Folsom Prison remains a game full of reel trickery, symbol slicing, massive winning potential, and a heavy as shizz vibe. It just has different aims than its meaner, beefier, bigger bench pressing in the prison yard predecessor. One is delivering massive max wins at a relatively higher than you might expect frequency in between stretches of potentially tough, dry patches.
There are stories going around, tricky to verify, that one way of thriving in certain lockups is by catching cockroaches and gorging on them for protein. Thankfully, in Folsom Prison (the slot) there’s no consumption going on, but cockroaches are instrumental in creating some of the game’s better results. There’s a tremendous difference between having one roach creeping around in free spins and three. Three is when Folsom Prison really strutted its stuff, and you can see why there is such a massive price leap between the three and four scatter bonus buys. Until then, the squeezed reels can feel a little limiting, with all those bars stifling the 4×2 active panel, mirroring the theme of being locked up in a penitentiary like the real Folsom Prison.
Those bars don’t stay closed forever, though, and Folsom Prison is infested not just with Cockroaches, but the sort of reel/symbol manipulations Nolimit City is famous for. Landing special symbols to open reels is a tactic seen in slots like Remember Gulag and adds to the potentially growing nature of the gameplay. If there’s one thing Nolimit City games are good at is firing off huge single spin wins when the right symbols are in the right place, ways have been jacked, and symbols shredded just so. To achieve much of this will require getting as many cockroaches to scurry around the grid, adding multipliers as possible. Get it right, and Folsom Prison can payout up to 75,000x the bet, triggering the ‘Meet Your Maker’ sequence.
Metaphorically speaking, where San Quentin xWays was like a colossal slab of muscle cellmate, with an extensive shank collection, Folsom Prison is closer to Cameron Poe from Con Air. Unpredictable but not a full-on bad guy, really. The vibe is as grim as it gets, and the limited grid might be a bit claustrophobic, yet this is Nolimit City, so when Folsom Prison hits its stride, it’s an absolute riot, just one with a bit of a roach infestation.