Wed, Feb 27, 4:51am by Charlotte Lee
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:26pm
On the surface, In Bloom looks like a beautifully produced pokie featuring flowers and butterflies. When you start to spin, you’ll find that these flowers can literally come to life. When they create winning combinations, individual flowers can bloom. Instead of a single flower, you get up to 5 (depending on the reel) on each symbol. Instead of 5 of a kind wins, you can line up 15 of a kind!
While you spin, the gentle summertime atmosphere is completed with smooth classical music. There are also butterflies and fountains on the reels. You can trigger a free spins bonus where you get to choose the only type of flowers to populate the reels. This stylish an innovative pokie also has big scatter prizes. Here are the horticultural highlights:
Higher paying symbols are represented by 4 flowers. These are a yellow rose, poppy, calla lily and a water lily.
It is possible to trigger up to 15 of a kind wins with the bloom feature – though more complex than just ‘up to 5’ each time. The number of flowers that can grow with the original one depends on which reel they land on.
Only the 5th reel can see 5 flowers on a single symbol – while only the 3rd reel sees 4 of a kind blooms. 3 flowers can appear on reels 2, 3 and 4. Finally, any reel can have either a single or a double.
You don’t need to think about this when you are spinning. The flowers will simply bloom, and you’ll be awarded wins based on the total number you line up!
Triggering the bonus needs 3 butterflies. These can either appear independently – or be sat on ornamental fountains on reel 3.
Those fountains will trigger both the bonus and a 60x your bet scatter win if you cover the middle reel with 3 of them. If you get 1 or 2, butterflies can appear at random (landing elsewhere), which will also trigger the free spins.
When you trigger the free spins, you’ll have a choice of which flower will replace the others for the duration – becoming the only flower on the reels.
Poppies have the biggest prize. If you choose those, you’ll get 5 free spins. This goes up to 8 spins for the roses, 10 for the calla lily and 12 for the water lily.
Your chances of big wins (even the 15 of a kind ones) shoot up with only one flower.
After your free spins are completed, you’ll see a garden scene with all the flowers growing in it. This is a quick picks type game. You get to choose one bloom and will be awarded a cash prize of between 1x and 50x your triggering bet.
While everything else grows, the setup of the reels remains firmly fixed! This pokie uses a 5×3 reel grid with 40 win-lines active. You’ll spin from 50c a time and up. This covers the 40 win-lines + 10 coins for the bonus features.
Those 15 of a kind wins are worth hitting. If you get the poppies in full bloom, 1000 coins are coming your way. As well as the 4 flowers, there are playing card symbols on the reels. These behave normally, with wins of between 3 and 5 of a kind paying smaller prizes.
This pokie is literally a riot of colour. Not only are there flowers blooming on the reels, the whole scene is surrounded by them. Above the reels is a floral display, while plants and flowers grow from the bottom. In between are hills and trees.
Classical music and the ‘pop’ sounds of the flowers blooming when you win with them add to the gentle, summertime feel of this game.
Even if you are not normally a fan of flowers, there is a lot to like about this IGT pokie. The game-play is unique. While games like ‘Cats’ had double symbols, In Bloom goes one step further – allowing wins of up to 15 of a kind. There is a strategy element too. When you get the free spins you can choose more spins, or higher paying flowers. Either way you’ll get a garden bonus when your spins are complete, giving you a shot at up to 50x your triggering bet.