Floating away with a gravity defying amount of coins is the aim in Balloonies, a 5 reel, 20 payline slot powered by IGT. Look out for the multipliers that can boost your wins as well as a bonus feature that offers up to a dozen free spins. Play from between 20p and £60 per spin.
Rather than spinning in a traditional manner, the symbols in Balloonies float up the reels – look out for a strange assortment of giraffes, elephants and monkeys as well as a bizarre blue alien and A, K and Q playing cards.
After every winning spin, the successful symbols will burst and be replaced by the ones directly below (think of tumbling reels only in reverse). As long as there’s a winning combination on show, the extra bonus floats will keep on coming. This is known as the Floating Reels feature.
The star symbol can provide a tidy little boost to your winning combinations – it awards a cash prize of double your line bet but will also add a multiplier of 2x, 3x or 5x to your next float. Land 2 stars on the same spin and the multiplier will be added together, giving you the potential to boost your win with a 10x multiplier. This is known as the Star Multiplier feature.
Balloonies also comes with a traditional Free Spins Bonus feature which is triggered by landing 3 or more of the red balloon anywhere on the reels. The exact number of free spins will be determined by popping the balloons but a maximum of 12 are on offer. The star multipliers are also in play during the feature round and can really get the cashier spinning (up to 10x).
Visually, Balloonies has a gentle feel – that’s also the case as far as the volatility is concerned. This is a fairly low variance slot. That said, the free spins aren’t the easiest to trigger. The multipliers on offer in the base game keep the pace ticking over nicely though.
If you’re after a nicely designed slot that has an unusual (or silly) theme and a decent array of features, then Balloonies fits the bill nicely. Get lucky with the multipliers and it’s possible to float off with a decent haul of coins. If you’re looking for more volatility, IGT offer other games including Cleopatra and Shamrockers Eire to Rock.