San Quentin Slot Review

Our score 4.5 4.5 /5
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Paylines: +243

San Quentin is one of the roughest, toughest prisons in all of the US, and one of the oldest too. For whatever reason, Nolimit City has chosen to honour this festering den of iniquity with an online slot.

Theme Mafia
No. of Reels 5
Game type Video Slot
Release Date January 2021
Bonus Rounds Yes
Software provider Nolimit City
Scatter No
Free spins Yes

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San Quentin is an online slots game released in January 2021 by Nolimit City. Just as orange is the new black, 5×4 slots tend to have replaced 5×3 slots as the new norm, but Nolimit City has decided to stick with tradition and San Quentin has the traditional three rows and five reels.

If you think San Quentin is the name of some nice, picturesque seaside town in the US, then think again. San Quentin is one of the roughest, toughest prisons in all of the US, and one of the oldest too. The prison has been open since 1852 and has been home to some of the most horrible hombres ever to grace this planet. Among the infamous miscreants who called San Quentin their home for at least a while was Charles Manson, leader of the Manson ‘family’ who did many, many horrible things in the late 1960s. Serial Killer Richard ‘The Night Stalker’ Ramirez also served the majority of his sentence at San Quentin before he in 2013.

For whatever reason, Nolimit City has chosen to honour this festering den of iniquity with an online slot. Read on to find out how we rate this unusually themed online slot.

How to play

You start your prison record at San Quentin by choosing the size of your stake. The minimum this can be is £0.20, and the maximum is £32. This a one-fee slot as there are a varying amount of paylines on each spin. When you have selected your fee, hit the spin button.

You need to land a minimum of three identical symbols in sequence across the reels to land a winning payout. The row each symbol lands upon does not matter – as long as they are in sequence then all is good.

Wins are paid as a ratio of your overall bet in line with the details below, outlining maximum wins for each symbol:

  • 5 x Beefy Dick = 5 x bet (max £160)
  • 5 x Heinrich 3rd = 4 x bet (max £128)
  • 5 x Loco Luis = 3.5 x bet (max £112)
  • 5 x Biker Bill = 3 x bet (max £96)
  • 5 x Crazy Joe = 2.5 x bet (max £80)
  • 5 x soap = 2 x bet (max £64)
  • 5 x lighter = 2 x bet (max £64)
  • 5 x shank = 1.5 x bet (max £48)
  • 5 x handcuffs = 1.5 x bet (max £48)
  • 5 x toilet roll = 1.5 x bet (max £48)


This game does not have a progressive jackpot attached. The most you can win is 150,000 times the value of your stake.

Bonus features

Enhancer Cells

Above and below each reel there are locked enhancer cells. When they open they will reveal one of the top five paying symbols or a Wild, Razor Split or xWays symbol. A Razor Split symbol will split all symbols on the reel below into two identical symbols. The xWays symbol reveals identical regular paying symbols stacked four symbols high.

Bonus Symbols

The bonus symbol can land on any reel in the main game but only on reels with unlocked Enhancer Cells during Lockdown Spins. If you land one or two bonus symbols in the main game they become wild and the Enhancer cell will be unlocked. Land three or more to trigger Lockdown Spins.

Split Wild

A split wild can land on any reel during the main game. All symbols on the same reel are then split.

Lockdown Spins

You will receive two less Jumping Wilds during Lockdown Spins as the number of bonus symbols you landed to trigger them. All Enhancer Cells opened by the bonus symbols remain open during the game. The number of spins and the special symbol multiplier are both random and awarded before the start of the spins. If you land further bonus symbols during your lockdown spins then you are awarded another Jumping Wild.

The number of spins you are awarded is determined by the sum of the numbers revealed in the first three opened Enhancer Cells. You can land mystery inmate symbols during lockdown spins which will be revealed to be one of the named inmates in this slot or a Jumping Wild.

Jumping Wilds

After each spin, a Jumping Wild will jump to a new position on the reels. If it lands on a Razor Split enhancer then the value of the Jumping Wild multiplier will double. The maximum value of a multiplier is 512x, and you cannot have more than three jumping wilds on the reels at the same time.

Psycho Manhunt

If you reach over 150,000 times your stake via Lockdown Spins then the feature ends and your maximum win of 150,000 times your stake is awarded.

Graphics and Sounds

There is kind of a cartoon theme to San Quentin that’s not quite a cartoon theme. If you’re a gamer you might recognize it as a style commonly used in video games, and in particular the Borderlands series. The game is played against a backdrop of the prison wall (we assume at San Quentin) – thankfully the walls are topped with razor wire. The rest of the action is pretty static although symbols do shine and flash when they are involved in a win, or if they trigger a bonus feature.

The game is played against the backdrop of a musical theme that is half soft rock and half a gentle California vibe. The reels click as they roll around, and the cells clunk nicely as they open. In a nice touch, police sirens sound if a bonus feature has a chance of being awarded.


San Quentin is certainly not for the easily offended (one of the inmates is called ‘Beefy Dick’ after all) and it may not be for those put off by complicated slots. It plays well but the features promise more than they deliver. It is, though, easy to work out precisely just what is going on once you have taken this slot for a couple of dozen spins or so.

You don’t have to commit a heinous crime to be sentenced to play this slot – you just have to find it at one of WhichBingo’s recommended sites that features Nolimit City’s slotting catalogue!

Updated February 18, 2022

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