If you’ve grown tired of the same old reel-based slot machines, IGT’s Balloonies certainly offers a fun-filled alternative.
Featuring unique “Floating Reels”, symbols in the game don’t so much spin as they do soar into view, with any matching balloon combinations bursting and being replaced by new icons. On top of that, the slot also features cumulative multiplier wilds and a free spins bonus that awards up to 12 games.
Balloonies is a cute, cartoon-style game with a balloon animal theme, meaning all symbols are over-inflated parodies of giraffes, monkeys and elephants. The reels themselves float high up in the clouds, with any winning payline combinations popping with the appropriate sound effect to be replaced by new balloons. Inflatable star icons also serve as prize multipliers that burst automatically to boost your win, while a red balloon with “bonus” written on it triggers the free spins feature.
Players can benefit from up to 12 free spins in Balloonies, with this feature being triggered whenever three or more bonus icons float into view. When this happens, players will need to choose from one of three different coloured balloons to reveal the number of free spins that they will receive.
Perhaps even more significant in terms of returns to the player, however, is the presence of multiplier wilds. These star-shaped bonus balloons burst automatically and award a random prize multiplier of 2-5x your win, with this number being cumulative up to a maximum of 10x if more stars are added to the board via the Floating Reels feature.
With its emphasis firmly on fun, Balloonies is a very easy game to get to grips with. The slot’s 20 paylines are fixed at all times, meaning players need only choose a bet per line amount of £0.01-£3.00 and hit the spin button to get started. The paytable can be viewed by clicking a button at the base of the console, while your active multiplier is clearly displayed above your current win amount.
Balloonies is stunningly simple yet incredibly well executed title that offers a welcome break from the standard video slot fare. The balloon bursting aspect to gameplay means multiple wins are available every turn, while the multiplier wilds really do make it easy to stack up some huge wins, both in the base game and during the free spins feature.
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