Buffalo Moon Slots from Aristocrat
Australian slots maker Aristocrat has produced 100’s of live casino slots over the years – none have been as popular as the Buffalo range. Many slots players head straight for these machines, ignoring the fancy new games with movie or TV tie-ins and going straight for the solid gameplay that is synonymous with the Buffalo range.
Buffalo Moon is a nice example in this range, with a night time take on the American wildlife theme. The main appeal of this game is the free spins bonus round. This slot allows you to select the number of free spins and size of the multipliers, essentially letting you choose how volatile you want the prizes to be.
How to Win on Buffalo Moon
This slot uses the ‘reel power’ format, which is a variation on the all-ways slot system. With 5 reels and 4 rows, there are 1024 possible winning combinations from left to right. You’ll spin that number by default. What the reel power adds is the ability to unselect entire reels from the right hand side to the left. This reduces the number of combinations, reducing the cost of each spin. For the vast majority of players, the default 5 reels is just fine – and with a cost of just 50 coins this is well within most player’s bankrolls.
Having so many potential winning combinations means that individual wins are smaller than on some other games. There are two ways that these smaller wins can turn into big windfalls. First there are wild symbols (the reddish moons), which substitute for any other regular symbols. With the all-ways system in place, you’ll find many multiple winning combinations when the wilds are in play. The other way to win bigger prizes is via the free spins round, where wins come with random multipliers.
Buffalo are the best paying regular symbols, worth 300 coins for 5 across the reels, 100 from 4 on consecutive reels from the left, 50 for 3 and 10 coins for just 2. Following this are the bear and cougar, worth 250 and 200 coins respectively for the maximum 5 – a steely eyed wolf and otter follow with 150 coins for the full set. These animals all require a minimum of 3 from the left to trigger a win.
It would not be an Aristocrat slot without the familiar playing card symbols, complete with their crown. These are brightly colored and make up the regular smaller wins while you play.
Scatter symbols are golden coins, and will pay a maximum of 20 times your total bet amount if you are lucky enough to hit 5 on the reels. 4 are worth 10x your total spin, while you’ll get 2x for 3. 3+ of these symbols will also take you to the free spins game.
Buffalo Moon Free Spins Bonus Game
This bonus game is the main attraction on the Buffalo Moon slot, and thankfully it is worth hitting!
Before the free spins begin you will have a choice of 5 different combinations of the number of spins and random multipliers. The maximum number of spins is 20, which come with a multiplier ranging from 2x to 5x. At the other extreme you can select just 5 free spins, though there can be multipliers of up to 30x for those wins. Those multipliers are associated with wilds and can be higher if you get more than one wild involved in a winning combination. You can also choose 15, 12 or 8 spins with higher multipliers the lower the number you choose.
The interest does not stop here. Once the game begins you’ll be able to retrigger in 2 different ways. If you hit just 2 of the scatter symbols in the first 2 reels, you will see a large note across the screen saying that 5 spins are added to your total. If you hit 3+ of the scatters then you retrigger the entire game, going back to the selection screen once your current spins have finished. It is possible to retrigger several times – an excellent result if you chose to take the higher multipliers at the start!
This slot looks smart – though it will not be winning any awards for design. The predominant color is purple, with a starry night over the plains as the background to the game. Reels have the usual Aristocrat cream colored backing, and the animal symbols are all in the form of headshots. These are smart and fairly detailed. There are some animations, for example the sunset wilds and scatters – and even a ‘bump’ for the buffalo, though again these should not distract you from the solid gameplay.
Aristocrat knows the formula for solid, smart and player-friendly games and Buffalo Moon plays to all of those strengths. This slot is not elaborate or complex, and will appeal to those who like to focus on great game-play with the chance of a big windfall when playing with real cash. A great addition to the Buffalo range and one for the shortlist next time you visit a live casino.