An Entertaining 3 Reel Pokie with 2 Bonus Games
The Yardbirds pokie is set on a farm, with chickens and a wily fox taking the leading roles. This popular game has an unusual 3-reel setup. You can win by lining up symbols in any direction. There are entertaining animations while you play – including that fox, which will poke its head from behind the reels.
While you spin, banjos will play. This gives a generally upbeat feel to the game. Things get even more upbeat when the features kick in. There is a fun chicken and egg picks game, free spins and a random mini-feature where you get to choose from 3 eggs. This game proved to be a hit, and Aristocrat have produced a new version, subtitled ‘Fox’s Revenge’.
Here are the highlights of the original Yardbirds pokie:
To trigger the main picks bonus, you’ll need hit 3 of the bonus symbols showing an egg anywhere on the reels. If you get 2 of these, the 3rd reel spins longer, showing a flurry of feathers while you wait to see if the final bonus symbol hits.
You then go to a screen showing 9 brightly coloured eggs. Some of them are moving in a cartoon way – like a chick is trying to get out. On the left of the screen are some animal outlines. A chicken, sheep, pig, cow and horse.
You pick eggs in turn with the fox. Each will reveal an animal, which moves to the left – the horse has the biggest prize, and the chicken the smallest. You can accumulate several of each animal. When the fox gets a turn, he removes and egg (in cartoon fashion) and runs off with it.
Picking a chicken has an additional benefit. This will fly over the reels adding more eggs, prolonging the game.
When all the eggs have gone – the total prize from the animals you collected is yours.
In addition to the egg bonus symbols, there are others which say ‘Free Spins’. 3 of these are required to start the free spins bonus. You get 7 spins, with one extra feature.
Fox symbols turn into wilds during the free spins game. These can connect win-lines both vertically and from left to right, making them more valuable than wilds in games with a regular setup.
On some spins you will hear a rooster crow. After you spin, 3 big eggs will appear in nests over the reels. They bounce, and you pick one of them, revealing either a cash prize or one of the two bonus games described above.
There are two unusual things about the setup of this game. First, it is a 3×3 grid – where the symbols appear to spin independently instead of as strips. Second wins g vertically as well as horizontally. You can bet in increments of 50 coins – with high-limit rooms offering bets as high as $25 per spin.
Most symbols are chicken themed. With a weather-vane (with rooster on top), hen house, row of chickens and sack of corn all featuring. There is a classic cartoon fox, which becomes animated (and wild) during the free spins bonus feature.
The Yardbirds slot machine has an entertaining design, though not one which is going to win any awards. The best of the action happens in the chicken and egg picks game. I like the parts where the fox runs off with an egg in a different way each time. The sound effects here are entertaining too. You’ll get a mix of banjo tunes, chicken effects and other farm animal noises in the picks game.
With 5-reel pokies dominant these days, it is good to see a 3-reel game which packs in plenty of action. The base game is simple, though multi-directional wins help keep the line hits coming. Where this game comes to life is in the two bonus features. You can enjoy the cartoon capers of the chicken and egg picks bonus – or added wilds for the fox free spins.