The slots industry has a lot of cutesy games for you to play through, but none leave quite the impression as Very Big Goats, developed by Spinomenal. If there’s one thing that the brand is known for, it’s that they always try to push the boat out when it comes to themes and designs. From our personal experiences though, this is by far the most inventive they’ve gotten with styles; this is vibrant, quirky, and comical.
As good as the aesthetics are, there’s more to the 5-reels grid than it simply looking great, there’s free spins based on the little goats, and there’s an interactive bonus game. Think of it like a board game of cat and mouse, but with goats and wolves. We’d say it’s the best bit of the entire game, though the remainder of the paytable is also decent, if only in the sense that there are monetary gains.
Before we get down to the nitty gritty of the special features of this real cash slot, there’s the difference between the symbols on the matrix: high and low values. They’re easy to identify, and we don’t mean simply because of the figures attached to them, but because of their appearance as well.
There are five high value icons in this game, all of them members of the goat clan and then the predatory wolf, which happens to be the lowest paying tile of them all at between 10 and 80 credits. If you’re interested in the big leagues of payments, you’ll need to get between three and five of the baby goat images, that way you’ll walk away with up to 300 coins.
Still, as far as slot payments go, this isn’t a highly rewarding title, not when you consider that games from brands like Novomatic tend to have much more substantial payouts. However, they also have very steep betting ranges, which means you tend to pay for what you get, whereas in Very Big Goats the initial stake is only 0.50 credits.
Speaking of different slots, logically you won’t be able to play Very Big Goats all the time without getting bored, so what are you meant to do? We’d suggest seeking out another slot machine that has similar features and/or formats; the main appeal of this particular activity is that has medium volatility with a 96.44% RTP.
Therefore, if you want to carry on playing with those type of odds stacked in your favour, you need to be looking at games like Lucky Halloween. It’s the same level of challenge, and the RTP is 95%, which isn’t too dramatically different. Add to that that it also includes extra wilds and the same layout, and you’re essentially playing the same activity.
We’ve done a lot of talking about the mechanics of the game, and where you can get your alternative fixes, but we seriously need to discuss the main feature of the game: the bonus round. Don’t get us wrong, the free spins are enjoyable with their multipliers and additional wilds, but they’re nothing when compared with the board game between Wolfy and the adorable female goat.
For the level to activate, you’ll need to have the whole first reel taken up by the wolf’s image, followed by the last reel of the grid showing the girl goat being chewed up by the wolf’s teeth. It sounds gruesome when put into words, but we assure you that the visuals are less scary and more funny. Now you’ll watch as the wolf chases our damsel out into the woods, to a clearing where a yellow pathway can be found, with most of the spaces labelled with multipliers.
For you to be successful at this feature, you need to keep landing on the winning squares rather than the game over ones. What is more, you need to make sure that the wolf doesn’t catch up to you. Should you land on the game over sign, you’ll watch as candy springs from the ground, distracting the goat, leaving her open to be captured by the big bad wolf.
Very Big Goats is a fun 50-winline slot machine and one that we find quite inventive, at least when it comes to its looks. However, we wouldn’t say anything else is overly innovative when you take a closer look, even the board game style bonus has been seen elsewhere before. Still, this is one of the better slot machines to pass the time with when you’re in need of some R&R.