Not everyone is a fan of the everyday bumble bee, especially when they’re trying to enjoy a summer picnic. Fortunately, this bee-themed slot features a bunch of the flying fellows in a good mood. Their mood is so good in fact, that they offer you the opportunity to win both honey and money.
The game itself is a three-reel slot and at first glance you might think it’s basic. However, you’ll quickly realise that this is much richer and has more variety than your average three-reel slot. You have a mix of nudges and holds which can give you instant wins and a honey based bonus game where multipliers are the order of the day.
In the centre of the screen are the three reels. Unlike a number of other such games, this slot has just a single win line (across the centre). To keep the game very simple, you’ll need to land three matching symbols on the win line to win. You have no wilds and none of the symbols will pay out for landing less than three – this aspect is as straightforward as you can get.
During play you have two modes to choose from – standard and super. The difference between the two is the higher stakes and the higher prizes when in super mode.
The highest paying symbols in the game are the bees. While there are a number of bees on the screen, the reels feature a close-up of a single bee’s head. This bee has antennas, wears sunglasses and has a cheesy grin on its face. Land three in a row and you’ll win 500x your stake. Next on the pay table are bee hives, worth 80x your stake when you win.
The rest of the symbols in the game are those you will have seen at many traditional slots over the years. The sevens, bars and melons are the highest paying, worth 40x, 20x and 10x respectively. The remaining symbols are plums, grapes, oranges and cherries, which pay between 8x and 1x your stake.
Many of the features on this MicroGaming designed slot are based in old style fruit machines, where nudges and holds played a large role. When you have a nudge, you have the opportunity to nudge a reel down one, so the symbol above the pay-line now moves onto it. A hold is a spin of the reels where you can choose to freeze one or more of the reels (perfect when you have two matching symbols).
There are some unusual features alongside this. The ‘Shifta’ feature holds one reel and then matching symbols appear on the other two reels. A ‘Superhold’ lets you hold the reels after a winning spin, guaranteeing the same pay- out again. ‘Hold This Reel’ sees one reel shake – this will indicate that the other two reels will land the same matching symbol, so don’t miss out! If you see ‘Let em’ Spin’, simply spin the reels without holding any and you’ll be guaranteed a win.
The honey based feature is activated when landing three honeypots on the reels. You’ll now move to the honeypots above the reels. Initially you’ll hit the stop button on 1, 2 or 3, to give you a starting win. Then each honeycomb square will show a multiplier of between 10x and 120x. The game will then remove five honeycombs and offer you one of the multipliers. You can accept or wait for the next five. Eventually there will be one honeycomb left – so aim to pick the best multiplier you can.
Bees Knees is certainly one of the most colourful slots you’ll find online. The whole screen is covered by the antics of the bees, with yellow, blue and green everywhere. The reels are small and in the centre of the screen, these with the classic, curved white reels. The pay table is displayed to the right-hand side of the screen and the control panel is at the bottom. An impressive image of a male bee holding cash is to the left, while the queen looks on impressed to the right.
Three-reel slots will usually be the most straightforward games you’ll find in an online casino. Bees Knees isn’t anything of the sort. The opportunity to nudge and hold throughout the game adds real involvement for the player. While the bonus feature is a good one too – make sure you use the right strategy and maximise those winnings.