Wed, Feb 27, 1:44am by Mia Chapman
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:28pm
Burst Balloon Animals for Win after Win
Balloonies is a pokie all about those balloon animals that are so popular at children’s parties. On the reels are a balloon variation of a monkey, an elephant, a giraffe and the face of a blue creature which could be anything, with strange ears that look like they’ve come from a space hopper. What you don’t need around balloons are spikes, so the hedgehog balloon isn’t very welcome, which is why it might have a scowl on its face. Get bursting those balloons and you can enjoy a fantastic run of wins.
Features That See This Pokie Float Above the Crowd
Balloonies uses the floating reels format. The first thing you’ll notice after hitting the spin button is that the symbols float upwards to fill the reels, as opposed to the usual pokie where the reels spin from top to bottom.
The action starts when you land a win. After being paid for that win, all of the winning symbols will pop and disappear, with the balloonies from below floating up and taking their place. Brand new symbols appear from the bottom – filling the gaps. The reels will be evaluated again, and any more wins paid out, while these winning symbols will again pop. Keep on winning and the symbols will keep on disappearing, with the potential of many wins for the cost of just one spin.
Balloon stars can appear on the reels at any time and will offer a multiplier. These appear on reels 1, 2 and 3 only and offer multipliers of 2x, 3x and 5x, which will be applied to any win during a spin. If two or more star multipliers appear on the reels these multipliers will be added together. For example, land a 2x multiplier alongside a 5x multiplier and your win will be multiplied by 7.
Look out for the bonus symbol which is represented by a large red balloon with the word ‘bonus’ (appropriately!) across the front in big orange lettering. This triggers the 2-step bonus feature:
You’ll now enter a pick me round featuring red, blue and green balloons. You’ll now simply pick one of the three which will reveal the number of free spins awarded. The number of spins awarded will be between 4 and 14. You can’t retrigger the feature as there are no bonus balloons in play during the spins, but this is good news, as they are replaced by more star multipliers.
Balloonies features the popular 5×3 reel configuration and has a set number of 20 win-lines that pay from left to right. The hedgehog wild symbol will enable many more wins as it will substitute for any other symbol apart from the bonus (those spikes will therefore be popping many balloons). The strange blue balloon animal is the highest paying, worth 1,000 coins for the maximum five in a row. The monkey, the elephant and the giraffe are next on the pay table, worth 500, 400 and 300 coins respectively. A, K and Q balloons complete the pay table.
This IGT designed pokie plays out against the backdrop of a beautiful blue-sky day, with just the odd puffy white cloud amongst the rays of the sun. All of the balloonies have a fun cartoon look and who knew balloon animals could blink? The game is colourful and entertaining throughout, certainly appealing to those who enjoy games with a friendly, light-hearted design. The soundtrack has the same upbeat atmosphere, adding to the appealing nature of the game.
At first glance you might think Balloonies is a little bit lightweight (just like the balloons themselves). However, the airy and fun design disguises a game that has more weight to it than you might think. The floating reels ensure that you can enjoy those multiple wins, while the star multipliers can give any spin a welcome boost. Enter the free spins feature and you’ll enjoy more of these boosts than ever. Balloonies is a pleasing and quick game, ideal if you’ve got a spare fifteen minutes!