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Balloonies Review

Software: IGT Bonus Game: Yes Scatter Symbol: Yes
Reels: 5 Progressive Jackpots: No Wild Symbol: Yes
PayLines: 20 Min Bet: $0.40 Bonus Symbol: No
Free Spins: Yes Max Bet: $120 Overall Rating:

Balloonies

Theme

if you ever had a clown attend your birthday party when you were a kid, then you know that one of his tricks always involved making an animal out of a balloon.

We all loved them as kids and now we have a chance to play a game which for a theme has those very same animals. The theme is funny and the entire game has a cartoon like design. Many gamblers will agree that this game seems too childish to be played for real money.

 Developers

Balloonies is a video pokie game coming from IGT software. This software provider is known to provide video pokie games with interesting visual effects which are fun to play.

Even though they have a big number of more serious video pokie games in their offer, this time the designers decided to go crazy and create a game that was just too funny to play.

How to Play

Balloonies is a video pokie game with 20 pay lines so the minimum bet to play it is only $0.20. What’s interesting about the game play is the floating reels feature.

This is similar to the rolling reels feature like in Gonzos Quest, except that here when a symbol explodes the extra symbols float from down to up. I guess all the balloon animals are filled with helium allowing them to float off the screen.

 Special Features

Balloonies has a few interesting features that make it fun to play. Beside the standard wild and scatter symbol there is also a Star symbol. This symbols acts as a multiplier. You can get up to 3 of them at the same time on reels 1, 2 and 3 only. The multiplier can be x2, x3 and x5. If you take a look at the pay table you will see that one Star symbol awards a 2 x line bet win.

This is very important because the win doesn’t apply to the total bet yet. So the Star symbols by themselves award very small wins. Now if you get 1, 2 or 3 Star symbols at the same times on the reels and on an active pay line  the multiplier values are added together so you will get a total of x 10 multiplier. The multiplier is added to the current win and the Star symbols along with any other winning symbols explode and make way for new symbols.

If you get a Star symbol in the next spin the multiplier is also added to the already accumulated multiplier. When no more Star symbols come on the reels and there are no more winning combinations the total multiplier multiplies the total win accumulated. This has to happen in a few consecutive wins in order to win a big payout.

Except for the Star symbols feature there is also a free spins bonus round. It is triggered when you get 3 Balloon symbols on reels 1, 2 and 3. You get to choose one of the Balloons which reveals the number of free spins up to 12. The free spins are played like in base play with no extra multiplier or any other special feature.

Maximums Payout

If you take a look at the pay table you will see that the highest paying symbol, the Elephant, has a 1,000 coins payout for 5 of them on an active pay line.

This isn’t much by itself but this is where the Star symbols can help a lot. If you get 3 of the Star symbols and 5 Elephant symbols in one spin you are looking at a 500 x bet win minimum.

You can also get more Star symbols in the next spins which can increase the total win. According to the pay table the maximum payout from this game is capped at 250,000 coins which is something we would love to see on our screen.

 Summary

In theory this video pokie game can pay out big. In theory I can win a $20,000,000 jackpot and retire, but the real numbers speak differently. After testing the game for real play we can’t say we were impressed or even entertained while playing.

Sure the kids theme seems interesting if you are a kid but when you play for real money and see your balance shrink fast with no decent return it makes you wonder what this game is doing to you.

The wins are very small, not even medium, no extra multiplier in  the bonus round and getting a few Star symbols for a decent multiplier seems like mission impossible. Definitely not a game we would recommend for playing to win big.

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