Have You Played Northern Lights’ Rock The Cash Bar?

We have to make an apology before we continue with our latest online pokie review. Yggdrasil and its studio partner Northern Lights have created a machine that creates an earworm. Rock the Cash Bar will have you singing The Clash hit Rock the Casbah all afternoon. We apologise for that!

Let’s get our review on the road now we’ve got that little apology out of the way!

Rock The Cash Bar Fundamentals

Rock The Cash Bar is a new online pokie from Northern Lights, a studio partner of Yggdrasil. It uses the ground-breaking Game Adaption Tool & Interface (GATI) technology. GATI allows developers to create cutting-edge content and, therefore, exciting pokies.

Firing up this pokie reveals a 5×3 pokie set in a swanky 1980s cocktail bar, hence the name. Neon lights shine around the board to set the mood.

There are 243 ways to win although win lines run in both directions, making wins easier. It’s possible to turn the board into a 5×7 layout during the bonus round. This increases the number of paylines to a cool 16,807.

The prize multiplier on the Rock The Cash Bar machine tops out at 12x. It’s during this top multiplier that you can win the 6,589-times maximum prize.

Rock The Cash Bar is a low volatility pokie with a 96.06% RTP. That’s a house edge of 3.94% which isn’t the best but also not the worst. We’re not massive fans of it taking up to 300 spins to trigger the bonus round, however.

What Are the Features of Rock The Cash Bar?

The base game of Rock The Cash Bar is tame thanks to its low volatility. None of the symbols pay a large amount and there’s only a single wild to spice matters up.

There is a random base game feature called Wild Night Out which triggers at any time. It’s not amazing, but it guarantees you a win. Up to seven spotlights appear and roam around the reels, turning the same amount of symbols into wilds. We found this feature occurred approximately every 50 spins or so.

Get the party started with the three-tier bonus rounds. It’s difficult to hit – think once every 300 spins – but it’s great.

Land a scatter on the first reel and tickets on reels 2, 3, 4, and 5 to trigger free spins. Each ticket has a number between one and three. Adding them up is the number of free spins you receive.

The three levels are determined by the kind of scatter you landed. Each scatter gives you a prize multiplier as shown below.

  • Club Night Spins: Multipliers of 1x, 2x, or 3x
  • Invite Spins: Multipliers of 4x, 6x, or 8x
  • VIP Spins: Multipliers of 10x, 11x, or 12x

Upgrade scatters appear during the free spins round. These push you up to the next level. There’s also a Rock The Cash Bar Respins feature built-in. Hit this for one, two, or three respins each time. Respins don’t come off your free spins tally, instead, they expand the reels by one.

This means you can have between three and seven rows in play at any one time. Paylines increase with each new row, up to a maximum of 16,807!


Rock The Cash Bar looks great and sounds good but we feel we were stood up on a date. It’s superb to have a 6,589x potential win with such low-risk action but the base game is rather flat.

The low volatility keeps smaller wins flowing in, which is good because the main feature takes forever to land. The random wilds feature is a nice touch with its guaranteed win.

This isn’t a bad pokie by any stretch of the imagination, it’s just not a great pokie either. Rock The Cash Bar should have been an epic night out at a trendy cocktail bar. It feels like a few pre-drinks at a friends house though.