Fri, May 24, 9:45pm by Mia Chapman
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:24pm
Duck hunting is not the first thing that springs to mind when you think of pokie themes. Duck Dynasty from Bally is based on the reality TV show of the same name. That show followed the Robertson family, and their big duck hunting equipment business. There are plenty of clips from the series while you spin. The main members of the family, sporting impressive beards, stand above the reels while you play.
This pokie is crammed with bonus features. All of them have a tie-in with the TV show, and some even involve the famous duck-calls. You’ll find picks games, free spins and chances to win progressive jackpots. Here are the highlights of the Duck Dynasty pokies:
While the bonus features are varied and entertaining, you can’t unlock them directly on the reels. Instead you need to spin a giant wheel by swiping the screen. The usual 3 bonus symbols are needed to trigger the spin.
Some of the segments lead you to a second bonus wheel. This ‘Duck Prize’ wheel has cash rewards along with multipliers. These awards are in coins that match your initial bet size.
The other segments on the main bonus wheel point to different bonus games. Each of these starts with a clip from the show. Many of them are themed around the main characters – so the clips show their most iconic moments.
A great example of the type of bonus games you’ll find involved the famous duck calls. After seeing a clip, you get to pick a duck call by tapping the screen. This becomes large, and you tap again to make the duck sound. Next you see a pond, with ducks flying high overhead. You get a prize on the left, and each duck that lands on your pond multiplies this. For example, $20 per duck and 5 ducks get you a $100 win.
Another bonus taken from a TV show moment is Willies’ archery target. This is inside the factory, and you’ll see a clip of it in action. Next you see a target and a first-person shooter perspective of a bow with arrow. There are two shots, one from Willie and the other is yours. The closer to the middle of the target you get, the bigger your prize.
There are also bonus games based on fishing (pick a lure, then see what you catch). One bonus game involves frogs – and there is even one where Si is dancing.
The final bonus is a progressive jackpot. This is not triggered from the wheel. Instead you need to line up 5 logo symbols without the use of a wild. Note that you can’t win the biggest progressive unless you bet the max.
This game uses super-stacked mystery symbols over a 5×4, 50 win-line setup. This means there are long strips of symbols on the reel which are changed at random each time you spin. You’ll see the result is that a single symbol often dominates the reels. There are also stacked wild symbols in play which can connect multiple winning combinations.
Big wins come from the logo symbols, along with the main characters. There are 6 characters in general. The guys who run the business (Phil, Willie, Jase and Si), plus Korie and Miss Kay. The smaller wins come from pictures of ducks and deer.
The music has a Southern US, countryside feel to it and fits the scenes brilliantly. There are plenty of clips from the show to keep you entertained before the bonuses and when you hit big wins. The scene above the reels sees the guys moving slightly while you spin. Sound effects include the obligatory duck calls.
With this show now over for several years, the appeal might be smaller than in their heyday. Overall, this is still an entertaining pokie with a strong element of humour to it. While the guys might be ‘different’ to most of us, their antics are certainly worthy of bonus games! On a more serious note, super-stacked symbols, progressive jackpots and wins with big multipliers make sure that Duck Dynasty has plenty of big win potential!