Tue, May 14, 3:58am by Noah Taylor
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:24pm
There are now 3 Betty Boop pokies. With the success of these games, I’d be surprised if even more titles were not in the pipeline. All of them feature the famous cartoon lady, and her dog Pudgy. In the latest title, you’ll join the duo on a shopping trip down the famous 5th Avenue. The styling has an art-deco feel, and the action comes thick and fast.
While this review will focus on the Betty Boop 5th Avenue pokies, the other titles are also mentioned below. There are a lot of bonus features in the latest game – many of them involving shopping in various boutiques! Here are the highlights:
The wheel bonus symbols on the reels of this Betty Boop pokie look like controls for elevators from the 1930’s. You need 3 on the middle reels to trigger a giant wheel bonus. The stake used makes a big difference to what you can win. To be in with a shot at the 3 progressive jackpots, you need to bet the maximum.
If you bet less than max, you can still win some substantial cash awards – though the progressive jackpots will not appear on the reels.
To trigger the picks bonuses, you need to get 3 of the special art-deco style logo bonus symbols on reels 1, 3 and 5. This takes you to a screen where you pick from 6 of these symbols, which are hanging down from the top of the screen.
Each one will take you to a different shop. These bonuses all look slightly different, though they are all picks games. Examples include shopping for accessories. Here you pick whether they are for ‘him’ or ‘her’ first, then head into a shop with lots of boxes on shelves. You then pick boxes, revealing gloves, hats and so on. You need to pick 3 of the same type to win a prize. Jewellery is similar, with 3 picks to reveal different prizes.
On any spin in the base game you might find the reels surrounded by hearts. The small white dog, Pudgy will then appear, bouncing over the reels. This can make up to 3 reels completely wild for some spins. Other times he will add between 3 and 10 individual wilds to the reels.
While this is a simple bonus (with an entertaining animation) it does add that extra level of anticipation to the game-play. You know that he can appear on any spin and sometimes create big wins out of nothing!
Most of the symbols on this 30 win-line pokie are either shopping related or playing cards. The big wins come via piles of gift boxes, cappuccinos (with a heart design), a purse and so on. There are regular blue wild symbols in play – in addition to the ones left by the dog. Bets for this pokie are in increments of 50c. This covers you for all the win-lines, plus the different features.
Fans of the original cartoon will be pleased to know that Betty appears as the host (along with Pudgy) on the top left. While you spin, she appears to be waling down 5th avenue, with the scene scrolling past behind her.
There are plenty of small animations and effects such as the screen getting covered in pink hearts. These include the dog bouncing around, leaving orange trails behind him. Betty will speak, complimenting you on big wins and your choice of bonus games.
Shopping bonuses involve their own sequences and animations. These are cartoon like and simple, though varied enough to keep this game entertaining.
For the professional design and varied game-play, it is hard to fault this Betty Boop pokie title. Things can get interesting in the base-game, though the main reason to play is the variety of picks games. Some of these can unlock big wins, though the biggest prizes come via the jackpot wheel.
If you enjoyed this game why not try out the Betty Boop Love Meter pokies, or the original in this series – where Betty Boop takes on the role of a fortune teller.