Microgaming are impressing me just lately, I really enjoyed the high variance gameplay of the new Bikini Party slot, even if it was using mechanics from other slots, and the theme, whilst risque, was unusual.
With Bar Bar Black Sheep, they are at it again with the unusual themes, although nursery rhyme games have been done before, I haven’t seen one which integrates the theme quite so cleverly as this simple, but fun, slot does.
I appreciate the cartoony graphics and theme tune won’t be to everyone’s tastes, but variety is the spice of life, and you won’t mind being the black sheep of the family for once on this tidy little number, in fact, you will be actively searching him out for the amazing random multiplier bonus on offer.
Bar Bar Black Sheep, Have you any coins? Yes Sir, Yes Sir – 3 Rows full!
Type: Video Slot, Animated Symbols
Structure: 5 Reels, 3 Rows, 15 Fixed Paylines
Bets: 1 – 10 Coins, Coin Values, 0. 01 – 0. 50
Min/Max Total Stake: 0. 15 – 150. 00 £/$/€
Max Win: 95, 000 £/$/€
Wild: Yes, fixed – Substitutes for all symbols except the scatter.
Scatter: Yes – Triggers free spins round
Other Features: Multiplier Bonus Combination, Multiplier in spins round, Pay-Table,
Auto-Play, Free Spins, Quick Spin, Adjustable Graphics & Audio
Theme & Game-play
The gameplay on this new online slot game takes place on a farmyard backdrop which could easily come straight from a modern children’s book or TV cartoon, it’s amazingly well drawn though and sharp enough in both audio and visual to give NetEnt titles a solid run for their money.
As with other Microgaming titles the paytable is nice and compact, displaying all the relevant information whilst remaining easy to read, the high pay symbols in order are the Black sheep, White sheep, Barn & BAR symbol. I do love how they have done away with the traditional low pay playing card symbols too, replacing them with farmyard fruits and veggies.
The Wilds (the games logo), are straightforward and are fixed, able to appear on any reel to keep the base game lively even without any of the bonuses triggering, there aren’t really any massive animations or big win sequences to speak of, but that is rather in tone with the simple theme and playstyle.
Normally on a slot game, the free spins round is the big draw, on this slot you trigger it with 3x scatters or more, represented by a bag of wool (of course), these grant you either 10/15 or 20 free spins depending on the number of scatters you collected.
The scatter also gives you a win in its own right, add to any payline wins at the time and are multiplied by your line bet, the spins themselves have a 3x multiplier for any wins you hit.
The spins round, however, is very hit and miss and not the big feature on the slot, that comes in the form of the ‘BAR BAR Blacksheep’ bonus symbol combination, which can grant you, brace yourself, up to 999x your line bet – not pulling the wool over anyone’s eyes with this one, its massive and watching it spin whilst you wait to see what multiplier you gained is nerve racking!
There is a surprising amount of win potential on this game considering it is supposed to be a low variance slot, though the RTP is a little lower than competing NetEnt titles we are talking only a percentage point or two.
It’s, of course, fully mobile optimised and offers you a variety of adjustable graphics levels for seamless play and customizable audio features to suit your play-style and device.
This is a good desktop slot when you are in the mood for simple fun, as a mobile slot, I think it really comes into its own, the straightforward display really lends itself to the smaller screen size and I find myself reaching for this title in lieu of more complicated video slots with some regularity. Do I prefer the high volatility of Bikini Party and
Dragon Dance? Yes, I’m a gambler at heart, but this slot is designed to fill a different niche, a job it does exceptionally well.