There is an entertaining contradiction in the design elements of this Ainsworth pokie. Most of the pokie symbols show animals. These range from a full-face of a cat to a ram, chicken or horse. As you’d expect from Ainsworth slots, they are detailed and beautifully produced. Contrasting with this, you’ll find a cartoon goose. This hatches from golden eggs – and looks like a goose version of Donald duck.
During the free spins bonus, this goose will be a very welcome sight. He walks over the reels, turning 3+ reels into matching symbols. You’ll also find a non-standard reel setup, win multipliers and a randomly awarded progressive jackpot prize. Here are the key reasons to have a gander at the Loose Goose Pokies:
The only standard thing about the Loose Goose pokies free spins bonus is the way you trigger it. This requires 3 or more special bonus symbols anywhere on the reels. They show a nest containing 3 golden eggs. When you win with them, one will crack, revealing the head and beak of a cartoon goose. These symbols come with scatter wins, as well as 12 free spins.
In the base game, the reels have a 3-3-4-4-4 setup. During the free spins bonus, they become square – reverting to a more standard 5×4 setup.
Above the reels a hen house reveals a small wheel. This spins along with the reels. It will stop to reveal a win multiplier of up to 5x. That is applied to any wins you hit during that spin.
With every win at least doubled, this free spins game is worth hitting. It has one more trick up its sleeve which makes it a lot better.
This involves a symbol showing the head of the loose goose. It only appears on reel 1. When the reels stop, this turns into a full-size goose, covering the entire reel. It then walks to the left, covering either 3, 4 or all 5 reels.
Now it will change into one of the other symbols at random. This can be anything from the higher paying animals to the filler playing cards. If the goose walks over all 5 reels, you’ll trigger all 100 win-lines at the same time. Now it is a matter of looking at the wheel above the reels to see what multiplier you get!
You can retrigger for 5 more spins (and further scatter prizes) with 3 or more of the golden egg symbols.
As with many Ainsworth pokies, Loose Goose has stand alone jackpots. These are won at random. There are also long stacks of wild symbols (which show the Loose Goose logo). With 100 win-lines in play, plus the walking goose in the bonus feature, these stacked wilds will come in extremely useful on some spins.
It is unusual for Ainsworth pokies to switch from the standard rectangles for reels. This game uses a narrower 3-row setup for the first 2 reels, which expand out to 4 rows for the final 3. You can bet in increments of $1.
Animals have the highest prizes. There are a lot of them. Look out for the cats, rams and horses for bigger line hits. Rabbits and chickens also pay well. The usual playing card fillers make up the smaller wins. These can still be valuable if you combine a full screen and a big multiplier in the bonus feature.
You’ll see glimpses of a cornfield around the reels of this pokie, with a hen house above. The reels are crowded, with many of the animal heads a little too big for the positions for an individual symbol. With a lot of small animations, this gives Loose Goose an immersive and polished feel.
Just as you get used to the high quality though ‘serious’ graphics, a cartoon goose arrives. This character will goose-step over the reels, looking uncannily like Donald Duck!
I enjoyed this game, which has more depth to the game play than many Ainsworth pokies. You’ll start with an unusual reel setup, along with plenty of stacked wilds. Things get more interesting when you trigger the main bonus. Special goose symbols turn several reels into matching symbols. At the same time a win multiplier gets awarded for every win.