After a big win on MicroGaming’s Moonshine slot, you might find yourself shouting ‘Yeee Hawww!’. This is game is all about the rednecks. It comes complete with bluegrass banjo type jingles when you win. The wild symbol is a grandma with a shotgun, and you’ll find plenty of other characters on the reels. There is pumpkin pie, green tomatoes and even a tin of sardines to line up for your wins.
The free spins bonus feature has two parts. You’ll pick your spins and multipliers first, then the party begins! In addition to this bonus game you can hit scatter wins, which pay out independently of the win-lines.
You’ll find 25 win-lines in play as a default for this game – though you can lower this number if you wish. These cross a regular 5-reel, 3 row grid. You can choose your coin size starting at 1c, and play up to 5 coins per line to boost your bet. The usual bet max and auto-play controls are in use.
The pay-out table is reached via two bottles of greenish moonshine underneath the reels. These reveal that the Grandma in a rocking chair is both the wild and the highest paying symbol. Don’t be taken in by her confused, sweet look – when you do trigger a win with this wild, you’ll quickly find a shotgun pointing your way!
Five wilds are worth 8000 coins, with 1000 for just 4. You’ll collect wins down to 2 of a kind, which are worth 5 coins. Grandma will substitute for all of the other regular symbols, though not the policeman scatter or moonshine bottle bonus symbols.
Higher prizes come from 3 guys and a pig! The guys all have a redneck farmer look about them, and are drawn in cartoon style. One with a hat and striking orange eyebrows. Five of these will get you 500 coins.
Smaller wins come from a real mix of foods. There is a pumpkin and pie, stew in a bowl, and even a tin of sardines. These replace the regular fruits or playing card symbols you’ll find on many slots.
With a big moustache, the policeman has a classic star badge and is pointing a finger right at you. This symbol pays based on the total number in view. If you get 5 on a single spin, you’ll win 60 times your total spin bet. This goes down to 25 times that bet for 4 and 2x for just 3. Scatters do not trigger any bonus games in the Moonshine slot.
A corked glass bottle with greenish liquid inside is a bonus symbol. This particular moonshine will get you free spins – with a win multiplier of up to 4x.
First, you’ll go to a screen where the symbols are replaced with tiles. You click on these, revealing extra free spins and increased multipliers. You keep on picking tiles until you hit the ‘Start Free Spins’ one.
Your extras are added to 3, 4 or 5 free spins (depending on how many moonshine bottles you triggered the bonus with), and the game begins. The reels are filled with moonshine for this feature. At the end of the spins you’ll see a farmhouse with the family gathered outside, and your total win is displayed.
Overall the design is in a cartoon style. You’ll hear a background track of chirping crickets (this could do with pausing after a while!). The symbols are drawn with real character. Grandma stands out. She looks very sweet, and almost confused on the reels – right up to the moment she points the shotgun your way. I also like the guy with big teeth, who grins while he plays the banjo.
You’ll hear a short burst of banjo type music when you hit a win. There is more of this associated with the free spins bonus game. Other sound effects include sploshing sounds when the moonshine symbols hit (and during the free spins when the reels are filled with liquor).
I’m not sure I’d be brave enough to drink that green liquid – though the Moonshine slot is certainly enjoyable to play. It is a simple game, with just a single free spins bonus with picks to break up the base game. What it does have is a lot of character. You won’t find green tomatoes, sardines, grandma and green moonshine sharing the reels of any other online slot!