Roamin’ Gnome Slot from Amaya

The idea of a garden gnome travelling around the world and sending postcards to its owner was name famous in the critically acclaimed movie Amelie. This Amaya online slot game takes this quirky concept and makes it into a 5 reel video slot. There is a holiday feature, where you will pick destinations for the gnome to win spins and coins – and also an on reel feature that can result in wild reels.

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How to Win on Roamin’ Gnome

Standard wins across the 30 pay lines are headed up by the wild gnome symbol. This will trigger a 5000 coin win for 5 on a line, and also substitutes for the other symbols to create extra wins. These symbols can also expand to fill entire reels – see the special features section below for more on that. If you get 4 from the left this is worth 2000 coins, with 200 coins for 3 and 10 coins for just 2.

Passports are the next highest paying symbol on Roamin’ Gnome. This symbol pays a generous 2500 coins for 5, 500 for 4, 100 for 3 and 5 coins for just 2. The luggage (1500 for 5), camera (500) and snow globe with palm tree in it pay 200 coins for the full set.

Instead of playing card symbols, the smaller wins on this game come from postcards of the Gnome in different countries. In each one you will see the Gone in national costume or with some kind of prop. For example the symbol backed by the union jack flag sees him wearing a ‘busby’ hat and the Australian flag a hat with corks hanging off of it.

As well as having a role in triggering the second screen bonus game, the plane symbols are scatters. These pay based on the total amount in view, with 100x your bet for 5 on the reels, 20x for 4, 5x for 3 and 1x for just 2.

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Wild reels can appear during play as a results of combining the wilds (Gnomes) and a character that appears on the top of the reels. This is the real Roamin Gnome, which stands on the reels and occasionally disappears in a puff of smoke – only to appear again in a different position. If you get this then a reel goes entirely wild and any additional wins are added to your total.

The second screen feature is triggered by hitting 3 or more of the planes. There are two parts to this. First of all you see a map of the world, and get to click on 3 destinations. Each one you pick will either award a number of credits or a number of free spins. There are some excellent graphics to go with this bonus game – involving an animation of the gnome and photos from the different locations.

Next you go back to the reels and play any free spins. The symbols are the same (though this bonus and the expanding wild can’t be triggered during play). In the background you will see an African style sunset and graphics – a big contrast to the mountains of the base game.

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Design and Setup of Roamin’ Gnome

When you first see this slot it does look like an older type game. The plain background of the reels and somewhat slower spin speed gives it a slightly retro feel. When you hit the bonus game there are some much better graphics and animations, some of which have a 3D look to them.

In the background to the reels you will see a mountain scene with meadows in front. Birds occasionally fly overhead and there is also a yellow butterfly. There is also an animated gnome on top of the reels. The symbols are at an angle on the reels, made to look like postcards. These are fairly small, though the graphics are smart and detailed. The best animation (and tune) is saved for the bonus game.

There are 30 win lines as a default for this slot. With the potential for wild reels I recommend that you keep this at the full amount. You can adjust your coin size from 1c right through to $5.

Overall Experience

A solid slot with a unique and quirky theme. I like the inclusion of the gnome on top of the reels, and his interaction with the wild symbols in play. The highlight is the holiday feature, where the graphics (and the payouts) reach a different level compared to the base game. This is a solid video slot and one for your shortlist – check it out soon!