Aristocrat’s Buffalo slot is a classic slot machine game. This theme has been updated several times over the years. Today you can see the classic symbols with the ‘reel power’ 1024-ways to win setup. This setup dispenses with the idea of win-lines. Instead any combination of symbols from left to right on any of the 4 reels will win a payout.
This slot is based on the American wildlife of the 1800’s. As well as the iconic buffalo, you’ll find cougars, eagles and a mouse. Buffalo uses stacked symbols, which often means a lot of wins across the reels. You will find this feature on many other Aristocrat games, including 50 Lions and More Chili. This slot includes a free spins feature, which can result in some significant wins.
No Aristocrat slot machine would be complete without the mechanical ‘gallop’ sound as the reels stop. You will also find computerized tunes for wins. The graphics look good, without being cutting-edge. More recent versions of this game do include animations.
With the 1024-ways system you do not have to choose the number of lines to play. Instead you adjust the ‘reel cost’ which is a multiplier, and the bet per reel. Individual casinos will choose their own minimums, which vary from 50c and up. With the maximum bets you can spin for $625. There is an auto-play feature which lets you select from between 5 and 500 spins, this can be stopped at any time you choose.
As with all Aristocrat slots, you’ll have the opportunity to ‘gamble’ after any win. You can choose from red or black, or specific suits for the draw of a card.
The maximum win of 300 coins looks very small compared to other slots. There are two reasons why this is not the case. First of all, the buffalo symbols (which have the highest payout) are stacked. This means you can have many combinations (up to 1024x 300 coin wins with the entire reels covered). With all-ways play and a wild symbol (the sunset / coin combo), you’ll find a lot of these wins mounting up. The combination of wins it what gives this slot much of its appeal.
The wild sunset symbol also triggers the free spins bonus round, you can win 20 free spins with 5 of these, 15 for 4 and 8 for 3. Free spins can be retriggered. While you are playing the free spins, wild symbols become win multipliers. This gives you 2x (one) or 3x (more than one) the win totals when there are wilds included. Combine these with the 1024 possible winning combinations and stacked Buffalo symbols, and you’ll quickly see that this slot has big-win potential.
Did You Know? Facts about the Buffalo – The American Buffalo (on which this slot is based) are better known as Bison. There were once millions of them roaming the plains all the way from Canada to Mexico. Hunting all but wiped them out, and this species now appears on lists of endangered species. These animals are herbivores, and are well known for their large heads. The males use these to butt each other to attract females.
This is a simple slot by today’s standards. It is the hallmark Aristocrat gameplay and potential for big payouts which make this an enduringly popular game. This is not yet widespread online. Similar games have already made the transition to the internet, so we can hope to see this game joining them very soon.
Keep in mind that there are slots with the same name available as apps. These may be fun games, though they are not the real money originals produced by Aristocrat.