Amaya Gaming presents this beautifully imagined tumbling slot: unlike the spinning reel format of so many slots, the tumbling style fills the rows from above, in this case with wooden packing cases redolent of farmhouses of yore.
These fall into the straw house of the First Pig, who stands with his hammock and pot-bellied stove in a cosy little abode set in a backdrop of rural idyllic charm.
The advantage of the tumbling layout is that winning lines are removed from the screen, by being blown away as if by a mighty puff of breath, leaving remaining symbols to form further combinations with new boxes that drop in to fill the gaps, all within the space of a single spin. Amaya Gaming, an industry leader in online casino nz technology.
Sights and Sounds
Musical chords sound throughout the game as the boxes tumble loudly onto the boards: winning combinations are greeted with a flourish redolent once more of children’s classic stories. The whole effect is both charming and exciting.
The symbols are the classic 10, J, Q and K, all of low value. The next up in value are represented by the three pigs themselves, clutching the tools of their trade, as well as the stuffed piglet, while the Wild symbol is represented as a beehive: this can replace any other symbol on a pay line, except for Scatter and Bonus symbols, such as the moon or the Wolf himself.
Unique to this game, however, is the feature where wins are counted, and turn each of the Little Pigs wild, as shown by the bees which now share their boxes: 2 wins turn the First Pig wild, 4 wins the Second, and 6 wins the Third Pig.
Enter the Wolf
Three Big Bad Wolf symbols appearing on the reels will activate the Free Spins Bonus, giving ten free spins, during which more of these can be won.
There is also a Blowing Down the House feature, activated by the appearance of the Moon symbol: 3 Moons will blow down the house of wood, claim the treasure therein, and award two free spins. Get 6 Moon symbols, and the wolf will blow down the brick house, again claiming its bounty, as well as earning two free spins and a 2x multiplier on following wins.
Coin bets can be placed per line, with the minimum bet being 0.25, and the maximum 125 coins per spin. There is also a free to play mode, useful if you just want to view the game, or are travelling to a country that does not recognize the otherwise-excellent licensing standards of Amaya Gaming. While the wolf is a fairly elusive figure in this game, there are plenty of opportunities for reward otherwise, to keep the pay lines ticking over.
Big Bad Wolf is a really charming offering in the slot machine world: the graphics are beautifully rendered, the animation is well done, and the music and sound effects add to a great atmosphere. It is redolent of the classic story without being overly childish, and can be played for hours on end.