Many people would make the claim that gambling and alcohol shouldn’t mix and they’d certainly be right, however WMS have you given you the opportunity of enjoying both while staying completely sober by producing this beer related slot. This is a game that is all about the Bier fests in Germany, the largest and most well-known of which is the Oktoberfest held every year in Munich.
On the reels you’ll find a selection of beer festival related symbols including barrels, tankards and accordions while there are two characters found on the reels. The first is a cheery German man in a green hat and lederhosen happily enjoying a nice, cold, frothy beer. You’ll also find a rather well-endowed German lady with pig tails who features in two different symbols – one holding a beer and another without. The game is slightly unique in the fact that each spin sees a series of stacked symbols, but these will be different for each spin.
The highpoint of the slot which sees the biggest wins come your way is certainly the free spins feature. This is activated by landing the scatter symbol which is represented by the German lady five or more times across the reels. This may seem a higher than usual number to activate a free spins feature, but when you consider that she will be stacked at a number of spins, there is ample opportunity to land the feature. On many occasions you’ll land more than 5 of these scatters and each additional one over 5 will add an extra 5 spins to your starting total of 5.
As stated earlier, some of the scatters feature the lady holding a beer and these are known as the ‘Gold Feature’ symbols. Should one or more of these be used in activating the free spins, they will remain on the reels throughout the feature as sticky symbols, making the re-triggering of the feature easier.
Aside from the feature you’ll also gain your standard wins in the base game. Wins come your way when you can land three or more consecutive symbols on a win line, this slot paying from left to right. The cheery man is the highest paying of all, winning you 500 coins should you land five in a row, while the castle setting and the beer barrel come next at 150 and 125 coins respectively. These wins are aided by the wild which will substitute for any other at the reels apart from the feature symbols, giving many additional wins. This wild symbol is represented by three glasses of beer and like any other symbol; this will be stacked on certain spins – these particular spins offering both large wins and a greater possibility of numerous wins.
This WMS designed slot has five reels, each reel showing four symbols, as opposed to the more usual three. Due to the slightly larger configuration there are a maximum of 40 win lines that can be played.
There are two ways to set up your lines and coin amount. The ‘Classic Panel’ lets you select the number of lines and the bet per line amount manually – the number of lines ranging from 1 to 40 and the bet per line ranging from 1c all the way up to a dollar. The ‘Quickbet Panel’ shows boxes with your total stake for each spin and you’ll simply click on one of these – you’ll find a slider underneath enabling you to move through the different range of stakes.
The game is set within the stone walls of the castle setting and throughout your time playing you’ll hear the noise of the Bier fest, with a great amount of chatter and the occasional clinking of glasses. The game is easy on the eye, the combination of symbols adding much color to the reels, while the two characters are the most eye-catching. When the free spins feature comes into play, you’ll particularly enjoy the uplifting, jaunty accordion tune that plays throughout which might put a smile on your face just as much as the additional credits you’ll win.
A game with just a free spins feature might not sound particularly exciting, but this WMS designed slot is actually very enjoyable. The game has a unique air due to the stacked symbols on every spin and the free spins round does mix it up a little with the ‘Golden Feature’ symbol, which isn’t something you’d normally see at a slot. The game has a sense of fun too, especially with the accompanying sound at the feature. For a pleasurable half an hour, why not visit the Bier Haus – it might just be ideal!