Theme of the Game
Here is one strange combination of a 5 reel 20 payline slot and an animal farm setting with all the sounds and smells of a barnyard.
Ainsworth brings you horses, cows, pigs and chicken on the reels in a crystal clear 3D slot which does not stand out of any other Ainsworth slots. It is set against the backdrop of a farm with all the domestic animals strolling around the yard.
The low-paying card symbols are, as always, designed so as to fit the theme, so this time they will wear the looks of fruits and vegetables. The sound effects can be a bit annoying at times, especially if you are not getting the most of your spins.
The overall impression is decent but we still don’t see who could be attracted by the farm. Still, let’s not jump to conclusions and get a closer look.
Australian developer, Ainsworth are veterans in the industry and they are known as experts at developing slot machines. Their extensive experience in designing and distributing land-based slot machines has made them the leaders in the industry renowned worldwide.
Several, years ago Sydney-based developers decided to transfer their knowledge and experience to developing online slots.
How to Play It
Ainsworth slots rely on certain patterns, so you will see the typical arrangement of the control board, which is pretty simple, leaving you only the spin button on screen.
Still that does not mean that there are no adjustments to be made. Actually, you will need to customise the size of your bet which ranges from $0.01 to $100. Again, typical of Ainsworth slots.
What surprises us most at their slots is the fact that they reduce the payouts amounts during the Free Games. Barnyard Bonanza is no exception, so you will see all symbols paying much less during the Free Spins.
The regular symbols include pictures of a horse, a cow, a pig, a scarecrow and a barn as high-paying symbols. The highest paying one of them is the cow which pays 80 times your stake for five matching symbols, while the horse and the pig pay 70 and 65 respectively.
The highest paying symbol in the main game is the Scatter depicted as an egg-laying Chicken. It will pay even 1,000 times your stake during the regular play. Scatter also triggers the Free Spins rounds.
Wild symbol is seen as a farmer on his tractor and he will generously pay 125 times your stake for five of a kind in both game modes. Other than that it acts as a substitute for any symbol, except for the Scatter and the Golden egg which appears during the Free Spins.
T&C Apply 18+
The part of the game everyone will be waiting for is the Free Spins round and we must say that it is worth the wait as you get a chance to choose from five different options.
But first you will need to catch three white chickens anywhere on the reels in order to trigger the selection screen where five different pictures will appear with five different variations of Free Spins. You can pick from the horse, cow, pig, barn and the Scarecrow.
For picking the Cow you get 10 free spins with cows appearing stacked on all reels. Also there will be Mystery egg here and there which can award up to 3 additional Free Spins and up to 5 times your stake.
Horse will grant you 11 Free Spins and the horses will appear stacked on the reels. Pig will be worth 12 spins and it will fill up the reels during the free play.
Scarecrow will earn you 13 Free Spins while picking the Barn will see you activate 14 Free Spins. The trick is that the high-paying stacked symbols bring slightly less reels, but during all Free Games you have equal chances of getting the golden egg, or more of them.
As in any game by Australian developer the minimum bet is $0.01 while the maximum amount you can stake on this game is $100 which does not sound bad when you know that five Scatters reward with 1,000 your stake. This means that there is a chance to win $100,000 during the main game. The theoretical return to player is pretty low at 93%.
It seems that Ainsworth like rural settings as this is not their first slot with domestic animals. The farm does not exactly resonate with fun and excitement, but still, this particular barnyard does have a lot to offer.
The players stand to win $100,000 on any spin, while the Free Games with Stacked symbols and Mystery bonuses can see you off with a hefty amount of money on your account. The game is not bad if you are into medium variance farm slots.