Get that winning feeling with Lucky Buzz, a slot machine which shrinks its players to a microscopic level to meet some weird and wonderful insect characters. The game has 5 reels, 20 paylines and a whole load of novelty style symbols to line up into winning combinations, with a base game jackpot that 20,000 credits.
Making sure that spinners get the best buzz possible from this slot machine are a few special icons such as a wild and scatter, the latter of which has the potential to award from free spins with guaranteed stacked wilds. On top of that, punters can benefit from a simple gamble game and a special Jackpot Cards bonus round that is the trademark of the software company EGT.
Let's face it, bugs, insects and other creepy crawlies don't exactly get a good reputation amongst us human beings. If we're not squishing the on sight then we're making films about how they might one day turn into gargantuan, indestructible versions of themselves to take over the world. There is genuinely a film (called Them!) from the 1950s that is about giant nuclear ants who take over America and it is genuinely quite terrifying and hilarious in equal measures.
Anyway, that aside, we tend not to think of anything in the animal kingdom with more than four legs as being very cuddly or adorable. However, this slot machine might just change your mind because it attempts to pain the insect world in a much more pleasant light than that which we are used to from old monster movies and science fiction stories. As such, players are presented with a gang of silly cartoon cuddly crawlies, all performing various novelty tasks – some of which are stranger than others.
There is a mosquito, for example, who is hiccuping after having a few to many glasses of vino while a chubby caterpillar is stuffing himself with a tasty leaf. Elsewhere, a grasshopper is serving dinner, a lady ant is getting hay fever from a flower and a disgruntles looking weevil is getting miffed in his automobile – designed to look like a Volkswagen Beetle, of course.
Lucky Buzz also features a couple of other symbols, both of which are bestowed with special gameplay characteristics. To begin with, there is a wild symbol – depicted by an elegant moth character – which will appear on reels 2, 3, and 4 to fill in the gaps for other icons on the reels except for one. That non-substitutable symbol is the bumble bee scatter icon, three of which on the second, third and fourth reels in any position will trigger a round of 3 free spins.
Truth be told, that may not sound like a lot of free games and it is somewhat disappointing considering that the slot machine doesn't offer any other special bonus rounds (other than the customary EGT Jackpot Cards game). However, this set of wager-less spins might prove to be very rewarding considering the fact that each spin is guaranteed to come with a stack of expanded wild symbols.
Essentially, the first free spin will add a stacked wild to the second reel, while the second free spin will stack the wilds on the third reel and the third and final free spin will add expanded wilds to the fourth reel. What's more, players can trigger an additional free spin if a special ladybird icon appears on the first reel during the bonus round.
This slot machine boasts a fair amount of winning chances with 20 paylines available to be placed on the reels, although it is possible for spinners to lay down 15, 10, 5 or just 1 if they wish to shake things up. When players have selected their desired amount of paylines, they can then choose the total bets from options presented at the bottom of the reels, which will represent the following wagers per line: 1, 2, 5, 10 and 20. The reason why it is important to understand the bet per line value is because all of the wins in the game are paid as line bet multipliers when two or more symbols align from left to right:
So, with a 20 credit line bet, spinners can hope to land a 20,000 credit jackpot from this slot machine. But that's not the only have to win. Because, there is always an opportunity to boost your smaller wins up to 35x the value of the total bet with a straightforward double-or-nothing gamble game. Or, alternatively, you can cross your fingers and hope to be randomly selected to play the EGT Jackpot Cards game with four progressive jackpots up for grabs.
There are loads of slot machines out there that celebrate the natural world, but Lucky Buzz will take spinners right down to the ground level to meet some of nature's less promoted characters – bugs and insects. In truth, this game isn't going to appeal to every punter out there because, not only is it about creepy crawlies, but it does look a bit childish and outdated with its cartoon design. However, there are bound to be some players who see the merit in this bight and silly theme, not to mention the 20,000-credit jackpot and potentially lucrative round of free spins.