Cash or Crash Live is another innovative entertainment game show from Evolution, that follows in the footsteps of the very successful Crazy Time and Monopoly Live games.
Cash or Crash Live takes place in a virtual Blimp, that flies around above a bustling metropolis, (if you look closely it’s the same city you see in the Crazy Time and Monopoly Bonus rounds).
A game show host controls the proceedings, with a lottery type bingo machine used to select Red, Green or Gold coloured balls, which decide the outcome of the game.
The objective is to climb as high up the 20 step payout ladder before a red ball is drawn, which causes the blimp to crash and all your winnings with it. The higher you climb up the ladder the more you can win!
You have three options before a ball is drawn:
There are three types of coloured balls in the machine.
If you manage to climb to the top of the ladder there is a potential 18,000x prize waiting, which is boosted up to 50,000x if a golden ball has been drawn.
Cash or Crash Live is an extremely simple game to play.
The most difficult part, and the hook for the game, is one of three decisions you have to make before the next ball is selected. Do you Take All, Take Half or Continue?
Betting time is open for about 20 seconds. There is no complicated betting involved, all you need to decide is how much you want to wager?
My advice about placing a bet in one of these entertainment type games is to bet no more than 10% of your total bankroll.
The paytable on the ladder indicates how the payouts increase as you move up the ladder.
Once betting time has closed the paytable gets converted into the monetary sums you’ll win as you advance up the ladder.
The first coloured ball is drawn. In this case, it is a green ball, which means you advance one step up the paytable ladder.
This is where the game really begins. You decide on whether to:
The decision of the other players is displayed as a percentage for each category. That might help you make your decision.
Shield is Broken
Shield Is Broken
The game round ends, when either a Red Ball has been drawn (so you lose all), or you have selected to Take ALL or when the Top of the ladder has been reached.
The Golden Ball, of which there is only one in the ball machine, holds a special significance during the game.
When it is drawn it gives you a “Life”, which can be used the next time a red ball is drawn. If this happens this protective shield will save your life, the game will not end and you stay in for the next ball draw.
If the next ball drawn is a green ball, all the payouts on the ladder are increased.
When the Golden Ball has been drawn, the game enters a quick mode, where no decisions are required by the player until after the next red ball has been drawn.
The hope is that during the protected draws, loads of green balls are drawn, advancing you up the ladder to a better payout position before the next red ball is drawn.
There are three decisions you have to make when playing Cash or Crash, so any strategies will be about when to take each of those decisions.
Given the RTP for the game is so high, I presume that Evolution, see the odds as being nearly 50/50.
If you think about the options, 33% are likely to Take ALL, 33% will Take Half and 33% will Continue. Depending on the number of cycles of ball picks, the long term win/lose rate is expected to be just shy of 50%.
What will change the option you take, is your progress up the ladder, the number of balls already drawn with the number left, whether a Golden Ball has been drawn and your appetite for risk against reward.
It’s that last item that will see the ballsy players hang on for the big wins, and is where Evolution will make most of their money on this game.
The canny player who takes any win over even money or keeps taking half is more likely to come out with a profit.
Cash or Crash is a high variance game, meaning there are lots of small wins and the occasional massive win.
This is a straightforward strategy that relies on you cashing out after the first green ball has been drawn. You will get a return of 1.2 x on your bet.
This is where the 99.59% RTP comes from. It’s probably the most boring way to play Cash or Crash but will give a consistent return.
If you feel like gambling a bit more the Take Half strategy will deliver that. If you always take half of your bet (which has to be more than 40c), you’ll need to climb two positions to break even. After that, you’re betting with free money so it’s not a disaster if you lose. Try and keep taking half and banking the wins to build a profit.
This strategy relies on getting the golden ball early, so if it’s not the first ball drawn, adopt the Take half or Take all Strategy to bank a profit.
If the golden ball appears after green balls have been drawn, just allow the fast play to complete before deciding what to do with your winnings.
This will have you losing your money most of the time. It’s based on your betting tolerance and desire for a big win. The big wins do happen, but not often, so you’re either going to be extremely lucky or lose a lot of money.
As the ladder is climbed, two small blimps show the percentage chance of a Green or Red Ball being drawn. Follow this advice, taking half or letting the bet ride until the green percentage is lower than the red percentage. This is about the only help the game gives you!
Evolution has included a strategy in their help files of the game which reads:
Strategy (uncapped): Continue taking balls up until level 9 and then stop. If you get a Golden Ball, continue until a red ball is drawn. When a red ball is drawn after a gold ball, only continue if you are on Level 1,3,4,5,6,8,11,12,14,15 and stop at the round after.
As you’d expect statistics for the previous game rounds are displayed on the screen. The last eight are always displayed, with more results to be seen when the view is expanded.
Previous results are not indicative of future results. But it’s nice to see the trends that have been occurring during previous rounds.
The optimal expected return to player (RTP) for Cash or Crash is 99.59%.
It’s one of the highest returning entertainment games Evolution has released.
What this RTP tells me is the game is likely to be highly volatile, otherwise it would be as dull as dishwater to play!
So expect if you’re taking risks to lose. If you play carefully and bank your wins/profit early you’ll have a good long pay time and maybe turn a small profit.
Oh boy, another Entertainment game from Evolution and this time they are using a Bingo Ball/Lottery machine as the mechanic for determining wins and loses.
Players have an active part to play in the game, by deciding whether to risk all and continue or cash in and bank their winnings.
Cash or Crash Live is a classic gambling game, that puts the decision making in the hands of the player.
The betting element is really just an entry fee, with all win multipliers based on how much you bet.
The game is suited to all player types, with all sizes of bankroll. Everyone has an equal chance of winning or losing, and it’s all down to the decisions that each individual makes.
I personally don’t think Cash or Crash will reach the heights of Crazy Time, although the potential win multiplier of 50,000x is right up there with the best live casino games.
Cash or Crash very much reminds me of the Gamble button on a pub slot machine, where you hit the button to double or lose. In that instance, the RNG engine decided if you’d won or lost, in this, it’s the Ball drawing machine. The feeling and outcomes are likely to be similar.
Cash or Crash Live is a live entertainment game from Evolution. It uses a bouncing ball selection machine to pick a coloured ball that either advances you up a payout ladder or ends the game in a loss of money.
By placing a bet at the beginning of the game round you get to choose whether to Take All, Take Half or Continue up the ladder when a Green ball has been drawn. If a Red ball is drawn the game round is over and you lose the money you have bet. A Gold ball, if drawn provides a lifeline and also increases the multipliers on the payout table.
Cash or Crash has an optimal RTP of 99.59%, which is really high for an online live entertainment game.
Cash or Crash was released on the 3rd of September 2021.
The maximum payout multiplier available on the game is 50,000x, but this required the Gold Ball to be in play. The normal paytable has a maximum payout at the top of the 20 rung ladder of 18,000x.
Cash or Crash is an extremely volatile game. Depending on how you play you can win small amounts regularly. The big wins will be few and far between and require multiple consecutive green balls to be drawn from the bouncing ball machine.
There is a range of online live dealer games where you can bet small and potentially win big. If you’d like to try some out here are my recommendations.