Balloonies Slot Review, RTP & Free Play

Balloonies Slot Review

This slot game is a great addition to the online casino genre, which started originally as a mobile slot entry that turned into a desktop casino game soon after. This is largely attributed to how much success the game achieved in such a short space of time. In our opinion, this is fantastic news as although Balloonies looks like quite a childish themed game, there’s much more to it and Balloonies manages to hold its own as a standalone entry.

Looks & Feel:

The game takes place high up in the sky and the reels are positioned against an aesthetic background of clouds on a sunny day. The first thing that springs to mind on this game is how it could appeal to all walks of players, with such a simple premise.

This entry is a 5-reel slot that has 3 rows and 20 paylines that are in a fixed position. Balloonies features many fun and animal related balloon icons, including a monkey, a giraffe, an elephant and a mysterious looking blue creature which make up the higher valued symbols. Making up the lower value icons, we have a Q, K and A.

For the wild symbol, Balloonies uses a red/orange hedgehog and this appears on the second, third and fourth reels. The red balloon with bonus written beneath it activates one of the main features of the game, which we will talk about in more detail below. The golden star is the game’s scatter icon, and this also plays a key part in the gameplay.

Bonus Features:

Floating Reels: This isn’t a complicated feature by any means, but it still plays a huge role in how Balloonies plays out. Each time you land a winning combination, the symbols will then disappear and be replaced by new icons. This can incur more winning combinations which will then make way for more symbols and so on until no more combinations are formed.

Free Spins: The red balloon with “Bonus” written on it will appear on the first, second and third reels. When you land on 3 of them anywhere on the reels, a free spins round will commence. Players will need to pop one of the 3 balloons to begin with, as this will determine how many spins are awarded, between 4 and 14.

Unfortunately, players won’t be able to accrue more free spins until the round is over. However, this is somewhat redeemed by the fact that the star multiplier icons appear more regularly.

Star Multiplier: This icon is Balloonies’ scatter symbol and this will appear on the first, second and third reels only. Every time you land on one of these symbols you will receive a multiplier of 2x your line bet. If you manage to score a winning combination and one of these star icons, your winnings will be awarded a 5x multiplier. The good news is that these can stack up, so if you manage to land 3 as well as a winning combination, your winnings can be multiplied by 15x.

Balloonies RTP %:

The payout percentage for Balloonies isn’t as clear cut as it is with some other games and this can differ from anywhere between 96.23%, all the way to 92.40%. This is by no means the highest payout rate that we’ve seen but overall, it’s not too bad.

Verdict:

The premise for this game is simplistic and fun no matter how old you are. The illustrations are quite cartoony but enjoyable nonetheless. There are loads of features crammed into this game and with the added bonus that you can play this game from anywhere thanks to the fact that IGT has optimised it to work from your mobile phone and tablet.