I am fond of when a company tries to invent a back story to a slot game. I think this adds a little extra colour to the slot and enables players to become more invested in what is happening on screen. So kudos to Microgaming for creating a rather sweet tale as the inspiration for their recently released Oink Country Love slot.
The backdrop for the slot is a country farm and the slot is based on the tale of two brave pig musicians, the creatively named Chancho and Willy, who are attempting to use their musical skills among other things to win the heart of the most beautiful pig of all Miss Southern Charm. Try as they might to impress all the critters at the farm, Chancho and Willy just can't seem to win over Miss Southern Charm's grumpy father Old Bo.
Let's now take a look at this rather neatly presented slot from Microgaming by outlining most of its key features.
It seems Microgaming have really upped their performance when it comes to presentation. For a while now a number of there slots have been a little too simplistic, but full marks to them for producing a slot that is equal of any of the top developers when it comes to presentation.
The graphics are cartoon style and there is a rather pleasing country and music soundtrack accompanying the on screen action. The reels are in the middle of the screen and decorated in a rustic fashion with all the main controls at the foot of the screen.
What is pleasing on this slot is how the game reacts as you play with additional music and animations playing when you trigger a variety of different wins and as a medium to lower variance game, these wins do tend to come along relatively frequently.
What's on the reels?
On the reels are a number of different symbols. The lower value symbols are the five playing card low symbols (from jack through to the ace) and these offer payouts ranging from a tenth of your total bet up to almost 2x your total bet for 5 on a pay line, so these are not the biggest payouts. However, it is worth remembering that with 45 pay lines, multiple pay line wins are common.
The higher value symbols are all the female farmyard characters that Chancho and Willy are trying to win over, there is a sheep, cow, horse, hen and of course Miss Southern Charm the pig herself as the highest paying standard symbol.
There are three other symbols on the reels, which are the scatter symbol and the two Mixed Wilds, which we will explore in more detail in the sections below.
There are two Wild symbols in the Oink Country Love slot, one showing Chancho and the other Willy and both are playing their musical instruments. These Wild symbols serve a number of purposes, firstly either can substitute for any of the standard symbols to help create winning pay lines. Furthermore, if you land two, three, four or five mixed wilds on a pay line, you trigger a payout of between a tenth and 10x your stake.
However, if you can land just one of the same Wilds on a pay line, then the size of the payout increases by a factor of two, so the minimum win for 2 of the same Wild symbols is one fifth of your stake, while five on a pay line will pay out 20x your standard stake.
Free Spins features
The trio of golden tickets are the Scatter symbol on the reels and on the Oink Country Love slot, you trigger the free spins bonus slightly differently. If you land three to seven scatter symbols across the reels (scatters can be stacked on reels to help achieve this) but not in consecutive order from right to left then you win a payout of from 1x to 3x your total bet.
In order to trigger the Free Spins bonus game, you need to land three, four or five scatter symbols on adjacent reels, starting on the left and moving across to the right without missing a reel out. When you do this depending on the number of scatters landed in sequence, you will trigger 5, 10 or 20 free spins.
However, if you land a stacked scatter on reel 2 or reel 3 to trigger the bonus, then the number of spins you are awarded is multiplied by two. If you manage to land a stacked scatter on both reel 2 and reel 3 on the same spin, then the number of spins you receive is multiplied by four, which means you could win up to 80 free spins if you get lucky in this feature.
Furthermore, Microgaming have stated that there is a chance you can re-trigger free spins indefinitely to have potentially unlimited free spins in the game, although the chances of this happening are unlikely.
Best feature of the Oink Country Love slot
For me the best feature of the Oink Country Love slot is the Wild bonuses. The Free Spins are potentially more lucrative, especially if you can hit a high number of them (which isn't easy) but the fact that the Wild bonuses trigger wins so often and although these wins tend to be on the smaller side, they do tend to trigger multiple pay line wins too which helps keep your balance topped up nicely.
There's a lot to like about the Oink Country Slot. It is well put together, has a rather cute story to keep you engaged with what is happening on the reels, you win regularly and although these are smaller amounts, they do help keep your bankroll topped up. The Free Spins bonus is potentially lucrative (but not always) and you could even land infinite free spins when you trigger it if you get very lucky. However, it is an expensive slot to play and in my view, it is definitely more enjoyable when played for higher stakes than smaller which should be borne in mind especially by lower stakes players.
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