At certain times of the year it seems that bees get everywhere. Every time you turn around, there’s a bee buzzing around your head as you stand between it and a flower it is desperate to reach. Fortunately, it seems that all the bees have now congregated onto the reels of this MicroGaming online slot. You have a queen bee, a ‘babee’ (yes, a baby bee), a scatter bee and a variety of others too.
The highlight of this slot is the Babee Bonus where you’ll find yourself looking at honeycomb inside of a hive. Pick hexagons of honey and you’ll win money.
Pollen Nation is a five-reel real-money slot machine. The game has a total of 20 win-lines and you can play as many or as few of these as you like. In the same fashion, you can play between 1 and 10 coins. Players will also choose the coin value, ranging from just 1c all the way through to a dollar.
The queen bee, who sits on a throne, wearing gold gloves and holding a tulip is the wild symbol. The queen will therefore substitute for any other symbol in the game apart from the scatter and the bonus symbol. Land the wild five times in a row on the win line and you’ll pick up an impressive 6,000 coins (or 60,000 if playing the max 10 coins).
A guard bee, complete with a shield is next on the pay table and pays 1,000 coins. A nurse bee, complete with a stethoscope and four arms has a top prize of 800 coins. The poor worker bee is carrying a bucket of nectar, a sack of ‘b-mail’ and a suitcase full of wax as he flies. This symbol pays a max win of 600 coins.
At the lower end of the pay table you’ll find Royal Jelly, a pot of honey, a block of honeycomb, a bowl of ‘pollen puffs’ and a seal of beeswax. The top wins for these symbols range between 50 and 200 coins. In a nice change from the usual, all the symbols are linked to the theme, with no ‘filler’ playing cards.
The slot has a scatter symbol showing a bee poised to use his sting. This is a simple cash-paying scatter. Land 3, 4 or 5 anywhere on the reels and you’ll win 5x, 20x or 80x your stake respectively.
The bonus feature is activated by landing the bonus symbol 3, 4 or 5 times across any of the reels. This bonus symbol shows a (baby) bee sucking on a bottle of honey.
The feature now takes you inside of a hive – this isn’t a feature for those of you who don’t like buzzing insects. Once inside you’ll be presented with a large honeycomb structure with many honey filled hexagons. You’ll pick each of these in turn and every pick will see you awarded with a cash prize. Every time you make a pick, the honey will satisfyingly splat into a mess. The feature will end when you come across a ‘stop’ sign, at which point, all the wins awarded so far will be yours. There are three ‘stop’ signs in all, so you can avoid these for a while.
Pollen Nation is a slot where the focus is very much on the reels – in fact there is no background image to the game at all. The reels are a cream colour and if you look closely you can see a honeycomb design throughout. Each of the symbols is designed in a cartoon style, which gives the slot a good element of humour. While bringing a smile to your face, aside from the wild, any animation is lacking, which might have brought the game to life more. The soundtrack to the game is fitting however. You have birds tweeting and the buzz of bees when you land a win.
Pollen Nation is a fun slot which is well worth a quick spin. Having a whole host of bees in a small place might not seem like a good idea, but it works. The characters given to the bees make the game an entertaining one. The gameplay in the base game is much like many other slots, but the feature is both original and messy. Keep missing those ‘stop’ signs and see the wins mount up!