Cash or Crash

Reach dizzying heights

Evolution Gaming has just released a new Game Show! Find out what it takes to play and what are the possible wins in our review below!

  • Evolution Gaming’s highest returning game yet
  • Reach crazy heights and win 50,000x your bet
  • No tricks or complicated betting strategies
  • Earth-shatteringly simple and great for all levels

Cash or Crash is Evolution Gaming’s newest live casino game show. It’s a wonderfully straightforward game, and with the Cash or Crash Live RTP at 99.59%, a big win is within reach. While this also means that the Cash or Crash volatility is high, you’ll want to keep climbing that ladder to reach the jackpot. 

ProsCons
Low minimum betNo bonus rounds
High RTPHigh volatility
Simple gameplay
Cash or Crash by Evolution
Cash or Crash by Evolution
Game Name:Cash or Crash Live
Provider:Evolution Gaming
Volatility:High
RTP:99.59%
Features:Golden Ball
Paylines:N/A
Min Bet:0.20
Max Bet:1,000
Top Win:50,000x

Where You Can Play Cash or Crash Live

We don’t doubt that Cash or Crash Live will eventually infiltrate all online casinos that feature Evolution Gaming’s mix of live games. At the time of this review, we found it available at the following casinos:

Cash or Crash Live Mechanics

The game utilises a lottery-style tumbler in which there are 28 balls. Of the balls, 19 are green, eight are red, and one is gold. The ball machine rests on a pillar that displays a 20-rung ladder which acts as the paytable. You can see just how much you can win on each rung based on your wagers.

Once players have placed their bets, the dealer draws the first ball. If the ball is green, you must decide whether to continue playing, cash out in full, or cash out half your money and leave the balance in play. 

A percentage gauge displays your chances of landing a green or a red ball at each ball draw. This feature is beneficial in guiding you towards a decision.

Each green ball moves you one rung up the ladder and increases your potential winnings. The amount you can win on each rung also depends on the other players’ actions. The amounts update on the ladder after each draw.

If the ball is red, you crash to the ground and lose all your money. If the dealer draws the gold ball, you receive a protective shield against the next red ball and automatically stay in the game. 

Your shield breaks at the next red ball and provides no further protection, but the multiplier applied to your stake increases. If you manage to stay in the game until the final ball and after using your protective shield, you win 50,000x your stake.

Cash or Crash Live
Cash or Crash Live

Simplistic but captivating gameplay

At first glance, Cash or Crash seems too simple to be much fun. But it’s this simplicity that adds to its captivating effect and makes you hold your breath for each ball spin.

We appreciate that the game caters to beginners, high rollers and everyone in between. Your choice isn’t purely all or nothing. By taking the middle option and keeping half your money in the game, you reduce your risk while still enjoying the gameplay. 

The percentage gauge is a fantastic feature. Depending on how big a chance-taker you want to be, you can choose to use it or throw caution to the wind, 

Cash or Crash Live Symbols & Payouts

There are no symbols in Cash or Crash, but let’s take a look at some of the game’s features.

The tumbler

The lottery-style tumbler holds the game balls. At the start of each round, the tumbler mixes the balls up, releasing one that dictates the round’s play.

 Paytable

Paytable LevelStandard PayoutPayout with shield protection 
11.2x1.2x
21.6x1.7x
32x2.2x
42.7x3.1x
53.5x4x
65x5.6x
77.1x8x
810x10.5x
915x16x
1021.5x24x
1133x36x
1254x62x
1395x105x
14160x175x
15310x360x
16550x760x
171,200x1,500x
182,900x4,000x
196,800x11,000x
2018,000x50,000x

Min/max bet, autoplay option

Cash or Crash Live has a broad betting range. You can wager the minimum of NZ$0.10, the maximum of NZ$1,000 and anything in between.

We were unable to find anything definitive about an autoplay option. However, Cash or Crash is unlikely to have this feature because you need to decide on your play after each green ball.

RTP, volatility, hit frequency

Cash or Crash Live has a high RTP of 99.59%. This means that over a given number of games, you’ll receive pretty much all your money back. Granted, it’s worked out over thousands of plays, but the higher the RTP, the better value the game is.

Thanks to the high RTP, this game show also has high volatility. While you can win regular small amounts with cautious betting and by cashing out 50% on green balls, a big win is hard to come by.

Hit frequency is more relevant to slots and video poker than live games, and we couldn’t find any information on this for Cash or Crash Live.

Jackpot and/or maximum win

Although the Cash or Crash Live game show doesn’t have a jackpot, you can still win a sizable amount when the green balls keep coming. The highest possible win is 50,000x your stake, which isn’t small change even with the lowest bet.

Reaching the maximum win isn’t easy, though, and depends on several factors. Firstly, try not to cash out half your winnings during the game. The more you have in play, the more you can ultimately win.

You also need to avoid those red balls that end the game there and then. You rely heavily on luck in this game, so avoiding them isn’t a given. But you have some reprieve when the gold ball appears, knowing that the next red doesn’t pose a problem. Consecutive green balls after that shoot you further up the ladder and ever closer to the maximum win.

Cash or Crash has a high RTP but is also highly volatile

The high RTP of 99.59% means that Cash or Crash doesn’t keep much back for itself. This is great news for lovers of the game who should see a decent return on their wagers in the long run.

However, it also has high volatility, so don’t expect to hit a big win too quickly. The game keeps you involved throughout, and the idea of hitting the maximum is always within reach.

We appreciate that the game allows you to cash out 50% of your winnings after any green ball. If you’re cautious about your cash, then this is a great feature to take advantage of to avoid an impending crash.

Special Features

As we mentioned earlier in this Cash or Crash Live review, it’s a very simple game with straightforward rules. We didn’t find any bonus games or other special features when testing out Cash or Crash Live.

Cash or Crash
Cash or Crash

Nothing more than the base game

That’s it, in a nutshell. Cash or Crash is purely a base game with no frills. While you may think this tedious, it’s refreshing to have a game without complicated special features and bonus segments. 

Your success in Cash or Crash Live relies heavily on your choice or how to play your winnings after each green ball. The boosts are built into the protective function of the gold ball. With a bit of luck on your side, you’ll see your winnings increase after every round.

Cash or Crash Live Graphics & Sound

Evolution Gaming has gone to town with the colourful studio set for Cash or Cash Live. The game takes place inside a virtual blimp. When the first green ball is drawn, this zeppelin starts its takeoff and rises higher and higher towards the cash as play continues. The appearance of a red ball when no shield is in play sends the blimp crashing to the ground.

The ball tumbler is central on your screen, and the game ladder updates in real-time so you can constantly see how far from the top you are. 

Your aptly uniformed flight attendant dealer provides a running commentary that adds to your enjoyment of the game, while generic game show-style music plays in the background. Sound effects accompany the ball tumble, reaching a crescendo for each ball drawn. These sound effects complement the excellent animation of the game. 

The animations are as good as we’ve come to expect from Evolution Gaming. As the blimp rises, you can almost feel yourself hovering over the metropolis below. On each round, we felt our stomachs twist in anticipation of a red ball, just waiting to plummet to the ground.

Studio setVirtual air balloon that rises over a cityscape
Optimized for Mobile👍
MusicUnderstated background music constantly plays
Special featuresThere’s a crescendo-style sound effect for green balls, while the sound effect for red balls gives an air of disappointment.

All-round quality graphics and sound

Evolution Gaming has covered every aspect of the graphics and sound for this game show. We loved the novelty of experiencing the game in a virtual blimp. With the simplicity of this game show, the animations and sound play a pivotal role and Evolution Gaming has got it just right.

The background music provides excitement and build-up without being overpowering. Additionally, the sound effects contribute to the overall gameplay. They add to those celebratory green-ball moments but also a sigh of disappointment when you hit a red.

The flight attendants are knowledgeable and encouraging. As we expect, they keep you updated with what’s happening each round and are always happy to answer your questions. The game moves quickly, but our dealer provided the right cues at the right times, so we didn’t miss a step.

Verdict

Cash or Crash Live has the potential to please even the most hardened bettor. At first glance, it looks very much like a standard lottery setup. However, the set design and animations quickly change this perspective and increase your enjoyment.

The simplicity of the gameplay is one of its best features. It requires very little thinking, but you must make quick decisions between rounds so you can’t afford to sleep on the job. The lack of bonus rounds may put some players off, but after a few rounds of Cash or Crash Live, you won’t even realize that they’re missing.

We loved our Cash or Crash experience. It’s a strong contender in a competitive live game category, and we see it quickly climbing up the popularity ladder. 

If you enjoyed playing Cash or Crash Live, you should also give these games a try.

  • Crazy Time
  • Monopoly Live
  • Rock Paper Scissors
  • Mega Wheel
  • Deal or No Deal

Frequently asked questions

As this is still a relatively new game from Evolution Gaming, it’s not yet available at many casinos featuring live games from this provider. LeoVegas, 10Bet and Royal Panda are some casinos that include it in their live games lobby.
The most that you can win is 50,000x your bet. Even if you bet the minimum amount of 0.10 NZD, you can still net 5,000 NZD.
Yes, absolutely. After each green ball, you can choose to cash out fully, cash-out 50% or continue with the next round.