Rarely have we seen any mobile slot game without some kind of big branding behind it receive quite as much hype and expectation as Balloonies. We had never really considered the potential of balloon animals as the central element in a slots theme – although there has been just about every other kind of animal offered on the reels over the years. However, it is fair to say, at risk of dropping a couple of spoilers here, that IGT has put together something truly impressive here on this game and it is potentially a contender for being the best mobile slot that we have ever played. All the details, along with the best places at which to play this game for real, can be found below.
What to Expect
Looks might not be everything on any slot game, but when you are immediately struck and impressed by the look and feel of a game, it can inspire any reviewer to feel like a lot of effort has gone in to every aspect of the game in question. Here on Balloonies, the aforementioned balloon animals are the stars of the show on the board, and they are supported in perhaps the most traditional manner, by playing card ranks. However, even those symbols manage to look good here on this game, mainly because they use the same twisted balloon visual as everything else on the board. All of the symbols are bold and colourful, and the game controls are simple but effective with just a couple of buttons and twenty win lines to contend with.
In a move that makes perfect sense, the Balloonies slot makes use of its own version of rolling reels. Traditionally, winning symbols disappear in some fashion and more fall onto the board from above. Here, however, the symbols that contribute to any winning combination will pop and float away, with their replacements arriving from below instead.
An added element of the base game action involves the star multiplier. This symbol can appear just like anything else, and will randomly award a multiplier of two, three or five times on current prizes. The various star symbols can also multiply each other, with the resulting boost then being applied to the current win. Sure, you need to have a win on the board in the first place to get anything at all out of them, but this is a simple but effective new addition that serves to make the base game even more interesting than normal.
In addition to finely crafted balloon animals, players will also encounter more traditional balloons on the reels, and this is about as close as players will get to a scatter symbol on the board. Land three or more and you will be invited to pop one of the balloons. Inside will be six, eight or twelve free spins, which proceed to play out immediately. There is no guaranteed multiplier on these free spins, but the star symbol continues to play a part in keeping the action going.
The MobileCasino.net Verdict
We cannot put our finger on exactly what makes Balloonies so special, but all of the admittedly basic ingredients to the game all come together to make for an experience that is simply downright fun. There is the thrill of waiting to see whether a star symbol will come along to bump up your prizes, and the floating reels ensure that the wins have every chance of keeping on coming. IGT has by no means reinvented the wheel here on this game, but if you want a shot at decent wins while being entertained in the process, it really does not get much bigger and better than this.