Now here’s a game that both delivers a punch and brings home the bacon. I’ve always been a fan of Hong Kong Phooey and for younger readers that’s not some Chinese delicacy. It was of course a dog that solved mysteries and was pretty good at Kung Fu, I’m sure some of these cartoonists are on something they shouldn’t be using. Well, this slot game is about a pig who’s a dab hand at karate. It’s another game from Microgaming who for the past couple of decades have been coming up with some excellent slot machines.
This is a five-reel game that has a total of three rows and 40 paylines. The game can be played from between £0.01 and £200. That’s quite a large range so there shouldn’t be a problem in finding a stake you’ll be totally comfortable with.
As you can expect from the theme, this is a pretty funny game and the symbols definitely add to the enjoyment. There’s a gold Buddha, a muscle-bound buffalo, a fat lady that’s not singing but is playing a stringed instrument, a bearded wolf (where would he find razors?), a waving cat, a bonsai tree, sushi and a small bear. It’s good to see that there aren’t any playing cards padding out the reels here.
The wild symbol is the Karate Pig logo and this can substitute for other symbols in the game apart from the two bonus symbols. That still leaves plenty of other symbols it can replace and get you some wins out of nowhere.During the base game there are stacked wilds on all five reels. This can really improve your chances of creating some winning combinations. The two bonus symbols are the pig and gold coin, more about how useful they are in a moment.
This can be played in either regular or expert mode. The main difference being an autoplay feature in expert mode. There’s also some stats you can take a look at. Have a look at the paytable to fully understand the bonus games and some free games will be handy too.
Three of the pig scatter symbols will get you into the Karate Bonus game. Your aim here is to get seven different coloured karate belts. To get these you have to play the Pork Chop bonus, now mentioning pork close to a pig is a bit insensitive in my book. Anyway, this requires you to pick three of the barrels that are hanging above the pigs head. If he can bring it down with a karate chop then that reveals a prize. There’s also the Hammer Bonus where the talented pig has to headbutt a taro. This reveals prizes until he chooses the one that stuns the pig and ends the game.
Once you have the seven belts required you can play the Final Showdown. This is a three-round fight and before each round you need to choose one of two punch combinations. Just keep on winning to get bonus amounts.
15 free spins are on their way to you if the gold coin scatter symbol appears on the first and fifth reels. During the free spins all wins are doubled and it’s possible to re-trigger the free spins.
This is a really enjoyable game and not one to give the chop. It’s fun to play and look at and the bonus games can be both a good laugh and profitable.