As the saying goes, where there’s muck there’s brass. Never is this truer than in the case of Cash Farm, a 5 reel game in the ever growing library of Novoline slots. The action takes place on a fictional farm (spoiler: this isn’t real life), where an array of cutesy animals jostle for position with tractors and the like, set against a background of stylised card symbols that resemble freshly painted farm gates. It’s all very charming, but how does the thing play? Well, much like any other Novomatic 5-reeler, you won’t be surprised to hear. As always, however, there are a few flourishes that distinguish this video slot from its peers.
Farmyards are traditionally messy, smelly places, but the only thing Cash Farm is redolent of is the sweet smell of success. That’s provided you play those reels like a virtuoso, of course, and coax the winning symbols onto the pay-line. Twenty five active lines, set across five reels, ensure there’s plenty to keep tabs on as critters fall into view and the game merrily emits bleeps of encouragement. In addition to setting your stake, there’s an autoplay option that takes all the hard work out of playing – assuming your idea of hard work is pressing a button repeatedly.
The graphics may be pleasing on the eye and the animation as smooth as you like, but you’re not here to ooh and ahh over the visuals: you’re here to clean up like the born winner you are. To do so, you’ll need to land a minimum of three symbols in a row. Three’s good, four’s better and five is the stuff that champions are made of. The amount you’ll win for achieving this feat depends upon the amount you’ve staked per payline, but it’s possible to scoop up to 1,000 x your bet.
There’s a lot of cash stashed around this farm; the grinning rabbits, pigs, cows, sheep and chickens will help you claim a portion of it, but the real money calls for some heavy lifting. That’s where the tractor comes into its own. The blue tractor serves as the scatter symbol, while the red barn symbol is wild; it can serve as a replacement for any of the animals. The tractor is also valuable in its own right. With three of them in view, you’ll activate the Pick & Win feature. Take your pick from the bales of straw which will shift to reveal the prize you’ve won. When a red arrow displays alongside your prize, you can pick from another bale, repeating the process until the dollar sign signals the end of the feature.
The other feature of note on Cash Farm is Reel Refill, which sees symbols drop into place until all of the reels have been filled in a variation of what is usually called cascading reels. If any wins are created in the process, you’ll be credited with the winnings before these reels are refilled again, giving you the chance to add to your tally. Once the reels have finished their merry dance, you’ll be given the option to gamble your winnings. Guess the colour of the card (red or black) to double your bet or lose the lot in a flash.
To quote Orwell (completely out of context), “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others”. So it goes at Cash Farm, where some of the creatures will prove more valuable than others in your quest to turn a profit. As a rule of thumb, the bigger the animal, the bigger the payout. Humans trump animals, however, which is why the tractor and barn symbols are the pick of the punch.
The game’s a lot of fun to play, with features that tie in nicely with the farmyard theme. Once you start playing, don’t be surprised if you soon find yourself lured in as the minutes and hours fly by. Because it’s relatively easy to get onto the feature board, there’s more to Cash Farm than just blindly pressing the start button.
Novomatic haven’t provided free spins on this game, which is an unusual move for them, but in every other respect it’s impressive. Having read this far through the review, you already know more than enough to get to work on the farm. However, should you require a quick refresher while in play, selecting More Info will give you the lowdown on the game rules. When you’re ready, give it a go and see what riches you can turn up.