I cannot say too many Aristocrats are humorous, though Chicken 2 is certainly the notable exception. This game answers the eternal question of why did the chicken cross the road? The answer, as it turns out, is for money. Each time you successfully navigate the chicken across the road, you double your win.
This is a ‘reel power’ game, which means there are no win-lines in the familiar sense. Instead there are 243 winning combinations. Any sequence of symbols from left to right (starting in the first reel) counts as a win. This takes the guesswork out of ‘is it on a line?’ – making slots easier to follow.
Symbols are clear and clean, though like on many Aristocrat pokies, these are not visually impressive. Having a break out bonus round in the form of the chicken crossing the road, is unusual for this slots maker. More and more games like Outback Jack and the new White Wizard are being released with having interesting features – as well as the trademark playability of these slots.
You will find the trademark signs of an Aristocrat slot on Chicken II. These include the clicking sound as the reels stop, the playing cards symbols with gems and the crazy sounding electronic tunes which change depending on the size of your win. Symbols include the chicken (of course!), a policeman, truck, some TNT and traffic lights – there is also an egg to add in a second joke about which came first.
This live slot is a touch screen game, and instead of choosing the number of lines, you’ll select the number of reels. With the reel power system, removing just one reel reduces the combinations from 243 to 81, removing a second reel take these down to 27 and so on. I prefer the full amount of reels every time, and you can always reduce your coin size to make this possible. You can select both your coin size and a ‘per reel cost’ which acts as a multiplier. The lowest spins on these games are usually in the 25c to 50c range with the top at around $100 per spin.
The top symbol is the chicken (who looks suspiciously duck-like to me). You can get 5000 coins for 5 chickens, 2250 for 5 policemen with the truck, TNT and traffic lights also having big payouts. The eggs are the wild symbols, with 3 or more triggering the cross the road feature, they substitute for everything except the scatter symbols. TNT is the scatter, and 5 of these anywhere on the reels will get you a nice 3750 payout. The playing card symbols make up the smaller payouts. With the 243 winning combinations, you’ll have plenty of chances to line up small wins.
This is a break out screen bonus round, where you need to safely get a chicken across the road. The number of eggs (scatter symbols) you get when triggering the bonus determines your win multiplier. What I like about this bonus is that it is not ‘double or nothing’ like the old playing card gamble option. Instead you can double or lose half, which takes away a lot of the risk. You’ll be faced with a road, and simply need to hit the ‘cross’ button. The chicken will then move, and if it gets to the other side without being squashed, you double your money. You can leave the game at any time.
I like this slot, it is simple, quirky and has a fun break out bonus round. I cannot see this as a long-term favorite, after all – the joke would wear off pretty quickly. It is a slot which is worthy of a play, and yet another sign that Aristocrat are moving away from ‘just free spins’ and letting players enjoy more break out bonuses.