The original IGT Balloonies game is a player favorite, with its unusual feature where winning combinations disappear and new symbols float up to possible extend the win.
Balloonies Farm sticks to the winning format of the original, while introducing new balloon animals from the farmyard.
Balloonies Farm Slot Layout
The basic video slot format is typical, with 5 reels showing 3 symbols each. The number of paylines is fixed at 20, which means that the minimum bet is 20 coins.
The most powerful of the symbols is the Star, which is wild matching any symbol other than the Bonus symbol. The Star appears only on reels 2, 3, and 4. In addition to completing winning combinations, the Star symbols also contribute a multiplier that will apply to the entire result of the spin.
The rest of the symbols include cows, sheep, and pigs as balloon animals, and the card ranks Q, K, and A.
The Float Up Feature
The important feature of both the original Balloonies game and this restyled version is the ‘float up’ feature. After any winning combination is paid, any star symbols reveal their multiplier which can be 2X, 3X, or 5X in the base game. That multiplier is added to the running total of multipliers for this spin, and displayed on the small notebook near the win tally.
All balloons involved in a winning combination pop and leave an empty spot on the layout. Then, as you would expect of helium-filled balloons, the remaining symbols float up to the fill in the blanks. New symbols are added as needed from the bottom of the screen, and if you’re lucky, you’ll have another winning combination which starts the whole process again. And any additional Star wilds will keep adding to the running total of the multiplier.
The key to really big wins is chaining several of these wins together, along with some star multipliers along the way that apply to the final accumulated total.
The Free Spins Bonus
Collecting three of the Bonus symbols, which appear only on reels 2, 3, and 4, triggers the bonus round.
Upon triggering the bonus, you have an important decision to make.
Your choices are:
- 15 Free Spins, with 2X Star multipliers.
- 12 Free Spins, with 2X and 3X Star multipliers.
- 9 Free Spins, with 3X and 5X Star multipliers.
- 5 Free Spins, with 5X and 10X Star multipliers.
In my experience, when there are two values for the multiplier, you’ll get the lower value far more often than the higher value. Using that information, I settled on the 9 Free Spins option as offering the best return to the player. I’m pretty confident that either the 9 Spins or 5 Spins options are your best bet in the long run, even though the variance will be higher of course.
Although free spins cannot be retriggered during the bonus, you can still generate some big wins if you are lucky.
If you like the original Balloonies, give Balloonies Farm a shot. The farm animals add a cute extra to the theme, and the cumulative multipliers can make for some exciting spins.
Check the list below to find out which NJ casinos currently offer the game. Good luck!
Min Bet: $0.20
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