Octoberfest (more commonly spelled as “Oktoberfest”) is an annual beer festival that revolves around eating lots of food, dancing, and, of course, drinking enough alcohol to make your liver explode. The most famous example of this celebration takes place each year in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, where more than two-million gallons of beer are consumed during the 16-day event.
The folks at Booming Games must love a frothy beverage every now and again, as they’ve gone and created the Octoberfest slot machine. This is a 5-reel, 20-payline slot with multiplying wilds, scatters, free games, and 2-way pays. If you’re unfamiliar with how it works, this review should pass along everything you need to know.
Booming Games makes all their products for the online market, so you’ll need to find a virtual casino in order to play this title. I’m not sure if they support mobile gaming, so those who enjoy playing on a smartphone should pay careful attention before opening an account.
Players can wager on any or all of the paylines, with the maximum amount being 20. As for the available denominations per line, these include 0.03, 0.05, 0.10, 0.20, 0.50, 0.75, 1.00, 1.50, 2.00, and 3.00.
For players on a strict budget, the game can be enjoyed for as little as 0.03. If you feel like taking a risk, the maximum possible wager costs 60.00 (but also offers larger payouts).
The pay table is vital to understanding how a particular slot machine works, as it details bonus games, payouts, and the various symbols that you’ll encounter. The following are the icons presented throughout Octoberfest, but keep in mind that their values change based on the player’s wager. In the following example, I’m using a 0.50 per-line wager, for a total bet of 10.00.
Octoberfest has multiplying wilds, and these can be located by looking for the multiplying value on certain wild symbols. When a winning payline contains one of these symbols, the regular payout is multiplied by the number indicated on the icon.
If three or more scatter symbols end up on the reels, the player receives 10 free spins and is taken to a bonus screen. The spins immediately begin counting down to zero, although an additional 10 games can be earned by hitting another scatter combo.
When three special symbols show up on the reels, the 2-Way Pay feature is activated. For the next 10 spins, winnings are counted from left to right and right to left. If matching symbols occur in a row, then it counts twice (and doubles the player’s prize). This feature can also be re-triggered.
While it’s not going to reinvent the wheel, the Octoberfest slot machine from Booming Games is a lot of fun for those who like beer and/or Bavarian culture. The music is jaunty, the special features are unique, and the top base payout of 6,000.00 is perfect for low rollers.