Bugs n Bees Slot from Novomatic

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As you probably gathered from the title, the Bug N’ Bees slot is all about our insect friends. On the reels you’ll find a bee, a bug, a dragon fly and a caterpillar, each of these looking somewhat friendlier than their real life counterparts. You’ll also find a ladybug playing a piano, which is not something you see every day. The game features your usual wilds and scatter symbols, while a free spins feature is the highlight, where the musical insect plays a major role (as well as the piano).

The bee, who carries a pot of honey when he flies around, is the highest paying symbol, worth 2,000 coins for the maximum five in a row. This symbol is also the wild, meaning it will substitute for every other symbol on the reels apart from the scatter. A bug, who is standing and looking ready for a fight is joined by the slightly confused looking dragon fly in both paying 1,000 coins, while an equally confused looking caterpillar pays 400 coins. Each of these four symbols pays out when you can hit 2 or more in a row, while the remaining standard symbols made up by the playing cards 10, J, Q, K and A all require three or more in a row for a win.

How to Win on Bugs n Bees

Every time you land a win you can opt to take a gamble. This sees you presented with a screen showing a series of horizontal bars. You’ll start at the bottom bar and this will flicker between being a pale and a bright yellow. Hit the gamble button again and the flickering will stop on one or the other. The pale yellow means your gamble has lost and your win is gone. However, if it turns bright yellow you’ll proceed to the next bar. You can gamble up to a maximum of 10 times, by which time you could see a huge win amount coming your way.

Flying High with the Bugs n Bees Features

A yellow musical note is the scatter symbol. Land three of those anywhere on the reels and you’ll win 100 coins, while 4 or 5 scatters will pay 400 and 1,000 coins respectively. Having landed a scatter prize you’ll also enter the free spins feature round.

In the feature you’ll have 10, 12 or 15 free spins based on activating it with 3, 4 or 5 scatters. At first, the free spins feature seems exactly the same as the base game, but there is one key difference. This is where the piano playing ladybird comes in. If this appears anywhere on the reels, you’ll find a 2x multiplier applied to your previous bug win, as well as an immediate prize of 60 credits.  This isn’t the most incredible free spins feature you’ll find, but it does have some originality, and you’ll certainly feel a buzz (no pun intended!) when that musical bug makes an appearance, especially if your previous win was a large one.

Occasionally you’ll find some wins with the letters “+ SG” following them accompanied by a number. This is the number of spins you’ll have at a wheel of fortune style wheel, where many of the payouts offer a 1,000 credit prize.

Design and Setup

Bugs and Bees is a fun and friendly looking slot. Each of the bugs has some human characteristics, which fans of films such as “It’s a Bug Life” and “Antz” will enjoy. The game is highly colorful throughout, each of the symbols in bright yellows and greens while the playing card symbols and win line indicators are all in different colors too. Each of the bug symbols performs a small animation when forming part of a win line, which gives the game some added character, although perhaps this animation could have gone a little further.

Like the majority of online slots, this follows the very popular 5×3 configuration. The game has a total of 20 win lines and you’ll multiply your chosen coin value by the number of win lines to give you your total stake for each spin.

Overall Experience

Bugs n Bees is the kind of slot you’ll enjoy if you want a fun and entertaining gaming session. The colorful and friendly look to the reels is sure to put you in a good mood, while the combination of the free spins bonus round and the bonus reel make for a pair of good, if not great, features. The game has some nice originality too – where else will you find a ladybug playing a piano?


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