IGT Just Launched Balloonies Pokie Machine
We have to admit it does seem a bit relaxing playing a game just for the fun of it, not paying real attention to your balance. The game has good visual effects and background music so it can be fun to play over long sessions without getting bored.
What We love
First of all we love the floating reels feature. This way you can get a few consecutive wins and play longer, even get an eventual big win on the screen. We like that the game has a free spins bonus round which should be standard to all video pokie games. We also like the Star symbols which have multipliers attached.
The multiplier can be x2, x3 and x5 and we like the fact that they are added together if a few of them come in one spin or in a few consecutive spins. Balloonies, despite its cartoon design, can award great payouts of about 250,000 coins which is more than a number of other video pokies throughout the industry.
What we Do not Like
We can say a lot of things we don’t like here but the game is the way it is and we can’t change the concept. We think that there are multipliers missing for the Wild symbol and the free spins bonus round.
That would make it more interesting to play. But given the game design, pay table and features this is a complete game and there is nothing more we would change.
This is the first question any gamblers asks himself before he decides whether to make a deposit and try a game for real play. The first rule in gambling is hope for the best, prepare for the worst. With Balloonies we have to take into consideration a few facts.
The maximum payout for 5 of the highest paying symbols is 1,000 coins or 50 x bet. By some information the maximum accumulated multiplier from the Stars symbols in one consecutive win can go up to x 30. In theory you can really win a lot. Even one 50 x bet win with the highest x 30 multiplier is a 1,500 x bet win in total, which is an incredible win for any video pokie game.
The maximum payout advertised on this pokie is 250,000 coins or 12,500 x total bet, which will surely attract any online gambler, but the chances for that to happen are like winning a jackpot. In reality Balloonies is just a terrible game to play. Base play wins are always small with very rare medium wins. The several times we tried it for real play we went bust very fast.
Getting a few Star symbols in consecutive wins never happened and the biggest multiplier we got was x 7 which resulted in a 80 x bet win. It seems that Balloonies is just a low variance video pokie games with very poor payouts. We definitely wouldn’t recommend this game for playing with big bets and chasing big wins.