Sharp colourful graphics, comical game play with a typical IGT RTP of 95%
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|Top of the deck graphics||Free spins feature can't be re-triggered|
|Base game wins are good|
|Free spins mode has 4 free spins options with multipliers|
|Multiplier wins are 5x to 10x during free spins|
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When looking for a slots to play there are a couple of things I consider before I deposit. I look at the visual side of the game, are the graphics snappy, does it have a free spins feature, does it offer a decent RTP (return to player percentage) and does it pay out often?
IGT’s Balloonies Farm video slot with its 20 paylines and 5 reels is such a game. In a sense it ticks all the boxes for me since it comes with a decadent free spins mode that offers you 4 options (up to 15 free spins) with wild multiplier wins that range from 2x, 5x to 10x. One of the distinguishing features about the slots is its ‘Floating Reels’, you can win chunks of cash on every spin.
Balloonies Farm offers a return to player (RTP) percentage of 95.6% or an edge to the house of 4.4%. At a glance it looks like a medium variance slots that pays out on every 5 to 6 spins. Symbols such as pigs, sheep, cows, cards from Q to A, the wild yellow star and bonus symbol float on your screen and they are cartoon like.
What sets the game apart from the other IGT slots is that it has floating reels, an interesting free spins feature (4 options) and star multipliers. The slots offers a top non-progressive jackpot win of 1,000 coins. The theme of Balloonies Farm is replete with high flying balloons each represented by a farm animal. The game is suitable for play on desktops and mobile devices (Androids, iPhones, tablets and iPads) for free or for real cash.
The symbol that offers the highest cash win is the Balloonie, when 5 of them pitch at the maximum bet you will win a cool jackpot 1,000 times your stake.
Now that you’ve made a deposit you’re still not ready to play. The final stage is to select the proper coin range so that it’s in line with your bankroll. The game offers you customization options like audio, an Auto Play feature, different coin lines and coin denominations. The smallest wager per spin is 20 pence while the biggest one is £200. As you can see the game is suitable to players with small and large budgets. When you play always select the maximum coin lines (20) so that you receive the top cash prize.
Balloonies Farm cuts its teeth with 3 bonus games but it’s the Floating Reels feature that responsible for most of the action during the base game and free spins.
The moment you hit a winning combination the winning symbols disappear, as the symbols float up and down the winning spaces are filled with new ones. In layman’s terms it forges a new set of winning combinations which keeps the bankroll ticking over nicely.
It’s not often I say this but base game wins are really good thanks to this feature. If a star wild symbol appears in a winning combination multiplier wins start off with 2x, 3x up to 5x. What makes this feature even more alluring is that when 2 or more star wilds pitch not only do they reveal multipliers but all multiplier wins are combined boosting wins by a hefty margin. Keep in mind that the star wilds only pop up on reels 2, 3 and 4 (middle reels).
Without a doubt the best part of any slots. The free spins feature is triggered when 3 Bonus red balloons appear on the 3 middle reels. As a cash incentive you’ll win 2x your wager and you can pick and choose from 4 free spins options. The trick of the free spins feature is to go for lesser free spins with bigger multiplier wins. The free spins mode works like this:
- 2x Wild multipliers come with 15 free spins.
- 3x Wild multipliers are attached to 12 free spins.
- But 9 free spins come with multipliers from 3x to 5x.
- Although the 4th option only presents you with 5 free spins, multiplier wins range from 5x to 10x which is significantly higher.
What I like about IGT’s Balloonies Farm is that it offers you a sizeable return on your investment even at smaller bet levels. In other words base game wins are augmented by wild multipliers of 5x and during the free spins mode multiplier wins can go up to 10x. If you trigger the free spins mode rather go for the 5 free spins with multiplier wins from 5x to 10x-they offer better wins that the other free spins options.