Rickety Cricket Slots
The setting for this 5 reel video slot by Amaya is the garden. On the reels you will find bugs (including Rickety Cricket himself), flowers and even a bug zapping lamp. That lamp plays a role in a unique way of getting scatter wins – whereby you zap all the bugs on the reels at that point. There is also a free spins bonus game which has the advantage of coming with a multiplier. Add some classical music and some nicely put together graphics – and you have all the ingredients for a great online slot game.
How to Win on Rickety Cricket
Wilds come stacked on the reels – which means you can find one or more reels completely covered (which can result in multiple wins). This is the orange and yellow flower symbol, which Rickety Crickey himself will pop his head out of when they are involved in wins. In addition, this symbol has the biggest single prize – 750 coins for 5 of a kind, 250 for 4 and 30 for 3.
Bugs come next in the payout table. The fat bee is worth 500 coins for 5, the firefly holding a torch 400 coins and the slightly crazy looking mosquito 300 for the full set. There is an unknown bug in a log (you just get to see the eyes) and also a snail to complete the regular symbols. Playing cards ace down to 10 make up the regular wins.
Scatter and Free Spin Features
On reel 1 you can hit a bug zapper lamp symbol. When this hits you can win a unique scatter payout depending on how many bugs are on the screen. The bee, firefly and mosquito will all buzz and turn black – and you get a prize based on the total number of bugs zapped.
Just zapping one bug wins you double your total bet for that spin. 2 bugs get you 4x, 3 for 8x, 4 for 14x, 5 for 20x, 6 for 30x and the maximum 7 for 40 times your initial stake.
Hitting a bonus symbol on reels 2, 3 and 4 will trigger 8 free spins – each of which come with a win multiplier of up to 8x.
The cricket above the reels will come to life, and the garden setting will turn from daytime into night time. Rickety Cricket puts out 2 signs, one for the multipliers and the other for your remaining free spins. You will also have a classical music tune playing while you spin (not just before the spins like in the regular game).
Each time the reel spins, the cricket will spin the multipliers ‘wheel’, which can be anything from 2x to 8x if you hit a win. He will also spin the remaining spins sign, which reduces by 1 each time. You can retrigger the free spins, with a maximum total of 98 spins possible.
Design and Setup of Rickety Cricket
Overall the graphics are very nicely done, with a lot of attention to detail – particular in bringing out the character in the different bugs. Around the reels is a bug eye view of the garden, with giant blades of grass. Rickety Cricket peeps out of the blades over the center of the reels. Designs of the bugs are striking. The playing cards are plain by comparison, though at least some work has gone into keeping them in line with the theme.
There are plenty of entertaining on-reel animations. These include the cricket peeping out of the (wild) flowers when these are involved in a win. The bug zap scatter sees the bugs turn black too.
When you click spin there is a short delay while some classical music kicks in. While the reels could spin a little sooner, the music is pleasant enough and does change as you play. There are also shorter tunes when you hit wins. During the free spins bonus game you will get a longer classical tune – as well as the animated cricket on top of the reels.
You can spin with up to 25 win lines – and I recommend you stay with the full quota and adjust your coin size to suit your bankroll. With stacked wilds on the reels it makes sense to maximize you’re the number of win lines you can hit. You can bet from 1c up to $4 per line. There is a configurable auto play option and the ever-present bet max button too.
When I first saw this game my expectations were low – it looked like just another simple and generic video slot. Having played a couple of sessions I’m going to recommend it! The bug zap scatters and multipliers during the free spins game make for great game play. Add to this the characterful graphics, and you have a slot worth checking out.