We’re in the Deep South of America and in this game from Microgaming, there’s some alcohol being brewed but it’s not the legal kind.
This is a five-reel and 25 payline slots game from Microgaming who have been producing some great video slots over the past couple of decades. ‘Moonshine’ is based in the steamy swamps of the Deep South of America and you can definitely hear the many insects that occupy those swamps. Sadly though that background news is totally irritating and very nearly drove me to want some of the illegal alcohol that’s being brewed. It’s a bit like those whistles the crowd makes at a sports event when they’re begging the referee to end the game. When you get a winning combination the music improves but the chances are you won’t hear it because you’ll have long since headed for the mute button.
Thankfully the graphics in this game are much better. They include pumpkins, sardines, peppers, a pink pig, cucumbers, a buck-toothed guy, another local who’s playing a banjo, a pretty Southern girl and a granny with a gun who’s the wild symbol, perhaps that’s why she’s got the gun. The moonshine jar can activate the bonus game and the scatter symbol is the local sheriff
The wild symbol substitutes for all the other symbols apart from the scatter and bonus ones to create some welcome winning combinations. You’ll get a payout if there are two or more of the wild symbols on the reels.
Cost per payline ranges from £0.01 to £1 with a maximum bet of £125 per spin. Simply choose a stake that you feel comfortable with. There’s lots of information about the game in the Paytable and some free play is also recommended.
You can play in regular or expert mode. The expert mode adds a few extra features to the game such as Autoplay
The bonus feature here is a free spins and multiplier one and it’s activated by getting at least three of those moonshine jar bonus symbols. The number of free spins depends on the number of moonshine bottles you get, it’s basically a free spin for each one that appears on the reels at the end of your spin.
Now that sounds a bit stingy because five jars only get you five free spins but there’s a little bit more to this bonus. There is the chance to earn more spins and multipliers if you can uncover the ‘Start Free Spins’ square on the grid that comes up on the screen. This can also increase the size of the multiplier. If you’re really lucky this can increase the number of free spins all the way up to 18 and the multiplier a tasty 4x. You can really rack up some good prizes in this feature.
Aside from the irritating background music that can easily be muted, this is an enjoyable game to play. The moonshine, Deep South theme is well adhered to and the bonus feature is an enjoyable and profitable one.